Whether it be rational or irrational, fear is something we all face on a regular basis. It’s in our nature to be afraid of things, but sometimes people find their fears in strange places. Take a look at these bizarre fears.
The fear of long words
What type of sicko named this one?! Remember in school when everyone takes turns reading, and you try to quickly do the math in your head and figure out which paragraph will be yours, just to make sure you can pronounce all the words? Then your teacher flips the script and gives you someone else’s paragraph? We’ve all experienced it at one point or another. Might not be exactly what it’s referring to, but it’s something!
The fear of youth
“Ephebiphobia is the fear of youth. First coined as the “fear or loathing of teenagers,” today the phenomenon is recognized as the “inaccurate, exaggerated and sensational characterization of young people” in a range of settings around the world. Studies of the fear of youth occur in sociology and youth studies.”
The worst part is that this phobia could potentially develop at any time. You could be a youth, with a fear of youth, and no way of feeling any better about it. But this is an interesting phobia with quite a bit of history behind it, and definitely worth a look at if you get the chance!
The fear of balloons
“Globophobia is a fear of balloons. In some cases, the fear is of balloons in general, while in others the object of fear is the sound produced when balloons pop.”
Okay, maybe this is more an example of the very common (and justified!!!) fear of clowns, coulrophobia. But I wouldn’t be surprised if this were part of the origins of globophobia.
The fear of fear
“Phobophobia is the fear of phobia(s) and, more specifically, of the internal sensations associated with that phobia and anxiety, which binds it closely to other anxiety disorders, especially with generalized anxiety disorders (free floating fears) and panic attacks.”
I’m not 100% sure how this works, but it may be that you’re in a constant state of fear. Or perhaps it’s an on-going concern of having phobias, making you extra-cautious. Whatever the feeling actually is, be glad if it’s not something you experience! I couldn’t imagine….