Unusual Phobias You’ve Probably Never Heard About

Phobias cause extreme, overwhelming anxiety whenever a person who has one encounters a specific object or idea. In most cases, people with phobias understand that they’re acting irrationally, but their subconscious still produces immense distress. Some of the more common phobias include arachnophobia (fear of spiders) and claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces), but there are hundreds of other phobias to learn about. The fears of numbers, bathing, and men’s facial hair all have their own classified medical terms. How many of these phobias do you know, and how many could you never have guessed exist?

Fear Of Peanut Butter Sticking To The Roof Of Your Mouth

Close up of peanut butter in a spoon phobia arachibutyrophobia
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No one enjoys the feeling of peanut butter sticking to the room of their mouth. But for some people, that uncomfortable sensation has grown into a full phobia — arachibutyrophobia, to be exact. Those suffering from the condition either avoid peanut butter altogether or only eat tiny amounts.

Some believe that arachibutyrophobia originates from pseudodysphagia, the fear of choking. After all, peanut butter is one of the most common choking hazards. Others believe that it could be linked to anxiety surrounding sticky textures or a peanut allergy that appears in nearly three million Americans.