“When you explore your fears then you set yourself free.” – Stephen Richards
As people vary in skin color, looks, and personality; they also vary in their fears. Some have huge crippling fears while others have minor ones. Nonetheless, we all have some fears in common that connect most of us together. Fear of death, failure and that of being alone. They’re all part of human nature. However, have you ever wondered about some of the weirder phobias out there? Surprisingly enough, there are quite a few unusual phobias that most of us know nothing about, starting with:
Anthropophobia is the fear of people. People suffering from this kind of phobia tend to isolate themselves in order to avoid interacting with others. Their insecurity can go as far as to stop them from even communicating with other people anonymously. Symptoms such as sweating, shaking, flushed skin, difficulty in speaking and thinking clearly, and feeling the need to flee, can occur. These symptoms can appear if an anthropophobic is in the presence of even a single person. Weirdly enough, not only can interaction with strangers have a negative impact on them, but also interaction with family members can arouse the same feelings. There are several reasons behind this phobia, like the fear of being judged by others, the fear of stuttering or mispronouncing words, the fear of embarrassment, and the fear of being unable to maintain eye contact with others.
Hylophobia is the fear of forests, wooded areas, and trees. Developing hylophobia may be the result of a negative emotional experience, or due to a movie or a fairy tale seen in childhood that included a scary forest. Symptoms such as panic, rapid heartbeats, shortness of breath, trembling, tightness of the stomach muscles, and an overwhelming desire to escape the situation, can happen, not only when the individual is in such a situation, but also when they simply imagine or even think about a forest.
Pteronophobia is the fear of being tickled with a feather. It is most probably caused by being tickled with a feather during childhood and experiencing negative associations such as feeling trapped or out of breathe. Moreover, if a pteronophobic sees a feather, they will start to remember their previous experience and may panic, scream, cry, faint, tremble, and their heart rate could increase.
Triskaidekaphobia is the irrational fear of number 13. Triskaidekaphobia is a Greek term which consists of 4 parts: “tris” means “three”, “kai” means “and”, “deka” means “ten”, and “phobia” means “fear”. Although the number 13 was considered a lucky number in ancient China and Egypt, however, it’s unclear when or why it became unlucky. Some people believe it goes back to the bible, where the last supper was attended by 13 people, and it was suspected that the 13th person was Judas, who later betrayed Jesus. Others believe that 13 is an irrational number while 12 is the number of perfection, as there are 12 months in the year, 12 zodiacs, and 12 hours in a clock. This phobia spread between people like a virus, to the point that some hotels skip the 13th floor or room. Instead, they either have floor 12 A or skip to floor 14. It was also said that former U.S. President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, refused to travel on the 13th of any month and would never sit with thirteen people at a table.
5. Fear of success
You’ve probably already heard about the fear of failure, which most of us happen to have, but have you ever heard about the fear of success? Ever heard someone say they’re afraid of being successful? This may sound strange, but surprisingly, it exists. The question is, why does it exist? And how do people with this fear act when they’re about to reach success? The reason why some people fear success is because they fear the disappointment they could face after getting their hopes up. They also fear the verbal abuse they would have to deal with from the people close to them. Most of them lived their whole lives believing that they don’t deserve success, that they’re losers, so they feel uncomfortable when they’re about to reach success. These people tend not to finish their projects, talk about what they will do in the future rather than what they plan on doing at that moment, and try to distract and endlessly criticize themselves.
If we don’t face our fears, we won’t be able to live a happy and normal life. We’ll feel trapped and may also feel limited and unable to do whatever we want because our fear exaggerates everything. So, conquer your fears and have some confidence! Not only will that give you more freedom, but it will also help you feel invincible.
“When you have fear then the world is a big place. When you have courage then the world shrinks.” – Stephen Richards
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