A phobia is an irrational, persistent fear of certain situations, objects, activities, or persons. The main symptom of this disorder is the excessive, unreasonable desire to avoid the feared subject. When the fear is beyond one’s control, or if the fear is interfering with daily life, then a diagnosis under one of the anxiety disorders can be made.
We all have a thing or two we are scared of, but some people in the world are unable to live normally because of their fears. Some phobias are common, like the fear of spiders or the dark, but there are some that are so unusual that they will make you laugh or cringe. Here’s the list of the 10 most bizarre phobias there are.
Agyrophobia, or sometimes known as dromophobia, is a specific phobia, an irrational fear that crossing the street will cause harm to the individual, even when there is no actual threat in sight. The fear is not the same one as the fear of cars, and agyrophobics have a fear of crossing streets, highways and other thoroughfares, or a fear of thoroughfares themselves. People who suffer from agyrophobia will avoid walking on the street and sometimes it extends to crowded spaces such as events or shopping malls. However, agyrophobiacs are still able to drive cars normally.
Ithyphallophobia is commonly known as “a persistent, abnormal, and unwarranted fear of an erect penis” and it’s a fear that can cause a lot of distress in people who suffer from it in every day life. It is very hard to get rid of the fear, sometimes taking up to months and years of therapy to get it under control because people suffering from it get exposed over and over to their fear. The phobia can significantly alter a person’s life as it causes panic attacks and can make people stay away from their love interests.