The guy who sits by me at work has:
I know he has these things, and because I am a bad person, I tease him for it. He can hold a job and live normally, so these fears are not debilitating. They are, however, downright banal to some other phobias. Here are some that really caught my attention:
Barophobia- Fear of gravity.
Bibliophobia- Fear of books
Caligynephobia- Fear of beautiful women.
Catoptrophobia- Fear of mirrors. (All vampires must have this)
Cherophobia- Fear of gaiety.
Chirophobia- Fear of hands.
Chromophobia or Chromatophobia- Fear of colors.
Cypridophobia or Cypriphobia or Cyprianophobia or Cyprinophobia - Fear of prostitutes or venereal disease.
Deipnophobia- Fear of dining or dinner conversations.
Dextrophobia- Fear of objects at the right side of the body.
Dutchphobia- Fear of the Dutch.
Eosophobia- Fear of dawn or daylight. (again, vampires)
Epistemophobia- Fear of knowledge.
Ergophobia- Fear of work.
Geniophobia- Fear of chins. (CHINS?!)
Gymnophobia- Fear of nudity. (see: Arrested Development)
Hellenologophobia- Fear of Greek terms or complex scientific terminology.
Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia- Fear of long words. (Is it just me, or is this a really mean name for it?)
Ithyphallophobia- Fear of seeing, thinking about or having an erect penis.
Kathisophobia- Fear of sitting down.
Lutraphobia- Fear of otters.
Octophobia - Fear of the figure 8.
Omphalophobia- Fear of belly buttons.
Ouranophobia or Uranophobia- Fear of heaven.
Paraskavedekatriaphobia- Fear of Friday the 13th.
Phagophobia- Fear of swallowing or of eating or of being eaten.
Phobophobia- Fear of phobias.
Pogonophobia- Fear of beards.
Samhainophobia: Fear of Halloween.
Scabiophobia- Fear of scabies.
Symbolophobia- Fear of symbolism.
Walloonphobia- Fear of the Walloons. (What the heck is a Walloon, you ask? Walloons are a French-speaking people who live in Belgium, principally in Wallonia.)
OK, so this is but a snippet of all the phobias out there, so if you are looking for some really scary Halloween ideas, might I suggest decorating your house in hands? Dressing up like a beard being swallowed? Putting a picture of a beautiful woman standing on a stack of books on your porch?
Come now, I already said I was a terrible person. And just to even the playing field a bit, here are some things I personally have an aversion to: