Phobias are a set of neurotic disorders characterized by an irrational fear. When people are unable to overcome their anxieties, they will try as much as possible to escape the object of their fear (either a thing or a situation). What are the most unusual fears and how can they be cured?
The 10 most unusual phobias
1. Stasiphobia: The fear of standing
People who are scared of standing up are uncomfortable in their own skin. When they have to get up, they have the unpleasant feeling that everyone is looking at them…
2. Arachibutyrophobia: The fear of butter
No other dairy products bother these folks but butter scares and disgusts them more than anything.
3. Flatulophobia: The fear of farting
For flatulophobics, farting in public is the worst thing that can happen to them. For some, the fear of farting can become such an obsession that they refuse to talk about it and even change their diet.
4. Trypophobia: The fear of holes
The fear of holes seems to bring together several issues. They range from a feeling of uneasiness or nausea when faced with a beehive, holes in a sponge or even bubbles in a fizzy drink. Trypophobia is actually a primitive fear. Humans are said to have learnt to be wary of poisonous animals with circular patterns on their skin.
5. Fructophobia: The fear of fruit
This can also touch on being afraid of vegetables in some cases too. Fructophobics will do anything to dodge fruit and are uncomfortable with the sight, smell or even contact with it. This can sometimes go as far as refusing to try new foods.
6. Anuptaphobia: The fear of being single
It’s quite a rare phobia but one which may have quite dramatic consequences, such as emotional dependence or sex addiction.
7. Ombrophobia: The fear of rain, storms and hail
The sound of water falling or thunder makes ombrophobics feel really uncomfortable. They get stressed and feel like the end of the world is approaching.
8. Alektorophobia: The fear of chickens
We know about ornithophobia, the fear of birds, but alektorophobia is the more specific fear of chickens.
9. Ergophobia: The fear of work
Here is a form of anxiety that is often misunderstood. It’s not laziness but a real social handicap that is rarely taken seriously.
10. Tokophobia: The fear of pregnancy
Tokophobia is a term that literally means “phobia of giving birth”. The fear is extreme and irrational. It’s a phobia related to the fear of pain or death.
In 2012, the American Psychological Association revealed that 11 % of the population had a phobia and many of them can cause panic attacks.
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What are the most common phobias?
1. Social phobia
With a social phobia, it’s impossible to interact with others, even on the phone (telephonophobia).
These folks hate crowds and more specifically, they are afraid of being trapped in an open space or a public place.
This is one of the most common phobias in the world. It’s the fear of vomiting or seeing people vomit.
If you don’t suffer from social phobia but still don’t dare to speak in public, it’s highly likely you suffer from ereuthophobia too, the fear of blushing in public.
More of a syndrome than a real source of anxiety, hypochondria is characterized by excessive anxiety about the proper functioning of your body and your health.
Or the fear of heights, which ranges from the inability to climb on a stool to the fear of planes. In general, acrophobics avoid all situations where their feet may have to leave the ground.
Or the fear of spiders.
Or the fear of enclosed spaces, such as elevators, cellars or any cramped spaces with lots of people.
How can you cure a phobia?
The good news is, phobias can be cured. While a psychologist is often effective in the healing process because he or she allows us to go back to the origins and factors of the fear, taking medication is only very rarely a solution. Exposure therapy can also be a good solution to solving certain issues too. Although, unless the phobia is a cause of depression, medication is not recommended.To overcome your fears, consider CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) too, which helps to decondition the fear.
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