common phobias

Common Phobias

Common Phobias A to Z List

After researching this list of common phobias we’re feeling a little Phobophobic, 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 sufferers.

Common Phobia Types

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 (wasps, 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.

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Common Phobias Fear of Phobia Rating Phobia Category Phobia Triggers Phobia Info, Symptoms
Ablutophobia Fear of washing. Specific: Other (activity)
Acarophobia Fear of itching. Specific: Other (activity) More generally related to Entomophobia (fear of insects and bugs).
Acerophobia Fear of sourness. Specific: Other (senses)
Achievemephobia Fear of success. Common phobia. Specific: Other (activity) Opposite to Atychiphobia, the fear of failure.
Achluophobia Fear of the dark, darkness. Common phobia. Specific: Environmental Typically the imagined danger that cannot be seen, rather than darkness itself. Unusual in under 2 year olds. See also Lygophobia, Myctophobia, Nyctophobia and Scotophobia.
Acousticophobia Fear of noise. Specific: Environmental
Acrophobia Fear of heights. Top 10 phobia. Specific: Environmental Bridges, ladders, mountains, railings, roofs, stairs, stairwells and towers. Aka Altophobia. Fear of heights is one of the most common phobias. Related to Gephyrophobia.
Aeroacrophobia Fear of open high places. Specific: Situational
Aerophobia Fear of flying. Top 10 phobia. Specific: Situational Often connected to fear of open spaces (Agoraphobia) and confined spaces (Claustrophobia). Less commonly Aviophobia and Pteromerhanophobia.
Agateophobia Fear of insanity. Specific
Agliophobia Fear of pain. Specific: Medical
Agoraphobia Fear of open spaces. Top 10 phobia. Specific: Situational Public places and social situations. People 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.
Agrizoophobia Fear of wild animals. Specific: Animal
Agyrophobia Fear of crossing streets. Specific: Other (activity)
Aichmophobia Fear of pointed objects. Specific: Other (objects) Needles Fear of needles is a common phobia.
Ailurophobia Fear of cats. Common phobia. Specific: Animal (Mammal) From ailouros (Greek). Also known as Elurophobia, Cat phobia, Felinophobia, Galeophobia and Gatophobia.
Albuminurophobia Fear of kidney disease. Specific: Medical (desease)
Alektorophobia Fear of chickens. Common phobia. Specific: Animal (bird) May also extend to eggs and dead chickens but, not usually, to cooked chickens.
Algophobia Fear of pain. Specific: Medical
Alliumphobia Fear of garlic. Specific: Other (plants)
Allodoxaphobia Fear of other opinions. Social
Altophobia Fear of heights. Top 10 phobia. Specific: Situational bridges, ladders, mountains, railings, roofs, stairs, stairwells, towers One of the most common phobias which is more commonly known as Acrophobia.
Amathophobia Fear of dust. Specific: Other (objects)
Amaxophobia Fear of car travel. Specific: Situational cars
Ambulophobia Fear of walking/ falling. Common phobia. Specific: Situational One 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.
Amnesiophobia Fear of forgetting. Specific: Other (activity)
Amychophobia Fear of being scratched. Specific: Other (activity)
Anablephobia Fear of looking up. Specific: Other (activity)
Anatidaephobia Fear of being watched by a duck. Uncommon phobia. Rare phobia. Specific: Animal (bird)
Androphobia Fear of men. Common phobia. Specific: Other (people) Also known as Arrhenphobia and Hominophobia. More common in young females but can persist into adulthood. Opposite of Gynophobia (fear of women)
Anemophobia Fear of wind. Specific: Environmental
Anginophobia Fear of angina or fear of choking. Specific: Medical (disease)
Anglophobia Fear of England and/or anything English. Specific: Other (country)
Angrophobia Fear of anger, becoming angry. Specific: Other (emotion)
Anthophobia Fear of flowers. Specific: Other (plants)
Anthropophobia Fear of people, fear of society. Common phobia. Specific: Other (people) Fearful of people in all situations.
Antlophobia Fear of floods. Specific: Other (events)
Anuptophobia Fear of remaining single. Specific: Other (activity)
Apeirophobia Fear of infinity.
Aphenophobia Fear of riches, wealth.
Aphephobia Fear of being touched. Common phobia. Social Related to Philophobia (fear of love). Most commonly called Aphenphosmphobia but also known as Chiraptophobia, Haphophobia, Hapnophobia, Haptephobia, Haptophobia and Thixophobia.
Aphenphosmphobia Fear of being touched. Common phobia. Social Related to Philophobia (fear of love). Most commonly called Aphenphosmphobia but also known as Aphephobia, Chiraptophobia, Haphophobia, Hapnophobia, Haptephobia, Haptophobia and Thixophobia.
Apiphobia Fear of bees Specific: Animal (Insect) seeing, hearing a bee More generally related to Entomophobia (fear of insects and bugs). More commonly known as Melissophobia.
Apotemnophobia Fear of amputees, people with amputations Specific: Other (objects)
Aquaphobia Fear of water, being near water. Common phobia. Specific: Situational Also known as Hydrophobia. Related to Bathyphobia (fear of deep water) and Potamophobia (fear of deep running water).
Arachnophobia Fear of spiders. Top 10 phobia. Specific: Animal (Insect) spiders webs Fear 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.
Arithmophobia Fear of numbers. Specific: Other (numbers) See also Numerophobia.
Arrhenphobia Fear of men. Common phobia. Specific: 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).
Arsonphobia Fear of fire. Specific: Environmental
Asthenophobia Fear of fainting. Specific: Other (activity)
Astraphobia Fear of thunder and lightning. Top 10 phobia. Specific: Environmental Most common in children and also animals. Also known as Keraunophobia, Astrapophobia, Brontophobia, Nicaduranaphobia and Tonitrophobia.
Astrophobia Fear of celestial space. Specific: Other (religion)
Astrapophobia Fear of thunder and lightning. Specific: Environmental More commonly known as Astraphobia and Brontophobia but also Keraunophobia, Nicaduranaphobia and Tonitrophobia.
Asymmetrophobia Fear of asymmetry, anything asymmetrical.
Ataxiophobia Fear of lack of muscular coordination.
Ataxophobia Fear of untidiness, fear of disorder. Specific: Other (activity)
Atelophobia Fear of imperfection. Specific: Other (body parts) Activities in general.
Atephobia Fear of ruin or ruins. Specific: Other (places)
Athazagoraphobia Fear of being forgotten or ignored. Social
Atomosophobia Fear of atomic explosions. Specific: Other (events)
Atychiphobia Fear of failure. Common phobia. Social Fear of failure is the opposite of Achievemephobia (the fear of success). One of the most common phobias.
Aurophobia Fear of gold. Specific: Other (material)
Autodysomophobia Fear of bad odors, smelly people. Specific: Other (senses)
Automatonophobia Fear of ventriloquist dummies, wax statues. Specific: Other (objects)
Automysophobia Fear of being dirty. Specific: Other (activity)
Autophobia Fear of solitude, fear of abandonment, fear of being alone. Common phobia. Social Fear of loneliness is one of the most common phobias.
Aviophobia Fear of flying. Specific: Situational Most commonly known as Aerophobia but also Pteromerhanophobia.
Bacillophobia Fear of microbes. Specific: Other (objects) Most commonly known as Mysophobia but also known as Verminophobia, Germophobia, Germaphobia, Bacteriophobia (fear of bacteria), Spermatophobia and Spermophobia.
Bacteriophobia Fear of bacteria. Specific: Other (objects) Most commonly known as Mysophobia but also known as Verminophobia, Germophobia, Germaphobia, Bacillophobia (fear of microbes), Spermatophobia and Spermophobia.
Ballistophobia Fear of missiles, bullets. Specific: Other (objects)
Barophobia Fear of gravity. Specific: Other
Basiphobia Fear of falling, walking. Common phobia. Specific: 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.
Basophobia Fear of inability to stand. Specific: Other (activity)
Bathmophobia Fear of stairs, fear of steep slopes. Specific: Other (objects)
Bathophobia Fear of depth.
Bathyphobia Fear of depth, fear of deep water. Specific: Situational Related to Potamophobia (fear of deep running water), Aquaphobia and Hydrophobia (fear of water).
Batophobia Fear of being near high objects. Specific: Situational
Batrachophobia Fear of amphibians. Specific: Animal
Belonephobia Fear of pins and needles, fear of pointed objects. Specific: Other (objects)
Bibliophobia Fear of books. Specific: Other (objects)
Blennophobia Fear of slime. Specific: Other (objects)
Botanophobia Fear of plants. Specific: Other (plants)
Brontophobia Fear of thunder and lightning. Common phobia. Specific: Environmental One of the most common phobias also commonly known as Astraphobia, Astrapophobia, Keraunophobia, Nicaduranaphobia and Tonitrophobia.
Bufonophobia Fear of toads. Specific: Animal (Reptile)
Cacophobia Fear of ugliness.
Cainophobia Fear of newness, novelty.
Caligynephobia Fear of beautiful women. Specific: Other (people)
Carcinophobia Fear of cancer. Common phobia. Specific: Medical (disease) Fear of cancer is one of the common phobias which can lead to dietary disorders as sufferers avoid certain foods.
Cardiophobia Fear of the heart. Specific: Other (body parts)
Carnophobia Fear of meat. Specific: Other (food)
Catagelophobia Fear of being ridiculed. Social
Catapedophobia Fear of jumping. Specific: Other (activity)
Cathisophobia Fear of sitting. Specific: Other (activity)
Catoptrophobia Fear of mirrors. Specific: Other (objects)
Cenophobia Fear of empty spaces. Specific: Situational
Centophobia Fear of new ideas. Social
Ceraunophobia Fear of thunder and lightning. Specific: Environmental
Chaetophobia Fear of hair. Specific: Other (body parts)
Cheimatophobia Fear of cold, anything cold. Specific: Other (senses)
Chemophobia Fear of chemicals. Specific: Other (objects) Fear of Chemicals
Cherophobia Fear of fun, gaiety. Specific: Other (activity)
Chionophobia Fear of snow. Specific: Environmental
Chiraptophobia Fear of being touched. Common phobia. Social Related to Philophobia (fear of love). Most commonly called Aphenphosmphobia but also known as Aphephobia, Haphophobia, Hapnophobia, Haptephobia, Haptophobia and Thixophobia.
Chirophobia Fear of hands. Specific: Other (body parts)
Chiroptophobia Fear of bats. Specific: Animal (Mammal)
Cholerophobia Fear of anger. Specific: Other (emotion)
Chorophobia Fear of dancing. Social
Chrometophobia Fear of money. Specific: Other (objects)
Chromophobia Fear of colors. Specific: Other (color) Also known as Chromatophobia or Chrematophobia.
Chronomentro-phobia Fear of clocks. Specific: Other (objects)
Chronophobia Fear of time. Specific: Environmental prison sentence, receiving a terminal diagnoses, surviving a disaster Prisoners commonly experience chronophobia, also called “prison neurosis”. Symptoms can include losing track of time, OCD behaviour, circular thought patterns.
Chrysophobia Fear of orange, anything orange colored. Specific: Other (color)
Cibophobia Fear of food. Specific: Other (food)
Claustrophobia Fear of confined spaces, suffocation, restriction. Top 10 phobia. Specific: Situational airplanes, cars, caves, basements/cellars, elevators/lifts, changing rooms, small rooms, locked rooms, trains, subways, tunnels, underwater caves, medical equipment (e.g. MRI scanner). queuing/waiting 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).
Cleithrophobia Fear of being trapped or locked in. Specific: Situational Also known as Cleisiophobia and more commonly known as Claustrophobia (see above).
Cleptophobia Fear of stealing. Social: Situational
Climacophobia Fear of stairs, climbing or falling down them. Specific: Other (activity)
Clinophobia Fear of going to bed. Specific: Situational Related to Hypnophobia (fear of sleep) and Somniphobia (fear of nightmares).
Clithrophobia Fear of being trapped or locked in. Specific: Situational
Cnidophobia Fear of stings. Specific: Other (activity) .
Coimetrophobia Fear of cemeteries. Specific: Other (places)
Coitophobia Fear of sex. Specific: Other (activity)
Cometophobia Fear of comets. Specific: Other (objects)
Contreltophobia Fear of sexual abuse. Social
Coprastasophobia Fear of constipation. Specific: Medical (condition)
Coprophobia Fear of feces. Specific: Other (objects)
Coulrophobia Fear of clowns. Common phobia. Specific: Other (people) People commonly express adverse attitudes to clowns which, in many cases, is logical following decades of evil or killer clowns in movies and TV shows. For most people it’s a dislike rather than a phobia.
Counterphobia Fear of fearful situations. Specific: Situational
Cremnophobia Fear of precipices. Specific: Situational
Cryophobia Fear of extreme cold. Specific: Situational
Crystallophobia Fear of crystals, glass. Specific: Other (objects)
Cyberphobia Fear of computers, fear of technology. Specific: Other (objects)
Cyclophobia Fear of bicycles. Specific: Other (objects)
Cymophobia Fear of waves. Specific: Environmental
Cynophobia Fear of dogs. Very common phobia. Specific: 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).
Cyprianophobia Fear of prostitutes, venereal disease. Specific: Other (people)
Cyprinophobia Fear of prostitutes, venereal disease. Specific: Other (people)
Daemonophobia Fear of demons. Specific: Other (religion)
Decidophobia Fear of making decisions. Social
Defecaloesiophobia Fear of painful bowel movements. Specific: Other (activity)
Deipnophobia Fear of dining. Specific: Other (activity)
Dementophobia Fear of insanity.
Demophobia Fear of crowds or people. Social Related to Enochlophobia (fear of crowds) and Ochlophobia (fear of mob-like crowds).
Dendrophobia Fear of trees. Specific: Other (objects) Fear of trees
Dentophobia Fear of dentists, dentistry. Specific: Medical
Dermatopatho-phobia Fear of skin lesions or skin illness. Specific: Medical (conditions)
Dermatophobia Fear of skin lesions or skin illness. Specific: Medical (conditions)
Dermatosiophobia Fear of skin lesions or skin illness. Specific: Medical (conditions)
Dextrophobia Fear of objects at the right side of the body. Specific: Other (direction)
Diabetophobia Fear of diabetes. Specific: Medical (desease)
Didaskaleinophobia Fear of going to school. Social
Dikephobia Fear of justice.
Dinophobia Fear of dizziness or whirlpools.
Diplophobia Fear of double vision. Specific: Medical (conditions)
Dipsophobia Fear of drinking alcohol. Specific: Other (activity)
Dishabiliophobia Fear of undressing in front of someone. Specific: Other (activity)
Domatophobia Fear of houses. Specific: Other (objects)
Dontophobia Fear of teeth. Specific: Other (objects)
Doraphobia Fear of fur. Specific: Other (objects)
Doxophobia Fear of receiving praise, expressing an opinion. Social
Dromophobia Fear of crossing the street. Specific: Situational
Dysmorphophobia Fear of deformity. Specific: Medical (condition)
Dystychiphobia Fear of accidents. Specific: Other (activity) Reminder of bad accident in the past. Sufferers experience anxiety they may hurt themselves or others.
Ecclesiophobia Fear of church. Specific: Other (religion) Fear of churches.
Ecophobia Fear of ecological problems.
Eisoptrophobia Fear of mirrors. Specific: Other (objects)
Electrophobia Fear of electricity. Specific: Other
Eleutherophobia Fear of freedom. Specific: Other
Elurophobia Fear of cats. Specific: Animal (mammal) Most commonly known as Ailurophobia (from Greek ailouros) but also Cat phobia, Felinophobia, Galeophobia and Gatophobia.
Emetophobia Fear of vomiting, throwing up. Common phobia. Specific: Other (activity) Feeling sick, seeing other people vomiting. One of the common phobias which can lead to dieting, bulimia, malnutrition and anorexia.
Enetophobia Fear of pins. Specific: Other
Enissophobia Fear of criticism, judgement. Social
Enochlophobia Fear of crowds. Common phobia. Social: Situational Related to Ochlophobia (mobs) and Demophobia (people).
Entomophobia Fear of insects, bugs, flying insects. Common phobia. Specific: Animal (Insect) Hearing or seeing an insect. Related 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.
Eosophobia Fear of dawn, daylight. Specific: Environmental
Ephebophobia Fear of youth. Specific: Other (people)
Epistaxiophobia Fear of nosebleeds. Specific: Medical (conditions)
Epistemophobia Fear of knowledge. Specific: Other
Equinophobia Fear of horses. Specific: Animal (mammal) Also known as Hippophobia.
Ereuthrophobia Fear of blushing. Specific: Other (activity)
Ergophobia Fear of work. Specific: Other (activity)
Erotophobia Fear of sex, fear of sexual questions. Specific: Other (activity)
Erytophobia Fear of red. Specific: Other (color) Anything red.
Euphobia Fear of hearing good news. Specific: Other (activity)
Eurotophobia Fear of female genitalia. Specific: Other (body parts)
Febriphobia Fear of fever. Specific: Medical (conditions)
Felinophobia Fear of cats. Specific: Animal (mammal) Most commonly known as Ailurophobia (from Greek ailouros) but also Elurophobia, Cat phobia, Galeophobia and Gatophobia.
Francophobia Fear of anything French. Specific: Other (country) Also known as Gallophobia.
Friggatriskaide-kaphobia Fear of Friday 13th, friday the thirteenth. Common phobia. Specific: 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.
Frigophobia Fear of cold, anything cold. Specific: Other
Galeophobia Fear of cats. Specific: Animal (mammal) Most commonly known as Ailurophobia (from Greek ailouros) but also Elurophobia, Cat phobia, Felinophobia and Gatophobia.
Gallophobia Fear of anything French. Specific: Other (country) Also known as Francophobia.
Gamophobia Fear of commitment, fear of marriage. Common phobia. Specific: Situational Being proposed to. One of the most common phobias.
Gatophobia Fear of cats. Specific: Animal (Mammal) Most commonly known as Ailurophobia (from Greek ailouros) but also Elurophobia, Cat phobia, Felinophobia and Galeophobia.
Geliophobia Fear of laughter. Specific: Other (activity)
Gelotophobia Fear of being laughed at. Social
Geniophobia Fear of chins. Specific: Other (body parts)
Genophobia Fear of sex. Specific: Other (activity)
Genuphobia Fear of knees. Specific: Other (body parts)
Gephyrophobia Fear of crossing bridges. Common phobia. Specific: Situational High bridges and bridges over water. Also known as Gephydrophobia and Gephysrophobia.
Gerascophobia Fear of growing old. Specific: Other (activity)
Germanophobia Fear of Germany or anything German. Specific: Other (country) If you’re not Germanophobic you can find facts and general knowledge in German on Taschenhirn.de
Germaphobia Fear of germs, bacteria, microbes, contamination and infection. Specific: Other (objects) Sometimes spelled Germophobia. Most commonly known as Mysophobia. Related to Verminophobia, Germaphobia, Bacteriophobia, Spermatophobia and Spermophobia.
Gerontophobia Fear of old people, growing old. Specific: Other (activity)
Globophobia Fear of balloons. Common phobia. Specific: Other (objects)
Glossophobia Fear of public speaking. Common phobia. Social
Gnosiophobia Fear of knowledge. Specific: Other (country)
Gymnophobia Fear of nudity. Specific: Other (activity)
Gynophobia Fear of women. Common phobia. Specific: Other (people) Irrational hatred of women, avoidance. Also known as Gynephobia. Gynophobia is the opposite of Androphobia (fear of men).
Hadephobia Fear of hell. Specific: Other (religion)
Hagiophobia Fear of saints. Specific: Other (religion)
Hamartophobia Fear of sinning, sin. Specific: Other (religion)
Haphephobia Fear of being touched. Common phobia. Social Related to Philophobia (fear of love). Most commonly called Aphenphosmphobia but also known as Aphephobia, Chiraptophobia, Haphophobia, Hapnophobia, Haptephobia, Haptophobia and Thixophobia.
Harpaxophobia Fear of being robbed. Social
Hedonophobia Fear of feeling pleasure Specific: Other (activity)
Heliophobia Fear of sun, the sun. Specific: Other (objects)
Helminthophobia Fear of worms. Specific: Animal (invertebrate)
Hemophobia Fear of blood. Common phobia. Specific: Medical Fainting at the sight of blood. Related to Trypanophobia (fear of needles and/or injections).
Herpetophobia Fear of reptiles. Specific: Animal (reptile)
Hesperophobia Fear of the west. Specific: Other (direction)
Heterophobia Fear of the opposite sex. Social
Hierophobia Fear of priests. Specific: Other (religion)
Hodophobia Fear of road travel. Specific: Situational
Homichlophobia Fear of fog. Specific: Environmental
Homilophobia Fear of sermons. Specific: Other (religion)
Hominophobia Fear of men. Common phobia. Specific: 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).
Homophobia Fear of homosexuals, homosexuality. Specific: Other (people)
Hoplophobia Fear of firearms. Specific: Other (objects)
Hydrophobia Fear of water. Common phobia. Specific: Environmental Foaming at the mouth. Medical name for Rabies. Also known as Aquaphobia. Related to Bathyphobia (fear of deep water) and Potamophobia (fear of running water).
Hydrophobophobia Fear of rabies. Specific: Other (diseases)
Hyelophobia Fear of glass. Specific: Other (objects)
Hygrophobia Fear of liquid, moisture. Specific: Other
Hylephobia Fear of materialism.
Hylophobia Fear of forests. Specific: Other (plants)
Hypegiaphobia Fear of responsibility. Social
Hypnophobia Fear of sleep, being hypnotized. Common phobia. Specific: Situational Related to Clinophobia (fear of going to bed) and Somniphobia (fear of nightmares).
Hypsophobia Fear of height.
Iatrophobia Fear of going to the doctor, doctors. Specific: Situational
Ichthyophobia Fear of fish. Specific: Animal (fish)
Iconophobia Fear of pictures, images. Specific: Other (objects)
Illyngophobia Fear of vertigo. Specific: Medical Feeling dizzy when looking down.
Iophobia Fear of poison. Specific
Islamophobia Fear of Islam. Specific: Other (religion)
Isolophobia Fear of solitude, being alone. Agoraphobic
Isopterophobia Fear of termites, wood eating insects. Specific: Animal (insect)
Ithyphallophobia Fear of seeing, or thinking about, or having an erect penis. Specific: Other (body parts)
Japanophobia Fear of Japan, anything Japanese. Specific: Other (country)
Judeophobia Fear of Jews. Specific: Other (religion)
Kainophobia Fear of novelty, innovation
Kainotophobia Fear of change.
Kakorrahaphobia Fear of failure, defeat and rejection. Common phobia. Associated with Atychiphobia (fear of failure). Aka Kakorraphiophobia and Kakorrhaphiophobia.
Kakorraphiophobia Fear of failure, defeat and rejection. Common phobia. Associated with Atychiphobia (fear of failure). Aka Kakorrhaphiophobia and Kakorrahaphobia.
Kakorrhaphio-phobia Fear of failure, defeat and rejection. Common phobia. Associated with Atychiphobia (fear of failure). Aka Kakorraphiophobia and Kakorrahaphobia.
Katagelophobia Fear of ridicule. Social
Katsaridaphobia Fear of cockroaches. Specific: Animal (Insect)
Kenophobia Fear of empty spaces. Specific: Situational
Keraunophobia Fear of thunder and lightning. Very common phobia. Specific: Environmental More commonly known as Astraphobia and Brontophobia but also Astrapophobia, Nicaduranaphobia and Tonitrophobia.
Kinetophobia Fear of movement. Specific: Other (activity)
Kleptophobia Fear of stealing. Specific: Other (activity)
Koinoniphobia Fear of rooms. Specific: Environmental
Kolpophobia Fear of genitals, mainly female. Specific: Other (body parts)
Koniophobia Fear of dust. Specific: Other (objects)
Kopophobia Fear of fatigue or exhaustion. Specific: Situational Strenuous activities. Stressful tasks. Associated with chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers.
Koumpounophobia Fear of buttons. Common phobia. Specific: Other (objects) Sight of buttons, talk about buttons, avoidance of clothing with buttons. Related to Trypophobia (fear of holes).
Kosmikophobia Fear of cosmic phenomenon. Specific: Environmental
Kymophobia Fear of waves. Specific: Environmental
Kynophobia Fear of rabies. Specific: Medical (disease)
Lachanophobia Fear of vegetables. Specific: Other (plants)
Laliophobia Fear of speaking. Social
Lalophobia Fear of speaking. Social
Lepidopterophobia Fear of butterflies. Common phobia. Specific: Animal (insect) hearing or seeing a butterfly. More generally Entomophobia (fear of bugs and insects).
Leprophobia Fear of Leprosy. Specific: Medical (disease)
Leukophobia Fear of white, anything white. Specific: Other (color)
Levophobia Fear of objects on the left side of the body. Specific: Other (direction)
Ligyrophobia Fear of loud noises. Specific: Other (senses)
Lilapsophobia Fear of tornadoes, hurricanes. Specific: Environmental
Limnophobia Fear of lakes. Specific: Other
Linonophobia Fear of string. Specific: Other (objects)
Lockiophobia Fear of childbirth.
Logizo-mechanophobia Fear of computers. Specific: Other (objects)
Logophobia Fear of words. Specific
Loutrophobia Fear of washing or bathing. Social
Luiphobia Fear of syphilis. Specific: Medical (desease)
Lutraphobia Fear of otters. Specific: Animal (Mammal)
Lygophobia Fear of the dark, darkness, twilight. Common phobia. Specific: Environmental Typically 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
Lyssophobia Fear of going insane. Agoraphobia
Macrophobia Fear of long waits. Social
Mageirocophobia Fear of cooking. Specific: Other (activity)
Maieusiophobia Fear of childbirth. Specific: Other (activity)
Malaxophobia Fear of love play. Common phobia. Specific: Situational dating, kissing and foreplay Avoidance is the typical response. Therapy can help. Also known as Sarmassophobia.
Maniaphobia Fear of insanity. Agoraphobia
Mastigophobia Fear of whips, punishment. Specific: Other (objects)
Mechanophobia Fear of machines. Specific: Other (objects)
Medomalacuphobia Fear of losing an erection. Social
Medorthophobia Fear of an erect penis. Specific: Other (body parts)
Megalophobia Fear of large things. Specific: Other (objects)
Melanophobia Fear of black, anything black. Specific: Other (color)
Melissophobia Fear of bees. Specific: Animal (Insect) Seeing, hearing a bee. More generally related to Entomophobia (fear of insects and bugs). Also known as Apiphobia or misspelt Melissaphobia.
Melophobia Fear of music. Specific
Meningitophobia Fear of brain disease. Specific: Medical
Menophobia Fear of menstruation. Specific: Medical
Merinthophobia Fear of being tied up. Social
Metallophobia Fear of metal. Specific: Other (material)
Metathesiophobia Fear of changes. Common phobia. Agoraphobia
Meteorophobia Fear of meteors. Specific: Other
Methyphobia Fear of alcohol. Specific: Other
Metrophobia Fear of poetry. Specific: Other (activity)
Microbiophobia Fear of microbes. Specific: Other
Microphobia Fear of small things. Specific: Other (objects)
Misophobia Fear of dirt, germs. Specific: Other (material) More commonly known as Mysophobia. Related to Bacillophobia, Bacteriophobia, Germophobia, Germaphobia and Verminophobia.
Mnemophobia Fear of memories.
Molysmophobia Fear of contamination. Specific: Other (activity)
Monophobia Fear of solitude. Common phobia. Social Associated with Agoraphobia (fear of open spaces).
Motorophobia Fear of motors. Specific: Other (objects)
Motorphobia Fear of cars. Specific: Other (objects)
Mottephobia Fear of moths. Specific: Animal (Insect)
Musculophobia Fear of muscles. Specific: Other (body parts)
Musophobia Fear of mice, rats. Specific: Animal (mammal, rodent)
Mycophobia Fear of mushrooms. Specific: Other (plants)
Mycrophobia Fear of small things. Specific: Other (objects)
Myctophobia Fear of the dark, darkness. Common phobia. Specific: Situational Typically the imagined danger that cannot be seen, rather than darkness itself. Unusual in under 2 year olds. See also Achluophobia, Nyctophobia and Scotophobia.
Myrmecophobia Fear of ants. Specific: Animal (Insect) seeing an ant More generally related to Entomophobia (fear of insects and bugs)
Mysophobia Fear of dirt, germs. Top 10 phobia. Specific: Other (objects) Mysophobia is connected to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and Agoraphobia (fear of open spaces). Also known as, and related to, Bacillophobia, Bacteriophobia, Germophobia, Germaphobia and Verminophobia.
Myxophobia Fear of slime. Specific: Other (material)
Nebulaphobia Fear of fog. Specific: Environmental
Necrophobia Fear of death, dead things. Specific: Other (objects)
Nelophobia Fear of glass. Specific: Other (objects)
Neophobia Fear of anything new. Social
Nephophobia Fear of clouds. Specific: Environmental
Nicaduranaphobia Fear of thunder and lightning. Specific: Environmental More commonly known as Astraphobia and Brontophobia but also Astrapophobia, Keraunophobia and Tonitrophobia
Noctiphobia Fear of night. Specific: Environmental
Nomatophobia Fear of names. Specific: Other (material)
Nosocomephobia Fear of hospitals. Specific: Other (places)
Nosophobia Fear of illness, disease. Specific: Medical Sometimes referred to as hypochondriasis or hypochondria which are not phobias but illness anxiety disorders or somatic symptom disorders.
Nostophobia Fear of returning home. Social
Novercaphobia Fear of stepmother. Specific: Other (people)
Nucleomitophobia Fear of nuclear weapons. Specific: Other (objects)
Nudophobia Fear of nudity. Social
Numerophobia Fear of numbers. Specific: Other See also Arithmophobia.
Nyctohylophobia Fear of forests at night. Specific: Situational
Nyctophobia Fear of the night, the dark, darkness. Common phobia. Specific: Environmental Common 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.
Nymphophobia Fear of young girls. Specific: Other (people)
Obesophobia Fear of obesity. Specific: Other (activity)
Obesophobia Fear of gaining weight. Specific: Other (activity)
Ochlophobia Fear of crowds, mob-like. Social Related to Enochlophobia (fear of crowds) and Demophobia (fear of crowds of people).
Ochophobia Fear of vehicles. Specific: Other (objects)
Octophobia Fear of eight. Specific: Other (numbers)
Odontophobia Fear of dentistry. Specific: Other (actvity)
Odynophobia Fear of pain. Specific: Other (senses)
Oenophobia Fear of wines. Specific: Other (objects)
Oikophobia Fear of home. Specific: Situational
Olfactophobia Fear of smell. Specific: Other (senses)
Ombrophobia Fear of rain. Specific: Environmental
Ommetaphobia Fear of eyes. Specific: Other (body parts)
Omphalophobia Fear of belly buttons. Specific: Other (body parts)
Oneirogmophobia Fear of wet dreams. Specific: Other (actvity)
Oneirophobia Fear of dreams. Specific: Other (actvity)
Onomatophobia Fear of words, a certain word. Specific: Other
Ophidiophobia Fear of snakes. Top 10 phobia. Specific: Animal (Reptile) One of the most common phobias, affecting up to 1 in 3 people for evolutionary reasons. More common in women than men.
Ophthalmophobia Fear of being stared at. Social
Optophobia Fear of opening eyes. Specific: Other (actvity)
Ornithophobia Fear of birds. Common phobia. Specific: Animal (bird) avoiding outdoor activities Sufferers are often phobic about specific species or types of birds. Can lead to Agoraphobia (fear of open spaces).
Orthophobia Fear of property. Specific: Other (objects)
Osmophobia Fear of smells. Specific: Other (senses)
Ostracophobia Fear of oysters, shellfish. Specific: Animal
Ouranophobia Fear of heaven. Specific: Other (religion)
Paedophobia Fear of children or childhood. Specific: Other (people)
Pagophobia Fear of ice or frost. Specific: Other
Panophobia Fear of everything. Common phobia. Agoraphobia Excessive anxiety and worry, paranoia, delusions. Also known as Omniphobia, Pamphobia, Pantophobia and Panphobia.
Panthophobia Fear of suffering and disease. Specific: Medical
Papyrophobia Fear of paper. Specific: Other (objects)
Paraskevidekatria-phobia Fear of Friday 13th, Friday the thirteenth. Common phobia. Specific: 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.
Paraphobia Fear of sexual perversion. Specific: Other (actvity)
Parasitophobia Fear of parasites. Specific: Other (objects)
Parthenophobia Fear of young girls. Specific: Other (people)
Parturiphobia Fear of childbirth. Specific: Medical
Pathophobia Fear of disease. Specific: Other (desease)
Peccatophobia Fear of sinning. Specific: Other (actvity)
Pediculophobia Fear of lice. Specific: Animal (Insect)
Pediophobia Fear of dolls. Specific: Other (objects)
Pedophobia Fear of babies, children. Specific: Other (people)
Peladophobia Fear of bald people. Specific: Other (people)
Pellagrophobia Fear of Pellagra. Specific: Other (desease) Pellagra is a disease.
Peniaphobia Fear of poverty. Specific: Other
Pentheraphobia Fear of mother in law. Specific: Other (people)
Phagophobia Fear of swallowing. Specific: Other (people)
Phalacrophobia Fear of going bald. Specific: Other (actvity)
Phallophobia Fear of penis. Specific: Other (body parts)
Pharmacophobia Fear of drugs, medicines. Specific: Medical
Phasmophobia Fear of ghosts.
Phengophobia Fear of daylight, sunshine. Specific: Environmental
Philematophobia Fear of kissing. Specific: Other (actvity)
Philophobia Fear of intimacy, love. Common phobia. Social Related to Aphenphosmphobia (fear of being touched)
Philosophobia Fear of learning. Specific: Other (actvity)
Phobophobia Fear of phobias. Common phobia. Specific: Situational
Phonophobia Fear of sounds, voices, own voice. Specific: Other (senses)
Photophobia Fear of light. Specific: Environmental
Phronemophobia Fear of thinking. Specific: Other (actvity)
Phtheirophobia Fear of lice. Specific: Animal (Insect)
Phthisiophobia Fear of tuberculosis. Specific: Medical
Placophobia Fear of tombstones. Specific: Other (objects)
Plutophobia Fear of wealth. Specific: Other
Pluviophobia Fear of rain, being rained on. Specific: Environmental
Pneumatophobia Fear of spirits.
Pnigerophobia Fear of choking. Specific: Other (actvity)
Podophobia Fear of feet. Common phobia. Specific: Other (body parts) touching feet, looking at feet
Pogophobia Fear of beards. Specific: Other (body parts)
Poinephobia Fear of punishment. Social
Polyphobia Fear of many things. Agoraphobia
Ponophobia Fear of overworking, pain. Social
Potamophobia Fear of running water. Related to Bathyphobia (fear of deep water), Aquaphobia and Hydrophobia (fear of water).
Potophobia Fear of drinking alcohol. Specific: Other (actvity)
Proctophobia Fear of rectums. Specific: Other (body parts)
Prosophobia Fear of progress. Specific: Other (actvity)
Psellismophobia Fear of stuttering. Specific: Other (actvity)
Psychophobia Fear of mind.
Psychrophobia Fear of cold. Specific: Environmental
Pteridophobia Fear of ferns. Specific: Other (plants)
Pteromerhano-phobia Fear of flying. Specific: Environmental Most commonly known as Aerophobia. Also known as Aviophobia.
Pupaphobia Fear of puppets. Specific: Other (objects)
Pyrexiophobia Fear of fever. Specific: Other (actvity)
Pyrophobia Fear of fire. Uncommon phobia. Rare phobia. Specific: Environmental Seeing a fire.
Radiophobia Fear of radiation, X-rays. Specific: Other
Ranidaphobia Fear of frogs. Specific: Animal (reptile) Also known as Ranophobia.
Rhabdophobia Fear of punishment. Specific: Other (actvity)
Rhypophobia Fear of defecation. Specific: Other (actvity)
Rhytiphobia Fear of getting wrinkles. Specific: Other (actvity)
Rupophobia Fear of dirt. Specific: Other (objects)
Russophobia Fear of Russians, anything Russian. Specific: Other (country)
Sarmassophobia Fear of love play. Common phobia. Specific: Situational Dating, kissing and foreplay. Avoidance is the typical response. One of the most common phobias for which therapy can help. Also known as Malaxophobia.
Scatophobia Fear of fecal matter. Specific: Other (objects)
Scelerophibia Fear of evil people, burglars. Specific: Other (people)
Scoleciphobia Fear of worms. Specific: Animal (invertebrate)
Scolionophobia Fear of school. Specific: Environmental
Scopophobia Fear of being stared at. Specific: Other (actvity)
Scorodophobia Fear of garlic. Specific: Other (plant)
Scotomaphobia Fear of blindness. Specific: Other (senses)
Scotophobia Fear of darkness, the dark. Common phobia. Specific: Environmental Typically the imagined danger that cannot be seen, rather than darkness itself. Unusual in under 2 year olds. See also Achluophobia, Lygophobia, Myctophobia and Nyctophobia.
Selachophobia Fear of sharks. Specific: Animal (Fish)
Selaphobia Fear of light flashes.
Selenophobia Fear of the moon. Specific: Other (objects)
Seplophobia Fear of decaying matter. Specific: Other (objects)
Sesquipedalo-phobia Fear of long words. Specific: Other
Sexophobia Fear of the opposite sex. Specific: Other (people)
Siderodromo-phobia Fear of trains. Specific: Other (objects)
Siderophobia Fear of stars. Specific: Other (objects)
Sinistrophobia Fear of left handedness or things to the left. Specific: Other (direction)
Sinophobia Fear of China, anything Chinese. Specific: Other (country)
Sitiophobia Fear of food. Specific: Other
Sociophobia Fear of social gatherings. Social
Somnephobia Fear of sleep, dreams. Specific: Other (activity)
Sophophobia Fear of wisdom, learning. Specific: Other (activity)
Somniphobia Fear of nightmares, sleep paralysis. Specific: Other (activity) Related to Hypnophobia (fear of sleep) and Clinophobia (fear of going to bed).
Soteriophobia Fear of dependence on others.
Spectrophobia Fear of specters, ghosts. Specific: Other
Spermatophobia Fear of germs, semen. Specific: 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.
Spermophobia Fear of germs, dirt. Specific: 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.
Spheksophobia Fear of Wasps. Specific: Animal (Insect) More generally Entomophobia (fear of bugs and insects).
Stasephobia Fear of walking, falling. Common phobia. Specific: 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.
Staurophobia Fear of crosses, crucifixes. Specific: Other (objects)
Stenophobia Fear of narrow places. Specific: Environmental
Stigiophobia Fear of hell. Specific: Other (religion)
Stygiophobia Fear of hell. Specific: Other (religion)
Suriphobia Fear of mice. Specific: Animal (Mammal, rodent)
Symbolophobia Fear of symbolism.
Symmetrophobia Fear of symmetry.
Syngenesophobia Fear of relatives. Specific: Other (people)
Syphilophobia Fear of syphilis. Specific: Medical (desease)
Tachophobia Fear of speed. Specific: Other (activity)
Taeniophobia Fear of tapeworms. Specific (Parasite)
Taphephobia Fear of being buried alive. Specific: Other (activity)
Tapinophobia Fear of being contagious. Social
Taurophobia Fear of bulls. Specific: Animal (mammal)
Technophobia Fear of technology. Specific: Other
Teratophobia Fear of giving birth to a malformed child. Specific: Other (activity)
Testophobia Fear of taking tests. Specific: Other (activity)
Teutophobia Fear of Germans, anything German. Specific: Other (country)
Textophobia Fear of fabrics, material. Specific: Other (objects) velvet, foam, rubber
Thalassophobia Fear of the sea. Specific: Environmental
Thanatophobia Fear of death. Common phobia. Specific: Other (activity)
Theophobia Fear of gods, religion. Common phobia. Specific: Other (religion) One of the most common phobias. See also Zeusophobia (fear of gods).
Thermophobia Fear of heat.
Thixophobia Fear of being touched. Common phobia. Social Most commonly called Aphenphosmphobia. Related to Philophobia (fear of love). Also known as Aphephobia, Chiraptophobia, Haphophobia, Hapnophobia, Haptephobia and Haptophobia.
Tocophobia Fear of childbirth. Specific: Other (activity)
Tomophobia Fear of surgery, operations. Specific: Medical
Tonitrophobia Fear of thunder and lightning. Common phobia. Specific: Environmental Commonly associated with fear of thunder AND lightning. Related to Astraphobia and Brontophobia but also Astrapophobia, Keraunophobia and Nicaduranaphobia.
Topophobia Fear of specific places or situations, stage fright. Social
Toxophobia Fear of being poisoned. Specific: Other (activity)
Traumatophobia Fear of injury. Specific: Medical
Tremophobia Fear of trembling. Specific: Other (activity)
Trichinophobia Fear of Trichinosis. Specific: Medical (desease) Trichinosis is a parasitic disease.
Trichopathophobia Fear of hair, hair loss. Specific: Other (activity)
Triskaidekaphobia Fear of 13, thirteen, the number 13. Common phobia. Specific: Other (superstition) Related to Paraskevidekatriaphobia and Friggatriskaidekaphobia (both fear of Friday 13th). One of the most common phobias.
Tropophobia Fear of change. Agoraphobia
Trypanophobia Fear of injections, needles. Very common phobia. Specific: Medical avoids visits to doctors, nurses
Trypophobia Fear of holes. Very common phobia. Specific: Other Aversion to holes, clusters or cracks. Associated with feelings of fear and disgust of any honeycomb structure, sponges, coral, skin, meat and buttonholes. Related to Koumpounophobia (fear of buttons).
Typhlophobia Fear of blindness. Specific: Other (senses)
Uranophobia Fear of heaven. Specific: Other (religion)
Urophobia Fear of urine. Specific: Other (objects)
Vaccinophobia Fear of vaccinations. Specific: Medical
Vehophobia Fear of driving. Common phobia. Specific: Situational
Venusophobia Fear of beautiful women. Specific: Other (people)
Verbophobia Fear of words. Specific: Other
Verminophobia Fear of germs. Specific: 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.
Vestiphobia Fear of clothing. Specific: Other (objects)
Virginitiphobia Fear of rape. Specific: Other (activity)
Vitricophobia Fear of stepfather. Specific: Other (people)
Wiccaphobia Fear of witchcraft. Specific: Other (activity)
Xanthophobia Fear of yellow, anything yellow. Specific: Other (color)
Xenoglossophobia Fear of foreign languages. Specific: Other
Xenophobia Fear of strangers, foreigners, the unknown. Common phobia. One of the most common phobias.
Xerophobia Fear of dryness. Specific: Other (senses)
Xylophobia Fear of wood. Specific: Other (objects)
Xyrophobia Fear of razors. Specific: Other (objects)
Zelophobia Fear of jealousy. Specific: Other (emotion)
Zeusophobia Fear of god, gods. Common phobia. Specific: Other (religion) See also Theophobia (fear of religion).
Zoophobia Fear of animals. Common phobia. Specific: Animal One of the most common phobias.

We’ve left Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia (fear of long words) out of our list of common phobias because it’s too long to fit in the column!

*Common Physical Phobia Symptoms Checklist:

List of Common Physical Phobia Symptoms

As the fear level increases the physical symptoms sufferers experience often increases to include any of the following:

  • 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.
FAQ: Difference Between Everyday Anxiety and a Phobia

What’s the Difference Between Everyday Anxiety and a Phobia?

Everyday Anxiety
Phobia
Worrying about getting on airplane during bad weather.
Missing out on a holiday of a lifetime because you don’t want to fly.
Feeling nervous climbing open tread staircases.
Turning down an invitation to a family wedding on a hotel rooftop garden.
Feeling anxiety around your neighbors Alsatian dog.
Avoiding visiting your neighbor for fear of seeing a dog.

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  • Compiled by Joe Connor, last updated November 20, 2019.
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