A phobia is by definition an irrational fear but there are certain types of phobias that are completely ridiculous. You can understand if someone is afraid of closed spaces or has a fear of snakes as these are reasonable fears to have. You might be afraid of such things to an irrational degree but still one can understand being afraid of heights or drowning as the danger is real. The more ridiculous phobias can be funny to others but to the person suffering from such fears life can be hard. Let’s have a look at some.
Pentheraphobia is the fear of one’s mother in law. Well this one isn’t that ridiculous. Everyone is afraid or at least hates their mother in law. But when this fear reaches irrational limits it becomes known as Pentheraphobia. It’s a good phobia to get diagnosed with as it will help you get out of many dinners with the in laws.
Peladophobia is the fear of bald people. It is an exceptionally cruel and at the same time funny fear to have. What is funny is that bald people have a fear of hair loss and people with Peladophobia share their fears. If you feel scared or alarmed everytime Howie Mandel comes on TV then you suffer from Peladophobia.
Another strange fear is the fear of having peanut butter sticking on the roof of your mouth. It’s called Arachibutyrophobia and when you have it you dread eating a peanut butter and jam sandwich, which is just sad. People suffering from this fear might try to hide it by showing a dislike for peanut butter or might even pretend to be allergic to peanuts.
If you are afraid of ducks then it is just normal; ducks are scary, we get it. But if you are scared that somewhere a duck is hiding and watching you then you are closer to being crazy and suffer from anatidaephobia. It is just crazy to think that a duck is always watching you and just silly to be afraid of it. This fear may be developed due to some traumatic event as a child with a duck.
A lot of men suffer from this phobia. Caligeynephobia is a fear of beautiful women. Any nerd will tell you that they get anxious, nervous or even nauseous in the presence of a beautiful woman. It is similar to Gynophobia which is a fear of all women. It might be related to hidden homosexual tendencies or could be just a social anxiety disorder.
Ablutophobia is the fear of baths. As children we’ve all had that fear. But some people never grow up it seems. Ablutophobia is more common in women and children suffering from emotional instability or distress due to past trauma. If you are terrified of taking a bath you have genuine ablutophobia but if you choose to not take a bath just because you don’t feel like it then you are just lazy and disgusting.
Chorophobia is the fear of dancing. Many people seem to feel awkward and embarrassed when they have to dance in a public setting such as marriages but if you are so terrified of dance and everything related to it that you try to avoid it all costs then you might be suffering from Chorophobia. People suffering from Chorophobia fear dance so much that it affects their social life and turn them into introverts who don’t want to go anyplace.
Cathisophobia is the fear of sitting down. People who have suffered a trauma while sitting down can develop this phobia. People who were tortured by making them sit on a chair that had sharp of hot objects on it can develop Cathisophobia. It’s one of the worst phobias to have as you are condemned to stand wherever you go.
One of the weirdest phobia is Panphobia which is a fear of everything. A person suffering from Panphobia is afraid of everything. They are afraid of everything all the time. Some patients also describe it as an ever present fear of some unknown evil. It is also known as Omniphobia. It’s a pretty poor way of living life being afraid all the time.
The most ridiculous phobia of all has to be Phobophobia; which is a phobia of phobias! If you have this phobia then you are afraid that you might develop a phobia. People who have a phobia that has resulted in a traumatic experience might develop the phobia of developing another phobia which can lead to a similar experience. Some people have been found that have a phobia of developing phobias without any traumatic experience. The ironical thing is that their fear of developing a phobia causes their only phobia.