17 Weird Phobias You Never Knew Existed
They may sound absurd, but they’re all completely real—and shockingly common.
Do you dread dread? Does anxiety make you anxious? If yes, you likely have Phobophobia: the fear of fear itself. Seek professional therapy, or a beach chair in the Bahamas.
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Would you sooner go nude than sew up a hole in your clothes? You may suffer linonophobia: the fear of string. (If you have this phobia, you literally can’t take a joke.)
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This phobia is no joke…. Geliophobia is the fear of laughter. Sufferers should seek relief by paging through Reader’s Digest one joke at a time.
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It’s not all sunshine if you have this weird phobia: Xanthophobia is the fear of the color yellow.
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Ostraconophobia is the fear of shellfish, which is an especially hard phobia if one’s first name is “Chef” or “Long John.” (Next, check out 22 more weird phobias that people actually have.)