Everyone is afraid of something. When these fears are so intense that they get in the way of your everyday life, they’re classified as phobias or anxieties. One of the most common phobias or anxieties is dental anxiety.
A lot of the time people are embarrassed by their phobias because they know that their fear is irrational. The same goes for dental anxiety. Some patients feel like their anxiety is an embarrassing sign of weakness, so they just put off going to the dentist altogether.
The truth is that you shouldn’t be ashamed of your dental anxiety. It’s incredibly common. In fact, about 15% of Americans reported that they avoid going to the dentist because of dental anxiety. Today, we’re going to change topics from dental anxiety to talk about some more obscure fears that will make your dental phobia feel normal.
9 Fears More Obscure than Dental Anxiety
There are fears for just about everything you can dream up, and these fears even have scientific names. Here 9 of the strangest fears:
- Geliophobia – Fear of Laughter. As obscure as it might sound, laugh phobia is a somewhat common fear. Usually, it happens when someone is either scared of their own laughter or hearing other people laugh. It presents itself as extreme anxiety, like panic, rapid breathing, sweating, nausea, or dry mouth. Luckily, like dental phobia, there are treatments for geliophobia, so sufferers can face their fear head on.
- Papaphobia – Fear of the Pope. Luckily, with this phobia, sufferers don’t have to see the pope in real life, so it’s easy to avoid situations that would present an outburst of papaphobia. This fear is related to another fear, called hierophoba, which is a fear of holy or sacred things.
- Metrophobia – Fear of Poetry. It’s actually quite common. Usually, this fear begins in school. It might sound silly, but sufferers with metrophobia are scared of poetry as a subject in school and will try to just about anything to get out of studying it. Students will refuse to read poetry out loud, or even try to skip class to get out of analyzing poetry. Most of the time these people believe that poetry is “too smart” for them, since it’s a high-brow subject. Don’t try using this as an excuse to get out of your literature class. Instead, face your fears head on. Start by watching the dead poet’s society.
- Arachibutyrophobia – Fear of Peanut Butter. This word is a mouthful, which is ironic because this is literally the fear of having a mouthful of peanut butter. To get more specific, this is the fear of having peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth.
- Barophobia – Fear of Gravity. We don’t know how you’ll face this fear head on, since gravity is ever-present, and you need it to face anything head on. Otherwise, you’d just be floating in space trying to face it head on. Fortunately, this fear is less common.
- Alektorophobia – Fear of Chickens. Based on the recent number of salmonella and E. Coli outbreaks at Chipotle, we could see why this fear is prevalent.
- Lachanophobia – Fear of Vegetables. This takes the meaning of “not liking broccoli” to a whole new level. Most of the time this fear stems from being forced to eat vegetables as a child, or if you were punished for not eating your vegetables as a kid.
- Pediophobia – Fear of Dolls. This phobia is fairly common, and it’s usually associated with porcelain dolls. We think this fear probably stems from watching Chuckie as a youngen’, but it can also just be an ingrained fear of artifacts that are made in the likeness of humans.
- Coulrophobia – Fear of Clowns. This is another fear that’s so common you’ve probably heard of it before. This fear is made even more real by popular horror movies based on killer clowns, and the real-life serial killer, John Wayne Gacy.
There are many strange phobias that can exist in the human condition. Pretty much everything you can think of — the fear of flutes, fear of garlic, even the fear of being tickled with a feather. The majority of these fears are treated by cognitive therapy and facing your fears. The same goes for your dental anxiety. Get to the dentist today, and we will help you feel as comfortable as possible.