Top 10 Bizarre Phobias in the World

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Phobia is a kind of anxiety in which a person constantly fear someone, something, a situation or a combination of these. The person behaves odd and would do anything to avoid his or her fear. Most of the people on earth have phobias that can be of various kinds ranging from minor phobias to major ones. However not everyone behaves similar to their Phobias.

Some of the people have control over their phobias and do not prefer to expose their phobia however some people are suffering at such a high extent from their phobias that they are unable to hide or get rid from their anxiety disorder. Phobias are of many types, some people fear animals, ghost, nightmares, blood, injections and many more. But some of the phobias are strange in nature and when you know about these, you get surprised that how can a person even fear this.

We are presenting here ten of the bizarre phobia in the world that may shock you.

10. Heliophobia

Kind of bizarre phobias

It is a specific type of phobias in which the person suffers from the fear of sunlight, sun, or any type of bright light. Like most of the phobias, it also trails back to a past traumatic event in the history. As we all know that sunlight has strong ultraviolet rays in it and can cause sunburn as well and skin cancer. Most of the people develop this phobia because of bad personal or family experience. Sometimes people suffering from eye diseases like keratoconus or skin diseases like porphyria cutanea tarda in which the skin is sensitive to sunlight develop heliphobia.

The growing fear of sunlight causing skin cancer is responsible for the spread of this phobia. It can be found all alone or maybe as a part of some other disorders like obsessive compulsive disorder if it is an extreme fear. Most of the time this phobia remains as such, however it also possesses evolving power and can evolve into public phobia or fear of people or gatherings.

9. Chorophobia

strange phobias

Now this is a strange phobias in which people develop the fear of dancing, it can also be described as the unwillingness of a person to become excited or aroused. The fear of event that include dancing like parties or going to club is also included in this phobia. It may be related to some bad personal experience in the past included including TV, radio or media.

But most of the time it is undiagnosed as such people stay away from being involved in dancing but when they face such situations that involve dancing or they are forced to do so, they are exposed especially when they are persuaded. Such a person will do anything to keep away from dancing and will avoid going to any place where there are chances to get involved in dancing.

People having chorophobia may also show signs and symptoms of anxiety like shortness of breath, sweating, panic attacks, irregular heartbeat and many more. This phobia may be linked to social phobia or the fear of being in crowd.

8. Taphophobia

top ten phobias

It is one of the bizarre phobias that might terrify you. Taphophobia means the fear of being buried alive. In Greek, it is referred to as the fear of graves. People suffering from this phobia are afraid of the fact that they might be diagnosed as dead and placed in the grave while still alive. It is basically a psychopathological condition. It is one of the most abnormal and unusual fear and people might develop it owing to some historical incidents they might have heard from their elders.

In the early 1900s, there had been some such events of burial of 219 live people and ten cases of live dissection. However with the development of technology people are not labeled as dead until and unless performing the resuscitation measures properly for 20 minutes at least. Even then the people who are interested in history develop this fear as many of the legend were buried alive and many horror stories also are responsible for the development of this phobia.

7. Ergasiophobia

a part of social phobias

Ergasiophobia also known as ergo phobias is a disorder in which people develop the fear of working. It may be present in manual labor or in the people involved in non manual labor. The people suffering from this phobia are always anxious about their work place, environment, colleagues and performance even if they know that their anxiety is irrational and undue. It is usually not present all alone and may be a part of social phobia or performance phobia where people are afraid to show any kind of work or performance in front of others.

It is basically the combination of many fears like fear of facing people, fear of making assignments, socializing, along with several psychological and emotional injuries. Such people face difficulty in doing their jobs and mostly remain unemployed or jobless. No doubt it is a miserable condition to have such phobias.

6. Gymnophobia

worst kind of phobias

The fear of being nude in front of others or even the fear of seeing any other person naked is known as gymnophobia. The word gymnophobia is derived from Greek work, where gumnos means naked and phobos means fear. The people will become anxious while getting naked and surprisingly they are aware of the fact that the fear in irrational.

This is applied to both personal as well as private situations and is mostly seen in kids. This phobias overlaps with dishabiliophobia that is the fear of getting undressed in front of others. It basically belongs to the generalized fear of sexuality in which they feel that they are physically not fit or inferior and become unprotected. Such people will avoid changing in dressing room of public places, washrooms, beaches etc.

However, this phobia is treatable and people can be trained to change their behavior. But in some cases it may develop in an anxiety disorder where it may affect the life of an individual significantly.

5. Paedophobia


Paedophobia which is an anxiety disorder means fear of children and infants. The word paedophobia finds its origin from a Greek word PAIDI PHOBOS. The consequences of paedophobia include ageism, adultism and paternalism. The studies have revealed its effect on biological conception in humans.

Many international organizations addressing paedophobia either outright or by implication include SAVE THE CHILDREN and CHILDREN DEFENSE FUND while others are against. It is said that many of us make exceptions in our children but we do not welcome and pamper other people’s children. Most of the people develop this phobia owing to the fear of being embarrassed by the children in front of other people or public places.

However; fortunately the condition is curable through several kinds of treatment which include medical as well as psychiatric methods. This has been tackled by many organizations pertaining social services and human rights.

4. Venustraphobia


It is also known as caligynephobia in which a person suffers from the fear of beautiful women. Mainly the victims are boys and men who feel scared when they are surrounded by beautiful women. This causes the hesitation and anxiety in gatherings leading to poor social interaction unlike most of the guys who are dying to be with beautiful ladies. It is said that the fear of women is usually linked to some bitter experience in past.

Most of these people have had failures in their love life or failed experience while dealing with beautiful women and they end up developing this phobia as they grow up. Another important factor associated with venustraphobia is the weak self image that makes the person unconfident in front of other people mainly the beautiful ladies. However this is bizarre but till treatable phobias that involve several therapies.

3. Phobophobia

fear of phobias

It is one of the most bizarre phobias in which a person suffers from the fear of phobias. It is highly associated with anxiety that and other phobic disorders like generalized anxiety disorder. Such people usually suffer from panic attacks and have associated psychological disorder. It is usually said to be a type of stress and any other phobia creating an extensive phobophobia where he or she can’t help it as doesn’t know what is actually troublesome.

This phobia usually develops due to some emotional stress or it may originate from other phobias. It is differentiated from other phobias as it lacks the internal stimulus and the patients suffer from severe internal sensations of anxiety. This all turned into a vicious cycle leading to severe anxiety and its precipitation by avoiding being a phobic. Person start experiencing severe symptoms like dizziness, tension, shortness of breath or may become faint.

2. Eisoptrophobia


This is an interesting rather bizarre phobia in which a person develops the fear of his own reflection. The people suffering from this phobia do not go in front of mirror as they are scared of their own image. Another phobia is spectrophobia in which the person suffers from the fear of mirrors and not by his own reflection. It may also develop when the person is conscious about himself.

This is usually based on a past experience and people hold the opinion that they have something wrong at their face or they might find some ghost or witch standing behind them. It is related to a psychological condition in which the person does not recognize his image as himself instead he thinks that the reflection is some other person. This is one of the bizarre phobias indeed.

1. Ithyphallophobia most bizarre Phobias

most bizarre phobias

This is rather the most bizarre phobias in which a man has fear of erection. He might suffer from the fear of being seen erect by others; even the thought of erection brings the fear out of him. The person feels anxious and develops symptoms like excessive sweating, nausea, vomiting, and dryness of mouth, palpitations and other features of anxiety while suffering from this phobia.

To your surprise, this is not an uncommon phobia however it may be hidden and never disclosed. However most of the people realize that they have irrational phobia and some of them also overcome their phobia by taking behavioral therapy. There are several treatment options available for this phobia like hypnotherapy and other mental programming options that help many people to get rid of this bizarre fear.