Sydney, Australia (CU)_ A phobia is an illogical, frequently unexplained fear of something, someone, animal, or an activity. This dread may be so strong that an individual will go to any extent to escape the cause of the fear. A panic attack is one possible reaction. This is an acute fear that occurs suddenly and lasts for some time.
A disproportionate fear of vegetables. A phobic person may have been forced to eat vegetables as a child even if he did not like the taste and maybe even punished for not eating the vegetables.
An excessive fear of babies and small children. Someone who has pedophobia may go to any extent to avoid being around small children.
An overwhelming fear of feet. Individuals with this phobia might be scared of their own feet or other people’s feet. They may avoid places where people are barefoot, such as beaches or pools.
The strong fear of sleep. Many people experience this fear at one time or another during their lives. Maybe a kid watches a scary movie and is afraid to go to bed for a few nights.
A feeling of disgust for irregular patterns or clusters of small holes or bumps. When people see this type of cluster, they experience symptoms of disgust or fear.
An unexplainable fear of laughter. It is caused by traumatic experiences of ridicule and shaming, from childhood or adulthood, and has even been suggested to have origins in failing infant-parent interactions.
Fear of anything that is new. Neophobia, which is a type of a specific phobia, can be characterized as extreme or irrational fear or dislike of anything new or unfamiliar.
The fear of bathing, cleaning, or washing. A fear of bathing and water is a very common toddler phobia, and usually shows up around ages 1-2.
A fear of long words. It is also called Sesquipedalophobia. It is considered a social phobia.
A fear of balloons, common among kids and some adults. The source of fear may be the sound of balloons bursting. Generally, people with globophobia will refuse to touch, feel, or go near a balloon for fear it will burst.