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.

Cymophobia

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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Pteronophobia

While some might think that the idea of being tickled with a feather sounds like a turn on, for others, the concept sends them into a cold sweat accompanied by dry mouth and heart palpitations.

If that sounds at all familiar, you could be suffering from pteronophobia, the fear of being tickled with feathers.

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Alan Poulson Photography / Shutterstock.com

Sesquipedalophobia

If you weren’t a sesquipedalophobe before you started reading this article, you might be now, since sesquipedalophobia is a fear of long words.

Hearing someone even so much as whistle “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” probably gets their heart rate up. How a patient would even get through hearing the diagnosis we’ll never know.

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