15 spooky phobias that you suffer from in your daily life

April 29, 2016

We all suffer from phobias or intense fear of something or the other in our life. Creative Lichens brings to you 15 spooky phobias that you suffer from in your everyday life. Check out the list and tell us “What is your phobia?”

15. Nomophobia


Do you freak out and panic when your mobile phone is off or there is no network coverage? Do you go mad and panic when you run out of battery?

Congratulations! You suffer from Nomophobia.  Nomophobia is an abbreviation for “no-mobile-phone phobia”, where you have a fear of being out of contact with the phone due to any of the reasons.

According to the British researchers, more than 53% of people are nomophobes. And more than one in two Nomophobes never switch off their phone.

14. Ablutophobia


Now this one’s really bad. Ablutophobia is the extreme fear of bathing or washing. It is commonly found in children. But if you still suffer from it, then a deodorant would be the best gift for you.

13. Pentheraphobia

old lady

Are you intimidated by the very thought of your mother-in-law? Do you suffer from extreme anxiety and panic when she’s there with you? Yes! You got it right. You are suffering from Pentheraphobia, the fear of mother-in-law. This is certainly one of the most humorous phobias I’ve ever come across.

12. Aerophobia


Co-passengers are requested not to freak out if you are sitting beside an aerophobic. This is a kind which causes more distress to the co-passenger than the aerophobe himself. Aerophobia is the fear of flying and few of the symptoms might include shaking, sweating and heart palpitations.

11. Katsaridaphobia



Does your girlfriend scream her head off and doesn’t stop till you kill the innocent little cockroach? Do you freeze on the spot if the tiny creature sticks his head out of the table?

If yes! Then you are a victim of Katsaridaphobia, the fear of cockroaches.

10. Glossophobia


Are you frightened to step on the stage and talk to a group of people? Do you stammer and tremble when you are giving a presentation?

If your answer is yes, then you suffer from Glossophobia (the fear of public speaking). About 75% of the people suffer from speech anxiety or glossophobia, making it one of the most common phobias that exist.

9. Taphophobia


This is nerve-racking. If you have the fear of being buried alive by mistake and waking up in the coffin in your grave, you are taphophobic. Isn’t this horrifying?

8. Herpetophobia


This can embarrass you for the rest of your life! Herpetophobia is the fear of reptiles. The most common out of all is the fear of lizards. I remember a friend of mine who ran screaming out of a restaurant, just because she saw a lizard on the wall. And trust me; we were more embarrassed than she was!

7. Agoraphobia



Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder in which you fear or avoid places that make you panic, feel helpless or trapped. Agoraphobes usually do not feel safe in crowds or public places. And in extreme conditions, they might even be unable to leave the house due to fear. Radhika Apte’s upcoming movie “Phobia” is based on one such fear.

6. Acrophobia


Do you feel breathless or dizzy when you are looking down from a rooftop? Do you panic if you are standing on a chair to get something from a shelf?

Acrophobia is the fear of heights or the fear of falling. In severe cases, the acrophobic might panic even while climbing up or down the chair. The symptoms usually include dizziness, nausea, palpitation, and a few others.

5. Mysophobia


Have you seen people obsessed with everything being super clean? They usually indulge in excessive hand washing or bathing and are said to be mysophobic’s. Mysophobia or the fear of germs is often closely related to obsessive compulsive disorder or OCD. A common symptom of this phobia is isolation and it might also lead to other phobias like agoraphobia.

4. Trypophobia


Do you avoid objects such as corals, sponges, dried honeycomb and everything on earth that has holes in it? If the answer is yes, then you suffer from trypophobia. Trypophobia is the extreme fear of holes and the mere sight of a hole can set off a panic attack in the sufferer.

3. Claustrophobia


 Claustrophobia is the fear of being closed in a confined place where you have no escape. According to a study, 5-7% of a world’s population suffers from severe claustrophobia. It can be triggered by something like a room with no windows, a stuffed elevator, sitting in airplane or clothes with tight necks.

2. Cynophobia


Owing to the fact that dogs are commonly found in most of the residential areas, cynophobia can be more debilitating than other animal phobias. Cynophobia is the extreme fear of dogs and I am sure cynophobics have no option but to fight their fear.

1. Arachnophobia


The very thought of writing about this phobia was freaking me out. And here I am finally. Arachnophobia is the excessive fear of spiders or other arachnids.

Arachnophobes like me are horrified at the mere sight of a small spider, and hence often find it difficult to avoid embarrassment. It is one of the most common animal phobias and around 30.5% arachnophobes live in the US alone.

-By Ruchita Robinson