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Do You Have One Of These Weird, Real Phobias?

01/06/2017 at 4:23 | Lauren Levine // Freelance Writer
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We all know about the common phobias. Claustrophobia, for example, where you’re afraid of tight spaces, or arachnophobia where you fear spiders. But did you know there are a ton of other real phobias that are pretty weird? They get pretty specific. Do you have any of them?




Lutraphobia Fear of otters

Anthophobia Fear of flowers

Spectrophobia: Fear of looking at your own reflection in a mirror

Gelotophobia: Fear of being laughed at

Brontophobia: Fear of thunder and lightening

Macrophobia: Fear of long waits

Deipnophobia: Fear of dinner parties

Allodoxaphobia: Fear of opinions (this may have been induced by this election cycle)

Scriptophobia: Fear of writing in public

Anuptaphobia: Fear of being single

Dextrophobia: Fear of things to your right

Chirophobia: Fear of hands


So those are a little more obscure. If you’re wondering about the most common phobias, check out the top 10! I’m at least 5 out of 10, how many do you have?



Lauren Levine is a freelance writer who has contributed to publications and websites including The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, Bustle, Thought Catalog, The Charlotte Observer, U.S. News & World Report, and others. She’s also the co-host of The Margarita Confessionals podcast. Say hi on Twitter, @lifewithlauren1.


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