8 Creepy Phobias That More People Have Than You’d Think
When people think of things that they are afraid of, they usually think of the most common fears, like death or flying in an airplane. The truth of the matter is that there are many different types of fear, and what is commonplace to one person might incredibly terrifying to another. Most people have a touch of arachnaphobia (fear of spiders), and a fear of water (hydrophobia) makes a certain amount of sense. However, take a look at some of these less common fears, and see if a chill runs up your spine!
Fear of Buttons
The fear of buttons is more common than you might think it is. At first glance, a button might be something that is simple, homey, even sweet. However, for someone who is affected by the fear of buttons, there is something amazingly sinister, strangely foreboding and even sickening about these little objects. Some people find the holes upsetting, while others can’t bear the texture. Neil Gaiman was not doing these people any favors when he wrote Coraline, a book where a terrible figure known as the other mother sews buttons over her victim’s eyes to make them hers.
Fear of Irregular Holes
This fear is startlingly well-documented. A fear of irregular holes can inspire some people to mild discomfort, while other people will break out into a cold sweat at the mere thought. Some people are triggered regarding this fear simply when seening a strawberry that has been stripped of its tiny seeds, while others do not even register this fear until they see something more extreme. The photo above features a compelling and sickening mix of body horror and this particular fear.
Fear of Dolls
Awwww, how could anyone be afraid of dolls? Dolls are sweet playthings for sweet children… then you remember Chuckie. Then you think of Annabelle, the haunted doll owned by the Warrens, and Robert, a doll who is known to tap the glass of the case where he has been imprisoned. Dolls trigger something uneasy in the back of many heads. A doll’s limpness and glassy eyes remind us of corpses, but the lively blush on their cheeks give us a feeling that they are all too alive and watching us.
Fear of Apes
Most people think about apes and come up with vague memories of Curious George and of gorillas who know sign language. What many people forget, however, is that apes are ferociously strong and possessed of an intellect that is impressively similar to ours. An ape can tear a human limb from limb without thinking about it, and when they are kept away from their natural environments, they can go insane. Think about that the next time you think about how cute an orangutan is!
Fear of Being Buried Alive
Come on, what are the chances of being buried alive? If you lived a little more than 100 years ago, its more likely than you think! Victorian medical practices could not always detect the difference between death and a deep coma. There were actually cases of people waking up at their own funerals, and the Victorian mind was consumed with the idea of people waking up just a little bit later. There were gadgets designed to ring a bell and alert a watcher as to the living status of the coffin’s inhabitant. This was only for the rich of course. The poor were dissolved in lime pits.
Fear of Children
What’s weird about this one is that there are parents who are reported to have it. One hopes that it is really different when they’re your own, or at least that you can stifle the shrieks of fear as you try to read Junior his bedtime story! A fear of children may be rooted in something in the adult brain that recognizes that the proportions of a child are strange compared to that of your average adult, or perhaps the person with this phobia is simply someone who realized that children are freaking creepy.
Fear of Having Your Organs Fall Out
Believe it or not, this is a fairly well-documented fear. Some people genuinely believe that their organs are atrophied within them and that they are constantly on the verge of falling out.
Fear of Replaced Family Members
Take a look around you. All around you are your friends and loved ones, people who you would trust with your life. Is there someone who just seems… a little off? Is there someone who perhaps doesn’t feel quite the way that they should? This fear is found in people with Cotard’s Syndrome, who believe that one person and just one person out of the people that they know has been taken and replaced with an identical double.