We all have things that scare us. Maybe the idea of death sends shivers down your spine, or small spaces put your brain on red alert. Maybe you’re old fashioned and just terrified of spiders or snakes. Something out there scares you? sure, but life goes on. However, some people carry fears so intense that daily life becomes practically impossible.
These people suffer from phobias—a severe fear of something. To an outsider, a phobia may seem silly or irrational, something someone can just “get over.” But in truth, battling the strange and disturbing phobias below can be a full-time job…
1. Globophobia (fear of balloons): For globophobes, the hit song 99 Red Balloons sounds less like an anti-war track and more like a declaration of war. Experts suppose it’s the potential sound of balloons popping that really scares these sufferers.
2. Anthropophobia (fear of people): Imagine being afraid of literally everyone—shy to a pathological degree. Those suffering most seriously from the phobia communicate through writing only. Face-to-face interactions are just too much.
3. Coulrophobia (fear of clowns): A child’s birthday party is no fun for those who quiver in the presence of red-nosed jokesters. Visiting circuses and Halloween parties probably don’t make their bucket lists, either.
4. Athazagoraphobia (fear of being forgotten): For people suffering from this condition, every day is like being trapped on a desert island with no escape. Friends forget your laugh, your face—you. Your legacy dies with you. Scary, no? Athazagoraphobes certainly think so.
5. Amathophobia (fear of air particles): Even though those suffering from this phobia know a speck of dust will not hurt them one bit, they can’t help themselves. Dust bunnies become dust beasts.
6. Chronophobia (fear of time passing): Sands through the hourglass mean the days of our lives are passing quickly to chronophobes. Typically, this phobia stems from a fear of death, too. Time passing means less time with loved ones.
7. Somniphobia (fear of sleep): Nightmares or traumatic events that happen while sleeping can make a person fearful of curling beneath a blanket and shutting their eyes. They never sleep peacefully!
8. Taphophobia (fear of being buried alive): Of course, no one jumps with glee at the idea of dying six feet underground, but to some, the concept’s paralyzing. To assuage them, experts invented coffins with breathing holes just in case the dead aren’t dead.
9. Claustrophobia (fear of tight spaces): Do enclosed spaces like elevators spike your heart rate? Then you suffer from claustrophobia, the fear of small spaces, like 5 to 7 percent of the rest of the world.
10. Feretrophobia (fear of caskets): Similar to taphophobia, those fearing caskets typically fear death, being buried alive, or getting locked in a tight space, unable to move—similar to those who suffer from this next phobia…
Imagine trying to get through life without falling asleep or seeing a clown! These disturbing phobias are enough to make every day painful.
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