Phobias are crippling, irrational and life-altering fears of things and can be incredibly detrimental to people’s lives. While the sufferer of the phobia is often unable to control his or her fear, some phobias can present themselves as more ridiculous than others. Here, we present our list of 15 phobias that are so crazy you won’t believe they exist. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!
Number Fifteen: Pentheraphobia. It’s no secret that some mother-in-laws can be monster-in-laws, but some people have an irrational fear of their significant other’s mother. We imagine holidays can be quite interesting for people suffering from pentheraphobia.
Number Fourteen: Hylophobia. Nature is a place of calm and relaxation for many people, but for people suffering from hylophobia, nature is a giant source of stress. Hylophobic people are terrified of the woods, trees, or forests in general.
Number Thirteen: Scriptophobia. Scriptophobia is the fear of writing in public. People who have scriptophobia worry most about the dangers that could result from them writing in public.
Number Twelve: Ephebiphobia. While many people spend years trying to look younger, and many parents have children just so they can relive their own youth, people with ephebiphobia are actually afraid of youth! Babies can be scary, but for ephebiphobics, they’re downright terrifying.
Number Eleven: Nomophobia. It can be stressful to lose cell phone service when you’re expecting an important text, call, or email, but imagine being so afraid of losing service that you plan your entire life around staying in mobile contact. This is the case for people suffering from nomophobia. They have such a crippling fear of being out of mobile contact that they plan their lives around staying in touch.
Number Ten: Ergophobia. Ergophobia is the fear of work. Though we kind of wonder if this fear was made up by a lazy person who just didn’t want to work, ergophobia is indeed a real thing, and we probably all suffer from it just a little bit.
Number Nine: Genuphobia. Genuphobia is the fear of knees and/or kneeling. Stay tuned for part two of our list of 15 phobias you won’t believe exist, coming soon!