Phobias are common and a lot of people suffer from one or the other kind of phobia these days. People generally have fear of various things and so, the fear of a particular thing is called as a “phobia”. Apart from usual phobias that people face like fear of heights, water etc. there are many unusual or strange phobias that you may not be aware of. We have a list of the top 5 strange phobias you should know.
It is the fear to sit down. This disorder may be related to or caused by physical abuse if you sit on some painful or sharp object or receive punishment during your childhood. Such a phobia arises in people who have fear of sitting between influential and rich people. Cathisophobia people deal with short and heavy breaths, anxiety and sweating when trapped in a situation of sitting down.
Obviously some dinner talks and conversations may be awkward but there are some people who get much terrified just from the thought of speaking to other people over dinner and so they try to avoid such dining situations. In earlier times, there were some rules of etiquette which helped people to deal with such a kind of situations but not now. In today’s times where formality and rules are not considered much important, it is now possible that more controlled nature of dinner may lie behind such a phobia.
It is the fear of evil or demons. People who believe and feel that there are supernatural things or evil spirits in the world, they are the ones who suffer from this type of a phobia as such people believe that the demons may cause harm to them. Thus, people become highly terrified of even talking about demons and they get scared if there is dark in the room or when there is nobody else in the room.
Somniphobia includes excessive or irrational fear of sleeping. The people suffering from this phobia may fear of falling asleep as they associate sleeping with dying. It even results in getting the feeling of getting nightmares or losing control over oneself. These people even fear that they may lose time if they go off to sleep.
Taking bath regularly is a necessary form of maintaining hygiene. But for people who face ablutophobia, they don’t believe in cleaning or washing and taking a bath terrorizes them. This phobia should however not be confused with the fear of cleanliness. The phobia of cleanliness involves the person dreading the process of cleaning. It is generally seen that children and women facing emotional instabilities face such a kind of phobia.
So, these are the weirdest phobias that people face. Phobias may be caused due to some life experiences or even developed over a lifetime. A blend of behavioural therapy along with prescribed medication can help the patients to conquer the phobias. It is also seen that such people are made open to repeated situations in which they fear so as to make them accustomed to such scenarios and to overpower their phobias.