I was reading for my microbiology course and I come across a word that I didn’t know. So like any good college student, I Googled it. It takes me to Wikipedia and I see what the word means. Should be the end of my search. False. It leads me down a long road of clicking and clicking until I come across this list of phobias. Pretty sweet. Find out what you’re really afraid of on an extreme level.

  • Ablutophobia – fear of bathing, washing, or cleaning.
  • Acrophobia, – fear of heights.
  • Agoraphobia, Agoraphobia Without History of Panic Disorder – fear of places or events where escape is impossible or when help is unavailable.
  • Acousticophobia – fear of sound and voice.
  • Agraphobia – fear of sexual abuse.
  • Aichmophobia – fear of sharp or pointed objects (such as a needle or knife).
  • Agyrophobia – fear of crossing roads.
  • Alourophobia – fear of reading aloud.
  • Androphobia – fear of men.
  • Anthropophobia – fear of people or the company of people, a form of social phobia.
  • Anthophobia – fear of flowers.
  • Aquaphobia – fear of water. Distinct from Hydrophobia, a scientific property that makes chemicals averse to interaction with water, as well as an archaic name for rabies.
  • Arachnophobia – fear of spiders.
  • Astraphobia- fear of thunder and lightning.
  • Atychiphobia – fear of failure
  • Autophobia – fear of loneliness
  • Aviophobia, Aviatophobia – fear of flying.
  • Bacillophobia – fear of microbes
  • Bacteriophobia – fear of bacteria
  • Balenephobia – fear of pins and needles.
  • Ballistophobia – fear of missiles or bullets.
  • Barophobia – fear of gravity.
  • Basiphobia – Inability to stand. Fear of walking or falling.
  • Bathophobia – Fear of depth.
  • Batonophobia – Fear of plants.
  • Batophobia – Fear of heights or being close to high buildings.
  • Bibliophobia – Fear of books.
  • Blennophobia – Fear of slime.
  • Blood-injection-injury type phobia – a DSM-IV subtype of specific phobias.
  • Bogyphobia – Fear of bogies or the bogeyman.
  • Bromidrophobia or Bromidrosiphobia – Fear of body smells.
  • Brontophobia or Ceraunophobia – Fear of thunder and lightning.
  • Bufonophobia – Fear of toads.
  • Cacophobia – Fear of ugliness.
  • Cainophobia or Cainotophobia – Fear of newness, novelty.
  • Caligynephobia – Fear of beautiful women.
  • Cancerophobia or Carcinophobia – Fear of cancer.
  • Cardiophobia – Fear of the heart.
  • Carnophobia – Fear of meat.
  • Catagelophobia – Fear of being ridiculed or being embarrassed.
  • Catapedaphobia – Fear of jumping from high and low places.
  • Cathisophobia – Fear of sitting.
  • Catoptrophobia – Fear of mirrors.
  • Cenophobia or Centophobia – Fear of new things or ideas.
  • Chaetophobia – Fear of hair.
  • Cheimaphobia or Cheimatophobia – Fear of cold
  • Chemophobia – Fear of chemicals or working with chemicals.
  • Cherophobia – Fear of gaiety.
  • Chiroptophobia – fear of bats.
  • Chorophobia – fear of dancing.
  • Cibophobia, Sitophobia – aversion to food, synonymous to Anorexia nervosa.
  • Claustrophobia – fear of having no escape and being closed in.
  • Coulrophobia – fear of clowns (not restricted to evil clowns).
  • Decidophobia – fear of making decisions.
  • Dentophobia, Odontophobia – fear of dentists and dental procedures
  • Disposophobia, better known as “compulsive hoarding” – the fear of getting rid of or losing things.
  • Dysmorphophobia, or body dysmorphic disorder – a phobic obsession with a real or imaginary body defect.
  • Ebulliophobia – fear of bubbles.
  • Emetophobia – fear of vomiting.
  • Ergasiophobia, Ergophobia – fear of work or functioning, or a surgeon’s fear of operating.
  • Ergophobia – fear of work or functioning.
  • Erotophobia – fear of sexual love or sexual questions.
  • Erythrophobia – pathological blushing.
  • Friggatriskaidekaphobia – fear of Friday the 13th.
  • Gelotophobia – fear of being laughed at.
  • Gephyrophobia – fear of bridges.
  • Genophobia, Coitophobia – fear of sexual intercourse.
  • Gerascophobia – fear of growing old or aging.
  • Gerontophobia – fear of growing old, or a hatred or fear of the elderly
  • Glossophobia – fear of speaking in public or of trying to speak.
  • Gurgephobia – Fear of the abyss, particular the ocean floor or outer space.
  • Gymnophobia – fear of nudity.
  • Gynophobia – fear of women.
  • Halitophobia – fear of bad breath.
  • Haptephobia – fear of being touched.
  • Heliophobia – fear of sunlight.
  • Hemophobia, Haemophobia – fear of blood.
  • Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia – fear of the number 666.
  • Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia – fear of long words.
  • Homophobia – fear of homosexuals
  • Hoplophobia – fear of weapons, specifically firearms (Generally a political term but the clinical phobia is also documented).
  • Hydrophobia – fear of water, frequently noted as a common symptom of rabies.
  • Hylophobia – fear of trees, forests or wood.
  • Ligyrophobia – fear of loud noises.
  • Lipophobia – fear/avoidance of fats in food.
  • Medication phobia – fear of medications.
  • Megalaphobia – fear of large objects.
  • Mysophobia – fear of germs, contamination or dirt.
  • Necrophobia – fear of death and/or the dead.
  • Negrophobia – fear of black people.
  • Neophobia, Cainophobia, Cainotophobia, Cenophobia, Centophobia, Kainolophobia, Kainophobia – fear of newness, novelty.
  • Nomophobia – fear of being out of mobile phone contact.
  • Nosophobia – fear of contracting a disease.
  • Nosocomephobia – fear of hospitals.
  • Nyctophobia, Achluophobia, Lygophobia, Scotophobia – fear of darkness.
  • Oikophobia – fear of home surroundings and household appliances.
  • Omphalophobia – fear of bellybuttons.
  • Osmophobia, Olfactophobia – fear of smells.
  • Ordacleaphobia The fear of imperfection
  • Paraskavedekatriaphobia, Paraskevidekatriaphobia, Friggatriskaidekaphobia – fear of Friday the 13th.
  • Panphobia – fear of everything or constant fear of an unknown cause.
  • Pediophobia – Fear of dolls
  • Phagophobia – fear of swallowing.
  • Pharmacophobia – same as medication phobia.
  • Philophobia – fear of love
  • Phobophobia – fear of having a phobia.
  • Phonophobia – fear of loud sounds.
  • Porphyrophobia – fear of the color purple.
  • Pyrophobia – fear of fire.
  • Radiophobia – fear of radioactivity or X-rays.
  • Sichuaphobia – fear of Chinese food.
  • Sociophobia – fear of people or social situations.
  • Scolionophobia – fear of school
  • Scopophobia – fear of being looked at or stared at.
  • Somniphobia – fear of sleep.
  • Spectrophobia – fear of ghost and phantoms.
  • Taphophobia – fear of the grave, or fear of being placed in a grave while still alive.
  • Technophobia – fear of technology (see also Luddite).
  • Telephone phobia – fear or reluctance of making or taking phone calls.
  • Tetraphobia – fear of the number 4.
  • Thanatophobia – fear of death.
  • Tokophobia – fear of childbirth.
  • Traumatophobia – a synonym for injury phobia: fear of having an injury.
  • Trichophobia – A morbid disgust caused by the sight of loose hairs.
  • Triskaidekaphobia, Terdekaphobia – fear of the number 13.
  • Trypanophobia, Belonephobia, Enetophobia – fear of needles or injections.
  • Turophobia – fear of cheese.
  • Workplace phobia – fear of the workplace.
  • Xenophobia – fear of strangers, foreigners, or aliens.
  • Xylophobia, Hylophobia, Ylophobia – fear of trees, forests or wood.

 Here are some animal phobias:

  • Ailurophobia – fear/dislike of cats.
  • Apiphobia – fear/dislike of bees (also known as melissophobia, from the Greek melissa “bee”).
  • Arachnophobia – fear/dislike of spiders and other arachnids.
  • Batrachophobia – Fear of amphibians, such as frogs, newts, salamanders, etc.
  • Bovinophobia – fear/dislike of cattle.
  • Cetaphobia – Fear/dislike of Whales.
  • Chiroptophobia – fear/dislike of bats.
  • Cynophobia – fear/dislike of dogs.
  • Entomophobia – fear/dislike of insects.
  • Equinophobia – fear/dislike of horses (also known as hippophobia).
  • Herpetophobia – fear/dislike of reptiles and/or amphibians.
  • Ichthyophobia – fear/dislike of fish.
  • Lutraphobia – fear/dislike of otters.
  • Mottephobia – fear/dislike of butterflies and/or moths.
  • Murophobia – fear/dislike of mice and/or rats.
  • Oncaphobia – fear of jaguars
  • Ophidiophobia – fear/dislike of snakes.
  • Ornithophobia – fear/dislike of birds.
  • Pardophobia – fear of leopards
  • Saurophobia – fear of lizards
  • Selachophobia – fear of sharks.
  • Scoleciphobia – fear of worms.
  • Suchophobia – fear of crocodiles
  • Zoophobia – fear of animals.

 What’s a long list of actual phobias without a few that are made up?

  • Aibohphobia – a joke term for the fear of palindromes, which is a palindrome itself. The term is a piece of computer humor entered into the 1981 The Devil’s DP Dictionary
  • Anachrophobia – fear of temporal displacement, from a Doctor Who novel by Jonathan Morris.
  • Anatidaephobia – the fictional fear that somewhere, somehow, a duck is watching you. From Gary Larson’s The Far Side.
  • Anoraknophobia – a portmanteau of “anorak” and “arachnophobia”. Used in the Wallace and Gromit comic book Anoraknophobia. Also the title of an album by Marillion.
  • Arachibutyrophobia – fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth. The word is used by Charles M. Schulz in a 1982 installment of his “Peanuts” comic strip and by Peter O’Donnell in his 1985 Modesty Blaise adventure novel Dead Man’s Handle.
  • Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia – fear of long words.
  • Keanuphobia – fear of Keanu Reeves, portrayed in the Dean Koontz book, False Memory, where a woman has an irrational fear of Keanu Reeves and has to see her psychiatrist, Mark Ahriman, each week. He calls her the “Keanuphobe” in his head.
  • Luposlipaphobia – fear of being pursued by timber wolves around a kitchen table while wearing socks on a newly waxed floor, also from Gary Larson’s The Far Side.
  • Nihilophobia – fear of nothingness, as described by the Doctor in the Star Trek: Voyager episode Night. Voyager’s morale officer and chef Neelix suffers from this condition, having panic attacks while the ship was traversing a dark expanse of space known as the Void. It is also the title of a 2008 album by Neuronium. Also, the animated version of George of the Jungle (2007 TV series) is seen suffering in one episode of the cartoon, where they are telling scary stories.
  • Venustraphobia – fear of beautiful women, according to a 1998 humorous article published by BBC News. The word is a portmanteau of “Venus trap” and “phobia”. Venustraphobia is the title of a 2006 album by Casbah Club.
  • Monkeyphobia – fear of monkeys, as named by Lord Monkey Fist in the animated series Kim Possible. Due to spending a summer in a cabin with a crazy chimp mascot, Ron Stoppable has a fear of monkeys, which he gets over several times, usually during battles with Monkey Fist, who is essentially Ron’s arch-nemesis.
  • Semaphobia – fear of average Web developers to use Semantic Web technologies.
  • Tickcapucapitiphobia – fear of having a tick head stuck in your body. Half rational, since tick heads do carry diseases.

 Which phobia do you have? I have a mild case of all of them. Does that mean I’m crazy? Yeah. It’s a possibility. Oh well.

 Wait. I can’t be crazy. Crazy people are incapable of asking the question “Am I crazy?” Well I guess they could. Do you think if they answer it, that’s what makes them crazy?


3 responses to “Phobias

    • I noticed that after I posted that. I’m afraid of them too. Like I’m going to be washed away into the sewers and I’ll have to live with rats and goldfish that weren’t really dead.


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