Category: Weird Phobias

Understanding Ombrophobia: Extreme and Irrational Fear of Rain

Ombrophobia is derived from the Greek words ‘Ombros’ and ‘Phobos’. ‘Ombros’ means the ‘storm of rain’ while ‘Phobos’ means fear. Hence, Ombrophobia is the extreme and irrational fear of rain witnessed in both children and adults. In most cases, the fear of rain is usually accompanied by the fear of lightning…

How to Overcome Emetophobia or the Fear of Vomiting?

Emetophobia refers to the fear of vomiting but it is not simply just a fear of throwing up. It is an excessive, irrational fear about the possibility of vomiting. People with Emetophobia often associate the condition with an overwhelming sense of losing control or becoming very ill…

Xerophobia: Understanding Fear of Dryness or Dry Places

Xero and phobia originally Greek words which mean dry and fear respectively. Therefore, Xerophobia is the fear of dryness, dry land and anything that can be defined as dry. People with Xerophobia don’t go on vacations in dry and desert areas because they are afraid of either desert animals or dying of thirst…

How to Overcome Urophobia or the Fear of Urine or Urinating?

People who have Urophobia often feel as if someone is watching them or listening to them while they are urinating. As a result, urinating becomes pretty uncomfortable. People with extreme Urophobia cannot even use a public toilet because of this fear. Urophobia negatively impacts the Urophobic’s ability…

Why Some People Fear of Progress? Understanding Prosophobia

Prosophobia is a specific phobia. Therefore, it can be traced back to a specific triggering event which in most cases is traumatic childhood experience. A child who has grown up observing the behavior of parents who have a fear of progress will most likely develop this fear themselves…

What is Sidonglobophobia and Why People Fear of Cotton Balls?

Sidonglobophobia is one of the weirdest and strangest phobias in the world. This type of phobia is defined as the extreme fear of cotton balls. For a fear to develop into a phobia, it means that the fear goes beyond a simple ‘I don’t like cotton balls’ feeling. People with Sidonglobophobia cannot touch cotton…

Everything You Should Know About Pediophobia: Fear of Dolls

Pediophobia is a type of specific phobia that affects 9% of adults in the United States. This trend may keep increasing especially with the popularity of dolls in today’s pop culture, movies, and Halloween costumes. There are many more horror movies involving dolls being produced today than a decade ago…

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