Strangest Phobias in the WORLD!! You also might not know this but there are literally thousands of phobias out there and not all of them are what you might expect to see. Everybody is afraid of something and, although you might not want to admit it, sometimes your phobias extend beyond the traditional spider and clown phobias. From Certain furniture to farm animals…here are some of the strangest phobias out there. Stay tuned to number 1 to find out exactly WHAT people are afraid to leave home without!
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Number 10: Furniturephobia.
Believe it or not, and as you might have guessed, furniturephobia is a fear of furniture. Although it may sound strange, it is a genuine and recognised phobia that can vary from the fear of a specific type furniture…right up to the fear of any and all furniture. Symptoms can include; shortness of breath, refusing to touch and wanting to avoid even looking at furniture at all costs.
One slightly documented version of this phobia comes from actor, Billy Bob Thornton, who has admitted in a television interview that he is deathly afraid of furniture, specifically antique furniture, and that if he is in the same room as it he becomes highly uncomfortable, wanting to leave as quickly as possible. As with most phobias, nobody knows for sure what causes it, but some speculate that it comes from a traumatic childhood event of some form.
Number 9. Catoptrophobia.
Not everybody is a fan of their body; some might think they are too fat or too thin or just too oddly proportioned. If this problem causes you to avoid looking at mirrors than you might just have catoptropobia. Also known as eisoptrophobia or spectrophobia, it is the fear of mirrors. Whether it be because you are afraid of something coming out of the mirror and attacking you, or more of a body image issue, it is a real phobia that people are suffering from.
Now, it’s not usually the fact that you can’t handle seeing a mirror, but rather the fear of what you might see in the mirror looking back at you. Symptoms of this are the same as most other phobias; shortage of breath and the desire to avoid mirrors at all costs. Baywatch superstar, and professional slow motion runner, Pamela Anderson has admitted before to having this phobia, stating that she avoids all mirrors and most other reflective surfaces.
Number 8: Ovaphobia.
Breakfast time is not usually something associated with phobias but if you are one of the people living with ovaphobia then any Sunday morning breakfast or brunch date may be an actual nightmare to you.
Ovaphobia is the fear of eggs, whether it be the complete egg still in its shell, or otherwise. Ovaphobia sufferers are living in constant fear of being near an egg. It is often paired up with xanthophobia, which is the fear of yellow, and can leave people stuttering with the usual shortness of breath and even sweating!
As usual, exact causes for the fear are unclear but can involve the thought of a new-born chick breaking its way out in your kitchen, or even simply an egg allergy. Famed producer and director Alfred Hitchcock admitted to having this phobia, stating that watching an egg yolk breaking and running all over his plate is one of the most revolting things he could ever witness.
Number 7: Alektorophobia.
While we are on the topic of eggs, farms are often considered to be rather dirty, wild animals running around and who knows what might be lying in wait in the bushes. Alektorophobia is not the fear of a farm, itself, but rather a fear of a specific farm ANIMAL…chickens!
More specifically, it is the fear of roosters, with Alektoro meaning rooster in Greek. But it doesn’t end there, and some sufferers include hens and even baby chicks.
This strange fear could originate from having a traumatic encounter with a chicken as a child, and that encounter may have had a lasting effect on the person’s view of chickens for the rest of their life. No known celebrities share this fear, but if you have it or know a friend who may have it, let us know in the comments below.
Number 6: Papyrophobia.
These days, things are becoming more and more digital, leaving paper in the past as we move steadily towards a paperless future.
Papyrophobes are particularly happy with this as it helps them to avoid their crushing fear of…paper. That’s right, the fear of paper is a real thing and sufferers of this phobia have said that they simply cannot handle touching or handling paper in any way. This fear comes in a few different forms and varies between the actual feel and texture of paper that people can’t handle, to the sound that it makes when turning a page or crumpling up paper.