Different Kind of -phobias
Different Kind of -phobias

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: Ο†ΟŒΞ²ΞΏΟ‚/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.

Psychological conditions

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.

A

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

B

Blood-injection-injury type phobia – a DSM-IV subtype of specific phobias

C

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

D

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

E

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

F

Friggatriskaidekaphobia, Paraskavedekatriaphobia, *Paraskevidekatriaphobia – fear of Friday the 13th

Frigophobia – fear of becoming too cold

G

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.

H

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.

I

Ichthyophobia – fear of fish, including fear of eating fish, or fear of dead fish

Ipovlopsychophobia – fear of having one’s photograph taken.

L

Lipophobia – fear/avoidance of fats in food

M

Mysophobia – fear of germs, contamination or dirt

N

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

O

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

P

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

R

Radiophobia – fear of radioactivity or X-rays

S

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

T

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

U

Uranophobia, Ouranophobia – fear of Heaven

W

Workplace phobia – fear of the workplace

X

Xanthophobia – fear of the colour yellow

Xenophobia – fear of strangers, foreigners, or aliens

Xylophobia, Hylophobia, Ylophobia – fear of trees, forests or wood

 

Animal phobias

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

 

Non-psychological conditions

Photophobia – hypersensitivity to light causing aversion to light

Phonophobia – hypersensitivity to sound causing aversion to sounds.

Osmophobia – hypersensitivity to smells causing aversion to odors.

 

Biology, chemistry

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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