Ten Completely Bizarre And Completely Weird Phobias

Published December 19, 2011
Updated November 8, 2023

From a fear of wind to the fear of peanut butter getting stuck on the top of your mouth, these ten weird phobias are strangely real.

Weird Phobias: Nomophobia

The Strange Phobia of Being Away from a Phone

Topping the list for bizarre and unusual phobias is the modern affliction, nomophobia. The phobia is characterized by feelings of anxiety that arise from being out of a phone’s range of service, not having one’s phone charged, having no credit on one’s phone or misplacing it. It is believed that over 50 percent of cell phone users are affected by nomophobia.

Ancraophobia or Anemophobia

The Irrational Fear of Wind

Both terms are used to define the fear of wind. People who suffer from ancraophobia tend to become anxious out of doors and near open windows. Anxious feelings can also manifest themselves when passing hand dryers or overhead air vents. It is believed that the fear is triggered by an experience embedded in the person’s subconscious.



Spectrophobia is a fear of mirrors and one’s own reflection. The phobia tends to stem from a traumatic event involving mirrors – perhaps the fear of apparitions or ghosts being in the mirror – or low self-esteem related to one’s physical appearance.


Fear of String

Linonophobia refers to the fear of string. As with all phobias, the fear stems from a negative association with the item. There is even an online test that helps determine the severity of a person’s linonophobia.


The Phobia of Cleaning

Ablutophobia is the persistent fear of cleaning, washing or bathing and occurs more in children and women than men. It is not a very common phobia.

Weird Phobias: Chorophobia

Weird Phobias Fear of Dancing

Chorophobia is the fear of dancing and is something that, unfortunately, even alcohol can’t fix. It also manifests itself into a fear of any situation, event or person that is associated with dancing. The phobia is usually associated with social phobias – particularly fear of crowds.


The Fear of Peanut Butter

The extremely hard to pronounce phobia is also an extremely inexplicable one – the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth. As with all other phobias, the symptoms of arachibutyrophobia involve panic, dread, terror, anxiety, rapid heartbeat and shortness of breath when the peanut butter is wedged on the roof of one’s mouth.


The Fear of Opinions

An extremely rare phobia, allodoxaphobia is used to define the fear of opinions. The phobia is believed to be associated with previous encounters wherein the person affected has not been able to properly express their opinion, or has had their opinion rejected. It is visible in social situations when the affected person refuses to involve themselves in discussions and can also reflect a fear of confrontation.


Weird Phobias Fear of Opening One's Eyes

Optophobia is the fear of opening one’s eyes. Yes, there are people scared of opening their eyes.


Fear of Going to School

While a fun little reason to skip class, didaskaleinophobia is actually a legitimate fear of going to school. Commonly known as a “school phobia,” the fear is more prevalent in younger students (ages 7 to 11), and is believed to stem from anxiety triggered by being separated from their parents. It can also be the result of bullying.

Savannah Cox
Savannah Cox holds a Master's in International Affairs from The New School as well as a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and now serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Sheffield. Her work as a writer has also appeared on DNAinfo.
John Kuroski
John Kuroski is the editorial director of All That's Interesting. He graduated from New York University with a degree in history, earning a place in the Phi Alpha Theta honor society for history students. An editor at All That's Interesting since 2015, his areas of interest include modern history and true crime.
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Cox, Savannah. "Ten Completely Bizarre And Completely Weird Phobias." AllThatsInteresting.com, December 19, 2011, https://allthatsinteresting.com/weird-phobias. Accessed June 16, 2024.