Common Phobias You Probably Didn’t Know Exist


We have so many fears at an individual level and don’t care to talk about them because we think we’re the only ones going through them. Think again! Here are some widespread phobias that you probably didn’t even know existed!

Obesophobia – The fear of weight gain

Obesophobia, also known as Pocrescophobia, is related to the fear of gaining weight or becoming obese. In order to avoid weight gain, Obesophobic starves themselves or work out excessively in hopes that they will never become obese or gain weight.

Gerascophobia – The fear of getting older

People having this phobia feel a deep fear of ageing. They desire to “be young forever” and stop time from ageing their minds and bodies.

Trypanophobia – The fear of needles

Trypanophobia refers to the fear of injections or needles used in medical procedures. People with this phobia avoid seeking necessary medical care involving needles, such as blood tests, vaccinations, etc.

Globophobia – The fear of balloons

Globophobia refers to the fear of balloons. People with this fear refuse to touch, feel, or go near a balloon to fear it will pop. As a result, they tend to avoid parties and special occasions such as birthday parties, weddings, or other festivities involving balloons as decorations.

Coprophobia – Abnormal fear of faeces

Coprophobia refers to the fear of experiencing extreme anxiety at the sight of faeces.

Chloephobia – Fear of newspapers

This phobia refers to the fear of newspapers where people refrain from touching, hearing the sound, and smelling a newspaper.

Remember, you’re not alone – while everyone is unique in their way, you may share some similarities with others around you as well!

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