Everyone has fears. Our reaction varies according to our personality. If the degree of fear exceeds a certain threshold and reaches the degree of horror, this is called a " phobia ". There are several types that vary in their name depending on the cause of the fear in question. The most common can be grouped into three categories:

  • agoraphobia: it is the fear of not being able to escape easily from a specific place or an awkward situation. People affected by this type of phobia avoid public places and covered spaces.
  • social phobia: fear of social situations, of everything that has to do with interactions with other people.
  • specific phobias: they relate to a particular thing, place or situation that causes fear in the individual, such as planes or speaking in front of a general public.
In most cases, the root cause of the phobia goes back to the person's childhood due to exposure to injury or a situation related to the type of phobia they are affected by.
This can be an inherent habit by parents or simply chemical reactions in the brain.

10 strange phobias

Other types of phobias which cannot be classified into any of the above classes. This is probably due to the strangeness and the impossibility of classifying them as phobia. Among them are:
  • emetophobia : fear of vomiting.
  • chromophobia: fear of colors.
  • phobophobia: the fear of being afraid or of being surprised.
  • katagĂ©lophobie: fear of ridicule and situations that make the person uncomfortable.
  • stasophobia: the fear of having to stand for fear of a catastrophe.
  • ergophobia: fear of work .
  • spectrophobia: the fear of mirrors.
  • pogonophobia: aversion to beards and fear of chin and cheek hair.
  • oikophobia: fear of your home and in particular of household appliances.
  • hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobie: the fear of long words.
The treatment of all these cited phobias requires resorting to a psychiatric specialist to find the cause of the phobia and treat it.