16 Totally Normal Phobias You Didn't Know Had Names

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Who says phobias have to be weird? Everyone's scared.

1. Anuptaphobia

The fear of being or staying single. You know, like, forever.

2. Athazagoraphobia

The fear of being forgotten, ignored, or abandoned. This phobia has a theme song.

3. Blennophobia

A fear of slime. Watching old episodes of You Can't Do That on Television might be just what the doctor ordered.

4. Gelotophobia

The fear of being laughed at. Incidentally, there's no fear of being laughed with.

5. Gerascophobia

The fear of growing old. You'll grow into—and out of—it.

6. Glossophobia

The fear of speaking in public. Statistics say it's the #1 phobia of Americans, followed by thanatophobia, fear of death.

7. Hellenologophobia

The fear of Greek terms or complex scientific terminology. Perhaps it's just fear of mispronouncing them!

8. Kakorrhaphiophobia

The fear of failure or defeat. Hard to overcome. Harder to say.

9. Lockiophobia

The fear of childbirth. If you don't suffer from this, you're probably a man.

10. Macrophobia

A fear of long waits. See also: fear of going to the DMV.

11. Metathesiophobia

A fear of change. Often irrationally coupled with fear of things staying the same.

12. Nyctohylophobia

The fear of dark wooded areas or of forests at night. This one's endorsed by the horror movie industry.

13. Obesophobia

A fear of gaining weight. Interestingly, there's no official fear of going to the gym. (Gymnophobia is the fear of nudity.)

14. Ophthalmophobia

The fear of being stared at. Does not include being stared at admiringly.

15. Politicophobia

The fear or abnormal dislike of politicians. A truly bipartisan concern.

16. Syngenesophobia

A fear of relatives. This tends to flare up during the holidays.

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August 8, 2013 - 12:00pm
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