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7 Phobias You Probably Never Knew Existed 

7 Phobias You Probably Never Knew Existed 

“Phobia is an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something.”

Phobias are believed to be caused by genetics, traumatic experiences, some activities picked up in childhood etc.

Below is a list of some of the creepy phobias that exist.

1. Aphenphosmphobia

This is the fear of being touched. The sufferers of this phobia hold the belief that they can contract certain diseases when they are touched.

2. Cacophobia

This is the fear of ugliness. This word is gotten from the Greek word, Caco, which means bad or unpleasant. Cacophobia is the fear of anything that appears or is considered ugly.

3. Selenophobia

This is the fear of the moon. It is sometimes called Lunaphobia. Selenophobia is gotten from the Greek word, Seleno, and Latin word, Luna, which means moon. This is the fear of moon or even darkness. People who suffer from this phobia are those who once had terrible experiences in the dark.

4. Gamophobia

This is the fear of marriage. This is the fear of commitment or long-term relationships. This fear does not only affect the sufferer, it affects everyone that is emotionally attached to them.

5. Thanatophobia

This is a fear of death and the process of dying. While Necrophobia is the fear of dead people or seeing people die, Thanatophobia is the fear of one’s death

6. Emetophobia

This is the fear of vomiting. This phobia ranges from the fear of vomiting, the fear of seeing vomit and the fear of watching the act to the fear of wanting to vomit.

7. Arachnophobia

This word is gotten from the specie name, Arachnid. This is the fear of spiders, mites, ticks etc.

Bear in mind that Phobia is not just a fear of something. Phobia is an uncontrollable and persistent fear of something. It does not become a big deal when you fear something once. It becomes a phobia when you suffer uncontrollable anxiety and panic over certain things.