A phobia is defined as an extreme, irrational, and often debilitating fear of a particular object, creature, place, or feeling. Often, phobias are survival-driven. Across history, the human species has learned to fear things such as spiders, snakes, heights, and flying that may be venomous or otherwise harmful, and even deadly. But what about the phobias that no one talks about?
Most uncommon phobias are sadly rooted in trauma; brought upon by a frightening event or experience usually in early childhood.
West Island News prepared a list of phobias you’ve probably never heard of.
Ablutophobia | Fear of bathing
Typically, Ablutophobia stems from a traumatic water-based incident. Be it in a pool, on a boat, or even in a tub during infancy. Ablutophobia can be exceptionally debilitating as it often causes social anxiety around casual trips to the beach or pool parties and can often result in body odor and a general lack of hygiene.