50 Weird Phobias You Won’t Believe People Actually Have

Plenty of people are afraid of things like spiders, lightning, and enclosed spaces, but did you know there’s a phobia for just about anything and everything you can think of? Here are 50 of the most bizarre fears that have actually been formally diagnosed.


Anyone suffering from this strange fear should probably stay away from beaches, cruise ships and college sporting events.

Cymophobia is the fear not just of waves but also “wave like motions,” which we would assume precludes the afflicted from surfing, using rocking chairs and participating in “the wave” at sporting events. It’s often caused by traumatic childhood events involving water.

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