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 (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.

ADDucation Tips: Click column headings with arrows to sort common phobias. Click the + icon to expand columns on tablets and mobiles. Resize browser to see more/less columns.
Start typing in the Filter box (below) to quickly find the phobia you are interested in.

Common PhobiasFear ofPhobia RatingPhobia CategoryPhobia TriggersPhobia Info, Symptoms
AblutophobiaFear of washingSpecific: Other (activity)
AcarophobiaFear of itchingSpecific: Other (activity)More generally related to Entomophobia (fear of insects and bugs)
AcerophobiaFear of sournessSpecific: Other (senses)
AchievemephobiaFear of successCommonSpecific: Other (activity)Opposite to Atychiphobia, the fear of failure.
AchluophobiaFear of the 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 of noiseSpecific: Environmental
AcrophobiaFear of heightsTop 5Specific: Environmentalbridges, ladders, mountains, railings, roofs, stairs, stairwells, towersAka Altophobia. Fear of heights is one of the most common phobias. Related to Gephyrophobia
AeroacrophobiaFear of open high placesSpecific: Situational
AerophobiaFear of flyingTop 10Specific: SituationalOften connected to fear of open spaces (Agoraphobia) and confined spaces (Claustrophobia). Less commonly Aviophobia and Pteromerhanophobia.
AgateophobiaFear of insanitySpecific
AgliophobiaFear of painSpecific: Medical
AgoraphobiaFear of open 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 of wild animalsSpecific: Animal
AgyrophobiaFear of crossing streetsSpecific: Other (activity)
AichmophobiaFear of pointed objectsSpecific: Other (objects)needlesFear of needles is a common phobia.
AilurophobiaFear of catsCommonSpecific: Animal (Mammal)From ailouros (Greek). Also known as Elurophobia, Cat phobia, Felinophobia, Galeophobia and Gatophobia.
AlbuminurophobiaFear of kidney diseaseSpecific: Medical (desease)
AlektorophobiaFear of chickensCommonSpecific: Animal (bird)May also extend to eggs and dead chickens but, not usually, to cooked chickens.
AlgophobiaFear of painSpecific: Medical
AlliumphobiaFear of garlicSpecific: Other (plants)
AllodoxaphobiaFear of other opinionsSocial
AltophobiaFear of heightsTop 5Specific: Situationalbridges, ladders, mountains, railings, roofs, stairs, stairwells, towersOne of the most common phobias which is more commonly known as Acrophobia.
AmathophobiaFear of dustSpecific: Other (objects)
AmaxophobiaFear of car travelSpecific: Situationalcars
AmbulophobiaFear of walking, 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 of forgettingSpecific: Other (activity)
AmychophobiaFear of being scratchedSpecific: Other (activity)
AnablephobiaFear of looking upSpecific: Other (activity)
AnatidaephobiaFear of being watched by a duckUncommonSpecific: Animal (bird)
AndrophobiaFear of menCommonSpecific: 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 of windSpecific: Environmental
AnginophobiaFear of angina or fear of chokingSpecific: Medical (disease)
AnglophobiaFear of England, anything EnglishSpecific: Other (country)
AngrophobiaFear of anger, becoming angrySpecific: Other (emotion)
AnthophobiaFear of flowersSpecific: Other (plants)
AnthropophobiaFear of people, fear of societyCommonSpecific: Other (people)Fearful of people in all situations.
AntlophobiaFear of floodsSpecific: Other (events)
AnuptophobiaFear of remaining singleSpecific: Other (activity)
ApeirophobiaFear of infinity
AphenophobiaFear of riches, wealth
AphephobiaFear of being touchedCommonSocialRelated to Philophobia (fear of love). Most commonly called Aphenphosmphobia but also known as Chiraptophobia, Haphophobia, Hapnophobia, Haptephobia, Haptophobia and Thixophobia.
AphenphosmphobiaFear of being touchedCommonSocialRelated to Philophobia (fear of love). Most commonly called Aphenphosmphobia but also known as Aphephobia, Chiraptophobia, Haphophobia, Hapnophobia, Haptephobia, Haptophobia and Thixophobia.
ApiphobiaFear of beesSpecific: Animal (Insect)seeing, hearing a beeMore generally related to Entomophobia (fear of insects and bugs). More commonly known as Melissophobia.
ApotemnophobiaFear of amputees, people with amputationsSpecific: Other (objects)
AquaphobiaFear of water, being near waterCommonSpecific: SituationalAlso known as Hydrophobia. Related to Bathyphobia (fear of deep water) and Potamophobia (fear of deep running water).
ArachnophobiaFear of spidersTop 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 of numbersSpecific: Other (numbers)See also Numerophobia.
ArrhenphobiaFear of menCommonSpecific: 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 of fireSpecific: Environmental
AsthenophobiaFear of faintingSpecific: Other (activity)
AstraphobiaFear of thunder and lightningTop 10Specific: EnvironmentalMost common in children and also animals. Aka Keraunophobia, Astrapophobia, Brontophobia, Nicaduranaphobia and Tonitrophobia.
AstrophobiaFear of celestial spaceSpecific: Other (religion)
AstrapophobiaFear of thunder and lightningTop 10Specific: EnvironmentalMore commonly known as Astraphobia and Brontophobia but also Keraunophobia, Nicaduranaphobia and Tonitrophobia.
AsymmetrophobiaFear of asymmetry, anything asymmetrical
AtaxiophobiaFear of lack of muscular coordination
AtaxophobiaFear of untidiness, fear of disorderSpecific: Other (activity)
AtelophobiaFear of imperfectionSpecific: Other (body parts)
AtephobiaFear of ruin or ruinsSpecific: Other (places)
AthazagoraphobiaFear of being forgotten or ignoredSocial
AtomosophobiaFear of atomic explosionsSpecific: Other (events)
AtychiphobiaFear of failureCommonSocialFear of failure is the opposite of Achievemephobia (the fear of success). One of the most common phobias.
AurophobiaFear of goldSpecific: Other (material)
AutodysomophobiaFear of bad odors, smelly peopleSpecific: Other (senses)
AutomatonophobiaFear of ventriloquist dummies, wax statuesSpecific: Other (objects)
AutomysophobiaFear of being dirtySpecific: Other (activity)
AutophobiaFear of solitude, fear of abandonment, fear of being aloneCommonSocialFear of loneliness is one of the most common phobias.
AviophobiaFear of flyingTop 10Specific: SituationalMost commonly known as Aerophobia but also Pteromerhanophobia.
BacillophobiaFear of microbesSpecific: Other (objects)Most commonly known as Mysophobia but also known as Verminophobia, Germophobia, Germaphobia, Bacteriophobia (fear of bacteria), Spermatophobia and Spermophobia.
BacteriophobiaFear of bacteriaSpecific: Other (objects)Most commonly known as Mysophobia but also known as Verminophobia, Germophobia, Germaphobia, Bacillophobia (fear of microbes), Spermatophobia and Spermophobia.
BallistophobiaFear of missiles, bulletsSpecific: Other (objects)
BarophobiaFear of gravitySpecific: Other
BasiphobiaFear of falling, 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 of inability to standSpecific: Other (activity)
BathmophobiaFear of stairs, fear of steep slopesSpecific: Other (objects)
BathophobiaFear of depth
BathyphobiaFear of depth, fear of deep waterSpecific: SituationalRelated to Potamophobia (fear of deep running water), Aquaphobia and Hydrophobia (fear of water).
BatophobiaFear of being near high objectsSpecific: Situational
BatrachophobiaFear of amphibiansSpecific: Animal
BelonephobiaFear of pins and needles, fear of pointed objectsSpecific: Other (objects)
BibliophobiaFear of booksSpecific: Other (objects)
BlennophobiaFear of slimeSpecific: Other (objects)
BotanophobiaFear of plantsSpecific: Other (plants)
BrontophobiaFear of thunder and lightningTop 10Specific: EnvironmentalOne of the most common phobias also commonly known as Astraphobia, Astrapophobia, Brontophobia, Keraunophobia, Nicaduranaphobia and Tonitrophobia.
BufonophobiaFear of toadsSpecific: Animal (Reptile)
CacophobiaFear of ugliness
CainophobiaFear of newness, novelty
CaligynephobiaFear of beautiful womenSpecific: Other (people)
CarcinophobiaFear of cancerCommonSpecific: Medical (disease)Fear of cancer is one of the common phobias which can lead to dietary disorders as sufferers avoid certain foods.
CardiophobiaFear of the heartSpecific: Other (body parts)
CarnophobiaFear of meatSpecific: Other (food)
CatagelophobiaFear of being ridiculedSocial
CatapedophobiaFear of jumpingSpecific: Other (activity)
CathisophobiaFear of sittingSpecific: Other (activity)
CatoptrophobiaFear of mirrorsSpecific: Other (objects)
CenophobiaFear of empty spacesSpecific: Situational
CentophobiaFear of new ideasSocial
CeraunophobiaFear of thunder and lightningSpecific: Environmental
ChaetophobiaFear of hairSpecific: Other (body parts)
CheimatophobiaFear of cold, anything coldSpecific: Other (senses)
ChemophobiaFear of chemicalsSpecific: Other (objects)Fear of Chemicals
CherophobiaFear of fun, gaietySpecific: Other (activity)
ChionophobiaFear of snowSpecific: Environmental
ChiraptophobiaFear of being touchedCommonSocialRelated to Philophobia (fear of love). Most commonly called Aphenphosmphobia but also known as Aphephobia, Haphophobia, Hapnophobia, Haptephobia, Haptophobia and Thixophobia.
ChirophobiaFear of handsSpecific: Other (body parts)
ChiroptophobiaFear of batsSpecific: Animal (Mammal)
CholerophobiaFear of angerSpecific: Other (emotion)
ChorophobiaFear of dancingSocial
ChrometophobiaFear of moneySpecific: Other (objects)
ChromophobiaFear of colorsSpecific: Other (color)Also known as Chromatophobia or Chrematophobia.
Chronomentro-phobiaFear of clocksSpecific: Other (objects)
ChronophobiaFear of timeSpecific: Environmentalprison sentence, receiving a terminal diagnoses, surviving a disasterPrisoners commonly experience chronophobia, also called “prison neurosis”. Symptoms can include losing track of time, OCD behaviour, circular thought patterns.
ChrysophobiaFear of orange, anything orange coloredSpecific: Other (color)
CibophobiaFear of foodSpecific: Other (food)
ClaustrophobiaFear of confined 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/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)
CleithrophobiaFear of being trapped or locked inSpecific: SituationalAlso known as Cleisiophobia and more commonly known as Claustrophobia (see above)
CleptophobiaFear of stealingSocial: Situational
ClimacophobiaFear of stairs, climbing or falling down themSpecific: Other (activity)
ClinophobiaFear of going to bedSpecific: SituationalRelated to Hypnophobia (fear of sleep) and Somniphobia (fear of nightmares)
ClithrophobiaFear of being trapped or locked inSpecific: Situational
CnidophobiaFear of stingsSpecific: Other (activity).
CoimetrophobiaFear of cemeteriesSpecific: Other (places)
CoitophobiaFear of sexSpecific: Other (activity)
CometophobiaFear of cometsSpecific: Other (objects)
ContreltophobiaFear of sexual abuseSocial
CoprastasophobiaFear of constipationSpecific: Medical (condition)
CoprophobiaFear of fecesSpecific: Other (objects)
CoulrophobiaFear of clownsCommonSpecific: 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.
CounterphobiaFear of fearful situationsSpecific: Situational
CremnophobiaFear of precipicesSpecific: Situational
CryophobiaFear of extreme coldSpecific: Situational
CrystallophobiaFear of crystals, glassSpecific: Other (objects)
CyberphobiaFear of computers, fear of technologySpecific: Other (objects)
CyclophobiaFear of bicyclesSpecific: Other (objects)
CymophobiaFear of wavesSpecific: Environmental
CynophobiaFear of dogsVery 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 of prostitutes, venereal diseaseSpecific: Other (people)
CyprinophobiaFear of prostitutes, venereal diseaseSpecific: Other (people)
DaemonophobiaFear of demonsSpecific: Other (religion)
DecidophobiaFear of making decisionsSocial
DefecaloesiophobiaFear of painful bowel movementsSpecific: Other (activity)
DeipnophobiaFear of diningSpecific: Other (activity)
DementophobiaFear of insanity
DemophobiaFear of crowds or peopleSocialRelated to Enochlophobia (fear of crowds) and Ochlophobia (fear of mob-like crowds)
DendrophobiaFear of treesSpecific: Other (objects)Fear of trees
DentophobiaFear of dentists, dentistrySpecific: Medical
Dermatopatho-phobiaFear of skin lesions or skin illnessSpecific: Medical (conditions)
DermatophobiaFear of skin lesions or skin illnessSpecific: Medical (conditions)
DermatosiophobiaFear of skin lesions or skin illnessSpecific: Medical (conditions)
DextrophobiaFear of objects at the right side of the bodySpecific: Other (direction)
DiabetophobiaFear of diabetesSpecific: Medical (desease)
DidaskaleinophobiaFear of going to schoolSocial
DikephobiaFear of justice
DinophobiaFear of dizziness or whirlpools
DiplophobiaFear of double visionSpecific: Medical (conditions)
DipsophobiaFear of drinking alcoholSpecific: Other (activity)
DishabiliophobiaFear of undressing in front of someoneSpecific: Other (activity)
DomatophobiaFear of housesSpecific: Other (objects)
DontophobiaFear of teethSpecific: Other (objects)
DoraphobiaFear of furSpecific: Other (objects)
DoxophobiaFear of receiving praise, expressing an opinionSocial
DromophobiaFear of crossing the streetSpecific: Situational
DysmorphophobiaFear of deformitySpecific: Medical (condition)
DystychiphobiaFear of accidentsSpecific: Other (activity)reminder of bad accident in the pastSufferers experience anxiety they may hurt themselves or others
EcclesiophobiaFear of churchSpecific: Other (religion)Fear of churches
EcophobiaFear of ecological problems
EisoptrophobiaFear of mirrorsSpecific: Other (objects)
ElectrophobiaFear of electricitySpecific: Other
EleutherophobiaFear of freedomSpecific: Other
ElurophobiaFear of catsSpecific: Animal (mammal)Most commonly known as Ailurophobia (from Greek ailouros) but also Cat phobia, Felinophobia, Galeophobia and Gatophobia.
EmetophobiaFear of vomiting, throwing upCommonSpecific: Other (activity)feeling sick, seeing other people vomitingOne of the common phobias which can lead to dieting, bulimia, malnutrition and anorexia.
EnetophobiaFear of pinsSpecific: Other
EnissophobiaFear of criticism, judgementSocial
EnochlophobiaFear of crowdsCommonSocial: SituationalRelated to Ochlophobia (mobs) and Demophobia (people).
EntomophobiaFear of insects, 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 of dawn, daylightSpecific: Environmental
EphebophobiaFear of youthSpecific: Other (people)
EpistaxiophobiaFear of nosebleedsSpecific: Medical (conditions)
EpistemophobiaFear of knowledgeSpecific: Other
EquinophobiaFear of horsesSpecific: Animal (mammal)Also known as Hippophobia.
EreuthrophobiaFear of blushingSpecific: Other (activity)
ErgophobiaFear of workSpecific: Other (activity)
ErotophobiaFear of sex, fear of sexual questionsSpecific: Other (activity)
ErytophobiaFear of redSpecific: Other (color)anything red
EuphobiaFear of hearing good newsSpecific: Other (activity)
EurotophobiaFear of female genitaliaSpecific: Other (body parts)
FebriphobiaFear of feverSpecific: Medical (conditions)
FelinophobiaFear of catsSpecific: Animal (mammal)Most commonly known as Ailurophobia (from Greek ailouros) but also Elurophobia, Cat phobia, Galeophobia and Gatophobia
FrancophobiaFear of anything FrenchSpecific: Other (country)Also known as Gallophobia
Friggatriskaide-kaphobiaFear of Friday 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 of cold, anything coldSpecific: Other
GaleophobiaFear of catsSpecific: Animal (mammal)Most commonly known as Ailurophobia (from Greek ailouros) but also Elurophobia, Cat phobia, Felinophobia and Gatophobia.
GallophobiaFear of anything FrenchSpecific: Other (country)Also known as Francophobia
GamophobiaFear of commitment, fear of marriageCommonSpecific: Situationalbeing proposed toOne of the most common phobias.
GatophobiaFear of catsSpecific: Animal (Mammal)Most commonly known as Ailurophobia (from Greek ailouros) but also Elurophobia, Cat phobia, Felinophobia and Galeophobia.
GeliophobiaFear of laughterSpecific: Other (activity)
GelotophobiaFear of being laughed atSocial
GeniophobiaFear of chinsSpecific: Other (body parts)
GenophobiaFear of sexSpecific: Other (activity)
GenuphobiaFear of kneesSpecific: Other (body parts)
GephyrophobiaFear of crossing bridgesCommonSpecific: Situationalhigh bridges and bridges over waterAlso known as Gephydrophobia and Gephysrophobia
GerascophobiaFear of growing oldSpecific: Other (activity)
GermanophobiaFear of Germany or anything GermanSpecific: Other (country)If you’re not Germanophobic you can find facts and general knowledge in German on Taschenhirn.de
GerontophobiaFear of old people, growing oldSpecific: Other (activity)
GlobophobiaFear of balloonsCommonSpecific: Other (objects)
GlossophobiaFear of public speakingCommonSocial
GnosiophobiaFear of knowledgeSpecific: Other (country)
GymnophobiaFear of nuditySpecific: Other (activity)
GynophobiaFear of womenCommonSpecific: Other (people)irrational hatred of women, avoidanceAlso known as Gynephobia. Opposite of Androphobia (fear of men)
HadephobiaFear of hellSpecific: Other (religion)
HagiophobiaFear of saintsSpecific: Other (religion)
HamartophobiaFear of sinning, sinSpecific: Other (religion)
HaphephobiaFear of being touchedCommonSocialRelated to Philophobia (fear of love). Most commonly called Aphenphosmphobia but also known as Aphephobia, Chiraptophobia, Haphophobia, Hapnophobia, Haptephobia, Haptophobia and Thixophobia
HarpaxophobiaFear of being robbedSocial
HedonophobiaFear of feeling pleasureSpecific: Other (activity)
HeliophobiaFear of sun, the sunSpecific: Other (objects)
HelminthophobiaFear of wormsSpecific: Animal (invertebrate)
HemophobiaFear of bloodCommonSpecific: Medicalfainting at the sight of bloodRelated to Trypanophobia (fear of needles and/or injections)
HerpetophobiaFear of reptilesSpecific: Animal (reptile)
HesperophobiaFear of the westSpecific: Other (direction)
HeterophobiaFear of the opposite sexSocial
HierophobiaFear of priestsSpecific: Other (religion)
HodophobiaFear of road travelSpecific: Situational
HomichlophobiaFear of fogSpecific: Environmental
HomilophobiaFear of sermonsSpecific: Other (religion)
HominophobiaFear of menCommonSpecific: 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 of homosexuals, homosexualitySpecific: Other (people)
HoplophobiaFear of firearmsSpecific: Other (objects)
HydrophobiaFear of waterCommonSpecific: 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 of rabiesSpecific: Other (diseases)
HyelophobiaFear of glassSpecific: Other (objects)
HygrophobiaFear of liquid, moistureSpecific: Other
HylephobiaFear of materialism
HylophobiaFear of forestsSpecific: Other (plants)
HypegiaphobiaFear of responsibilitySocial
HypnophobiaFear of sleep, being hypnotizedCommonSpecific: SituationalRelated to Clinophobia (fear of going to bed) and Somniphobia (fear of nightmares).
HypsophobiaFear of height
IatrophobiaFear of going to the doctor, doctorsSpecific: Situational
IchthyophobiaFear of fishSpecific: Animal (fish)
IconophobiaFear of pictures, imagesSpecific: Other (objects)
IllyngophobiaFear of vertigoSpecific: MedicalFeeling dizzy when looking down
IophobiaFear of poisonSpecific
IslamophobiaFear of IslamSpecific: Other (religion)
IsolophobiaFear of solitude, being aloneAgoraphobic
IsopterophobiaFear of termites, wood eating insectsSpecific: Animal (insect)
IthyphallophobiaFear of seeing, or thinking about, or having an erect penisSpecific: Other (body parts)
JapanophobiaFear of Japan, anything JapaneseSpecific: Other (country)
JudeophobiaFear of JewsSpecific: Other (religion)
KainophobiaFear of novelty, innovation
KainotophobiaFear of change
KakorrahaphobiaFear of failure, defeat and rejectionCommonAssociated with Atychiphobia (fear of failure). Aka Kakorraphiophobia and Kakorrhaphiophobia.
KakorraphiophobiaFear of failure, defeat and rejectionCommonAssociated with Atychiphobia (fear of failure). Aka Kakorrhaphiophobia and Kakorrahaphobia.
Kakorrhaphio-phobiaFear of failure, defeat and rejectionCommonAssociated with Atychiphobia (fear of failure). Aka Kakorraphiophobia and Kakorrahaphobia.
KatagelophobiaFear of ridiculeSocial
KatsaridaphobiaFear of cockroachesSpecific: Animal (Insect)
KenophobiaFear of empty spacesSpecific: Situational
KeraunophobiaFear of thunder and lightningVery commonSpecific: EnvironmentalMore commonly known as Astraphobia and Brontophobia but also Astrapophobia, Nicaduranaphobia and Tonitrophobia.
KinetophobiaFear of movementSpecific: Other (activity)
KleptophobiaFear of stealingSpecific: Other (activity)
KoinoniphobiaFear of roomsSpecific: Environmental
KolpophobiaFear of genitals, mainly femaleSpecific: Other (body parts)
KoniophobiaFear of dustSpecific: Other (objects)
KopophobiaFear of fatigue
KoumpounophobiaFear of buttonsCommonSpecific: Other (objects)sight of buttons, talk about buttons, avoidance of clothing with buttonsRelated to Trypophobia (fear of holes).
KosmikophobiaFear of cosmic phenomenonSpecific: Environmental
KymophobiaFear of wavesSpecific: Environmental
KynophobiaFear of rabiesSpecific: Medical (disease)
LachanophobiaFear of vegetablesSpecific: Other (plants)
LaliophobiaFear of speakingSocial
LalophobiaFear of speakingSocial
LepidopterophobiaFear of butterfliesCommonSpecific: Animal (insect)hearing or seeing a butterflyMore generally Entomophobia (fear of bugs and insects).
LeprophobiaFear of LeprosySpecific: Medical (desease)
LeukophobiaFear of white, anything whiteSpecific: Other (color)
LevophobiaFear of objects on the left side of the bodySpecific: Other (direction)
LigyrophobiaFear of loud noisesSpecific: Other (senses)
LilapsophobiaFear of tornadoes, hurricanesSpecific: Environmental
LimnophobiaFear of lakesSpecific: Other
LinonophobiaFear of stringSpecific: Other (objects)
LockiophobiaFear of childbirth
Logizo-mechanophobiaFear of computersSpecific: Other (objects)
LogophobiaFear of wordsSpecific
LoutrophobiaFear of washing or bathingSocial
LuiphobiaFear of syphilisSpecific: Medical (desease)
LutraphobiaFear of ottersSpecific: Animal (Mammal)
LygophobiaFear of the 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 of going insaneAgoraphobia
MacrophobiaFear of long waitsSocial
MageirocophobiaFear of cookingSpecific: Other (activity)
MaieusiophobiaFear of childbirthSpecific: Other (activity)
MalaxophobiaFear of love playCommonSpecific: Situationaldating, kissing and foreplayAvoidance is the typical response. Therapy can help. Also known as Sarmassophobia.
ManiaphobiaFear of insanityAgoraphobia
MastigophobiaFear of whips, punishmentSpecific: Other (objects)
MechanophobiaFear of machinesSpecific: Other (objects)
MedomalacuphobiaFear of losing an erectionSocial
MedorthophobiaFear of an erect penisSpecific: Other (body parts)
MegalophobiaFear of large thingsSpecific: Other (objects)
MelanophobiaFear of black, anything blackSpecific: Other (color)
MelissophobiaFear of beesSpecific: Animal (Insect)seeing, hearing a beeMore generally related to Entomophobia (fear of insects and bugs). Also known as Apiphobia or misspelt Melissaphobia.
MelophobiaFear of musicSpecific
MeningitophobiaFear of brain diseaseSpecific: Medical
MenophobiaFear of menstruationSpecific: Medical
MerinthophobiaFear of being tied upSocial
MetallophobiaFear of metalSpecific: Other (material)
MetathesiophobiaFear of changesCommonAgoraphobia
MeteorophobiaFear of meteorsSpecific: Other
MethyphobiaFear of alcoholSpecific: Other
MetrophobiaFear of poetrySpecific: Other (activity)
MicrobiophobiaFear of microbesSpecific: Other
MicrophobiaFear of small thingsSpecific: Other (objects)
MisophobiaFear of hatredSpecific: Other (emotions)
MisophobiaFear of dirt, germsTop 10Specific: Other (material)
MnemophobiaFear of memories
MolysmophobiaFear of contaminationSpecific: Other (activity)
MonophobiaFear of solitudeCommonSocialAssociated with Agoraphobia (fear of open spaces).
MotorophobiaFear of motorsSpecific: Other (objects)
MotorphobiaFear of carsSpecific: Other (objects)
MottephobiaFear of mothsSpecific: Animal (Insect)
MusculophobiaFear of musclesSpecific: Other (body parts)
MusophobiaFear of mice, ratsSpecific: Animal (mammal, rodent)
MycophobiaFear of mushroomsSpecific: Other (plants)
MycrophobiaFear of small thingsSpecific: Other (objects)
MyctophobiaFear of the 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 of antsSpecific: Animal (Insect)seeing an antMore generally related to Entomophobia (fear of insects and bugs)
MysophobiaFear of dirt, germsTop 10Specific: Other (objects)Connected to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and Agoraphobia (fear of open spaces)
MyxophobiaFear of slimeSpecific: Other (material)
NebulaphobiaFear of fogSpecific: Environmental
NecrophobiaFear of death, dead thingsSpecific: Other (objects)
NelophobiaFear of glassSpecific: Other (objects)
NeophobiaFear of anything newSocial
NephophobiaFear of cloudsSpecific: Environmental
NicaduranaphobiaFear of thunder and lightningTop 10Specific: EnvironmentalMore commonly known as Astraphobia and Brontophobia but also Astrapophobia, Keraunophobia and Tonitrophobia
NoctiphobiaFear of nightSpecific: Environmental
NomatophobiaFear of namesSpecific: Other (material)
NosocomephobiaFear of hospitalsSpecific: Other (places)
NosophobiaFear of illness, diseaseSpecific: MedicalSometimes referred to as hypochondriasis or hypochondria which are not phobias but illness anxiety disorders or somatic symptom disorders.
NostophobiaFear of returning homeSocial
NovercaphobiaFear of stepmotherSpecific: Other (people)
NucleomitophobiaFear of nuclear weaponsSpecific: Other (objects)
NudophobiaFear of nuditySocial
NumerophobiaFear of numbersSpecific: OtherSee also Arithmophobia.
NyctohylophobiaFear of forests at nightSpecific: Situational
NyctophobiaFear of the 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 of young girlsSpecific: Other (people)
ObesophobiaFear of obesitySpecific: Other (activity)
ObesophobiaFear of gaining weightSpecific: Other (activity)
OchlophobiaFear of crowds, mob-likeSocialRelated to Enochlophobia (fear of crowds) and Demophobia (fear of crowds of people)
OchophobiaFear of vehiclesSpecific: Other (objects)
OctophobiaFear of eightSpecific: Other (numbers)
OdontophobiaFear of dentistrySpecific: Other (actvity)
OdynophobiaFear of painSpecific: Other (senses)
OenophobiaFear of winesSpecific: Other (objects)
OikophobiaFear of homeSpecific: Situational
OlfactophobiaFear of smellSpecific: Other (senses)
OmbrophobiaFear of rainSpecific: Environmental
OmmetaphobiaFear of eyesSpecific: Other (body parts)
OmphalophobiaFear of belly buttonsSpecific: Other (body parts)
OneirogmophobiaFear of wet dreamsSpecific: Other (actvity)
OneirophobiaFear of dreamsSpecific: Other (actvity)
OnomatophobiaFear of words, a certain wordSpecific: Other
OphidiophobiaFear of snakesTop 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 of being stared atSocial
OptophobiaFear of opening eyesSpecific: Other (actvity)
OrnithophobiaFear of birdsCommonSpecific: Animal (bird)avoiding outdoor activitiesSufferers are often phobic about specific species or types of birds. Can lead to Agoraphobia (fear of open spaces).
OrthophobiaFear of propertySpecific: Other (objects)
OsmophobiaFear of smellsSpecific: Other (senses)
OstracophobiaFear of oysters, shellfishSpecific: Animal
OuranophobiaFear of heavenSpecific: Other (religion)
PaedophobiaFear of children or childhoodSpecific: Other (people)
PagophobiaFear of ice or frostSpecific: Other
PanophobiaFear of everythingCommonAgoraphobiaexcessive anxiety and worry, paranoia, delusionsAlso known as Omniphobia, Pamphobia, Pantophobia and Panphobia
PanthophobiaFear of suffering and diseaseSpecific: Medical
PapyrophobiaFear of paperSpecific: Other (objects)
Paraskevidekatria-phobiaFear of Friday 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 of sexual perversionSpecific: Other (actvity)
ParasitophobiaFear of parasitesSpecific: Other (objects)
ParthenophobiaFear of young girlsSpecific: Other (people)
ParturiphobiaFear of childbirthSpecific: Medical
PathophobiaFear of diseaseSpecific: Other (desease)
PeccatophobiaFear of sinningSpecific: Other (actvity)
PediculophobiaFear of liceSpecific: Animal (Insect)
PediophobiaFear of dollsSpecific: Other (objects)
PedophobiaFear of babies, childrenSpecific: Other (people)
PeladophobiaFear of bald peopleSpecific: Other (people)
PellagrophobiaFear of PellagraSpecific: Other (desease)Pellagra is a disease.
PeniaphobiaFear of povertySpecific: Other
PentheraphobiaFear of mother in lawSpecific: Other (people)
PhagophobiaFear of swallowingSpecific: Other (people)
PhalacrophobiaFear of going baldSpecific: Other (actvity)
PhallophobiaFear of penisSpecific: Other (body parts)
PharmacophobiaFear of drugs, medicinesSpecific: Medical
PhasmophobiaFear of ghosts
PhengophobiaFear of daylight, sunshineSpecific: Environmental
PhilematophobiaFear of kissingSpecific: Other (actvity)
PhilophobiaFear of intimacy, loveCommonSocialRelated to Aphenphosmphobia (fear of being touched)
PhilosophobiaFear of learningSpecific: Other (actvity)
PhobophobiaFear of phobiasCommonSpecific: Situational
PhonophobiaFear of sounds, voices, own voiceSpecific: Other (senses)
PhotophobiaFear of lightSpecific: Environmental
PhronemophobiaFear of thinkingSpecific: Other (actvity)
PhtheirophobiaFear of liceSpecific: Animal (Insect)
PhthisiophobiaFear of tuberculosisSpecific: Medical
PlacophobiaFear of tombstonesSpecific: Other (objects)
PlutophobiaFear of wealthSpecific: Other
PluviophobiaFear of rain, being rained onSpecific: Environmental
PneumatophobiaFear of spirits
PnigerophobiaFear of chokingSpecific: Other (actvity)
PodophobiaFear of feetCommonSpecific: Other (body parts)touching feet, looking at feet
PogophobiaFear of beardsSpecific: Other (body parts)
PoinephobiaFear of punishmentSocial
PolyphobiaFear of many thingsAgoraphobia
PonophobiaFear of overworking, painSocial
PotamophobiaFear of running waterRelated to Bathyphobia (fear of deep water), Aquaphobia and Hydrophobia (fear of water).
PotophobiaFear of drinking alcoholSpecific: Other (actvity)
ProctophobiaFear of rectumsSpecific: Other (body parts)
ProsophobiaFear of progressSpecific: Other (actvity)
PsellismophobiaFear of stutteringSpecific: Other (actvity)
PsychophobiaFear of mind
PsychrophobiaFear of coldSpecific: Environmental
PteridophobiaFear of fernsSpecific: Other (plants)
Pteromerhano-phobiaFear of flyingTop 10Specific: EnvironmentalMost commonly known as Aerophobia but also Aviophobia
PupaphobiaFear of puppetsSpecific: Other (objects)
PyrexiophobiaFear of feverSpecific: Other (actvity)
PyrophobiaFear of fireUncommonSpecific: Environmentalseeing a fire
RadiophobiaFear of radiation, X-raysSpecific: Other
RanidaphobiaFear of frogsSpecific: Animal (reptile)Also known as Ranophobia
RhabdophobiaFear of punishmentSpecific: Other (actvity)
RhypophobiaFear of defecationSpecific: Other (actvity)
RhytiphobiaFear of getting wrinklesSpecific: Other (actvity)
RupophobiaFear of dirtSpecific: Other (objects)
RussophobiaFear of Russians, anything RussianSpecific: Other (country)
SarmassophobiaFear of love 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 of fecal matterSpecific: Other (objects)
ScelerophibiaFear of evil people, burglarsSpecific: Other (people)
ScoleciphobiaFear of wormsSpecific: Animal (invertebrate)
ScolionophobiaFear of schoolSpecific: Environmental
ScopophobiaFear of being stared atSpecific: Other (actvity)
ScorodophobiaFear of garlicSpecific: Other (plant)
ScotomaphobiaFear of blindnessSpecific: Other (senses)
ScotophobiaFear of darkness, 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 of sharksSpecific: Animal (Fish)
SelaphobiaFear of light flashes
SelenophobiaFear of the moonSpecific: Other (objects)
SeplophobiaFear of decaying matterSpecific: Other (objects)
Sesquipedalo-phobiaFear of long wordsSpecific: Other
SexophobiaFear of the opposite sexSpecific: Other (people)
Siderodromo-phobiaFear of trainsSpecific: Other (objects)
SiderophobiaFear of starsSpecific: Other (objects)
SinistrophobiaFear of left handedness or things to the leftSpecific: Other (direction)
SinophobiaFear of China, anything ChineseSpecific: Other (country)
SitiophobiaFear of foodSpecific: Other
SociophobiaFear of social gatheringsSocial
SomnephobiaFear of sleep, dreamsSpecific: Other (activity)
SophophobiaFear of wisdom, learningSpecific: Other (activity)
SomniphobiaFear of nightmares, sleep paralysisSpecific: Other (activity)Related to Hypnophobia (fear of sleep) and Clinophobia (fear of going to bed)
SoteriophobiaFear of dependence on others
SpectrophobiaFear of specters, ghostsSpecific: Other
SpermatophobiaFear of germs, 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 of germs, 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 of WaspsSpecific: Animal (Insect)More generally Entomophobia (fear of bugs and insects)
StasephobiaFear of walking, 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 of crosses, crucifixesSpecific: Other (objects)
StenophobiaFear of narrow placesSpecific: Environmental
StigiophobiaFear of hellSpecific: Other (religion)
StygiophobiaFear of hellSpecific: Other (religion)
SuriphobiaFear of miceSpecific: Animal (Mammal, rodent)
SymbolophobiaFear of symbolism
SymmetrophobiaFear of symmetry
SyngenesophobiaFear of relativesSpecific: Other (people)
SyphilophobiaFear of syphilisSpecific: Medical (desease)
TachophobiaFear of speedSpecific: Other (activity)
TaeniophobiaFear of tapewormsSpecific (Parasite)
TaphephobiaFear of being buried aliveSpecific: Other (activity)
TapinophobiaFear of being contagiousSocial
TaurophobiaFear of bullsSpecific: Animal (mammal)
TechnophobiaFear of technologySpecific: Other
TeratophobiaFear of giving birth to a malformed childSpecific: Other (activity)
TestophobiaFear of taking testsSpecific: Other (activity)
TeutophobiaFear of Germans, anything GermanSpecific: Other (country)
TextophobiaFear of fabrics, materialSpecific: Other (objects)velvet, foam, rubber
ThalassophobiaFear of the seaSpecific: Environmental
ThanatophobiaFear of deathCommonSpecific: Other (activity)
TheophobiaFear of gods, religionCommonSpecific: Other (religion)One of the most common phobias. See also Zeusophobia (fear of gods)
ThermophobiaFear of heat
ThixophobiaFear of being touchedCommonSocialRelated to Philophobia (fear of love). Most commonly called Aphenphosmphobia but also known as Aphephobia, Chiraptophobia, Haphophobia, Hapnophobia, Haptephobia and Haptophobia
TocophobiaFear of childbirthSpecific: Other (activity)
TomophobiaFear of surgery, operationsSpecific: Medical
TonitrophobiaFear of thunderCommonSpecific: EnvironmentalCommonly associated with fear of thunder AND lightning, known as Astraphobia and Brontophobia but also Astrapophobia, Keraunophobia and Nicaduranaphobia
TopophobiaFear of specific places or situations, stage frightSocial
ToxophobiaFear of being poisonedSpecific: Other (activity)
TraumatophobiaFear of injurySpecific: Medical
TremophobiaFear of tremblingSpecific: Other (activity)
TrichinophobiaFear of TrichinosisSpecific: Medical (desease)Trichinosis is a parasitic disease.
TrichopathophobiaFear of hair, hair lossSpecific: Other (activity)
TriskaidekaphobiaFear of 13, thirteen, the number 13CommonSpecific: Other (superstition)Related to Paraskevidekatriaphobia and Friggatriskaidekaphobia (both fear of Friday 13th). One of the most common phobias.
TropophobiaFear of changeAgoraphobia
TrypanophobiaFear of injections, needlesVery commonSpecific: Medicalavoids visits to doctors, nurses
TrypophobiaFear of holesVery commonSpecific: Otherany honeycomb structure, sponges, coral, skin, meat, buttonholesRelated to Koumpounophobia (fear of buttons)
TyphlophobiaFear of blindnessSpecific: Other (senses)
UranophobiaFear of heavenSpecific: Other (religion)
UrophobiaFear of urineSpecific: Other (objects)
VaccinophobiaFear of vaccinationsSpecific: Medical
VehophobiaFear of drivingCommonSpecific: Situational
VenusophobiaFear of beautiful womenSpecific: Other (people)
VerbophobiaFear of wordsSpecific: Other
VerminophobiaFear of germsTop 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 of clothingSpecific: Other (objects)
VirginitiphobiaFear of rapeSpecific: Other (activity)
VitricophobiaFear of stepfatherSpecific: Other (people)
WiccaphobiaFear of witchcraftSpecific: Other (activity)
XanthophobiaFear of yellow, anything yellowSpecific: Other (color)
XenoglossophobiaFear of foreign languagesSpecific: Other
XenophobiaFear of strangers, foreigners, the unknownCommonOne of the most common phobias.
XerophobiaFear of drynessSpecific: Other (senses)
XylophobiaFear of woodSpecific: Other (objects)
XyrophobiaFear of razorsSpecific: Other (objects)
ZelophobiaFear of jealousySpecific: Other (emotion)
ZeusophobiaFear of god, godsCommonSpecific: Other (religion)See also Theophobia (fear of religion)
ZoophobiaFear of animalsCommonSpecific: AnimalOne 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

Screen yourself for a specific phobia online…

ADDucation pages Related to Common Phobias:

  • Common illnesses and their symptoms…
  • Are you aware of other common phobias? If you have any information to help us improve this table of common phobias and associated symptoms or phobia triggers, please add your comments below…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

eleven − nine =