Fear is in the human nature and as nature has evolved, our fears have too. We have developed plent of weird phobias in the years that have passed. Long ago, the fears used to be rational, for example, fear of being in a war or having a battle axe swung at you etc. These days however, our fears are getting strange and very unexplainable. Of course, there are plenty of triggers that can initiate a fear of ‘anything’ really. But even still, there are fears that you can relate to or at least understand somewhat. Then there are fears that you can’t even begin to understand or relate with. That is exactly what this particular list is about.
Take a look at top ten weird phobias around the world. Try to explain your theories regarding these fears to us. Enjoy the read, and as always, your comments are welcome.
As much as it was difficult for me to say, it is difficult for me to even contemplate. The first on our list of weird phobias is Triskaidekaphobia. Believe it or not, it is the fear of number 13. Think of all the possible rationales you can for this fear and list them in the comments below. I for one, cannot think of any. The only reason I can think of for fearing the number 13 is its constant association with Friday the 13th. By that theory, the same people should also fear Friday. I wonder how that works.
Okay, who hates to be tickled? As far as I am concerned, I wouldn’t mind being tickled at certain times but other times, it is totally annoying. This particular strange phobia is all about the fear of tickling. Actually, it is more specific than that. It is the fear of being tickled by feathers. Now, tickling is tickling, what difference does it make whether it’s fingers of feathers. It is equally annoying at certain occasions and equally pleasing, is it, at some.
Now this is one of those weird phobias that I can at least begin to understand. At least, that is what I thought, until I found out it was fear of objects with small holes. People who suffer with this phobia associate such objects with danger. They actually get nauseated and panic attacks when they face such objects. That must be hard. Here I was thinking it has more to do with giant pits and all. Who wouldn’t be afraid of giant pits? What if one falls down in one? That is something to actually be afraid of.
This particular fear is all about mirrors. People who suffer from this kind of fear are actually, basically, afraid of their own reflection. They dread seeing their own reflection. Remember Dorian Gray? There is no knowledge as to why this sort of behavior arises in people, but it is said that it is because of their fear of self-knowledge. How does it work I wonder, being afraid to look at one’s self in the mirror.
This is certainly an interesting one and totally worthy of making it into our list of weird phobias. You can roughly describe is fear of everything, or fear of I-don’t-really-know-I’m-just-scared. It is a very non-specific fear. In this case, the one suffering from the fear, finds himself in a state of total fear, only, they don’t know what they are scared of. You can see how that becomes a problem when you are trying to look for a way to handle the situation. This fear has been associated, and quite often, with schizophrenia.