I have collected a list of different phobias which I want to share with you.
-phobia : An intense, abnormal, or illogical fear of a specified thing.
The English suffixes -phobia, -phobic, -phobe (of Greek origin: φόβος/φοβία ) occur in technical usage in psychiatry to construct words that describe irrational, disabling fear as a mental disorder (e.g. agoraphobia), in chemistry to describe chemical aversions (e.g. hydrophobic), in biology to describe organisms that dislike certain conditions (e.g. acidophobia), and in medicine to describe hypersensitivity to a stimulus, usually sensory (e.g. photophobia). In common usage they also form words that describe dislike or hatred of a particular thing or subject. The suffix is antonymic to -phil-.
A large number of -phobia lists circulate on the Internet, with words collected from indiscriminate sources, often copying each other. Also, a number of psychiatric websites exist that at the first glance cover a huge number of phobias, but in fact use a standard text to fit any phobia and reuse it for all unusual phobias by merely changing the name. Sometimes it leads to bizarre results, such as suggestions to cure “prostitute phobia”. Such practice is known as content spamming and is used to attract search engines.
In many cases specialists prefer to avoid the suffix -phobia and use more descriptive terms, see, e.g. personality disorders, anxiety disorders, avoidant personality disorder, love-shyness.
Ablutophobia – fear of bathing, washing, or cleaning
Achluophobia – fear of darkness
Acrophobia – fear of heights
Agoraphobia, Agoraphobia Without History of Panic Disorder – fear of places or events where escape is impossible or when help is unavailable. Fear of open spaces or of being in public places. Fear of leaving a safe place
Agraphobia – fear of sexual abuse
Agrizoophobia – fear of wild animals
Agyrophobia –fear of crossing the road
Aichmophobia – fear of sharp or pointed objects (such as a needle or knife)
Ailurophobia – fear of cats
Algophobia – fear of pain
Amychophobia – fear of being scratched.
Androphobia – fear of men
Anthophobia – fear of flowers
Anthropophobia – fear of people or the company of people, a form of social phobia.
Aquaphobia – fear of water. Distinct from Hydrophobia, a scientific property that makes chemicals averse to interaction with water, as well as an archaic name for rabies
Arachnophobia – fear of spiders
Astraphobia – fear of thunder and lightning
Atychiphobia – fear of failure
Autophobia – fear of being alone or isolated
Automatonophobia – fear of anything that falsely represents a sentient being
Aviophobia, Aviatophobia – fear of flying
Blood-injection-injury type phobia – a DSM-IV subtype of specific phobias
Chaetophobia – fear of hair
Chemophobia – fear of chemicals
Chiroptophobia – fear of bats
Chromophobia – fear of bright colors
Chronophobia – fear of time and time moving forward
Cibophobia, Sitophobia – aversion to food, synonymous to Anorexia nervosa
Claustrophobia – fear of having no escape and being closed in
Coulrophobia – fear of clowns (not restricted to evil clowns)
Cyberphobia – fear of or aversion to computers / Learning new technologies
Decidophobia – fear of making decisions
Dentophobia, Odontophobia – fear of dentists and dental procedures
Dipsophobia – fear of drinking alcohol
Disposophobia – fear of getting rid of or losing things – sometimes wrongly defined as “compulsive hoarding”
Dysmorphophobia, or body dysmorphic disorder – a phobic obsession with a real or imaginary body defect
Emetophobia – fear of vomiting
Ergasiophobia – 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 abuse
Erythrophobia – pathological blushing
Friggatriskaidekaphobia, Paraskavedekatriaphobia, *Paraskevidekatriaphobia – fear of Friday the 13th
Frigophobia – fear of becoming too cold
Gamophobia – fear of marriage, commitment
Gelotophobia – fear of being laughed at
Gephyrophobia – fear of bridges
Genophobia, Coitophobia – fear of sexual intercourse
Gerascophobia – fear of growing old or aging
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.
Hadephobia (also stigiophobia and stygiophobia) – fear of Hell
Halitophobia – fear of bad breath
Haphephobia – 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)
Homophobia – fear of homosexuals or of homosexual relationships; homophobic
Hylophobia – fear of trees, forests or wood
Hypnophobia or somniphobia – fear of sleep.
Ichthyophobia – fear of fish, including fear of eating fish, or fear of dead fish
Ipovlopsychophobia – fear of having one’s photograph taken.
Lipophobia – fear/avoidance of fats in food
Mysophobia – fear of germs, contamination or dirt
Necrophobia – fear of death and/or the dead
Neophobia, Cainophobia, Cainotophobia, Centophobia, Kainolophobia, Kainophobia – fear of newness, novelty
Nomophobia – fear of being out of mobile phone contact
Nosocomephobia – fear of hospitals
Nosophobia – fear of contracting a disease
Nyctophobia, Achluophobia, Lygophobia, Scotophobia – fear of darkness
Obesophobia – fear of obesity
Oikophobia – fear of home surroundings and household appliances
Ombrophobia – fear of rain
Omphalophobia – fear of bellybuttons
Ophthalmophobia – fear of being stared at
Ornithophobia – fear of birds
Osmophobia, Olfactophobia – fear of bad odours
Panphobia – fear of everything or constant fear of an unknown cause
Papaphobia – fear of the Pope
Pediophobia – fear of dolls (a branch of automatonophobia: fear of humanoid figures)
Phagophobia – fear of swallowing
Pharmacophobia – fear of medications
Philophobia – fear of love
Phobophobia – fear of having a phobia
Phonophobia – fear of loud sounds
Pteromerhanophobia – fear of being on an airplane
Pupaphobia – fear of puppets
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
Skelephobia – fear of skeletons
Somniphobia – fear of sleep
Spasmenagaliaphobia (neologism; no official name) – fear of broken glass
Spectrophobia – fear of ghosts and phantoms
Stygiophobia – fear of Hell
Taphophobia, Taphephobia – 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
Thalassophobia – fear of the sea, or fear of being in the ocean
Thanatophobia – fear of dying
Thermophobia – fear of heat
Tokophobia – fear of childbirth or pregnancy
Traumatophobia – a synonym for injury phobia: fear of having an injury
Trichophobia – a morbid disgust caused by the sight of loose hairs
Triskaidekaphobia, Terdekaphobia – fear of the number 13
Trypanophobia, Belonephobia, Enetophobia – fear of needles or injections
Trypophobia – fear of holes
Uranophobia, Ouranophobia – fear of Heaven
Workplace phobia – fear of the workplace
Xanthophobia – fear of the colour yellow
Xenophobia – fear of strangers, foreigners, or aliens
Xylophobia, Hylophobia, Ylophobia – fear of trees, forests or wood
Agrizoophobia – fear of wild animals
Ailurophobia – fear/dislike of cats
Apiphobia – fear/dislike of bees (also known as melissophobia, from the Greek melissa “bee”)
Arachnophobia – fear/dislike of spiders and other arachnids
Bovinophobia – fear/dislike of cattle
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 and/or amphibians
Ichthyophobia – fear/dislike of fish
Mottephobia – fear/dislike of butterflies and/or moths
Murophobia – fear/dislike of mice and/or rats
Ophidiophobia – fear/dislike of snakes
Ornithophobia – fear/dislike of birds
Ranidaphobia – fear/dislike of frogs
Selachophobia – fear of sharks
Scoleciphobia – fear of worms
Zoophobia – fear of animals
Photophobia – hypersensitivity to light causing aversion to light
Phonophobia – hypersensitivity to sound causing aversion to sounds.
Osmophobia – hypersensitivity to smells causing aversion to odors.
Acidophobia/Acidophobic – preference for non-acidic conditions.
Heliophobia/Heliophobic – aversion to sunlight.
Hydrophobia/Hydrophobic – a property of being repelled by water.
Lipophobicity – a property of fat rejection
Oleophobicity – a property of oil rejection
Ombrophobia – avoidance of rain
Photophobia (biology) – a negative phototaxis or phototropism response, or a tendency to stay out of the light
Superhydrophobe – the property given to materials that are extremely difficult to get wet.
Thermophobia – aversion to heat.
Prejudices and discrimination
The suffix -phobia is used to coin terms that denote a particular anti-ethnic or anti-demographic sentiment, such asAmericanophobia, Europhobia, Francophobia, Hispanophobia, and Indophobia. Often a synonym with the prefix “anti-” already exists (e.g. Polonophobia vs. anti-Polonism). Anti-religious sentiments are expressed in terms such as Christianophobia and Islamophobia. Sometimes the terms themselves could even be considered racist, as with “Negrophobia.”
Other prejudices include:
Anglophobia – fear/dislike of England or English culture, etc.
Atheophobia – fear/dislike of atheists
Biphobia – fear/dislike of bisexuality or bisexuals.
Christianophobia – fear/dislike of Christians
Ephebiphobia – fear/dislike of youth.
Germanophobia – fear/dislike of Germans.
Gerontophobia, Gerascophobia – fear/dislike of aging or the elderly.
Heterophobia – fear/dislike of heterosexuals.
Homophobia – fear/dislike of homosexuality or homosexuals.
Islamophobia – fear/dislike of Muslims
Judeophobia – fear/dislike of Jews.
Lesbophobia – fear/dislike of lesbians.
Negrophobia – fear/dislike of Black people.
Nipponophobia – fear/dislike of the Japanese.
Pedophobia, Pediophobia – fear/dislike of children.
Polonophobia – fear/dislike of the Polish.
Psychophobia – fear/dislike of mental illness or the mentally ill.
Russophobia – fear/dislike of the Russians.
Sinophobia – fear/dislike of Chinese.
Transphobia – fear/dislike of transgendered people.
Turcophobia – fear/dislike of the Turks
Xenophobia – fear/dislike of foreigners or extraterrestrials.
Jocular and fictional phobias
Aibohphobia – a joke term for the fear of palindromes, which is a palindrome itself. The term is a piece of computer humor entered into the 1981 The Devil’s DP Dictionary
Anachrophobia – fear of temporal displacement, from a Doctor Who novel by Jonathan Morris.
Anatidaephobia – the fictional fear that somewhere, somehow, a duck is watching you. From Gary Larson’s The Far Side.
Anoraknophobia – a portmanteau of “anorak” and “arachnophobia”. Used in the Wallace and Gromit comic book Anoraknophobia. Also the title of an album by Marillion.
Arachibutyrophobia – fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth. The word is used by Charles M. Schulz in a 1982 installment of his “Peanuts” comic strip and by Peter O’Donnell in his 1985 Modesty Blaise adventure novel Dead Man’s Handle.
Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia – fear of long words. Hippopoto – “big” due to its allusion to the Greek-derived word hippopotamus (though this is derived as hippo- “horse” compounded with potam-os “river”, so originally meaning “river horse”; according to the Oxford English, “hippopotamine” has been construed as large since 1847, so this coinage is reasonable); -monstr- is from Latin words meaning “monstrous”, -o- is a noun-compounding vowel; -sesquipedali- comes from “sesquipedalian” meaning a long word (literally “a foot and a half long” in Latin), -o- is a noun-compounding vowel, and -phobia means “fear”. Note: This was mentioned on the first episode of Brainiac Series Five as one of Tickle’s Teasers.
Keanuphobia – fear of Keanu Reeves, portrayed in the Dean Koontz book, False Memory, where a woman has an irrational fear of Keanu Reeves and has to see her psychiatrist, Mark Ahriman, each week, unaware that she only has the fear in the first place because the psychotic Ahriman implanted it via hypnotic suggestion to amuse himself. He calls her the “Keanuphobe” in his head.
Luposlipaphobia – fear of being pursued by timber wolves around a kitchen table while wearing socks on a newly waxed floor, also from Gary Larson’s The Far Side.
Monkeyphobia – fear of monkeys, as named by Lord Monkey Fist in the animated series Kim Possible. Due to spending a summer in a cabin with a crazy chimp mascot, Ron Stoppable has a fear of monkeys, which he gets over several times, usually during battles with Monkey Fist, who is essentially Ron’s arch-nemesis.
Nihilophobia – fear of nothingness (comes from the combination of the Latin word nihil which means nothing, none, and the suffix -phobia), as described by the Doctor in the Star Trek: Voyager episode Night. Voyager’s morale officer and chef Neelix suffers from this condition, having panic attacks while the ship was traversing a dark expanse of space known as the Void. It is also the title of a 2008 album by Neuronium. Also, the animated version of George of the Jungle (2007 TV series) is seen suffering in one episode of the cartoon, where they are telling scary stories.
Robophobia – Irrational fear of robots and/or androids, also known as “Grimwade’s Syndrome”. First heard in the Doctor Who story The Robots of Death.
Semaphobia – fear of average Web developers to use Semantic Web technologies.
Venustraphobia – fear of beautiful women, according to a 1998 humorous article published by BBC News. The word is a portmanteau of “Venus trap” and “phobia”. Venustraphobia is the title of a 2006 album by Casbah Club.
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