As human beings, we’re scared of all sorts of things. This fear is what helped us evolve to become the dominant species on planet earth. Fear is what pushed us to develop the right tools to protect us from the numerous predators that roam the planet, especially at night! While fear plays a crucial part in our growth and evolution as humans, there is a type of fear that hinders us from doing even the most basic of things.
This kind of fear is known as phobia…
Simply put, a phobia is an exaggerated fear in something, someone, a situation, or an object that the sufferer believes will cause them a lot of harm. Most people suffer from phobias due to physical, emotional, or psychological trauma that they experienced while growing up. While we are aware of common phobias such as claustrophobia and arachnophobia, there are certain phobias that are weird even by psychological standards!
Keeping this in mind, here are the most jaw-dropping phobias that will have you wondering, “Do some people really have such irrational fears?”
There are some things we can’t just take for granted in this life. And a good night sleep is one of them. While most of us yearn to dive headfirst onto our pillows after a long day at the office, there are some people out here who can’t even come a foot close to their beds. Simply, put, they suffer from somniphobia, the fear of sleep.
When most men see a nubile woman crossing the street, they automatically work up the nerve to hastily cross and ask her for her number. But not all men are like that. There are a few individuals who have a fear of beautiful women, and cannot even hold a 30-second conversation without cowing in their seats once the woman starts talking.
We sit down all the time. At home, at the office, at the park. Sitting is part and parcel of modern life. But what happens when we don’t want to sit down? Well, we simply stand up! But what if you had an innate fear of sitting down to the point where the mere thought of it can make you delirious. Well, that’s kathisophobia for you.
They say laughter is the best medicine. But not when you have Geliophobia. This particular fear makes you scared of laughing, or irritates you when you hear someone else laughing!
Money makes the world go round. But not for everyone. Some people are so scared of money that they stay away from it at all costs. If that’s not the craziest phobia you’ve ever heard, then I don’t know what else is.