We understand common fears like being afraid spiders or clowns, or a rational fear of heights, it’s something we deal with. Believe it or not, there are some people out there with who have to live with more strange phobias like the fear of chopsticks or the number 13. Here are 5 of the most obscure phobias recognised by science.
Arachibutyrophobia: The fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth
While most people have an undying love for peanut butter, there are some out there who are scared of the sticky substance sticking to the roof of their mouth. The word Arachibutryrophobia is a combination of the Polish word for groundnuts, arachidowe, and Greek words for butter, voutyro and phobos for fear. Scientist believe the fear is actually rooted in the more generalized fear of chocking or sticky textures, also known as pseudodysphagia.
Siderophobia: The fear of stars
Most people find gazing at the stars on a clear night to be a relaxing experience, but not everyone. Siderphobia is the fear of stars. The origin of the word ‘Sidero’ comes from Latin and means star. Other common phobias relating to space include Cometophobia (fear of comets), Meteorophobia (fear of meteors) and Spacephobia (fear of outer space)
Omphalophobia: The fear of belly buttons
Possibly one of the most obscure fears, Omphalophobia is the fear of belly buttons. The word omphalo is derived from Greek and means navel. People who suffer from omphalophobia have a fear of their own, and in some cases other people’s belly buttons, even going so far as to avoid going to places full of exposed navels or covering up their own belly button with a bandage to avoid seeing it.
Kathisophobia: The fear of sitting down
After a long days work, most people look forward to getting home and relaxing in front of the TV on their favorite chair. However, for some people sitting down is the last thing they want to do. Kathisophobia is the fear of sitting down. The origin of the word kathiso is Greek and means to sit down or sitting. It is generally believed that the phobia arise from a combination of external events like a traumatic incident, and internal predispositions such as genetics.
Nomophobia: The fear of not having a mobile phone
Nomophobia is the irrational fear of either being without your smartphone or being unable to use it for a particular reason. Nomophobia is a relatively new phobia known to affect up to 66% of British men, women, and teenagers according to studies done by securenvoy. The phrase ‘Nomophobia’ originates from the British urban dictionary (My phone ‘no work no more’) and was first used by British experts researching the effects of being without your phone for an extended amount of time. Symptoms of nomophobia include an elevated heart rate, sweaty palms, and shallow breathing.