Top 10: Bizarre Fears of the Phobophobic

LeTune March 13, 2011 3

Phobophobia is the irrational fear of fears or the fear of developing a phobia. How common is it? Not very, but for the photophobic every day is a briar patch of dreadful worries. They are ever fearful of being exposed to or becoming afraid of something, or anything.

There is no scientific evidence that phobias are communicable. Except maybe in the case of hypochondriacs, but they are not victims of a phobia technically. Each of these are fairly common and in some cases so common that you may find you even have one or two.

1. Automatonophobia

This is the fear of ventriloquist’s dummies, animatronic creatures, mannequins, wax statues, dolls, or any man made representing a human being. It can also mean the fear of automatons; or tools, sheep, or those who blindly follow the societal majority rule.

2. Allodoxaphobia

If you like to express yourself freely then you should politely steer clear of people with allodoxaphobia, or the fear of opinions. No one representing this group was available to ask their opinions on this; we can only assume they had none.

3. Arachibutyrophobia

Apparently many people are afraid of that scourge peanut butter sticking to the roof of their mouth; there is little research into this phobia. Is it possible these folks have never heard of milk? I think studies need to be done.

4. Arithmophobia

The fear of numbers can refer to the fear of mathematics, Roman numerals, single numbers, and calculations. This is the largest of phobia types due to its numerous sub-classifications. Such as triskaidekaphobia fearing the number 13, and hexakosioihexekontahexaphobic fears of the number 666.

5. Dentophobia

The fear of dentists is a widely spread fear in the modern world. It also maybe the one phobia that has some basis in reality, as many dentophobics did not have their fear of dentists until having gone to one for treatment.

6. Ephebiphobia

The fear of teenagers seems to only afflict those older than eighteen. If adolescents or younger children are afraid of teenagers, nobody probably cares. Apparently teenagers do not have this phobia.

7. Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia

This is the fear of long words. Yes, I suggest you let the irony sink in slowly.

8. Ithyphallophobia

This is the fear of seeing, thinking about or having an erect penis. Not to be confused with its retarded cousin medomalacuphobia, or the fear of losing an erection.

9. Logizomechanophobia

This is one of the newest phobias around, the fear of computers. Does this mean that one day, due to artificial intelligence, that computers will one day learn to fear us back?

10. Rhabdophobia

This is the fear of being severely punished or beaten by a rod, or of being harshly criticized. It also can be the fear of magic, magic wands, being beaten with a magic wand. Who does that?



  1. Rituraj Yadav September 1, 2011 at 12:17 pm -

    Insane research. I mean really who bothers about such extraordinary fears of those photo-phobics out there.

  2. Katelyn September 1, 2011 at 9:10 pm -

    And I thought I was strange because I am so thoroughly afraid of snakes.

  3. Diana Milenkova September 2, 2011 at 2:14 am -

    Very very odd list! I completely agree with Rituraj Yadav.