19. Fear of Going Down Stairs (Descendophobia)
No joke. In fact, it can be so severe that some people have a fear of descending down anything, from stairs to a hillside.
20. Fear of Long Words (Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia)
Ironically, it takes a long word to define a phobia that means the fear of long words.
The fear of long words was once considered a fictional phobia by those who just can’t wrap their heads around the fear. However, Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is as real as any. This fear can stem from a childhood “popcorn reading,” wherein you’d be selected at random during class to read a portion of text. This phobia can be heightened by the pressure and fear of mispronouncing a long word.
21. Fear of Not Having Cell Phone Service (Nomophobia)
Yes, your child is probably being dramatic when you take their phone away and they have an absolute breakdown. And you probably don’t want to mention this one and give them any ideas.
However, nomophobia is a real thing. According to Psychology Today, it’s on the rise among high school students, and “an increasing number of college students now shower with their cell phone. The average adolescent would rather lose a pinky-finger than a cell phone.”
That said, it’s not debilitating like a lot of the phobias on this list. A study in 2010 compared nomophobia stress levels to be similar to those of “wedding day jitters” and trips to the dentist.