Fear is one of the most basic human emotions. Fear helps to protect us. It makes us alert to danger and prepares us to deal with it. But a “Phobia” is an intense fear reaction to a particular thing or a situation. It is an extreme, irrational fear of a specific object or situation, despite knowing the fact that it is actually not dangerous or harmful. But then a phobia is a phobia. No matter how much someone reassures you that the said thing isn’t going to harm you, you still run miles away from it. Here’s a list of some downright bizarre phobias:

1. Deipnophobia

Fear of dinner parties. This is why I couldn’t come to your dinner parties, I am being scared of dinner parties, and all..poor me.

2. Selenophobia

Fear of the moon, moonlight, or even darkness on a moonless night. Like many other phobias, selenophobia originates from painful experiences during childhood

3. Allodoxaphobia

Oh, you’re scared of me speaking my mind, then you might have this phobia, which is the fear of opinions.

4. Scriptophobia

If you ask a celebrity for an autograph and they decline, they may not be discourteous but suffer from this phobia, which is the fear of writing in public.

5. Anuptaphobia

Does this hit on your 30th birthday, since it’s the fear of being single.

6. Sesquipedalophobia

 Ironically, fear of long words.

7. Alliumphobia

It is the fear of garlic. Like seriously? I mean how delicious is garlic bread.

8. Coulrophobia

Thanks to Stephen King’s Novel It, most of us have coulrophobia, which is the fear of clowns.

9. Acerophobia

Fear of sourness. Gosh I can’t live without hot & sour soup.

10. Venustraphobia

Fear of beautiful women! Yes, that’s really eerie. I don’t have it because I adore myself.

11. Bibliophobia

A fear of books. Now that’s pretty much relatable.

12. Nomophobia

Fear of being without mobile phone coverage
Ah! I am sure we all have a little percentage of this hidden somewhere in us.  They have a fear of losing mobile network, mobile battery, or even losing the sight of their mobile phone!

13. Anthophobia

And I used to think flowers are pretty and a refreshing sight! But for some people with this phobia, flowers are their worst fears come alive!

14. Porphyrophobia

WTH! fear the colour purple! I must say a sad fear, indeed.

15. Philophobia

“Thappad se dar nahi lagta sahab, pyar se lagta hai.” When you take this dialogue too seriously.
This is the fear of being/falling in love, so stay away, Cupid!

16. Paraskavedekatriaphobia

Fear of date Friday the 13. Oh Come on..people have birthdays on this date.

17. Metrophobia

Oh no! Fear of Poetry. Now that’s woeful.

18. Sciaphobia

I’m sure Peter Pan didn’t have this phobia; it’s fear of shadows.

19. Panophobia

Everything. Yeah,when someone utterly scared of everything.

20. Phobophobia

The most ironic of them all: A fear of phobias.
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