In psychology, a phobia is a type of anxiety disorder marked by a persistent fear of an object, situation, or condition that the sufferer will go through great pains to avoid or prevent.
The Mayo Clinic defines phobias as "an overwhelming and unreasonable fear of an object or situation that poses little real danger but provokes anxiety and avoidance."
Here is a list of 24 phobias that you may or may not have heard of. Some of these may seem very minor, but to people suffering from them, these fears can often be crippling and may require treatment.
Fear of staying single, unmarried... or married to the wrong person.
Fear of books.
Fear of (gulp) clowns.
Fear of dentists.
Fear of mirrors or your own reflection.
Fear of freezing or fear of cold.
Fear of public speaking.
Fear of the number 666.
Fear of being alone; fear of solitude.
Fear of Japanese people or culture.
Fear of dust.
Yes, it's the fear of loud noises.
Fear of long waits.
Fear of death or dead things.
The fear of eyes.
Fear of Friday the 13th.
Well, we couldn't find any phobias that start with Q.
Are people afraid of the letter Q? Possibly.
Fear of frogs.
The fear of shadows.
Fear of the sea.
The fear of Heaven.
The fear of beautiful women.
The fear of witches.
A fear of razors.
Y NO PHOBIAS THAT START WITH 'Y?'
We don't know.
Fear of God or the gods.
(H/T: The Phobia List.)