We're all scaredy-cats in one way or another: Whether it's spiders, heights, clowns, etc., we've all got something that raises the hairs on the backs of our necks — some are just more common than others. Click through to learn about lesser-known phobias that give some people the willies.More
It's hard to believe anyone could be terrified of critters as adorable as otters (have these people never encountered a snake before?), but that's exactly what lutraphobia is. It doesn't usually come out of nowhere, though: Most people who fear otters have either been attacked or bitten by one, or have seen it happen to someone else.
Who doesn't love a good manicure? People with chirophobia — aka the fear of hands — that's who. This rare phobia can present as a fear of one's own hands or someone else's, but it's generally brought on by a traumatic experience, such as a hand injury or the onset of arthritis.
Jason Belmonte, an Australian pro bowler, joked about having singular chirophobia, the fear of using one hand, to explain why he bowls with both. Even though he was kidding, there are people who really do deal with this phobia on a daily basis.