14. Fear of Needles (Beloneophobia)
This doesn’t seem that strange, right? Well, yes, but most people get over it in order to get blood tests or vaccines. They will put up with it in order to be healthy, However, in the case of someone suffering from beloneophobia, it’s much more severe. Researchers say that of the 20 million kids and adults in the United States who experience a deep fear of needles, only 3.5 million have skipped medically prescribed tests and injections to avoid getting pricked.
15. Fear of Human-Like Figures (Automatonophobia)
Well, when you show us a photo like that, no wonder someone is scared!
In all seriousness, this is a legitimate fear of wax figures, humanoid robots, audio-animatronics, or other figures designed to represent humans. Those things can look pretty creepy. According to Very Well Mind, it only rarely becomes a full-blown phobia, “but it is relatively common to experience hesitation or nervousness when confronting these figures.”
Phobia Fun Facts
Don’t worry, we’re not done yet…
About 11% of people encounter a phobia at some point in their lives. Some phobias are more common (fear of spiders, sharks, drowning, or flying) and others are much more bizarre, like being afraid of colors (xanthophobia), trees (dendrophobia) or sitting (kathisophobia).
Phobias only become a real nuisance when they start to rule our lives or we experience physical symptoms from fear like chest pains, nausea, choking or trembling. Some people have fears so heart-pounding they bring on severe anxiety attacks.
How do most of these phobias even start? Experts think they’re caused by a traumatic event from our childhood we may not even remember.
Here are more of the more unusual phobias ever on our list, followed by some ways to handle them in your life.