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Fear Factor – Some of the strangest fears out there

Jordan Moss, Reporter

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Every person has at least one strange fear. You’ve probably heard of claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces) or arachnophobia (fear of spiders). But those are common fears. This is a list of some of the weridest fears that you most likely haven’t heard of.

 

Pogonophobia

 This is the fear of beards. Pogonophobia is when someone is so afraid of a person with a beard, that they will have extreme fear, anxiety attacks, or even pass out.

 

 

Triskaidekaphobia

The fear of the number thirteen. Many people are suspicious about the number thirteen but few have a fear of it. This fear is associated with Friday the 13th. People who have Triskaidekaphobia could have this fear because they are superstitious of that particular day.

 

 

Coulrophobia

Coulrophobia is the fear of clowns. It is a relatively common phobia and is mostly presented in children. Now that movies such as “IT” have come out, more and more teens and adults have acquired the fear. In fact, almost half of the population has a fear of clowns.

 

 

Somniphobia

The fear of falling asleep. Most people love getting into bed and sleeping. But for people with Somnophobia think otherwise. They associate sleeping with dying. This phobia also makes the person feel as if they have a lack of control while sleeping. They might also fear that they will lose time while sleeping.

 

 

Hexakosioihexelkontahexaphobia

A fear of the number 666. This fear is very common. Most people who have this fear are superstitious of the number 666 because it is associated with the devil, demons, or ghosts.

 

 

Alliumphobia

This is a strange but for some people, understandable fear. It is the fear of garlic. People suffering from this fear have anxiety or panic attacks when they are within close proximity to garlic.

 

 

Philophobia

Philophobia is the fear of falling/being in love. Not many people have this fear.  The fear of falling in love is an unfortunate fear. It will effect the quality of a persons life and make life more difficult.

 

 

Consecotalephobia

The fear of chopsticks. Not many people in America have this fear due to the fact that many Americans cant use chopsticks.

 

 

Panophobia

Panophobia is the worst fear of all. It is the fear of everything. This is when a person will have an anxiety/panic attack over small things. The person can also get dizzy and faint over something as small as seeing the color yellow (Which is another fear called xanthophobia).

 

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