common phobias

Common Phobias

Common Phobias A to Z – Are You Suffering From Phobiaphobia?

After researching this list of common phobias we’re feeling a little Phobophobic, which is a phobia of phobias. Phobia comes from the Greek phóbos meaning aversion and describes the fear of particular situations or objects. Common phobias can often seem irrational to outsiders but are very real to those suffering from them.

Common Phobia Types & Symptoms of Common Phobias*

Common Phobia Types

  • Social phobias: Fear of social situations, for example public speaking or public performances and the fear of public embarrassment.
  • Agoraphobia: Fear of being alone in a public place or social situation where help won’t be available if needed. Which can give rise to symptoms from anxiety and panic attacks and commonly leads to avoidance, ultimately by staying at home.
  • Specific phobias: can be sub-divided into:
    • Animal phobias: Animals (cats, dogs, chickens etc.), Insects (waps, bees, ants etc.), reptiles (snakes, toads, etc.), birds etc.
    • Environmental phobias: Thunder and lightning, storms, water, tornadoes etc.
    • Medical phobias: Cancer, blood, injections, visiting a doctor, dentist etc.
    • Situational phobias: Leaving home, fear of heights, flying, driving etc.
    • Other phobias: Objects, colors, nationalities etc.
List of Common Physical Phobia Symptoms

Common Physical Phobia Symptoms

As the fear level increases the number of physical symptoms sufferers experience can increase typically including:

  • dry mouth
  • sweating
  • shortness of breath
  • anxiety, butterflies in your tummy
  • hyperventilation (over-breathing) leading to a panic attack
  • hard to speak words or sentences clearly
  • confusion, dis-orientation
  • choking sensation
  • elevated heart rate, increased blood pressure
  • emotional outbursts
  • nausea, dizziness, fainting
  • headache
  • trembling, shaking
  • rash
  • chills
  • numbness
  • hot flashes/flushes
  • tightness in chest, chest pain
  • urge to go to the toilet
  • dread of actual illness or physical harm
  • self harming
  • terror

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Common PhobiasFear ofPhobia RatingPhobia CategoryPhobia TriggersPhobia Info & Trivia
Ablutophobiafear ofwashingSpecific: Other (activity)
Acarophobiafear ofitchingSpecific: Other (activity)More generally related to Entomophobia (fear of insects and bugs)
Acerophobiafear ofsournessSpecific: Other (senses)
Achievemephobiafear ofsuccessCommonSpecific: Other (activity)Opposite to Atychiphobia, the fear of failure.
Achluophobiafear ofthe dark, darknessCommonSpecific: EnvironmentalTypically the imagined danger that cannot be seen, rather than darkness itself. Unusual in under 2 year olds. See also Lygophobia, Myctophobia, Nyctophobia and Scotophobia.
Acousticophobiafear ofnoiseSpecific: Environmental
Acrophobiafear ofheightsTop 5Specific: Environmentalbridges, ladders, mountains, railings, roofs, stairs, stairwells, towersAka Altophobia. Fear of heights is one of the most common phobias. Related to Gephyrophobia
Aeroacrophobiafear ofopen high placesSpecific: Situational
Aerophobiafear offlyingTop 10Specific: SituationalOften connected to fear of open spaces (Agoraphobia) and confined spaces (Claustrophobia). Less commonly Aviophobia and Pteromerhanophobia.
Agateophobiafear ofinsanitySpecific
Agliophobiafear ofpainSpecific: Medical
Agoraphobiafear ofopen spacesTop 5Specific: Situationalpublic places, social situationsPeople with panic disorders often develop Agoraphobia. Associated with Monophobia (fear of being left alone). In addition to the physical symptoms of common phobias (see boxout*) sufferers may also experience cognitive (fear of losing control in public) and behavioral symptoms (staying at home). Linked with depression. One of the most common phobias.
Agrizoophobiafear ofwild animalsSpecific: Animal
Agyrophobiafear ofcrossing streetsSpecific: Other (activity)
Aichmophobiafear ofpointed objectsSpecific: Other (objects)
Ailurophobiafear ofcatsCommonSpecific: Animal (Mammal)From ailouros (Greek). Also known as Elurophobia, Cat phobia, Felinophobia, Galeophobia and Gatophobia.
Albuminurophobiafear ofkidney diseaseSpecific: Medical (desease)
Alektorophobiafear ofchickensCommonSpecific: Animal (bird)May also extend to eggs and dead chickens but, not usually, to cooked chickens.
Algophobiafear ofpainSpecific: Medical
Alliumphobiafear ofgarlicSpecific: Other (plants)
Allodoxaphobiafear ofother opinionsSocial
Altophobiafear ofheightsTop 5Specific: Situationalbridges, ladders, mountains, railings, roofs, stairs, stairwells, towersOne of the most common phobias which is more commonly known as Acrophobia.
Amathophobiafear ofdustSpecific: Other (objects)
Amaxophobiafear ofcar travelSpecific: Situational
Ambulophobiafear ofwalking, fallingCommonSpecific: SituationalOne of the common phobias which is also known as Basiphobia and Stasephobia. In addition to the physical symptoms of common phobias (see boxout*) sufferers may find difficulty standing up.
Amnesiophobiafear offorgettingSpecific: Other (activity)
Amychophobiafear ofbeing scratchedSpecific: Other (activity)
Anablephobiafear oflooking upSpecific: Other (activity)
Anatidaephobiafear ofbeing watched by a duckUncommonSpecific: Animal (bird)
Androphobiafear ofmenCommonSpecific: Other (people)Also known as Arrhenphobia and Hominophobia. More common in young females but can persist into adulthood. Opposite of Gynophobia (fear of women)
Anemophobiafear ofwindSpecific: Environmental
Anginophobiafear ofanginaSpecific: Medical (desease)
Anglophobiafear ofEngland, anything EnglishSpecific: Other (country)
Angrophobiafear ofanger, becoming angrySpecific: Other (emotion)
Anthophobiafear offlowersSpecific: Other (plants)
Anthropophobiafear ofpeople, societyCommonSpecific: Other (people)Fearful of people in all situations.
Antlophobiafear offloodsSpecific: Other (events)
Anuptophobiafear ofremaining singleSpecific: Other (activity)
Apeirophobiafear ofinfinity
Aphenophobiafear ofriches, wealth
Aphephobiafear ofbeing touchedCommonSocialRelated to Philophobia (fear of love). Most commonly called Aphenphosmphobia but also known as Chiraptophobia, Haphophobia, Hapnophobia, Haptephobia, Haptophobia and Thixophobia.
Aphenphosmphobiafear ofbeing touchedCommonSocialRelated to Philophobia (fear of love). Most commonly called Aphenphosmphobia but also known as Aphephobia, Chiraptophobia, Haphophobia, Hapnophobia, Haptephobia, Haptophobia and Thixophobia.
Apiphobiafear ofbeesSpecific: Animal (Insect)seeing, hearing a beeMore generally related to Entomophobia (fear of insects and bugs). More commonly known as Melissophobia.
Apotemnophobiafear ofamputees, people with amputationsSpecific: Other (objects)
Aquaphobiafear ofwater, being near waterCommonSpecific: SituationalAlso known as Hydrophobia. Related to Bathyphobia (fear of deep water) and Potamophobia (fear of deep running water).
Arachnophobiafear ofspidersTop 5Specific: Animal (Insect)spiders websFear of spiders is one of the most common phobias, affecting up to 1 in 3 people. Probably the most common phobia of all, for evolutionary reasons.
Arithmophobiafear ofnumbersSpecific: Other (numbers)See also Numerophobia.
Arrhenphobiafear ofmenCommonSpecific: Other (people)Most commonly known as Androphobia. Also known as Hominophobia. More common in young females but can persist into adulthood. Fear of men is the opposite of Gynophobia (fear of women).
Arsonphobiafear offireSpecific: Environmental
Asthenophobiafear offaintingSpecific: Other (activity)
Astraphobiafear ofthunder and lightningTop 10Specific: EnvironmentalMost common in children and also animals. Aka Keraunophobia, Astrapophobia, Brontophobia, Nicaduranaphobia and Tonitrophobia.
Astrophobiafear ofcelestial spaceSpecific: Other (religion)
Astrapophobiafear ofthunder and lightningTop 10Specific: EnvironmentalMore commonly known as Astraphobia and Brontophobia but also Keraunophobia, Nicaduranaphobia and Tonitrophobia.
Asymmetrophobiafear ofasymmetry, anything asymmetrical
Ataxiophobiafear oflack of muscular coordination
Ataxophobiafear ofuntidinessSpecific: Other (activity)
Atelophobiafear ofimperfectionSpecific: Other (body parts)
Atephobiafear ofruin or ruinsSpecific: Other (places)
Athazagoraphobiafear ofbeing forgotten or ignoredSocial
Atomosophobiafear ofatomic explosionsSpecific: Other (events)
Atychiphobiafear offailureCommonSocialFear of failure is the opposite of Achievemephobia (the fear of success). One of the most common phobias.
Aurophobiafear ofgoldSpecific: Other (material)
Autodysomophobiafear ofbad odors, smelly peopleSpecific: Other (senses)
Automatonophobiafear ofventriloquist dummies, wax statuesSpecific: Other (objects)
Automysophobiafear ofbeing dirtySpecific: Other (activity)
Autophobiafear ofsolitude, abandonment, being aloneCommonSocialFear of loneliness is one of the most common phobias.
Aviophobiafear offlyingTop 10Specific: SituationalMost commonly known as Aerophobia but also Pteromerhanophobia.
Bacillophobiafear ofmicrobesSpecific: Other (objects)Most commonly known as Mysophobia but also known as Verminophobia, Germophobia, Germaphobia, Bacteriophobia (fear of bacteria), Spermatophobia and Spermophobia.
Bacteriophobiafear ofbacteriaSpecific: Other (objects)Most commonly known as Mysophobia but also known as Verminophobia, Germophobia, Germaphobia, Bacillophobia (fear of microbes), Spermatophobia and Spermophobia.
Ballistophobiafear ofmissiles, bulletsSpecific: Other (objects)
Barophobiafear ofgravitySpecific: Other
Basiphobiafear offalling, walkingCommonSpecific: Other (activity)Also known as Ambulophobia and Stasephobia. In addition to the physical symptoms of common phobias (see boxout*) sufferers may find it difficult to stand up.
Basophobiafear ofinability to standSpecific: Other (activity)
Bathmophobiafear ofstairs, steep slopesSpecific: Other (objects)
Bathophobiafear ofdepth
Bathyphobiafear ofdepth, deep waterSpecific: SituationalRelated to Potamophobia (fear of deep running water), Aquaphobia and Hydrophobia (fear of water).
Batophobiafear ofbeing near high objectsSpecific: Situational
Batrachophobiafear ofamphibiansSpecific: Animal
Belonephobiafear ofpins, needles, pointed objectsSpecific: Other (objects)
Bibliophobiafear ofbooksSpecific: Other (objects)
Blennophobiafear ofslimeSpecific: Other (objects)
Botanophobiafear ofplantsSpecific: Other (plants)
Brontophobiafear ofthunder and lightningTop 10Specific: EnvironmentalOne of the most common phobias also commonly known as Astraphobia, Astrapophobia, Brontophobia, Keraunophobia, Nicaduranaphobia and Tonitrophobia.
Bufonophobiafear oftoadsSpecific: Animal (Reptile)
Cacophobiafear ofugliness
Cainophobiafear ofnewness, novelty
Caligynephobiafear ofbeautiful womenSpecific: Other (people)
Carcinophobiafear ofcancerCommonSpecific: Medical (desease)Fear of cancer is one of the common phobias which can lead to dietary disorders as sufferers avoid certain foods.
Cardiophobiafear ofthe heartSpecific: Other (body parts)
Carnophobiafear ofmeatSpecific: Other (food)
Catagelophobiafear ofbeing ridiculedSocial
Catapedophobiafear ofjumpingSpecific: Other (activity)
Cathisophobiafear ofsittingSpecific: Other (activity)
Catoptrophobiafear ofmirrorsSpecific: Other (objects)
Cenophobiafear ofempty spacesSpecific: Situational
Centophobiafear ofnew ideasSocial
Ceraunophobiafear ofthunder and lightningSpecific: Environmental
Chaetophobiafear ofhairSpecific: Other (body parts)
Cheimatophobiafear ofcold, anything coldSpecific: Other (senses)
Chemophobiafear ofchemicalsSpecific: Other (objects)Fear of Chemicals
Cherophobiafear offun, gaietySpecific: Other (activity)
Chionophobiafear ofsnowSpecific: Environmental
Chiraptophobiafear ofbeing touchedCommonSocialRelated to Philophobia (fear of love). Most commonly called Aphenphosmphobia but also known as Aphephobia, Haphophobia, Hapnophobia, Haptephobia, Haptophobia and Thixophobia.
Chirophobiafear ofhandsSpecific: Other (body parts)
Chiroptophobiafear ofbatsSpecific: Animal (Mammal)
Cholerophobiafear ofangerSpecific: Other (emotion)
Chorophobiafear ofdancingSocial
Chrometophobiafear ofmoneySpecific: Other (objects)
Chromophobiafear ofcolorsSpecific: Other (color)Also known as Chromatophobia or Chrematophobia.
Chronomentro-phobiafear ofclocksSpecific: Other (objects)
Chrysophobiafear oforange, anything orange coloredSpecific: Other (color)
Cibophobiafear offoodSpecific: Other (food)
Claustrophobiafear ofconfined spaces, suffocation, restrictionTop 10Specific: Situationalairplanes, cars, caves, basements/cellars, elevators/lifts, changing rooms, small rooms, locked rooms, trains, subways, tunnels, underwater caves, medical equipment (e.g. MRI scanner). queuing/waitng in line. Opposite of fear of open spaces (Agoraphobia)Commonly confused with Cleithrophobia (fear of being trapped). In addition to the physical symptoms of common phobias (see boxout*) sufferers may avoid situations likely to trigger symptoms (e.g. taking the stairs instead of elevator/lift)
Cleithrophobiafear ofbeing trapped or locked inSpecific: SituationalAlso known as Cleisiophobia and more commonly known as Claustrophobia (see above)
Cleptophobiafear ofstealingSocial: Situational
Climacophobiafear ofstairs, climbing or falling down themSpecific: Other (activity)
Clinophobiafear ofgoing to bedSpecific: SituationalRelated to Hypnophobia (fear of sleep) and Somniphobia (fear of nightmares)
Clithrophobiafear ofbeing trapped or locked inSpecific: Situational
Cnidophobiafear ofstingsSpecific: Other (activity) .
Coimetrophobiafear ofcemeteriesSpecific: Other (places)
Coitophobiafear ofsexSpecific: Other (activity)
Cometophobiafear ofcometsSpecific: Other (objects)
Contreltophobiafear ofsexual abuseSocial
Coprastasophobiafear ofconstipationSpecific: Medical (condition)
Coprophobiafear offecesSpecific: Other (objects)
Coulrophobiafear ofclownsSpecific: Other (people)
Counterphobiafear offearful situationsSpecific: Situational
Cremnophobiafear ofprecipicesSpecific: Situational
Cryophobiafear ofextreme coldSpecific: Situational
Crystallophobiafear ofcrystals, glassSpecific: Other (objects)
Cyberphobiafear ofcomputers, technologySpecific: Other (objects)
Cyclophobiafear ofbicyclesSpecific: Other (objects)
Cymophobiafear ofwavesSpecific: Environmental
Cynophobiafear ofdogsVery commonSpecific: Animal (Mammal)More common in women than man. Often associated with Ailurophobia (fear of cats). Less common than Ophidiophobia (fear of snakes) and Arachnophobia (fear of spiders).
Cyprianophobiafear ofprostitutes, venereal diseaseSpecific: Other (people)
Cyprinophobiafear ofprostitutes, venereal diseaseSpecific: Other (people)
Daemonophobiafear ofdemonsSpecific: Other (religion)
Decidophobiafear ofmaking decisionsSocial
Defecaloesiophobiafear ofpainful bowel movementsSpecific: Other (activity)
Deipnophobiafear ofdiningSpecific: Other (activity)
Dementophobiafear ofinsanity
Demophobiafear ofcrowds or peopleSocialRelated to Enochlophobia (fear of crowds) and Ochlophobia (fear of mob-like crowds)
Dendrophobiafear oftreesSpecific: Other (objects)Fear of trees
Dentophobiafear ofdentists, dentistrySpecific: Medical
Dermatopatho-phobiafear ofskin lesions or skin illnessSpecific: Medical (conditions)
Dermatophobiafear ofskin lesions or skin illnessSpecific: Medical (conditions)
Dermatosiophobiafear ofskin lesions or skin illnessSpecific: Medical (conditions)
Dextrophobiafear ofobjects at the right side of the bodySpecific: Other (direction)
Diabetophobiafear ofdiabetesSpecific: Medical (desease)
Didaskaleinophobiafear ofgoing to schoolSocial
Dikephobiafear ofjustice
Dinophobiafear ofdizziness or whirlpools
Diplophobiafear ofdouble visionSpecific: Medical (conditions)
Dipsophobiafear ofdrinking alcoholSpecific: Other (activity)
Dishabiliophobiafear ofundressing in front of someoneSpecific: Other (activity)
Domatophobiafear ofhousesSpecific: Other (objects)
Dontophobiafear ofteethSpecific: Other (objects)
Doraphobiafear offurSpecific: Other (objects)
Doxophobiafear ofreceiving praise, expressing an opinionSocial
Dromophobiafear ofcrossing the streetSpecific: Situational
Dysmorphophobiafear ofdeformitySpecific: Medical (condition)
Dystychiphobiafear ofaccidents
Ecclesiophobiafear ofchurchSpecific: Other (religion)Fear of churches
Ecophobiafear ofecological problems
Eisoptrophobiafear ofmirrorsSpecific: Other (objects)
Electrophobiafear ofelectricitySpecific: Other
Eleutherophobiafear offreedomSpecific: Other
Elurophobiafear ofcatsSpecific: Animal (mammal)Most commonly known as Ailurophobia (from Greek ailouros) but also Cat phobia, Felinophobia, Galeophobia and Gatophobia.
Emetophobiafear ofvomiting, throwing upCommonSpecific: Other (activity)feeling sick, seeing other people vomittingOne of the common phobias which can lead to dieting, bulimia, malnutrition and anorexia.
Enetophobiafear ofpinsSpecific: Other
Enissophobiafear ofcriticism, judgementSocial
Enochlophobiafear ofcrowdsCommonSocial: SituationalRelated to Ochlophobia (mobs) and Demophobia (people).
Entomophobiafear ofinsects, bugs, flying insectsCommonSpecific: Animal (Insect)hearing or seeing an insectRelated to more specific phobias including Myrmecophobia (fear of ants) and flying insect phobias: Melissophobia (fear of bees), Spheksophobia (fear of wasps), Lepidopterophobia (fear of butterflies). Associated with Acarophobia. Also known as Insectophobia.
Eosophobiafear ofdawn, daylightSpecific: Environmental
Ephebophobiafear ofyouthSpecific: Other (people)
Epistaxiophobiafear ofnosebleedsSpecific: Medical (conditions)
Epistemophobiafear ofknowledgeSpecific: Other
Equinophobiafear ofhorsesSpecific: Animal (mammal)Also known as Hippophobia.
Ereuthrophobiafear ofblushingSpecific: Other (activity)
Ergophobiafear ofworkSpecific: Other (activity)
Erotophobiafear ofsex, sexual questionsSpecific: Other (activity)
Erytophobiafear ofred, anything redSpecific: Other (color)
Euphobiafear ofhearing good newsSpecific: Other (activity)
Eurotophobiafear offemale genitaliaSpecific: Other (body parts)
Febriphobiafear offeverSpecific: Medical (conditions)
Felinophobiafear ofcatsSpecific: Animal (mammal)Most commonly known as Ailurophobia (from Greek ailouros) but also Elurophobia, Cat phobia, Galeophobia and Gatophobia
Francophobiafear ofanything FrenchSpecific: Other (country)Also known as Gallophobia
Friggatriskaide-kaphobiafear ofFriday 13th, friday the thirteenthCommonSpecific: Other (superstition)Named after Frigg (Norse goddess Friday is named after). Related to Triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13). Also known as Paraskevidekatriaphobia. One of the most common phobias.
Frigophobiafear ofcold, anything coldSpecific: Other
Galeophobiafear ofcatsSpecific: Animal (mammal)Most commonly known as Ailurophobia (from Greek ailouros) but also Elurophobia, Cat phobia, Felinophobia and Gatophobia.
Gallophobiafear ofanything FrenchSpecific: Other (country)Also known as Francophobia
Gamophobiafear ofcommitment, marriageCommonSpecific: SituationalOne of the most common phobias.
Gatophobiafear ofcatsSpecific: Animal (Mammal)Most commonly known as Ailurophobia (from Greek ailouros) but also Elurophobia, Cat phobia, Felinophobia and Galeophobia.
Geliophobiafear oflaughterSpecific: Other (activity)
Gelotophobiafear ofbeing laughed atSocial
Geniophobiafear ofchinsSpecific: Other (body parts)
Genophobiafear ofsexSpecific: Other (activity)
Genuphobiafear ofkneesSpecific: Other (body parts)
Gephyrophobiafear ofcrossing bridgesCommonSpecific: Situationalhigh bridges and bridges over waterAlso known as Gephydrophobia and Gephysrophobia
Gerascophobiafear ofgrowing oldSpecific: Other (activity)
Germanophobiafear ofGermany or anything GermanSpecific: Other (country)If you’re not Germanophobic you can find facts and general knowledge in German on Taschenhirn.de
Gerontophobiafear ofold people, growing oldSpecific: Other (activity)
Globophobiafear ofballoonsCommonSpecific: Other (objects)
Glossophobiafear ofpublic speakingCommonSocial
Gnosiophobiafear ofknowledgeSpecific: Other (country)
Gymnophobiafear ofnuditySpecific: Other (activity)
Gynophobiafear ofwomenCommonSpecific: Other (people)irrational hatred of women, avoidanceAlso known as Gynephobia. Opposite of Androphobia (fear of men)
Hadephobiafear ofhellSpecific: Other (religion)
Hagiophobiafear ofsaintsSpecific: Other (religion)
Hamartophobiafear ofsinning, sinSpecific: Other (religion)
Haphephobiafear ofbeing touchedCommonSocialRelated to Philophobia (fear of love). Most commonly called Aphenphosmphobia but also known as Aphephobia, Chiraptophobia, Haphophobia, Hapnophobia, Haptephobia, Haptophobia and Thixophobia
Harpaxophobiafear ofbeing robbedSocial
Hedonophobiafear offeeling pleasureSpecific: Other (activity)
Heliophobiafear ofsun, the sunSpecific: Other (objects)
Helminthophobiafear ofwormsSpecific: Animal (invertebrate)
Hemophobiafear ofbloodCommonSpecific: Medicalfainting at the sight of blood
Herpetophobiafear ofreptilesSpecific: Animal (reptile)
Hesperophobiafear ofthe westSpecific: Other (direction)
Heterophobiafear ofthe opposite sexSocial
Hierophobiafear ofpriestsSpecific: Other (religion)
Hodophobiafear ofroad travelSpecific: Situational
Homichlophobiafear offogSpecific: Environmental
Homilophobiafear ofsermonsSpecific: Other (religion)
Hominophobiafear ofmenCommonSpecific: Other (people)Most commonly known as Androphobia. Also known as Arrhenphobia. More common in young females but can persist into adulthood. Opposite of Gynophobia (fear of women).
Homophobiafear ofhomosexuals, homosexualitySpecific: Other (people)
Hoplophobiafear offirearmsSpecific: Other (objects)
Hydrophobiafear ofwaterCommonSpecific: Environmentalfoaming at the mouthMedical name for Rabies. Also known as Aquaphobia. Related to Bathyphobia (fear of deep water) and Potamophobia (fear of running water).
Hydrophobophobiafear ofrabiesSpecific: Other (diseases)
Hyelophobiafear ofglassSpecific: Other (objects)
Hygrophobiafear ofliquid, moistureSpecific: Other
Hylephobiafear ofmaterialism
Hylophobiafear offorestsSpecific: Other (plants)
Hypegiaphobiafear ofresponsibilitySocial
Hypnophobiafear ofsleep, being hypnotizedCommonSpecific: SituationalRelated to Clinophobia (fear of going to bed) and Somniphobia (fear of nightmares).
Hypsophobiafear ofheight
Iatrophobiafear ofgoing to the doctor, doctorsSpecific: Situational
Ichthyophobiafear offishSpecific: Animal (fish)
Iconophobiafear ofpictures, imagesSpecific: Other (objects)
Illyngophobiafear ofvertigoSpecific: MedicalFeeling dizzy when looking down
Iophobiafear ofpoisonSpecific
Islamophobiafear ofIslamSpecific: Other (religion)
Isolophobiafear ofsolitude, being aloneAgoraphobic
Isopterophobiafear oftermites, wood eating insectsSpecific: Animal (insect)
Ithyphallophobiafear ofseeing, or thinking about, or having an erect penisSpecific: Other (body parts)
Japanophobiafear ofJapan, anything JapaneseSpecific: Other (country)
Judeophobiafear ofJewsSpecific: Other (religion)
Kainophobiafear ofnovelty, innovation
Kainotophobiafear ofchange
Kakorrahaphobiafear offailure, defeat and rejectionCommonAssociated with Atychiphobia (fear of failure). Aka Kakorraphiophobia and Kakorrhaphiophobia.
Kakorraphiophobiafear offailure, defeat and rejectionCommonAssociated with Atychiphobia (fear of failure). Aka Kakorrhaphiophobia and Kakorrahaphobia.
Kakorrhaphio-phobiafear offailure, defeat and rejectionCommonAssociated with Atychiphobia (fear of failure). Aka Kakorraphiophobia and Kakorrahaphobia.
Katagelophobiafear ofridiculeSocial
Katsaridaphobiafear ofcockroachesSpecific: Animal (Insect)
Kenophobiafear ofempty spacesSpecific: Situational
Keraunophobiafear ofthunder and lightningVery commonSpecific: EnvironmentalMore commonly known as Astraphobia and Brontophobia but also Astrapophobia, Nicaduranaphobia and Tonitrophobia.
Kinetophobiafear ofmovementSpecific: Other (activity)
Kleptophobiafear ofstealingSpecific: Other (activity)
Koinoniphobiafear ofroomsSpecific: Environmental
Kolpophobiafear ofgenitals, mainly femaleSpecific: Other (body parts)
Koniophobiafear ofdustSpecific: Other (objects)
Kopophobiafear offatigue
Koumpounophobiafear ofbuttonsCommonSpecific: Other (objects)sight of buttons, talk about buttons, avoidance of clothing with buttonsRelated to Trypophobia (fear of holes).
Kosmikophobiafear ofcosmic phenomenonSpecific: Environmental
Kymophobiafear ofwavesSpecific: Environmental
Kynophobiafear ofrabiesSpecific: Medical (disease)
Lachanophobiafear ofvegetablesSpecific: Other (plants)
Laliophobiafear ofspeakingSocial
Lalophobiafear ofspeakingSocial
Lepidopterophobiafear ofbutterfliesCommonSpecific: Animal (insect)hearing or seeing a butterflyMore generally Entomophobia (fear of bugs and insects).
Leprophobiafear ofLeprosySpecific: Medical (desease)
Leukophobiafear ofwhite, anything whiteSpecific: Other (color)
Levophobiafear ofobjects on the left side of the bodySpecific: Other (direction)
Ligyrophobiafear ofloud noisesSpecific: Other (senses)
Lilapsophobiafear oftornadoes, hurricanesSpecific: Environmental
Limnophobiafear oflakesSpecific: Other
Linonophobiafear ofstringSpecific: Other (objects)
Lockiophobiafear ofchildbirth
Logizo-mechanophobiafear ofcomputersSpecific: Other (objects)
Logophobiafear ofwordsSpecific
Loutrophobiafear ofwashing or bathingSocial
Luiphobiafear ofsyphilisSpecific: Medical (desease)
Lutraphobiafear ofottersSpecific: Animal (Mammal)
Lygophobiafear ofthe dark, darkness, twilightCommonSpecific: EnvironmentalTypically the imagined danger that cannot be seen, rather than the dark itself. Unusual in under 2 year olds. See also Achluophobia, Myctophobia, Nyctophobia and Scotophobia
Lyssophobiafear ofgoing insaneAgoraphobia
Macrophobiafear oflong waitsSocial
Mageirocophobiafear ofcookingSpecific: Other (activity)
Maieusiophobiafear ofchildbirthSpecific: Other (activity)
Malaxophobiafear oflove playCommonSpecific: Situationaldating, kissing and foreplayAvoidence is the typical response. Therapy can help. Also known as Sarmassophobia.
Maniaphobiafear ofinsanityAgoraphobia
Mastigophobiafear ofwhips, punishmentSpecific: Other (objects)
Mechanophobiafear ofmachinesSpecific: Other (objects)
Medomalacuphobiafear oflosing an erectionSocial
Medorthophobiafear ofan erect penisSpecific: Other (body parts)
Megalophobiafear oflarge thingsSpecific: Other (objects)
Melanophobiafear ofblack, anything blackSpecific: Other (color)
Melissophobiafear ofbeesSpecific: Animal (Insect)seeing, hearing a beeMore generally related to Entomophobia (fear of insects and bugs). Also known as Apiphobia or misspelt Melissaphobia.
Melophobiafear ofmusicSpecific
Meningitophobiafear ofbrain diseaseSpecific: Medical
Menophobiafear ofmenstruationSpecific: Medical
Merinthophobiafear ofbeing tied upSocial
Metallophobiafear ofmetalSpecific: Other (material)
Metathesiophobiafear ofchangesCommonAgoraphobia
Meteorophobiafear ofmeteorsSpecific: Other
Methyphobiafear ofalcoholSpecific: Other
Metrophobiafear ofpoetrySpecific: Other (activity)
Microbiophobiafear ofmicrobesSpecific: Other
Microphobiafear ofsmall thingsSpecific: Other (objects)
Misophobiafear ofhatredSpecific: Other (emotions)
Misophobiafear ofdirt, germsTop 10Specific: Other (material)
Mnemophobiafear ofmemories
Molysmophobiafear ofcontaminationSpecific: Other (activity)
Monophobiafear ofsolitudeCommonSocialAssociated with Agoraphobia (fear of open spaces).
Motorophobiafear ofmotorsSpecific: Other (objects)
Motorphobiafear ofcarsSpecific: Other (objects)
Mottephobiafear ofmothsSpecific: Animal (Insect)
Musculophobiafear ofmusclesSpecific: Other (body parts)
Musophobiafear ofmice, ratsSpecific: Animal (mammal, rodent)
Mycophobiafear ofmushroomsSpecific: Other (plants)
Mycrophobiafear ofsmall thingsSpecific: Other (objects)
Myctophobiafear ofthe dark, darknessCommonSpecific: SituationalTypically the imagined danger that cannot be seen, rather than darkness itself. Unusual in under 2 year olds. See also Achluophobia, Nyctophobia and Scotophobia.
Myrmecophobiafear ofantsSpecific: Animal (Insect)seeing an antMore generally related to Entomophobia (fear of insects and bugs)
Mysophobiafear ofdirt, germsTop 10Specific: Other (objects)Connected to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and Agoraphobia (fear of open spaces)
Myxophobiafear ofslimeSpecific: Other (material)
Nebulaphobiafear offogSpecific: Environmental
Necrophobiafear ofdeath, dead thingsSpecific: Other (objects)
Nelophobiafear ofglassSpecific: Other (objects)
Neophobiafear ofanything newSocial
Nephophobiafear ofcloudsSpecific: Environmental
Nicaduranaphobiafear ofthunder and lightningTop 10Specific: EnvironmentalMore commonly known as Astraphobia and Brontophobia but also Astrapophobia, Keraunophobia and Tonitrophobia
Noctiphobiafear ofnightSpecific: Environmental
Nomatophobiafear ofnamesSpecific: Other (material)
Nosocomephobiafear ofhospitalsSpecific: Other (places)
Nosophobiafear ofillness, diseaseSpecific: Medical
Nostophobiafear ofreturning homeSocial
Novercaphobiafear ofstepmotherSpecific: Other (people)
Nucleomitophobiafear ofnuclear weaponsSpecific: Other (objects)
Nudophobiafear ofnuditySocial
Numerophobiafear ofnumbersSpecific: OtherSee also Arithmophobia.
Nyctohylophobiafear offorests at nightSpecific: Situational
Nyctophobiafear ofthe night, the dark, darknessCommonSpecific: EnvironmentalCommon in children over 2 years old. Typically the imagined danger that cannot be seen, rather than darkness itself. See also Achluophobia, Lygophobia, Myctophobia and Scotophobia
Nymphophobiafear ofyoung girlsSpecific: Other (people)
Obesophobiafear ofobesitySpecific: Other (activity)
Obesophobiafear ofgaining weightSpecific: Other (activity)
Ochlophobiafear ofcrowds, mob-likeSocialRelated to Enochlophobia (fear of crowds) and Demophobia (fear of crowds of people)
Ochophobiafear ofvehiclesSpecific: Other (objects)
Octophobiafear ofeightSpecific: Other (numbers)
Odontophobiafear ofdentistrySpecific: Other (actvity)
Odynophobiafear ofpainSpecific: Other (senses)
Oenophobiafear ofwinesSpecific: Other (objects)
Oikophobiafear ofhomeSpecific: Situational
Olfactophobiafear ofsmellSpecific: Other (senses)
Ombrophobiafear ofrainSpecific: Environmental
Ommetaphobiafear ofeyesSpecific: Other (body parts)
Omphalophobiafear ofbelly buttonsSpecific: Other (body parts)
Oneirogmophobiafear ofwet dreamsSpecific: Other (actvity)
Oneirophobiafear ofdreamsSpecific: Other (actvity)
Onomatophobiafear ofwords, a certain wordSpecific: Other
Ophidiophobiafear ofsnakesTop 5Specific: Animal (Reptile)One of the most common phobias, affecting up to 1 in 3 people for evolutionary reasons. More common in women than men.
Ophthalmophobiafear ofbeing stared atSocial
Optophobiafear ofopening eyesSpecific: Other (actvity)
Ornithophobiafear ofbirdsCommonSpecific: Animal (bird)avoiding outdoor activitiesSufferers are often phobic about specific species or types of birds. Can lead to Agoraphobia (fear of open spaces).
Orthophobiafear ofpropertySpecific: Other (objects)
Osmophobiafear ofsmellsSpecific: Other (senses)
Ostracophobiafear ofoysters, shellfishSpecific: Animal
Ouranophobiafear ofheavenSpecific: Other (religion)
Paedophobiafear ofchildren or childhoodSpecific: Other (people)
Pagophobiafear ofice or frostSpecific: Other
Panophobiafear ofeverythingCommonAgoraphobiaexcessive anxiety and worry, paranoia, delusionsAlso known as Omniphobia, Pamphobia, Pantophobia and Panphobia
Panthophobiafear ofsuffering and diseaseSpecific: Medical
Papyrophobiafear ofpaperSpecific: Other (objects)
Paraskevidekatria-phobiafear ofFriday 13th, friday the thirteenthCommonSpecific: Other (superstition)First coined by Dr. Donald Dossey who told patients “when you learn to pronounce it, you’re cured!” Related to Triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13). Also known as Friggatriskaidekaphobia.
Paraphobiafear ofsexual perversionSpecific: Other (actvity)
Parasitophobiafear ofparasitesSpecific: Other (objects)
Parthenophobiafear ofyoung girlsSpecific: Other (people)
Parturiphobiafear ofchildbirthSpecific: Medical
Pathophobiafear ofdiseaseSpecific: Other (desease)
Peccatophobiafear ofsinningSpecific: Other (actvity)
Pediculophobiafear ofliceSpecific: Animal (Insect)
Pediophobiafear ofdollsSpecific: Other (objects)
Pedophobiafear ofbabies, childrenSpecific: Other (people)
Peladophobiafear ofbald peopleSpecific: Other (people)
Pellagrophobiafear ofPellagraSpecific: Other (desease)Pellagra is a disease.
Peniaphobiafear ofpovertySpecific: Other
Pentheraphobiafear ofmother in lawSpecific: Other (people)
Phagophobiafear ofswallowingSpecific: Other (people)
Phalacrophobiafear ofgoing baldSpecific: Other (actvity)
Phallophobiafear ofpenisSpecific: Other (body parts)
Pharmacophobiafear ofdrugs, medicinesSpecific: Medical
Phasmophobiafear ofghosts
Phengophobiafear ofdaylight, sunshineSpecific: Environmental
Philematophobiafear ofkissingSpecific: Other (actvity)
Philophobiafear ofintimacy, loveCommonSocialRelated to Aphenphosmphobia (fear of being touched)
Philosophobiafear oflearningSpecific: Other (actvity)
Phobophobiafear ofphobiasCommonSpecific: Situational
Phonophobiafear ofsounds, voices, own voiceSpecific: Other (senses)
Photophobiafear oflightSpecific: Environmental
Phronemophobiafear ofthinkingSpecific: Other (actvity)
Phtheirophobiafear ofliceSpecific: Animal (Insect)
Phthisiophobiafear oftuberculosisSpecific: Medical
Placophobiafear oftombstonesSpecific: Other (objects)
Plutophobiafear ofwealthSpecific: Other
Pluviophobiafear ofrain, being rained onSpecific: Environmental
Pneumatophobiafear ofspirits
Pnigerophobiafear ofchokingSpecific: Other (actvity)
Podophobiafear offeetCommonSpecific: Other (body parts)touching feet, looking at feet
Pogophobiafear ofbeardsSpecific: Other (body parts)
Poinephobiafear ofpunishmentSocial
Polyphobiafear ofmany thingsAgoraphobia
Ponophobiafear ofoverworking, painSocial
Potamophobiafear ofrunning waterRelated to Bathyphobia (fear of deep water), Aquaphobia and Hydrophobia (fear of water).
Potophobiafear ofdrinking alcoholSpecific: Other (actvity)
Proctophobiafear ofrectumsSpecific: Other (body parts)
Prosophobiafear ofprogressSpecific: Other (actvity)
Psellismophobiafear ofstutteringSpecific: Other (actvity)
Psychophobiafear ofmind
Psychrophobiafear ofcoldSpecific: Environmental
Pteridophobiafear offernsSpecific: Other (plants)
Pteromerhano-phobiafear offlyingTop 10Specific: EnvironmentalMost commonly known as Aerophobia but also Aviophobia
Pupaphobiafear ofpuppetsSpecific: Other (objects)
Pyrexiophobiafear offeverSpecific: Other (actvity)
Pyrophobiafear offireUncommonSpecific: Environmentalseeing a fire
Radiophobiafear ofradiation, X-raysSpecific: Other
Ranidaphobiafear offrogsSpecific: Animal (reptile)Also known as Ranophobia
Rhabdophobiafear ofpunishmentSpecific: Other (actvity)
Rhypophobiafear ofdefecationSpecific: Other (actvity)
Rhytiphobiafear ofgetting wrinklesSpecific: Other (actvity)
Rupophobiafear ofdirtSpecific: Other (objects)
Russophobiafear ofRussians, anything RussianSpecific: Other (country)
Sarmassophobiafear oflove playCommonSpecific: Situationaldating, kissing and foreplayAvoidence is the typical response. One of the most common phobias for which therapy can help. Also known as Malaxophobia.
Scatophobiafear offecal matterSpecific: Other (objects)
Scelerophibiafear ofevil people, burglarsSpecific: Other (people)
Scoleciphobiafear ofwormsSpecific: Animal (invertebrate)
Scolionophobiafear ofschoolSpecific: Environmental
Scopophobiafear ofbeing stared atSpecific: Other (actvity)
Scorodophobiafear ofgarlicSpecific: Other (plant)
Scotomaphobiafear ofblindnessSpecific: Other (senses)
Scotophobiafear ofdarkness, the darkCommonSpecific: EnvironmentalTypically the imagined danger that cannot be seen, rather than darkness itself. Unusual in under 2 year olds. See also Achluophobia, Lygophobia, Myctophobia and Nyctophobia.
Selachophobiafear ofsharksSpecific: Animal (Fish)
Selaphobiafear oflight flashes
Selenophobiafear ofthe moonSpecific: Other (objects)
Seplophobiafear ofdecaying matterSpecific: Other (objects)
Sesquipedalo-phobiafear oflong wordsSpecific: Other
Sexophobiafear ofthe opposite sexSpecific: Other (people)
Siderodromo-phobiafear oftrainsSpecific: Other (objects)
Siderophobiafear ofstarsSpecific: Other (objects)
Sinistrophobiafear ofleft handedness or things to the leftSpecific: Other (direction)
Sinophobiafear ofChina, anything ChineseSpecific: Other (country)
Sitiophobiafear offoodSpecific: Other
Sociophobiafear ofsocial gatheringsSocial
Somnephobiafear ofsleep, dreamsSpecific: Other (activity)
Sophophobiafear ofwisdom, learningSpecific: Other (activity)
Somniphobiafear ofnightmares, sleep paralysisSpecific: Other (activity)Related to Hypnophobia (fear of sleep) and Clinophobia (fear of going to bed)
Soteriophobiafear ofdependence on others
Spectrophobiafear ofspecters, ghostsSpecific: Other
Spermatophobiafear ofgerms, semenTop 10Specific: Other (objects)Most commonly known as Mysophobia but also known as Verminophobia, Germophobia, Germaphobia, Bacillophobia (fear of microbes) and Bacteriophobia (fear of bacteria) and Spermophobia.
Spermophobiafear ofgerms, dirtTop 10Specific: Other (objects)Most commonly known as Mysophobia but also known as Verminophobia, Germophobia, Germaphobia, Bacillophobia (fear of microbes) and Bacteriophobia (fear of bacteria) and Spermophobia.
Spheksophobiafear ofWaspsSpecific: Animal (Insect)More generally Entomophobia (fear of bugs and insects)
Stasephobiafear ofwalking, fallingCommonSpecific: Other (activity)Also known as Ambulophobia and Basiphobia. In addition to the physical symptoms of common phobias (see boxout*) sufferers may find difficulty standing up.
Staurophobiafear ofcrosses, crucifixesSpecific: Other (objects)
Stenophobiafear ofnarrow placesSpecific: Environmental
Stigiophobiafear ofhellSpecific: Other (religion)
Stygiophobiafear ofhellSpecific: Other (religion)
Suriphobiafear ofmiceSpecific: Animal (Mammal, rodent)
Symbolophobiafear ofsymbolism
Symmetrophobiafear ofsymmetry
Syngenesophobiafear ofrelativesSpecific: Other (people)
Syphilophobiafear ofsyphilisSpecific: Medical (desease)
Tachophobiafear ofspeedSpecific: Other (activity)
Taeniophobiafear oftapewormsSpecific (Parasite)
Taphephobiafear ofbeing buried aliveSpecific: Other (activity)
Tapinophobiafear ofbeing contagiousSocial
Taurophobiafear ofbullsSpecific: Animal (mammal)
Technophobiafear oftechnologySpecific: Other
Teratophobiafear ofgiving birth to a malformed childSpecific: Other (activity)
Testophobiafear oftaking testsSpecific: Other (activity)
Teutophobiafear ofGermans, anything GermanSpecific: Other (country)
Textophobiafear offabrics, materialSpecific: Other (objects)velvet, foam, rubber
Thalassophobiafear ofthe seaSpecific: Environmental
Thanatophobiafear ofdeathCommonSpecific: Other (activity)
Theophobiafear ofgods, religionCommonSpecific: Other (religion)One of the most common phobias. See also Zeusophobia (fear of gods)
Thermophobiafear ofheat
Thixophobiafear ofbeing touchedCommonSocialRelated to Philophobia (fear of love). Most commonly called Aphenphosmphobia but also known as Aphephobia, Chiraptophobia, Haphophobia, Hapnophobia, Haptephobia and Haptophobia
Tocophobiafear ofchildbirthSpecific: Other (activity)
Tomophobiafear ofsurgery, operationsSpecific: Medical
Tonitrophobiafear ofthunderCommonSpecific: EnvironmentalCommonly associated with fear of thunder AND lightning, known as Astraphobia and Brontophobia but also Astrapophobia, Keraunophobia and Nicaduranaphobia
Topophobiafear ofspecific places or situations, stage frightSocial
Toxophobiafear ofbeing poisonedSpecific: Other (activity)
Traumatophobiafear ofinjurySpecific: Medical
Tremophobiafear oftremblingSpecific: Other (activity)
Trichinophobiafear ofTrichinosisSpecific: Medical (desease)Trichinosis is a parasitic disease.
Trichopathophobiafear ofhair, hair lossSpecific: Other (activity)
Triskaidekaphobiafear of13, thirteen, the number 13CommonSpecific: Other (superstition)Related to Paraskevidekatriaphobia and Friggatriskaidekaphobia (both fear of Friday 13th). One of the most common phobias.
Tropophobiafear ofchangeAgoraphobia
Trypanophobiafear ofinjections, needlesVery commonSpecific: Medicalavoids visits to doctors, nurses
Trypophobiafear ofholesVery commonSpecific: Otherany honeycomb structure, sponges, coral, skin, meat, buttonholesRelated to Koumpounophobia (fear of buttons)
Typhlophobiafear ofblindnessSpecific: Other (senses)
Uranophobiafear ofheavenSpecific: Other (religion)
Urophobiafear ofurineSpecific: Other (objects)
Vaccinophobiafear ofvaccinationsSpecific: Medical
Vehophobiafear ofdrivingCommonSpecific: Situational
Venusophobiafear ofbeautiful womenSpecific: Other (people)
Verbophobiafear ofwordsSpecific: Other
Verminophobiafear ofgermsTop 10Specific: Other (objects)Most commonly known as Mysophobia but also known as Germophobia, Germaphobia, Bacillophobia (fear of microbes)and Bacteriophobia (fear of bacteria), Spermatophobia and Spermophobia.
Vestiphobiafear ofclothingSpecific: Other (objects)
Virginitiphobiafear ofrapeSpecific: Other (activity)
Vitricophobiafear ofstepfatherSpecific: Other (people)
Wiccaphobiafear ofwitchcraftSpecific: Other (activity)
Xanthophobiafear ofyellow, anything yellowSpecific: Other (color)
Xenoglossophobiafear offoreign languagesSpecific: Other
Xenophobiafear ofstrangers, foreigners, the unknownCommonOne of the most common phobias.
Xerophobiafear ofdrynessSpecific: Other (senses)
Xylophobiafear ofwoodSpecific: Other (objects)
Xyrophobiafear ofrazorsSpecific: Other (objects)
Zelophobiafear ofjealousySpecific: Other (emotion)
Zeusophobiafear ofgod, godsCommonSpecific: Other (religion)See also Theophobia (fear of religion)
Zoophobiafear ofanimalsCommonSpecific: AnimalOne of the most common phobias.

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