Everyone is afraid of something, and many of us share the same fears. Some people are afraid of heights; others might fear certain animals, like dogs, snakes or spiders. Many people are afraid of death, and even more are terrified of public speaking.
But there are some phobias that may at first glance seem odd or even ridiculous. Take ebulliophobiacs, for example. These individuals get anxious at the sight of bubbles, which aren't known for posing much of a threat.
Although sufferers of these various phobias often recognize that they're afraid of harmless objects, past trauma typically informs their fears. And as silly as some of these conditions might be to most people, sufferers of these offbeat phobias have genuine adverse reactions, involving nausea, profuse sweating, shortness of breath or worse, to these stimuli.
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