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  • The word phobia comes from the Greek word, “phobos”,

  • which is related to having a fear of something,

  • or often what we might call an irrational fear.

  • We are sure you've all heard of arachnophobia, which means a fear of spiders,

  • or hydrophobia, which means a fear of water.

  • According to the National Institute of Mental Health,

  • 19.2 million U.S. adults suffer from phobias,

  • with some of the most common being a fear of spiders, a fear of snakes, a fear of heights, and a fear of flying.

  • But today we'll focus on the freakiest fears, in this episode of the Infographics Show,

  • Weirdest Phobias People Suffer From.

  • Number 10. Turophobia

  • This is a totally irrational fear of cheese.

  • Yes, there are some people on this planet that just can't go near a piece of mature cheddar.

  • They run for the hills when the waiter hangs over them with the Parmesan.

  • Turi comes from the Greek meaning cheese, and you know the rest.

  • The English media in 2016 reported about a university student with this phobia,

  • who called her first contact with cheesetraumatic.”

  • However, she did say that mozzarella wasn't as scary as the other cheeses.

  • Number 9. Omphalophobia

  • This is the fear of the navel,

  • or what we call the belly button.

  • It might mean these people can't abide anyone going near their belly button,

  • or that they freak out when close to another person's belly button.

  • This is a pretty important part of the body, given that it connected us to our mothers.

  • Only recently in 2018, the UK press featured a 25-year old student doctor who

  • suffered from this phobia, with the Daily Mail saying that

  • shesuffers panic attacks and is physically sickwhen she sees someone's navel.

  • As for the other way around, she said, “If someone touches mine,

  • it feels like they are touching my insides and I can feel it all through me.”

  • She may struggle to become a doctor if she doesn't get over that.

  • Number 8. Papaphobia

  • When some people find out that that guy who likes to wear a white spearhead hat will be in town, they decide to take a vacation.

  • The guy is the pope, and Papaphobia is a fear of him.

  • It's thought this fear is related to other fears concerning being terrified of religious objects.

  • When these people see the pope, their heartbeat quickens,

  • they sweat profusely, and sometimes feel nauseous.

  • Apparently if these folks do see the man, they should quickly swallow a Xanax

  • or some similar type of anti-anxiety medication.

  • Number 7. Nomophobia

  • Nomophobia is weird, but according to reports

  • it's becoming very common among the younger generation.

  • It means the fear of being without your cellphone, or fear of being without a charge,

  • or even without connection to the Internet.

  • Psychology Today says some people are so scared to be without this thing

  • they shower with it, sleep with it, take it literally everywhere.

  • In fact, cell phone addiction has become a big topic in the media, but some might be

  • surprised that people are petrified of being without their device.

  • A recent UK study consisting of over 2,100 people found that

  • 58 percent of men suffered from this phobia, as did 47 percent of women.

  • In the U.S. it is worse, with 66 percent of all phone users suffering from nomophobia.

  • The Guardian in 2017 said this detachment from the smartphone

  • increases heart rate and blood pressure, causes anxiety,

  • and generally affects users the way drug addicts first feel in the early stages of withdrawal.

  • Thesescreenagershave put their lives into this little bleeping box

  • and as most psychologists will tell you, that box was created to be as addictive as anything.

  • Welcome to the world of digital heroin.

  • Number 6. Ephebiphobia

  • Speaking about these smartphone junkie teens,

  • some people have a fear of them!

  • Yes, Ephebiphobia is an irrational fear of teenagers or generally young people.

  • We doubt sufferers need to see ID before they get the sweats.

  • In every generation you get those old folks decrying the youth of the day,

  • saying they don't respect this or that, or in U.S. comedian Doug Stanhope's opinion

  • that the digital generation is just not reckless enough.

  • But apparently this aversion to our cute kids is on the rise.

  • The Guardian interviewed one 16-year old who said,

  • “I've had people cross the road to avoid me.”

  • But that was due to the age-old fear of kids possibly being aggressive to old people.

  • Kids these days are subject to moral panic, with older people telling them they are spoiled,

  • too easily offended, until it comes to the point some people just don't want to be

  • anywhere near youths.

  • But this seems to happen in every generation.

  • One of the first books on the subject from the 1980s said, “Nearly every generation

  • of young people has been chastised for being 'out of control' or aberrant in some way.

  • Adult claims of degeneration among the young can be found in nearly every previous decade.”

  • Only Doug Stanhope dislikes the young, he says, because they aren't aberrant enough.

  • Number 5. Phagophobia

  • This one must really suck.

  • Phagophobia is the irrational fear of swallowing.

  • We are told it is sometimes confused with a fear of eating or certain conditions

  • related to weight, but it's closer to the fear of choking.

  • The amount of research on this must mean it's quite common.

  • One site tells us, “A person's throat muscles will flex and spasm during their panic

  • attack, closing the throat and expelling any unwanted items out of the mouth.”

  • This could mean water, food, or medications, so it's very serious.

  • The answer is therapy.

  • Number 4. Triskaidekaphobia

  • The fear of the number 13.

  • This person might also have a general fear of numbers, which is numerophobia.

  • Others fear the number 4, which is Tetraphobia.

  • But as for 13, what does that mean?

  • Well, it's mostly related to superstition, sometimes related to myths, religion, and

  • that generally the number 13 is not a nice number.

  • We have a show on this topic if you want to know more.

  • As Time magazine reported, it's less a psychological malady than it is a silly superstition.

  • For this reason, some businesses leave out the number on aisles, chairs, floors, or rooms,

  • and believers will stay clear of the number if they do see it.

  • Number 3. Ablutophobia

  • This is not a good phobia to have if you are actively trying to find someone to date,

  • because it means being terrified of washing, or bathing.

  • It's more common in kids than in adults, but a few hundred years back in Europe,

  • many people had this phobia.

  • These days it's thought to be related to traumatic experiences as a child when bathing.

  • Number 2. Dextrophobia

  • This is certainly one of the most irrational of irrational fears.

  • It's the fear of having things to the right of you.

  • According to one source, it's related to obsessive-compulsive personality disorder,

  • and sufferers will find themselves cluttering things in the home or office all to the left side.

  • They don't like standing to the left of people or even driving in the left lane.

  • Other people may have levophobia, which is a fear of things being to the left of them.

  • If someone has both phobias then they are really in trouble.

  • Number 1. Phobophobia

  • You could say our last phobia might make sense after you've watched this show,

  • so it's the right way to end.

  • As you might guess, it means the fear of having a phobia.

  • So, if you are feeling left out right now as you have no phobias,

  • you might one day acquire this phobia.

  • From the description, it sounds like a panic attack.

  • The anxiety forms in the unconscious, and then suddenly the person will feel dizzy and tense;

  • their heart will pound, and be aware of something bad about to happen.

  • This anxiety disorder can manifest as panic at any time, because the person is always

  • fearing getting a phobia, sometimes of something they love.

  • As strange as it sounds, it's actually one of the most common phobias on this list.

  • We'll leave you with this quote from Franklin D. Roosevelt:

  • All we have to fear, is fear itself.”

  • Aint that the truth.

  • So, do any of you out there you have any phobias?

  • Let us know more about it in the comments.

  • Also, be sure to check out our other video called FBI vs CIA - How do they compare!

  • Thanks for watching, and, as always, don't forget to like, share, and subscribe.

  • See you next time!

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    Vivian Chen posted on 2018/08/01
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