Friday, May 2, 2008


This is a list that has been stewing on my datafile for several years, defining 136 phobias, irrational or pathological fears of various things. The reason I've resisted is that someone else has done a far more thorough job than I could ever do, over at The Phobia List, where around 530 phobias are listed. While the Phobia List includes phobias used in medical papers or other printed sources, but not in a major reference dictionary, I strongly recommend it to those interested in phobias.

List of Phobias:

· Acarophobia: Fear of itching or of insects causing itching
· Acrophobia: Fear of heights
· Aerophobia: Fear of flying or draughts
· Agoraphobia: Fear of open spaces
· Agyiophobia: Fear of crossing busy streets
· Aichmophobia: Fear of sharp or pointed objects
· Ailurophobia: Fear of cats
· Algophobia: Fear of pain
· Amathophobia: Fear of dust
· Amaxophobia: Fear of riding in a car
· Ambulophobia: Fear of walking
· Anglophobia: Fear of England or the English
· Anthrophobia: Fear of humans
· Anuptaphobia: Fear of staying single
· Aquaphobia: Fear of water
· Arachibutyrophobia: Fear of peanut butter sticking to roof of mouth
· Arachnophobia: Fear of spiders
· Astraphobia: Fear of being struck by lightning
· Astrapophobia: Fear of thunder and lightning
· Automysophobia: Fear of being dirty
· Autophobia: Fear of solitude
· Ballistophobia: Fear of missiles
· Bathophobia: Fear of falling from a high place
· Batophobia: Fear of heights or being close to tall buildings
· Batrachophobia: Fear of frogs and toads
· Belonephobia: Fear of pins and needles
· Bibliophobia: Fear of books
· Blennophobia: Fear of slime
· Brontophobia: Fear of thunder and lightning
· Cancerophobia: Fear of cancer
· Cathisophobia: Fear of sitting
· Cenophobia: Fear of empty spaces
· Chrematophobia: Fear of money
· Cibophobia: Fear of or distaste for food
· Claustrophobia: Fear of closed spaces
· Climacophobia: Fear of falling down stairs
· Clinophobia: Fear of staying in bed
· Cremnophobia: Fear of cliffs and precipices
· Cyberphobia: Fear of computers
· Cynophobia: Fear of dogs
· Dromophobia: Fear of crossing streets
· Dysmorphophobia: Fear of physical deformities
· Ecophobia: Fear of home
· Eleutherophobia: Fear of freedom
· Eosophobia: Fear of dawn
· Ergasiophobia: Fear of work
· Ergophobia: Fear of work
· Erotophobia: Fear of sex
· Erythrophobia: Fear of red lights or of blushing
· Euphobia: Fear of good news
· Francophobia: Fear of france or the french
· Gallophobia: Fear of france or the french
· Gamophobia: Fear of marriage
· Geniophobia: Fear of chins
· Genophobia: Fear of sex
· Gerascophobia: Fear of growing old
· Graphophobia: Fear of writing
· Gymnophobia: Fear of nudity
· Heliophobia: Fear of sunlight
· Herpetophobia: Fear of snakes
· Hierophobia: Fear of sacred things
· Homichlophobia: Fear of fog
· Homophobia: Fear of homosexuals
· Hydrophobia: Fear of water
· Hypsophobia: Fear of high places
· Iatrophobia: Fear of going to the doctor
· Iconophobia: Fear or hatred of images
· Kainotophobia: Fear of change
· Kakorrhaphiophobia: Fear of failure
· Kenophobia: Fear of empty spaces
· Ligyrophobia: Fear of loud noises
· Linonophobia: Fear of string
· Lygophobia: Fear of darkness
· Lyssophobia: Fear of hydrophobia:
· Macrophobia: Fear of prolonged waiting
· Metrophobia: Fear of poetry
· Monophobia: Fear of being alone
· Muriphobia: Fear of mice
· Myophobia: Fear of mice
· Mysophobia: Fear of contamination or dirt
· Nebulaphobia: Fear of fog
· Necrophobia: Fear of corpses
· Negrophobia: Fear of blacks
· Neophobia: Fear of novelty
· Nosophobia: Fear of disease
· Novercaphobia: Fear of one's stepmother
· Nyctophobia: Fear of the night or darkness
· Ochlophobia: Fear of crowds
· Oenophobia: Fear or hatred of wine
· Ombrophobia: Fear of rain
· Onomatophobia: Fear of hearing a certain word
· Ophidiophobia: Fear of snakes
· Ophthalmophobia: Fear of being stared at
· Optophobia: Fear of opening one’s eyes
· Ornithophobia: Fear of birds
· Paedophobia: Fear of children; Fear of dolls
· Panophobia: melancholia marked by groundless Fears
· Pantophobia: Fear of everything
· Parthophobia: Fear of virgins
· Pathophobia: Fear of disease
· Pediculophobia: Fear of lice
· Pentheraphobia: Fear or hatred of one’s mother-in-law
· Phagophobia: Fear of eating
· Phengophobia: Fear of daylight
· Phonophobia: Fear of noise or of speaking aloud
· Photophobia: Fear of light
· Pogonophobia: Fear of beards
· Psychrophobia: Fear of the cold
· Pteronophobia: Fear of being tickled by feathers
· Pyrophobia: Fear of fire
· Russophobia: Fear of russia or russians
· Satanophobia: Fear of the devil
· Sciaphobia: Fear of shadows
· Scopophobia: Fear of being looked at
· Scoptophobia: Fear of being looked at
· Scotophobia: Fear of the dark
· Sitiophobia: Fear of food
· Sitophobia: Fear of food or eating
· Spectrophobia: Fear of looking in a mirror
· Symmetrophobia: Fear of symmetry
· Syphilophobia: Fear of syphilis
· Taphephobia: Fear of being buried alive
· Technophobia: Fear of technology
· Thalassophobia: Fear of the sea
· Thanatophobia: Fear of death
· Theophobia: Fear of god
· Tocophobia: Fear of pregnancy or childbirth
· Tonitrophobia: Fear of thunder
· Topophobia: Fear of performing; Fear of certain places
· Toxicophobia: Fear of poisoning
· Toxiphobia: Fear of poison or being poisoned
· Triskaidekaphobia: Fear of the number thirteen
· Uranophobia: Fear of heaven
· Xenophobia: Fear of foreigners
· Zelophobia: Fear of jealousy
· Zoophobia: Fear of animals

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