Today's Top 10 ... Unusual Phobias

1 Haphephobia:

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A morbid fear of being touched. Associated with the protection of an individual's personal space.

2 Doraphobia: The dread of touching the skin or fur of an animal.

3 Eremophobia: Morbid fear of being alone. A symptom of depression and manifests itself after trauma or the loss of a loved one.

4 Ergophobia: A fear of or aversion to work. Sufferers become irrationally anxious about the workplace.

5 Hypnophobia: A morbid fear of sleep. It may result from control loss, repeating nightmares, or a feeling that more can be achieved instead of sleeping.

6 Brontophobia: An abnormal fear of thunder. Outside they suffer major anxiety.

7 Kakorrhaphiophobia: An abnormal fear of failure. The fear can consume a person's every thought.

8 Ophidiophobia: A morbid fear of snakes. The most common phobia, affecting one third of the population.

9 Taphephobia: Fear of being buried alive. More specifically the fear of being put in a grave while alive.

10 Phobophobia: A fear of acquiring a phobia. Patients develop anxiety and panic attacks in the belief they are about to be diagnosed with a specific phobia.


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