12 Unbelievable Phobias (That Actually Exist)

#1 Eisoptrophobia

Eisoptrophobia is the fear of mirrors, or seeing your own reflection in a mirror. How would you know if you have a booger? Well let me be honest. The older I get, the less I like mirrors. So I completely understand this one.

#2 Ephebiphobia

Ephebiphobia is the fear of teenagers or adolescents. What if you’re a teenager with ephebiphobia? Yikes.

#3 Amathophobia

This has nothing to do with math. Amathophobia is the fear of dust. Let’s think about this one for a second: If you’re afraid of dust, you can’t clean dust from your surroundings, but if you don’t, there’s even more dust. Eek.

#4 Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia

Whoever named this phobia is SICK. Depraved. Evil! Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is the fear of….. long words!!!!

#5 Nomophobia

Nomophobia is the fear of being without a cell phone. I mean… I get it.

#6 Ergophobia

Ergophobia is the fear of work. Sufferers realize their fear is irrational, but they feel extreme anxiety and persistent fear about their work environment.

#7 Pedophobia

Pedophobia is the actual fear of children and/or babies. I had a hard time understanding this phobia until I learned that some sufferers develop pedophobia after a personal loss or traumatic experience. So sad.

#8 Gamophobia

Gamophobia is the fear of being in a committed relationship. It can be caused by past experiences or even genetic influences. I feel like this phobia may be more common than we think!

#9 Arachibutyrophobia

Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth. All I can picture right now is my dog struggling as she eats a spoonful of peanut butter…

#10 Pentheraphobia

Pentheraphobia is the strong dislike or fear of your mother-in-law. This phobia can stem from past incidents, or even be a learned response from childhood. Example: If your mom or dad disliked their mother-in-law, you may grow up to subconsciously or unknowingly do the same.

#11 Decidophobia

I’m pretty sure I have this! Decidophobia is the fear of making a wrong decision. And not just the big things. This phobia can make it nearly impossible to decide what to eat, what color to paint your nails, or what movie to watch. Me. All. Day.

#12 Ablutophobia

Ablutophobia is the fear of bathing. While you could make jokes about this all day, it’s really no laughing matter. Can you imagine having to live with this phobia?

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