Five phobias you possibly did not know existed

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  • Phobias are unrealistic fear of an object, person, animal, activity, or situation
  • There are different kinds of phobias, some you might have never heard about
  • Some of them are pentheraphobia, deipnophobia, venustraphobia, globophobia, and allodoxaphobia

Did you know that there are different kinds of phobias?

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Harvard Health Sciences defines phobia as a “persistent, excessive, unrealistic fear of an object, person, animal, activity, or situation.” They added that a person with phobia would try to avoid whatever will trigger it or try to endure it despite experiencing anxiety.

Some phobias are specific, while others are not. We listed down some that you might never have heard about before

  • Pentheraphobia

You might know someone who have this, but do not know what it is called. Pentheraphobia is the fear of mother-in-law. An article from Good Housekeeping said this usually stems from a traumatic event one experienced.

  • Deipnophobia

It feels good to go out for a dinner party with friends after a busy day at work. It helps one de-stress and enjoy. But those with deipnophobia will not really agree because they are terrified of dinner parties.

  • Venustraphobia

If you find yourself afraid of beautiful women, you might have venustraphobia. Urban dictionary said this is also called caligynephobia. “[It may] be caused by low self confidence or putting too much pressure on appearances,” the dictionary said.

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  • Globophobia

Globophobia is the fear of balloons. “People suffering from this phobia feel m0rbid fear at the thought, sight, touch, or even smell of balloons. Most individuals, however, are only afraid of the sound made by the popping of balloons,” FearOf.net explained.

This may be due to an experience with popping balloons during childhood.

  • Allodoxaphobia

People with allodoxaphobia “live in constant fear and anxiety of hearing people’s opinions about them.” Having this phobia may cause people to be aloof in order to avoid being judged.