Phobia is a Psychological disorder which can be defined as an irrational and irresistible fear of something which is usually not that much scary to others. Following is a list and explanation of Five most Weird Phobias.
1. Geliophobia – Fear of Laughter
Geliophobia or gelophobia (The Laughter Phobia, from Greek “gelo” meaning “laugh”) is the fear of one’s own laughter or of others or both. The root cause of Geliophobia may be internal (genetic predisposition or heredity) or external traumatic event. The person may experience anxiety, palpitation, dryness of mouth, inability to articulate word and hand tremors, depending upon his level of fear, when hear the someone laughing.
2. Coulrophobia – Fear of Clown
Coulrophobia is extreme and irrational fear of clowns. This type is relatively present in children but can also found in teenager and adults. Although the cause may not known but it is sometime results from a traumatize experience with one personally or seeing “scary clowns” with their weird appearance in comics and films. A well-known example of such film is Steven Spielberg horror film “IT” (telecast in 1990s) depicting clown as a murder.
3. Taphophobia – Fear of Buried alive
Taken from Greek “taphos” mean grave, Technophobia is the fear of being buried alive. History reveals that there have been many people who were being accidentally buried alive and the victims of Taphophobia have the same concern to worry about. The number of such cases was quit high in 17th and 18th centuries where people due to certain diseases gone to coma state but had been declared as deceased and were place in grave.
4. Spectrophobia – Fear of Looking in Mirrors
Spectrophobia is a morbid fear of looking in mirrors. It is a psychological condition which stem from one of several factors including ones’ dislike appearance or low self esteem, seeing one’s own reflection in darkness as it distorted in strange way, the sufferer may fear the breaking of mirror accidently (which is consider to brought extreme bad luck for them) or any unknown cause. These condition impacts greatly on the victim routine life as the reflective surfaces are common in everywhere.
5. Mneomphobia – Irrational Fear of Memories
For many people, memories are there precious but for the people with Mnemophobia, Memories are the horrifying. People with Mnemophobia are scared of remembering or losing their past memories (as in case of Alzheimer’s disease or other form of Dementia). Victims may have fear of all memories in general or specific fear of certain bad memories due to past traumatic event.