A phobia is an extreme unreasonable fear of common things or situations. Despite phobias being fairly common among us, scientists are still trying to understand why and how phobias develop in the first place.

Gelophobia – Fear of Laughter

Gelophobes do not laugh, are extremely afraid of being laughed at and they become tensed when they see or hear someone else laughing. They keep a stone face for days. Gelophobes usually have a history of bullying or abuse and have difficulty forging friends and relationships. This perhaps explains why that girl from your school always wears a frown.

Triskaidekaphobia - Fear of the number 13

The number 13 is very much hated by many people because of the many superstitions associated with it. In many high-rise buildings and aeroplanes, floor number 13 and row number 13 are skipped because of this. Chinese society particularly have a phobia for this number as well as the number 4 (tetraphobia).

Somniphobia - Fear of falling asleep

While many people enjoy sleep and perhaps want for more it, there are some people who are really scared to fall asleep. They dread the peacefulness associated with sleep and as such have trouble slumbering.

Ablutophobia - Fear of bathing

Ablutophobia is the unreasonable fear of washing one’s self. The condition is said to more prevalent in children and women. While children generally particularly do not enjoy bathing, if the tantrum throwing persists for close to a year, it is advisable to seek psychiatric opinion.

Pluviophobia - Fear of rain

When it rains, many of us run for cover to avoid getting wet, destroying our hairstyle and make up. As the climate gets hotter, occasional rain brings some relief to humans but there are some who would rather not have that. Pluviophobes are always on the lookout for weather forecasts, dark clouds, lighting and thundering. They would stock up on food and other essentials at home to avoid rain.

Cathisophobia - Fear of sitting

Some people just can’t seem to sit still for a couple of moments. They are always engaged in brisk activity that would wear an ordinary person out and display signs and nervousness in situations when they need to calm down. These include loss of breath, profuse sweating and shaking.