Does standing on the fifth-floor balcony give you weak knees? Is the mere mention of spiders enough to make you scream? Or maybe you can’t stay in a room without at least one lamp on? Don’t worry, you are not alone; we all have our fears. In fact, scientists state that fear is one of the most human emotions, one that comes from ancient times. Those who claim they fear nothing either don’t want to reveal their weak spots or just haven’t discovered the thing that terrifies them yet. 

The word “phobia” comes from Greek and translates as “fear.” Scientists use this word to name fears of various things – for example, claustrophobia, which is the fear of closed spaces. Phobias can vary greatly between something pretty understandable, like a fear of snakes (ophidiophobia), to something rather weird, let’s say, a fear of long words. The first time you hear about it, you might think the person is making it up. Like why would anyone be afraid of words, and what’s so scary about long words specifically? Yet this phenomenon exists, and we should be respectful towards other people’s fears. Remember that somebody might not understand why you are afraid of flying. By the way, it might sound ironic, but the scientific name for the fear of long words consists of 35 (thirty-five!) letters.   

Arachnophobia, or fear of spiders, is probably the most common phobia, alongside fear of snakes, fear of heights, and fear of flying. It is estimated that at least one in three women and one in four men are afraid of spiders. It is difficult to say what the rarest phobias are, but some weird examples include fear of clothing, fear of beards, and fear of work (I think every now and then we all have this phobia at least a bit).  

There are various reasons why people develop phobias, and scientists are still studying the deeper roots and possible treatments. But if you want to learn all about phobias that sound rather weird, read about them in our article. If you are feeling particularly brave today, let us know in the comments what your greatest fear is.

#1

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia – fear of long words.

Report

#2

Arachibutyrophobia – fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of one’s mouth.

Report

#3

Ergophobia – fear of work.

Report

#4

Panphobia – fear of everything.

Report

#5

Zemmiphobia – fear of the great mole rat.

Report

#6

Phobophobia – fear of phobias.

Report

#7

Gamophobia – fear of marriage/relationships/commitment in general.

Report

#8

Deipnophobia – fear of dinner parties.

Report

#9

Euphobia – fear of good news.

Report

Buren
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You get a promotion -GAHHHH Here is cake for you -GAHHHHHHHH You won lottery so you never have to work again -GAHHHHHHHHHHHHH

View more comments
#10

Coprastasophobia – fear of being constipated.

Report

#11

Peladphobia – fear of bald people.

Report

#12

Taphophobia – fear of being buried alive.

Report

Deborah Harris2
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I had this for a long time as a child after watching Fall of the House of Usher ... it still makes me wince now

View More Replies...
View more comments
#13

Athazagoraphobia – fear of forgetting or being forgotten.

Report

#14

Dextrophobia – fear of having objects to your right.

Report

Razor Fang
Community Member
1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

THERE IT IS!!! I commented on the left one abt this, i didn't know what to call it.

#15

Syngenesophobia – fear of relatives.

Report

#16

Pentheraphobia – fear of your mother-in-law.

Report

#17

Omphalophobia – fear of belly buttons.

Report

Deborah Harris2
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Fear the belly button 🤣 so adorable

View more comments
#18

Decidophobia – fear of making decisions.

Report

#19

Chorophobia – fear of dancing.

Report

Headless Roach
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

....reminds me of a friend who would actually be better off with chorophobia 🙃

#20

Kathisophobia – fear of sitting down.

Report

Froggi Juice
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oooooo that must hurt the legs-

#21

Bananaphobia – fear of bananas.

Report

Deborah Harris2
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What if its a little banana, can you show one for scale?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#22

Cherophobia – fear of happiness.

Report

#23

Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia – fear of the number 666.

Report

Deborah Harris2
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Best phobia ever, shame i'll never remember the name x

View more comments
#24

Coulrophobia – fear of clowns.

Report

#25

Papaphobia – fear of The Pope.

Report

alias D.
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

!!!(Trigger alert)!!! If I was a child in a religious institution with no one around to hear me scream I would be scared too

#26

Venustraphobia – fear of beautiful women.

Report

Curly potato
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Damn, it all makes sense now! Everyone around me seems to be suffering from this. Used to think it was me, but I completely understand now 😁

View more comments
#27

Optophobia – fear of opening one’s eyes.

Report

Buren
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yah I get that too, especially Mondays

#28

Francophobia – fear of French people and their culture.

Report

alias D.
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That can’t be real (3 min later on oxford’s dictionary it’s real)

View More Replies...
View more comments
#29

Sinistrophobia – fear of things to your left or left-handed people.

Report

#30

Anuptaphobia – fear of being single.

Report

Lene
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So many ppl have this.... so they stay in awful relationships because they fear being single again. It's actually quite sad.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#31

Porphyrophobia – fear of the color purple.

Report

#32

Allodoxaphobia – fear of opinions.

Report

#33

Heliphobia – fear of sunlight.

Report

Katie Banks
Community Member
4 weeks ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Whoever has this must have watched Twilight Zone, the Midnight Sun.

View more comments
#35

Zoophobia – fear of all animals.

Report

Lene
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Loooool! I went with my cousins to the zoo one evening years ago. My youngest cousin would scream and run away every time an animal looked at her. It happened a LOT! LOL. I think she was genuinely scared, though.

#36

Logophobia – fear of reading (or learning how).

Report

Lene
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is the love of reading logophilia?

#37

Kakorrhaphiophobia – fear of failure.

Report

#38

Paraskavedekatriaphobia – fear of Friday the 13th.

Report

#39

Anglophobia – fear of England.

Report

Headless Roach
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why does that sound so glamorous?

#40

Mageirocophobia – fear of cooking.

Report

Rose the Cook
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My stepdaughter and daughter-in-law both seem to have this.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#41

Atelophobia – fear of imperfection.

Report

#42

Sidonglobophobia – fear of cotton balls.

Report

Laura
Community Member
1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

OMG THERE IS A FLUFFY COTTON BALL ON THE CABINET!! AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! 🤣

#43

Lipophobia – fear of becoming fat.

Report

#44

Genuphobia – fear of knees and kneeling.

Report

#45

Philophobia – fear of love.

Report

#46

Kinemortophobia – fear of zombies.

Report

#47

Geliophobia – fear of laughter.

Report

Bobby Dewa
Community Member
1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When an evil villain kidnap and threathen you *kalm* When the evil start laughing *gets heart attack*

#48

Ostraconophobia – fear of shellfish.

Report

#49

Metrophobia – fear of poetry.

Report

Golden Godess
Community Member
1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Roses are red, violets are blue… GAAAAAAAAAAHHHH

#50

Omphalophobia – fear of the navel.

Report

Deborah Harris2
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No way ... its being scared of little orange skinned people who wear green ( joke)

#51

Octophobia – fear of the number eight.

Report

#52

Eisoptrophobia – fear of mirrors

Report

Benita Valdez
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Had it for a while as kid after watching Poltergeist 3. I'm ok with mirrors now at 39 but I still can't sleep if I'm across from a mirror; has to be moved or covered

View more comments
#53

Somniphobia – fear of falling asleep.

Report

#54

Consecotaleophobia – fear of chopsticks.

Report

#55

Agyrophobia – fear of crossing the street.

Report

#56

Alliumphobia – fear of garlic.

Report

#57

Ideophobia – fear of reason or ideas.

Report

#58

Nostophobia – fear of returning home.

Report

See Also on Bored Panda
#60

Halitophobia – fear of bad breath.

Report

#62

Didaskaleinophobia – fear of school.

Report

#63

Chaetophobia – fear of hair.

Report

#64

Geniophobia – fear of chins.

Report

Headless Roach
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Single or double? I have a fear of the double, to be precise.

View more comments
#65

Neophobia – fear of new things.

Report

#67

Siderophobia – fear of stars.

Report

Quinn W
Community Member
1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That'd be so sad :(

#68

Symmetrophobia – fear of symmetry.

Report

#69

Zelophobia – fear of jealousy.

Report

See Also on Bored Panda
#70

Trypophobia – fear of holes.

Report

Javier loh
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Tiny holes clustered together actually

#71

Pteronophobia – fear of being tickled by feathers.

Report

DennyS (denzoren)
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I hate being tickled generally but I guess that's not a fear.

View more comments
#72

Triskaidekaphobia – fear of the number 13.

Report

DennyS (denzoren)
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

13 was my number in football. People didn't like it because they saw it as an omen. Helped me to seem more intimidating on the field. Lol

#73

Spheksophobia – fear of wasps.

Report

Benita Valdez
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Evil spicy sky raisins. My one dog found out the hard way that you should not eat them

View More Replies...
View more comments
#74

Gymnophobia – fear of nudity.

Report

#75

Chromophobia – fear of color.

Report

Bobby Dewa
Community Member
1 month ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Even if you close your eyes, you still see color

#76

Xanthophobia – fear of yellow.

Report

#77

Linonophobia – fear of string.

Report

#78

Asymmetriphobia – fear of asymmetrical things.

Report

See Also on Bored Panda
#80

Nomophobia – fear of losing mobile phone service.

Report

#81

Turophobia – fear of cheese.

Report

Benita Valdez
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This would make Caro Caro sad to read

#82

Plutophobia – fear of money.

Report

#83

Ephebiphobia – fear of adolescents.

Report

Headless Roach
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

All parents suffer from that at some point in time

View more comments
#84

Vestiphobia – fear of clothing.

Report

#85

Phagophobia – fear of swallowing.

Report

Edurne
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I know a person who actually has phagophobia. it's not swallowing they fear, it's swallowing SOLIDS. they do eat, but only liquids like yogurt, melted ice cream, milkshakes and fruit smoothies

View more comments
#86

Ombrophobia – fear of rain.

Report

#87

Phonophobia – fear of sound.

Report

Ghaniyah Verma
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

they must be lucky if they're deaf

#88

Myrmecophobia – fear of ants.

Report

#89

Emetophobia – fear of vomiting.

Report

Vix Spiderthrust
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Charlie Brooker, the Black Mirror creator, has this.

View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#90

Cibophobia – fear of food.

Report

#91

Chloephobia – fear of newspapers.

Report

Vix Spiderthrust
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wondered about the etymology of this so I looked it up. Turns out it had never been used before appearing on the internet in 2008. Doesn't make sense from the Greek roots so clearly some amateur lexicographer made it up and it stuck.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#93

Aurophobia – fear of gold.

Report

#94

Barophobia – fear of gravity.

Report

#95

Hydrophobia – fear of water.

Report

Vix Spiderthrust
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Also an old synonym for rabies, as hydrophobia is a symptom.

View more comments
#96

Thanatophobia – fear of death.

Report

tinker bell
Community Member
2 months ago

This comment has been deleted.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#97

Pupaphobia – fear of puppets.

Report

Ghaniyah Verma
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

puppets are amazingly creepy, which is why i love them

View more comments
#98

Brontophobia – fear of thunder.

Report

#99

Cynophobia – fear of dogs.

Report

See Also on Bored Panda
#100

Xerophobia – fear of dryness.

Report

#101

Globophobia – fear of balloons.

Report

#103

Aulophobia – fear of flutes.

Report

#104

Oikophobia – fear of home surroundings.

Report

#105

Pogonophobia – fear of beards.

Report

#106

Ablutophobia – fear of bathing.

Report

#107

Chirophobia – fear of hands.

Report

#108

Aerophobia – fear of fresh air or the movement of air—such as drafts or breezes.

Report

#109

Frigophobia – fear of being cold.

Report

See Also on Bored Panda
#110

Coimetrophobia – fear of cemeteries.

Report

#111

Koumpounophobia – fear of buttons.

Report

#112

Arithmophobia – fear of numbers.

Report

#113

Bibliophobia – fear of books.

Report

#114

Alektorophobia – fear of chickens or hens.

Report

DennyS (denzoren)
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Chickens are adorable, little tiny dinosaurs.

#115

Amathophobia – fear of dust.