Top 10 Most Interesting Phobias

We all have fear of some sort but phobia is something that tends to be more intense and if left untreated can lead to a serious threat.

Phobia develops when a fear or anxiety of a place, or thing becomes a greater threat than usual. And that is when the intense stress caused by a phobia starts accompanying a person from functioning normally which may further lead to panic attacks.

Top 10 Most Interesting Phobias

There are so many phobias a person can encounter but let us think out of the ordinary and look upon some of the most interesting phobias ever.

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1. Claustrophobia

Top 10 Most Interesting Phobias

A phobia that is caused due to an intense fear of enclosed spaces or crowded spaces. Claustrophobia is mainly influenced by environmental factors, typically developing during childhood or teenage years.

Common symptoms of claustrophobia include sweating, trembling, feeling intense fear or panic and anxiety. These symptoms, in most cases disappear on their own, however some people may need therapy to manage this phobia. 

2. Arachnophobia

Top 10 Most Interesting Phobias

Arachnophobia is the fear of spiders, people with such a phobia refuse to participate in certain events just because they think they are in danger from spiders. Arachnophobia usually occurs before the age of 10, however, one can still develop it at any age. 

Symptoms of Arachnophobia are mostly seen when one encounters a spider in a situation or thinks about spiders. However, the most common symptoms of a spider phobia includes dizziness, upset stomach, sweating, shaking or trembling.

3. Acrophobia

Top 10 Most Interesting Phobias

Acrophobia refers to an intense fear of heights that can lead to significant anxiety and panic. One may experience such a fear while climbing up to a high place or seeing high places. It usually develops when one has had a traumatic incident involving heights. However, it can also develop without a known reason.

Most common symptoms of acrophobia include increased sweating, chest pain or tightness, increased heartbeat at the sight of high places.

4. Ophidiophobia

Top 10 Most Interesting Phobias

Ophidiophobia is a phobia where you have an extreme fear of snakes to an extent that even a thought about it gives you extreme anxiety. This type of phobia is usually uncommon and rarely affects people but can lead to a very frightening situation for those dealing with ophidiophobia. 

Symptoms of ophidiophobia include dizziness or lightheadedness, nausea and sweating, especially in your extremities such as your palms

5. Astraphobia

Top 10 Most Interesting Phobias

Astraphobia refers to the extreme fear of thunder and lightning. It affects people of all ages, although it is more common among children than adults. Many children outgrow this phobia but some will still continue to experience it in their adulthood.

Even though Astraphobia is common, it has not been yet officially recognized by the American Psychiatric Association as a specific psychiatric diagnosis.

6. Phasmophobia

Top 10 Most Interesting Phobias

Phasmophobia is an intense fear of ghosts. It evokes a sudden fear in people when anything related to ghosts, witches, vampires is mentioned. Oftentimes, this type of fear ignites from a movie or TV show.

People with a phobia of ghosts usually get the impression they may confront a supernatural being any moment. This type of instinct usually occurs when they are alone, which may ultimately provoke anxiety.

7. Pteromerhanophobia

Top 10 Most Interesting Phobias

Pteromerhanophobia refers to the fear of flying. Although air travel has now become a common mode of transportation, there are people who sense fear while flying. The fear is influenced by a particularly bad flight experience or a traumatic flight incident.

A phobia of flying usually goes away on its own once the flying moment is over and thus is considered to be short-lived.

8. Trypanophobia

Top 10 Most Interesting Phobias

Trypanophobia is the fear of medical procedures involving injections or hypodermic needles. The thought of something sharp being pricked into the skin evokes a fearful sensation into individuals. Symptoms are usually observed when a person sees needles or is told to undergo a procedure that involves needles.

9. Social Phobia

Top 10 Most Interesting Phobias

Social Phobia is the extreme fear of social settings which may interrupt an individual’s life as a whole. People with social phobia will find it difficult to talk to people, meet new people, and attend social gatherings. It is often confused for shyness but is instead something that is persistent and hard to overcome. 

Common physical symptoms include blushing, nausea, excessive sweating, trembling or shaking and difficulty speaking.

10. Mysophobia

Top 10 Most Interesting Phobias

Mysophobia is the fear of germs. People with such a phobia will fear microorganisms that cause disease. The fear may sometimes go out of propagation and if left untreated can disrupt one’s life. This is because a person with mysophobia will cross all the heights to avoid contamination.

Symptoms of Mysophobia include intense terror or fear of germs, anxiety, worries, or nervousness related to exposure to germs.

FAQs

What is the rarest phobia ever?

Arithmophobia -the fear of math is among the rarest phobias ever.

What is the weirdest phobia?

Ergophobia is the fear of work or the workplace, it is something really weird and usually results due to a combination of fears such as failing at tasks, social anxiety and public speaking.

Conclusion

So this was all for the Top 10 most interesting phobias. Which phobia do you find the most interesting?

Do you have any phobia, if yes then what was the worst situation you ever experienced when dealing with phobia seemed impossible? Let us know in the comment section below.