what is phobia

  • A phobia is defined as the persistent fear of a situation, activity, or thing that causes the sufferer to want to avoid it.
  • A phobia is an excessive and irrational fear reaction. 
  •  irrational fear



Achluophobia – fear of darkness
Acousticophobia – fear of noise
Acrophobia – fear of heights
Aerophobia – fear of aircraft or flying
Agoraphobia – fear of open places
Agyrophobia – fear of crossing streets
Aichmophobia – fear of sharp
Ailurophobia – fear of cats
Algophobia – fear of pain
Ancraophobia – fear of wind or drafts
Androphobia – fear of adult men
Aphenphosmphobia – fear of being touched
Aquaphobia – fear of water.
Arachnophobia – fear of spiders
Astraphobia – fear of thunder and lightning
Atelophobia – fear of imperfection
Autophobia – fear of isolation


Bacteriophobia – fear of bacteria
Batrachophobia – fear of amphibians
Belonephobia – fear of needles
Bibliophobia – fear of books


Cacophobia – fear of ugliness
Carcinophobia – fear of cancer
Catoptrophobia – fear of mirrors
Chemophobia – fear of chemicals
Cherophobia – fear of happiness
Chiroptophobia – fear of bats
Chromophobia, chromatophobia – fear of colors
Chronophobia – fear of time and time moving forward
Chronomentrophobia – fear of clocks
Cibophobia, sitophobia – aversion to food, synonymous with anorexia nervosa
Claustrophobia – fear of having no escape and being closed in
Coimetrophobia – fear of cemeteries
Coprophobia – fear of feces or defecation
Coulrophobia – fear of clowns
Cyberphobia – fear of computers
Cynophobia – fear of dogs


Demonophobia, daemonophobia – fear of demons
Dendrophobia – fear of trees
Dental fear – fear of dentists and dental procedures
Dentophobia – fear of dentists
Domatophobia – fear of houses
Dysmorphophobia – a phobic obsession with a real or imaginary body defect


Ecophobia – fear of the home
Eisoptrophobia – fear of mirrors or seeing one’s reflection in a mirror
Eurotophobia – aversion to female genitals
Emetophobia – fear of vomiting
Enochlophobia – fear of crowds
Entomophobia – fear of insects
Ephebiphobia – fear of youth; inaccurate
Equinophobia – fear of horses
Ergophobia, ergasiophobia – fear of work or functioning, or a surgeon’s fear of operating
Erotophobia – fear of sexual love or sexual abuse
Erythrophobia, erytophobia – fear of the color red, or fear of blushing


Frigophobia – fear of becoming too cold


Gamophobia – fear of marriage
Gelotophobia – fear of being laughed at
Gephyrophobia – fear of bridges
Genophobia, coitophobia – fear of sexual intercourse
Genuphobia – fear of knees or the act of kneeling
Gerascophobia – fear of growing old or aging
Gerontophobia – fear of growing old, or a hatred or fear of the elderly
Globophobia – fear of balloons
Glossophobia – fear of speaking in public or of trying to speak
Gymnophobia – fear of nudity
Gynophobia – fear of women


Halitophobia – fear of bad breath
Haphephobia – fear of being touched
Hedonophobia – fear of obtaining pleasure
Heliophobia – fear of the sun or sunlight
Hemophobia, haemophobia – fear of blood
Herpetophobia – fear of reptiles
Hodophobia – fear of travel
Hoplophobia – fear of firearms
Hydrophobia – fear of water
Hypnophobia, somniphobia – fear of sleep or nightmares
Hypochondria – fear of illness


Ichthyophobia – fear of fish, including fear of eating fish, or fear of dead fish
Insectophobia – fear of insects


Koumpounophobia – fear of buttons


Lilapsophobia – fear of tornadoes or hurricanes


Mageirocophobia – fear of cooking
Melanophobia – fear of the color black
Melissophobia, apiphobia – fear of bees
Monophobia – fear of being alone or isolated or of one’s self
Musophobia, suriphobia – fear of mice or rats
Myrmecophobia – fear of ants
Mysophobia – fear of germs, contamination or dirt




Necrophobia – fear of death or the dead
metathesiophobia, – fear of newness, novelty, change or progress

Noctiphobia – fear of the night
Nomophobia – fear of being out of mobile phone contact
Nosocomephobia – fear of hospitals
Nosophobia – fear of contracting a disease
Nostophobia, ecophobia – fear of returning home
Numerophobia – fear of numbers
Nyctophobia, scotophobia – fear of darkness


Obesophobia – fear of gaining weight
Oikophobia – fear of home surroundings and household appliances
Odontophobia – dental fear
Oneirophobia – fear of dreams
Ophidiophobia – fear of snakes
Ophthalmophobia – fear of being stared at
Ornithophobia – fear of birds
Osmophobia– fear of odors


Panphobia – fear of everything or constant fear of an unknown cause
Pedophobia, – fear of babies and children
Phagophobia – fear of swallowing
Phallophobia – fear of erections
Pharmacophobia – fear of medications
Phasmophobia – fear of ghosts or phantoms
Philophobia – fear of love
Phobophobia – fear of fear itself or of having a phobia
Phonophobia – fear of loud sounds or voices
Pogonophobia – fear of beards
Pornophobia – dislike or fear of pornography; may be used in reference to the opposition to visual nudity
Porphyrophobia – fear of the color purple
Pteromerhanophobia – fear of flying
Pyrophobia – fear of fire


Radiophobia – fear of radioactivity or X-rays
Rollercoasterphobia – fear of roller coasters


Scopophobia – fear of being looked at or stared at
Sexophobia – fear of sexual organs or sexual activities
Siderodromophobia – fear of trains or railroads
Sociophobia – fear of people or social situations
Somniphobia – fear of sleep
Spectrophobia – fear of mirrors
Stasiphobia – fear of standing or walking


Taphophobia, taphephobia – fear of graves, or fear of being placed in a grave while still alive
Technophobia – fear of advanced technology
Telephonephobia – fear or reluctance of making
Teratophobia – fear of disfigured people
Tetraphobia – fear of the number
Thalassophobia – fear of the sea
Thanatophobia – fear of dying
Thermophobia – intolerance to high temperatures
Tokophobia – fear of childbirth or pregnancy
Tomophobia – fear of invasive medical procedure
Tonitrophobia – fear of thunder
Toxiphobia – fear of being poisoned
Traumatophobia – a synonym for injury phobia: fear of having an injury
Trichophobia – fear of hair loss
Triskaidekaphobia,– fear of the number
Trypanophobia — fear of needles or injections
Trypophobia – fear of holes


Vehophobia – fear of driving
Venustraphobia – fear of beautiful women
Verminophobia – fear of germs


Workplace phobia – fear of the workplace


Xanthophobia – fear of the color yellow
Xenophobia – fear of strangers, foreigners, or aliens


Zoophobia –Fear of animals

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