Peanut Butter Nightmares: 9 Lesser-Known Phobias


Franklin Delano Roosevelt's famous quote "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself" was intended to boost public morale in the wake of the Great Depression, but for those with phobophobia, an abnormal fear of developing a phobia, the phrase might conjure a far less triumphant sentiment.


Teratophobia refers to the bone-chilling and highly specific fear of giving birth to a monster. Interestingly, peak usage of this term corresponds with the release of the film Rosemary's Baby in 1968.


Most of us would prefer a day at the beach to a day at the desk, but for those with ergophobia, the disinclination to put nose to grindstone is much more serious. This word refers to an abnormal fear of work.


Some people will travel halfway around the world for a glimpse of Machu Picchu, Stonehenge, or the Parthenon. But those with atephobia are happy to keep their distance from these ancient structures. This word means fear of ruins.


Echoing a Shel Silverstein poem about a young king who suffers a supremely sticky fate due to his obsession with peanut-butter sandwiches, this nine-syllable word refers to the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of one's mouth.


Astronomers, poets, and others who happily ponder the vastness of the universe are not plagued with this esoteric phobia. Apeirophobia refers to a fear of infinity.


Some people associate fog with mystery and romance. But for those with homichlophobia, a blanket of this dense translucent mist might evoke associations with John Carpenter's 1980 horror flick The Fog. Homichlophobia refers to a fear of fog.


Aulophobes are unlikely to include Jethro Tull's Aqualung in their top ten classic rock albums of all time. Aulophobia refers to a fear of flutes.


String, which many of us use to keep things together, can cause a person with this particular phobia to come undone. Linonophobia is a fear of string.

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