'Genuphobia Is A Fear Of Knees': Here Are 36 Of The Absolute Strangest Phobias People Can Develop.
Almost everyone is afraid of death, dying, or the dark. When someone mentions being afraid of flying we may roll our eyes or vigorously shake our heads in agreement. But bridges? Cheese? These are normal things that the average person deals with every day... How can you be afraid of magazines?
The Phobia List is a website dedicated to the cataloging of all diagnosed phobias. Here are some of the most interesting ones we found.
Fear of bathing, washing, or cleaning
Fear of your knees, someone else's knees, or the act of kneeling
Fear of developing wrinkles
Fear of vomiting, seeing vomit, or being nauseated
Fear of the color yellow or the word "yellow"
Fear of heaven or the sky
Fear of going to sleep
Fear of Halloween
Fear of hair
Fear of crossing streets or roads
Fear of computers and/or new technology
Fear of the number four or things that come in fours
Fear of palindromes (words spelled the same backwards and forwards)
Fear of symmetry
Fear of bridges
Fear of being seen, or stared at by others
Fear of sitting or idleness
Fear of mirrors
Fear of bicycles or being on a bicycle
Fear of paper
Fear of nudity
Fear of having bad body odor
Fear of swallowing
Fear of clouds
Fear of frogs
Fear of belly buttons
Fear of fog
Fear of strings
Fear of phobias and anxiety
Fear of alcohol or people who are ingesting alcohol
Fear of slime or mucus
Fear of dreaming
Fear of being single or staying single
Fear of opening your eyes
Fear of going bald
Fear of laughter
Some of this material has been edited for clarity.
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