Everybody has met somebody who says that they aren’t afraid of anything. Big lies, right? Even if you don’t fear the reaper, or the boogie man, and would gladly frolic around in the dark carrying spiders with your head wrapped in snakes, there is still something that gives you the heebie-jeebies. It just might not be something that anyone would expect. That doesn’t mean, however, that there isn’t an actual phobia for it. Here is the top ten list of the craziest fears that have actually been given names.
Sometimes even a rubber ducky can’t make bath time lots of fun. If you suffer from a debilitating fear of bathing, washing or cleaning yourself, then you have ablutophobia. This fear is much more common in children than it is in adults. It is also more common in women than it is in males. Those with the most extreme cases will be frozen in terror at the prospect of even washing their hands.
9. Crossing the Street:
What would it be like if you had to live your life in a square? For people living with dromophobia, this may just be there reality. This is the completely irrational fear of crossing the street. No matter how big or small, the street is something that merely cannot be crossed over. The thing is, the this phobia doesn’t have to do with being afraid of getting hit by a car or any other specific harm that can come to you while you are trying to get from point A to point B. The fear is the actual crossing of the street itself. Even if you have a crosswalk, a kindly old lady in a bright orange vest, and somebody to hold your hand, if you suffer from this phobia going to see your neighbor for a cup of sugar or roaming through the city is just not an option for you.
8. Friday the 13th:
Did you know that both Friday and the number 13 have bad reps for being bad luck? This must make it extra difficult when Friday the 13th rolls around. For those with paraskavedekatriaphobia, it definitely is. This is the specific phobia of Friday the 13th. When this rare day comes along and other people are settling in for Jason marathons and being especially careful not to break any mirrors or walk under any ladders, people with this phobia are too scared to even leave their homes. There’s no one specific thing that they are afraid will happen to them on Friday the 13th, it’s just the idea that something bad could happen.
Alliumphobia is not a good one to have if you happen to live in a town that is infested with vampires. The completely irrational fear of garlic makes it impossible for these people to get through the produce section of a grocery store without breaking out in a nervous sweat, and absolutely eliminates the possibility of enjoying a good authentic Italian meal. It does, however, make it much less likely that they will have terrible breath on a first date.
Does the idea of things going on into perpetuity just freak you out? If it does, then you may be suffering from apeirophobia. This is the fear of infinity. Just the thought of anything that isn’t limited by number, time, or volume is absolutely terrifying for people with this fear. It may make them feel out of control or so they can’t comprehend the situation. Mostly, however, it just makes them feel terrified.