Strange Phobias Quiz

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About This Quiz

Fear of flying, fear of heights, fear of needles -- chances are you or someone you know has one of these common phobias.

How many Americans suffer from a phobia?

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, roughly 19.2 million Americans have a specific phobia.

What is the most common phobia in America?

An estimated 75 percent of Americans suffer from glossophobia, the fear of public speaking.

Which celebrity has a fear of antiques?

Billy Bob Thornton has publicly disclosed his fear of antiques, making him one of the estimated 250,000 Americans who share this phobia.

What is the fear of chickens known as?

Alektorophobia is the excessive fear of chickens, chicken feathers and eggs, and being attacked by a chicken.

Phobias are classified as what type of mental health illness?

Anxiety disorders are characterized by uncontrollable, inappropriate reactions to events (and objects). They include generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder and specific phobias.

You'll want to avoid sending flowers and balloons to someone who suffers from which two phobias?

People suffering from anthrophobia have a fear of flowers, and globophobia is a fear of balloons.

True or false: Phobias can go away without treatment.

About 20 percent of phobias resolve without mental health treatment.

Fear is our brain's reaction to a possible threat. What is a phobia?

Fear is our body's natural reaction to a perceived threat, but a phobia is an exaggerated reaction to an event or object (sometimes even just in anticipation of the event or object).

People who fear ventriloquists' dummies suffer from what phobia?

People with a fear of the ventriloquist's dummy suffer from automatonophobia. Pupaphobia is the fear of puppets, while pediophobia is the fear of dolls and coulrophobia is the fear of clowns.

When someone fears the color yellow, what phobia does that person have?

Xanthophobia is the fear of the color yellow. Leukophobia and porphyrophobia are also fears of color -- white and purple, respectively.

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