List Of Phobias

Here is a list of phobias, from well-known phobias such as glossophobia (fear of speaking in public) and acrophobia (fear of heights) to bizarre ones such as hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia (fear of long words).

Psychological conditions phobias

  • Ablutophobia – fear of bathing, washing, or cleaning.
  • Acrophobia, Altophobia – fear of heights.
  • Agoraphobia – fear of places or events where escape is impossible or when help is unavailable.
  • Agraphobia, Contreltophobia – fear of sexual abuse.
  • Aichmophobia – fear of sharp or pointed objects (as a needle, knife or a pointing finger).
  • Algophobia – fear of pain.
  • Agyrophobia – fear of crossing roads.
  • Androphobia – fear of men.
  • Anthropophobia – fear of people or being in a company, a form of social phobia.
  • Anthophobia – fear of flowers, petals, or stems.
  • Aquaphobia – fear of water.
  • Astraphobia, Astrapophobia, Brontophobia, Keraunophobia – fear of thunder, lightning and storms; especially common in young children.
  • Aviophobia, Aviatophobia, Aerophobia, Pteromechanophobia – fear of flying.
  • Bacillophobia, Bacteriophobia, Microbiophobia – fear of microbes and bacteria.
  • Blood-injection-injury type phobia – a DSM-IV subtype of specific phobias
  • Catoptrophobia – fear of mirrors or of one’s own reflection.
  • Chorophobia – fear of dancing.
  • Cibophobia, Sitophobia – aversion to food, synonymous to Anorexia nervosa.
  • Claustrophobia – fear of confined spaces.
  • Coulrophobia – fear of clowns (not restricted to evil clowns).
  • Decidophobia – fear of making decisions.
  • Dental phobia, Dentophobia, Odontophobia – fear of dentists and dental procedures
  • Dysmorphophobia, or body dysmorphic disorder – a phobic obsession with a real or imaginary body defect.
  • Emetophobia – fear of vomiting.
  • Ergasiophobia, Ergophobia – fear of work or functioning, or a surgeon’s fear of operating.
  • Ergophobia – fear of work or functioning.
  • Erotophobia – fear of sexual love or sexual questions.
  • Erythrophobia – pathological blushing.
  • Gelotophobia – fear of being laughed at.
  • Gephyrophobia – fear of bridges or crossing bridges.
  • Genophobia, Coitophobia – fear of sexual intercourse.
  • Gerascophobia – fear of growing old or ageing.
  • Gerontophobia – fear of growing old, or a hatred or fear of the elderly.
  • Glossophobia – fear of speaking in public or of trying to speak.
  • Gymnophobia – fear of nudity.
  • Gynophobia – fear of women.
  • Haptephobia – fear of being touched.
  • Heliophobia – fear of sunlight.
  • Hemophobia, Haemophobia – fear of blood.
  • Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia – fear of the number 666.
  • Hoplophobia – fear of weapons, specifically firearms (Generally a political term but the clinical phobia is also documented).
  • Ligyrophobia – fear of loud noises.
  • Lipophobia – fear/avoidance of fats in food.
  • Medication phobia – fear of medications
  • Megalophobia – fear of large/oversized objects.
  • Mysophobia – fear of germs, contamination or dirt.
  • Necrophobia – fear of death, the dead.
  • Neophobia, Cainophobia, Cainotophobia, Cenophobia, Centophobia, Kainolophobia, Kainophobia – fear of newness, novelty.
  • Nomophobia – fear of being out of mobile phone contact.
  • Nosophobia – fear of contracting a disease.
  • Nosocomephobia – fear of hospitals.
  • Nyctophobia, Achluophobia, Lygophobia, Scotophobia – fear of darkness.
  • Osmophobia, Olfactophobia – fear of smells.
  • Paraskavedekatriaphobia, Paraskevidekatriaphobia, Friggatriskaidekaphobia – fear of Friday the 13th.
  • Panphobia – fear of everything or constantly afraid without knowing what is causing it.
  • Phasmophobia – fear of ghosts, spectres or phantasms.
  • Phagophobia – fear of swallowing.
  • Pharmacophobia – same as medication phobia
  • Phobophobia – fear of having a phobia.
  • Phonophobia – fear of loud sounds.
  • Pyrophobia – fear of fire.
  • Radiophobia – fear of radioactivity or X-rays.
  • Sociophobia – fear of people or social situations
  • Scopophobia – fear of being looked at or stared at.
  • Somniphobia – fear of sleep.
  • Spectrophobia – fear of mirrors and one’s own reflections.
  • Taphophobia – fear of the grave, or fear of being placed in a grave while still alive.
  • Technophobia – fear of technology (see also Luddite).
  • Telephone phobia, fear or reluctance of making or taking phone calls.
  • Tetraphobia – fear of the number 4.
  • Tokophobia – fear of childbirth.
  • Tomophobia – fear or anxiety of surgeries/surgical operations.
  • Traumatophobia – a synonym for injury phobia, a fear of having an injury
  • Triskaidekaphobia, Terdekaphobia – fear of the number 13.
  • Trypanophobia, Belonephobia, Enetophobia – fear of needles or injections.
  • Workplace phobia – fear of the work place.
  • Xenophobia – fear of strangers, foreigners, or aliens.

Animal phobias

  • Ailurophobia – fear/dislike of cats.
  • Animal phobia – fear of certain animals, a category of specific phobias.
  • Apiphobia – fear/dislike of bees (also known as Melissophobia).
  • Arachnophobia – fear/dislike of spiders.
  • Chiroptophobia – fear/dislike of bats.
  • Cynophobia – fear/dislike of dogs.
  • Entomophobia – fear/dislike of insects.
  • Equinophobia – fear/dislike of horses (also known as Hippophobia).
  • Herpetophobia – fear/dislike of reptiles.
  • Ichthyophobia – fear/dislike of fish.
  • Musophobia – fear/dislike of mice and/or rats.
  • Ophidiophobia – fear/dislike of snakes.
  • Ornithophobia – fear/dislike of birds.
  • Scoleciphobia – fear of worms.
  • Zoophobia – a generic term for animal phobias.

Non-psychological conditions phobias

  • Hydrophobia – fear of water (a symptom of rabies).
  • Photophobia – hypersensitivity to light causing aversion to light
  • Phonophobia – hypersensitivity to sound causing aversion to sounds.
  • Osmophobia – hypersensitivity to smells causing aversion to odors.

Fictional phobias

  • Aibohphobia – fear of palindromes.
  • Anachrophobia – fear of temporal displacement.
  • Anatidaephobia – fear of being watched by a duck.
  • Anoraknophobia – a portmanteau of “anorak” and “arachnophobia”.
  • Arachibutyrophobia – fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth.
  • Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia – fear of long words.
  • Luposlipaphobia – fear of being pursued by timber wolves.
  • Nihilophobia – fear of nothingness.
  • Venustraphobia – fear of beautiful women.

7 thoughts on “List Of Phobias”

  1. Oh good to know that I have a symptom of RABIES. Jee thanks. I have hydrophobia. It's not because of rabies.

  2. Actually, Amy coldwell, I believe that a fear of men could also be related to being abused by them, or seeing someone hurt by them.

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