A phobia is defined as ‘an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something.’ For many people, however, the word ‘irrational’ really doesn’t feature in the feelings they experience when confronted with their fears. To prove how normal and rational you are, in fact, we’ve compiled a list of five common phobias that prove that we as people are more similar than we may think.
Trypophobia is the pathological fear of holes, particularly if they are clustered together. When these holes are in human skin it’s even more horrific to behold. Google it.
Ornithophobia is the irrational fear of birds. There is absolutely nothing irrational about fearing the frantic flap of a pair of wings in your face. Case closed.
Misophonia is literally translated as ‘the hatred of sound’. Okay, so it’s not a phobia, but can there be anything more irritating than hearing every crunch of the biscuit in the cubicle next to yours? And let the heavens help the person who chews audibly and talks at the same time.
Try saying that five times fast. Metamfiezomaiophobia is the fear of mimes, clowns and people in disguise. If you’ve ever been followed and mimicked by a mime, you know the fear is real. And clowns? Well, they speak for themselves.
If those building ledge scenes in movies aren’t enough to make you absolutely freak out, then you must be a robot. Acrophobia is the fear of heights and if you don’t have it, you are basically missing a fundamental human characteristic – you know the human urge to keep yourself alive? That one.
You see – it’s normal to be freaked out by things. You’re going to have to find some other crutch to make you interesting at parties, because these five phobias are taken.