Here Are The 10 Weirdest Phobias You Can Actually Be Diagnosed With

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Tabata Times

Phobias are pretty much universally viewed as being irrational, and it is important to bear that in mind when reading through this list of very odd fears.

And so, without further adieu…

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1. Anatidaephobia
The fear of being watched is probably pretty common. Fear that it is a duck with his gaze fixed upon you is a little more niche. Trips to the park must be hell.

2. Paraskavedekatriaphobia
You wouldn’t want to be diagnosed with this without just cause. Pronouncing the name is just as challenging as the condition. Paraskavedekatriaphobia is the fear of Friday the 13th, the day not the film.

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3. Genuphobia
Genuphobia is the fear of knees. Do your own count?

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4. Pentheraphobia
Pentheraphobia could perhaps be the most understandable phobia on this list. It is the fear of your mother-in-law.

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5. Deipnophobia
Hate awkward small-talk? Well if that feeling is entrenched within your core you may have Deipnophobia, the fear of dinner conversation.

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6. Globophobia
This one must have made birthday parties pretty awkward. Globophobia is the fear of balloons.

7. Nephophobia
Keep your head down if you suffer from Nephophobia, the fear of clouds.

8. Turophia
Turophia is the fear of cheese. Ironically you may be spared nightmares caused by cheese with nightmares of cheese.

9. Agyrophobia
Agyrophobia is the crippling fear of venturing from one side of the street to the other.

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10. Pteronophobia
Pteronophobia fills sufferers with dread at the thought of being tickled with feathers. Imagine the double whammy of Pteronophobia alongside Anatidaephobia?

How do people gain these fears to begin with?