Some of the weirdest fears people actually have
Trypophobia is a fear of small holes. It’s important to specify the word small here. We can see how someone could be afraid of holes – you could fall down one or end up in a sinkhole and never be seen again. But, this fear is not about holes that you can fall into, it’s about small holes. An example of a small hole would be holes that are found in sponges or in a honeycomb. Some people can get so irrationally afraid that they end up with full-blown panic attacks.
A fear of the modern age is Nomophobia. Nomophobia is the fear of being without mobile phone coverage. We’re expecting this fear to become a bit more common. It seems like a silly fear, but the current generation doesn’t know and has never experienced being out of contact with the world for long periods of time. Right now with a few clicks of buttons, they can talk to whomever they want, wherever they want. Being suddenly without that connectivity could indeed be frightening to some people.
Descendophobia is one that you can probably guess. It’s a fear of going down stairs, hills or any kind of incline. People who have this phobia usually suffer from some sort of physical symptoms such as dizziness, light-headedness or nausea when they get close to any kind of incline.
Gephyrophobia is a fear of bridges. Usually, this fear overlaps with the fear of heights (acrophobia). People who have this fear are sometimes afraid that they will drive off a bridge, fall off a bridge, get swept off a bridge, or that a bridge will collapse with them on it. Because of this fear the people who have it usually will go out of their way to avoid having to go over a bridge or to even see one. Panic attacks can happen even when someone with this fear sees a bridge in the distance.
Heliophobia is the fear of sunlight. This is different than the medical condition that some people have where they can’t go out into the sun because it will burn their skin so badly that they could die. Heliophobia is a physiological fear. This fear can be caused by a traumatic experience like horrific sunburn. It can also occur if someone has OCD and one of the things that they’re obsessed about is skin cancer or blindness, etc. People with this fear run the risk of developing other fears like a fear of being in public or even of talking to people because their fear of sunlight has prohibited them from regular and normal interactions with people.
There are some incredibly weird fears out there that people can have. Most of these we didn’t even know were actual fears and phobias until we started reading about them. However, for the people who suffer from them, they are real fears (even if they’re irrational ones) that they have to deal with on a regular basis.