List of Common Phobias in English

About Phobia

A phobia is an abnormal and extreme fear of a particular thing or situation, especially one that cannot be reasonably explained. Phobia is a type of anxiety disorder and causes significant distress. People who have phobia will experience an intense fear of a certain object or situation. Several people may have fears about certain situations in their life. These fears are common and are different from phobias as the phobias generally last for a longer time.

 

There are three types of phobias – Specific phobia, Social phobia and Agoraphobia

Specific phobiafear of objects or situations

 

These phobias are caused by a negative experience with the object or situation.

Common fears in this area are: fear of spiders, fear of snakes, and fear of heights etc.,

These phobias are again categorized into four areas: animal type, natural environment type, situational type and blood-injection-injury type.

These phobias are commonly found among the children in the age group of 10 to 13 years.

Common symptoms of the specific phobias are losing control, panicking and fainting.

Exposure therapy is recommended to treat specific phobias.

 

Social phobia – fear of public speaking, meeting new people or other social situations

 

Social phobia is a social anxiety disorder (SAD), where the person faces an irrational fear in one or more social situations.

The people who suffer from this phobia commonly feel that the other people judge or evaluate them negatively.

It causes major distress and affects the parts their daily life and so people feel embarrassed and humiliated.

People feel excessive shyness and avoid the activities like social interaction, especially small groups, dating, parties, talking to strangers, interviews, etc.

Resultantly, people isolate themselves from others to avoid such situations.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the recommended first line treatment for social anxiety disorder.

 

Agoraphobia – fear of being outside

 

This phobia is an anxiety disorder generally caused by a fear of leaving home or a small familiar ‘safe’ area.

The people suffer from this fear when they become aware that they are unsafe in unfamiliar environments like wide-open spaces, crowd or traveling and cannot be able to escape.

Resultantly, people avoid these areas and are confined to their comfort and safe place, usually their home.

It is very difficult to cure agoraphobia without treatment.

Recommended treatment for this phobia is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and also joining self-help and support groups will benefit the people suffering from this phobia.

 

List of Common Phobias in English

 

PHOBIA

FEAR OF….

A

Ablutophobia                                         Strong fear of bathing, washing or cleaning
Achievemephobia Strong fear of success
Achluophobia                                        Strong fear of darkness
Achondroplasiaphobia Strong fear of  midgets
Acousticophobia Strong fear of noise
Acquaphobia Strong fear of water
Acrophobia Strong fear of heights
Aeronausiphobia Strong fear of aeroplanes
Aerophobia Strong fear of flying
Agliophobia Strong fear of pain
Agoraphobia Strong fear of open or public places
Agrizoophobia                                     Strong fear of wild animals
Agyiophobia Strong fear of streets
Agyrophobia                                               Strong fear of crossing the road
Aibohphobia                                         Strong fear of palindromes
Aichmophobia                                              Strong fear of sharp and pointy things (needles, knives, etc.)
Ailurophobia                                           Strong fear of cats
Alektorophobia Strong fear of chickens
Algophobia Strong fear of pain
Alliumphobia Strong fear of garlic
Allodoxaphobia Strong fear of opinions
Altophobia Strong fear of heights
Amathophobia Strong fear of dust
Amaxophobia Strong fear of being in or riding in a vehicle
Anatidaephobia Strong fear that one is being watched by a duck
Androphobia Strong fear of men
Anginophobia Strong fear of choking, angina or chest pain
Anglophobia Strong fear of England or the English
Anthophobia                                                       Strong fear of flowers
Anthropophobia Strong fear of people
Antlophobia Strong fear of floods
Anuptaphobia Strong fear of staying single
Apiphobia                                                   Strong fear of fear of bees
Aquaphobia Strong fear of water
Arachnophobia                                               Strong fear of spiders
Astraphobia                                                             Strong fear of thunder and lightning
Athazagoraphobia Strong fear of being forgotten or ignored
Atychiphobia Strong fear of failure
Aulophobia Strong fear of flutes
Aurophobia                                                                      Strong fear of gold
Automatonophobia                                                    Strong fear of inanimate objects that look like living creature (statue, figure, robot..)
Automysophobia Strong fear of being dirty
Autophobia Strong fear of being abandoned by someone
Aviophobia, Aviatophobia                                               Strong fear of flying

B

Bacteriophobia                                                               Strong fear of bacteria and infection
Bananaphobia                                                                 Strong fear of bananas
Basiphobia Strong fear of not being able to stand and walk
Bathophobia Strong fear of depths
Batrachophobia                                                                           Strong fear of amphibians, frogs
Belonephobia Strong fear of pins and needles
Bibliophobia                                                                                     Strong fear of books
Botanophobia                                                                         Strong fear of plants
Brontophobia Strong fear of thunder
Buttonphobia, Koumpounophobia Strong fear of buttons

C

Cacomorphobia Strong fear of fat people
Cacophobia Strong fear of ugliness and things that are ugly
Cancerophobia, Carcinophobia Strong fear of cancer
Cardiophobia Strong fear of heart disease
Carnophobia Strong fear of meat
Catoptrophobia Strong fear of mirrors
Cellophobia Strong fear of beauty
Centrophobia Strong fear of being in the centre
Chaetophobia, Hypertrichophobia,   Trichopathophobia Strong fear of hair
Cheimatophobia Strong fear of cold
Chelonaphobia Strong fear of turtles
Chionophobia Strong fear of snow
Chiroptophobia Strong fear of bats
Chorophobia Strong fear of dancing
Chronophobia Strong fear of time
Chronophobia Strong fear of the future (time)
Cibophobia Strong fear of food
Claustrophobia Strong fear of enclosed spaces or small rooms
Clavicophobia Strong fear of collar bones
Cleptophobia, Kleptophobia Strong fear of theft
Climacophobia Strong fear of staircases or of falling down stairs
Coasterphobia Strong fear of roller coasters
Coitophobia, Genophobia  Strong fear of sexual intercourse
Coprostasophobia Strong fear of constipation
Coulrophobia Strong fear of clowns
Cryophobia Strong fear of fear of cold (ice, frost, etc.)
Crystallophobia Strong fear of glass
Cyberphobia Strong fear of fear of computers and working on them
Cymophobia Strong fear of waves
Cynophobia Strong fear of dogs

D

Decidophobia Strong fear of making a decision
Demonomania Strong fear of being possessed by evil spirits
Demophobia Strong fear of crowds
Dendrophobia Strong fear of trees
Dentophobia Strong fear of dentists
dermatophobia, Dermatosiophobia Strong fear of skin disease
Dextrophobia Strong fear of objects at the right side of the body
Diabetophobia Strong fear of diabetes
Didaskaleinophobia Strong fear of school
Dipsophobia Strong fear of drinking
Dromophobia Strong fear of crossing streets or wandering
Dysmorphophobia Strong fear of deformity
Dystychiphobia Strong fear of accidents

E

Ecclesiophobia Strong fear of churches
Ecophobia Strong fear of one’s home
Electrophobia Strong fear of electricity, electrical appliances
Emetophobia Strong fear of vomiting
Enochlophobia Strong fear of crowds of people or mobs
Entomophobia Strong fear of insects and bugs
Eosophobia Strong fear of dawn or daylight
Ephebiphobia Strong fear of teenagers
Equinophobia Strong fear of horses
Ergasiophobia,Ergophobi or Ponophobia Strong fear of work or finding employment
Erythrophobia Strong fear of blushing
Euphobia Strong fear of hearing good news
Europhobia Strong fear of Europe or European people

F

Febriphobia Strong fear of fever
Feminophobia Strong fear of women
Ferrumphobia Strong fear of iron, objects of iron
Francophobia Strong fear of France or the French
Friggatriskaidekaphobia Strong fear of Friday the 13th

G

Galeophobia Strong fear of sharks
Gamophobia Strong fear of marriage, commitment
Geliophobia Strong fear of laughter
Gephyrophobia Strong fear of bridges and crossing them
Geraphobia Strong fear of old age
Gerascophobia Strong fear of growing older
Germanophobia Strong fear of Germany or Germans
Gerontophobia Strong fear of old people
Globophobia Strong fear of balloons
Glossophobia Strong fear of public speaking
Gnosiophobia Strong fear of knowledge
Graphophobia Strong fear of writing or handwriting
Gymnophobia or Nudophobia Strong fear of nudity
Gynaephobia, (Gynophobia or Gynephobia) Strong fear of women

H

Hadephobia Strong fear of hell
Haemetophobia Strong fear of disease
Hagiophobia Strong fear of saints and holy things
Hamartophobia Strong fear of sin or sinning
Haphephobia Strong fear of thieves
Heliophobia Strong fear of the sun, sunlight, or any bright light
Hematophobia or Hemophobia Strong fear of blood
Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia Strong fear of the number 666
Hierophobia Strong fear of holy people or sacred things
Hippophobia Strong fear of horses
Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia Strong fear of long words
Hodophobia Strong fear of travel
Homilophobia Strong fear of sermons
Homophobia Strong fear of same-sex love
Hormephobia Strong fear of shock
Hydrophobophobia or Kynophobia Strong fear of rabies
Hylophobia Strong fear of trees or wood
Hypengyophobia Strong fear of responsibility
Hypnophobia Strong fear of sleep

I

Iatrophobia Strong fear of doctors or going to the doctors
Ichthyophobia Strong fear of fish
Indophobia Strong fear of Indians
Ipovlopsychophobia Strong fear of having one’s photo taken
Isolophobia Strong fear of solitude or isolation
Isopterophobia Strong fear of termites or insects

J

Japanophobia Strong fear of Japanese
Judeophobia Strong fear of Jews

K

Kainolophobia or Kainophobia Strong fear of anything new, novelty
Kakorrhaphiophobia Strong fear of failure or defeat
Katagelophobia Strong fear of ridicule
Kathisophobia Strong fear of sitting down
Katsaridaphobia Strong fear of cockroaches
Kenophobia Strong fear of voids or empty spaces
Keraunophobia Strong fear of thunder and lightning
Kinemortophobia Strong fear of zombies
Kinetophobia Strong fear of movement or motion
Kleptophobia Strong fear of stealing
Koinoniphobia Strong fear of rooms with full of people
Koniophobia or Amathophobia Strong fear of dust
Kopophobia Strong fear of fatigue
Kosmikophobia Strong fear of cosmic phenomenon
Koumpounophobia Strong fear of buttons
Kymophobia Strong fear of waves
Kynophobia or Hydrophobophobia Strong fear of rabies
Kyphophobia Strong fear of stooping

L

Lachanophobia Strong fear of vegetables
Laliophobia, Lalophobia or Glossophobia Strong fear of speaking or talking
Lepidopterophobia Strong fear of butterflies
Leprophobia or Lepraphobia Strong fear of leprosy
Leukophobia Strong fear of white color
Levophobia or Sinistrophobia Strong fear of objects to the left side of the body
Ligyrophobia, Acousticophobia or Phonophobia Strong fear of sharp or loud noises
Lilapsophobia Strong fear of tornadoes and hurricanes
Limnophobia Strong fear of marshes or lakes
Liticaphobia or Litigaphobia Strong fear of lawsuits
Lockiophobia, Parturiphobia, Tokophobia or Teratophobia Strong fear of childbirth
Logizomechanophobia, Cyberphobia Strong fear of computers
Logophobia Strong fear of words
Lutraphobia Strong fear of otters
Lygophobia Strong fear of being in dark places or darkness

M

Macrophobia Strong fear of long waits
Mageirocophobia Strong fear of cooking
Malaxophobia or Sarmassophobia Strong fear of love play
Maniaphobia Strong fear of insanity
Mastigophobia Strong fear of punishment
Mechanophobia Strong fear of machines
Megalophobia Strong fear of large things
Melanophobia Strong fear of black colour
Melissophobia Strong fear of bees
Melophobia Strong fear of music
Menemophobia Strong fear of wind or drafts
Meningitophobia Strong fear of brain disease
Merinthophobia Strong fear of being bound or tied up
Metallophobia Strong fear of metal
Metathesiophobia Strong fear of changes
Metathesiophobia Strong fear of change
Meteorophobia Strong fear of meteors
Methyphobia Strong fear of alcohol
Metrophobia Strong fear of poetry
Microbiophobia, Bacillophobia Strong fear of microbes
Microphobia Strong fear of small things
Misophobia Strong fear of being contaminated
Mnemophobia Strong fear of memories
Molysmophobia or Molysomophobia Strong fear of dirt or being contaminated
Monopathophobia Strong fear of disease
Monophobia Strong fear of isolation
Motorphobia Strong fear of automobiles
Mottephobia Strong fear of moths
Musophobia or Murophobia Strong fear of mice
Mycophobia Strong fear of mushrooms
Myrmecophobia Strong fear of ants
Mysophobia Strong fear of germs
Mythophobia Strong fear of myths, stories, or false statements
Myxophobia, Blennophobia Strong fear of slime

N

Nebulaphobia Strong fear of fog
Necrophobia Strong fear of death and the dead
Neophobia, Cainophobia, Centophobia or Kainolophobia Strong fear of novelty
Nomophobia Strong fear of losing contact with mobile phone
Nosocomephobia Strong fear of hospitals
Nosophobia Strong fear of transferring diseases
Nostophobia Strong fear of returning home
Novercaphobia Strong fear of your step-mother
Nudophobia or Gymnophobia Strong fear of nudity
Numerophobia Strong fear of numbers and calculations
Nyctophobia, Achluophobia or Lygophobia Strong fear of the night or of darkness

O

Obesophobia Strong fear of gaining weight
Ochlophobia Strong fear of crowds
Octophobia Strong fear of the number 8
Odynophobia Strong fear of pain
Ombrophobia Strong fear of rain
Omphalophobia Strong fear of the navel or belly buttons
Oneirogmophobia Strong fear of wet dreams
Ophidiophobia Strong fear of snakes
Ornithophobia Strong fear of birds

P

Panophobia Strong fear of everything or fear that terrible things will happen
Papaphobia Strong fear of the Pope
Papyrophobia Strong fear of paper
Paraskevidekatriaphobia Strong fear of Friday the 13th
Parthenophobia Strong fear of young girls or virgins
Pathophobia Strong fear of diseases
Patroiophobia Strong fear of hereditary diseases
Pediophobia Strong fear of dolls
Peladophobia Strong fear of baldness
Peniaphobia Strong fear of poverty
Pentheraphobia Strong fear of mother-in-law
Peristerophobia Strong fear of pigeons
Pharamacophobia Strong fear of medication
Phasmophobia Strong fear of ghosts
Phengophobia Strong fear of daylight
Philemaphobia Strong fear of kissing
Philophobia Strong fear of love
Phobophobia Strong fear of fear
Photophobia Strong fear of light caused by something medical or traumatic
Podophobia Strong fear of feet
Pogonophobia Strong fear of beards or bearded men
Poinephobia Strong fear of punishment
Politicophobia Strong fear of politicians
Ponophobia Strong fear of fatigue from overworking
Potamophobia Strong fear of rivers or running water
Psellismophobia Strong fear of stuttering or stammering
Pseudodysphagia                    Strong fear of choking often after a bad eating experience
Pteronophobia Strong fear of feathers
Pyrophobia Strong fear of fire

R

Radiophobia Strong fear of radiation or x-rays
Ranidaphobia Strong fear of frogs
Rhabdophobia Strong fear of being beaten or criticized
Rhytiphobia Strong fear of getting wrinkles
Rupophobia Strong fear of dirt
Russophobia Strong fear of Russians

S

Samhainophobia Strong fear of Halloween
Saravanaphobia Strong fear of open love to other
Sathyarphobia Strong fear of Sivaraj
Scabiophobia Strong fear of scabies
Scelerophobia Strong fear of bad men like criminals
Sciophobia Strong fear of shadows
Scoleciphobia Strong fear of worms
Seismophobia Strong fear of earthquakes
Shiyamphobia Strong fear of fighting
siderodromophobia Strong fear of trains or traveling on trains
Sidonglobophobia Strong fear of cotton balls or plastic foams
Sinophobia Strong fear of China or the Chinese
Sitophobia Strong fear of food
Soceraphobia Strong fear of parents-in-law
Social phobia or Sociophobia Strong fear of social gatherings
Somniphobia Strong fear of sleep
Sophophobia Strong fear of knowledge or learning
Spheksophobia Strong fear of wasps
Stasibasiphobia or Stasophobia Strong fear of standing and walking
Syngenesephobia Strong fear of relatives

T

Tachophobia Strong fear of speed during driving
Taphophobia Strong fear of being buried alive by mistake and waking up in a coffin underground.
Taurophobia Strong fear of bulls
Technophobia Strong fear of technology
Telephonophobia Strong fear of talking on the phone
Thalassophobia Strong fear of the seas and oceans
Thanatophobia Strong fear of death
Theophobia Strong fear of God
Tocophobia or Tokophobia Strong fear of childbirth
Tomophobia Strong fear of surgery
Toxicophobia Strong fear of being poisoned by any medium: food, gas, water or drugs
Tremophobia Strong fear of trembling
Trichophobia Strong fear of hair
Triskaidekaphobia Strong fear of the number 13
Trypanophobia Strong fear of needles or injections
Trypophobia Strong fear of holes
Tuberculophobia Strong fear of tuberculosis
Turophobia Strong fear of cheese

U

Uranophobia Strong fear of  Heaven
Urophobia Strong fear of urine or urination

V

Vaccinophobia Strong fear of  vaccination
Vehophobia Strong fear of  driving
Venustraphobia Strong fear of  beautiful women
Verbophobia Strong fear of  words
Verminophobia Strong fear of germs
Vermiphobia Strong fear of worms
Vestiphobia Strong fear of clothing
Virginitiphobia Strong fear of rape
Vitricophobia Strong fear of step-father

W

Walloonphobia Strong fear of Walloons
Wiccaphobia Strong fear of witches and witchcraft
Xanthophobia Strong fear of yellow color

X

Xenophobia Strong fear of the strangers or foreigners

Z

Zelophobia Strong fear of jealousy
Zeusophobia Strong fear of deities
Zoophobia Strong fear of animals

 

 

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