The Top 5 Crazy Phobias You Never Knew About

Having a phobia is very common. How many people do you know that are afraid of spiders, snakes or heights? In fact, the answer is probably most people. But some people have completely irrational phobias that make little sense. These uncommon phobias can even seriously affect the quality of people’s lives. Read on to discover some of the craziest phobias to ever exist!

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  1. 1.      The Fear of Erections  

That’s right, you did read right! Some people; actually experience a seriously overwhelming fear of erections! Even more alarmingly, to overcome the fear; most therapy sessions take months or even years to work, and even involve the patient being repeatedly exposed to their fear! The fear of erections comes in many forms, including the following:

  • Medorthophobia- The fear of an erect penis.
  • Ithyphallophobia- The fear of thinking, seeing, or even having an erect penis.
  • Phallophobia- The fear of penises in general, especially erect ones.
  1. 2.      The Fear of Youths (Ephebiphobia)

Now I know teenagers can be a pain, but I bet you didn’t imagine anybody to have a phobia of them!  This fear of youths exists throughout the whole of the western world, and whilst I doubt you will ever actually encounter anybody with this phobia, it definitely exists. Arguably, the phobia is caused by the ever-growing belief that the youth of today are nothing but mindless thugs.

  1. 3.      The Fear of Work (Ergasiophobia)

This abnormal phobia includes the fear of finding work, work itself, or anything slightly related to a bit of grafting. It is more likely than not a combination of other fears, such as a social phobia that involves a fear of socialising with co-workers, or a fear of failing assigned tasks.

  1. 4.      The Fear of Nudity (Gymnophobia)

Gymnophobia is the fear of seeing others naked, or being seen naked themselves. It is considered to come from the belief that they feel that their bodies are inadequate. Especially when you consider the idealized chiselled pecks and huge breasts portrayed in today’s media. It may also come from the fear of sexuality in general. Or it could possibly even be the belief that when somebody sees you naked, they will continue to imagine you to be in the nude.

  1. 5.      The Fear of New Things (Neophobia)

Considering we will experience something new almost every day of our lives, can you imagine how horrible it would be to have a fear of new things? Some people actually experience this horrific phobia. Milder forms of this phobia involve the unwillingness to try anything new or break from routines.

Daniel Blinman is writing on behalf of Performance Partnership who seek to eradicate phobias and change the way our minds work through nlp training.

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