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Phobias: A List of Common Fears

Updated on June 25, 2013

The Human Cage of Fears

We all have our fears; some mild, some not so mild but when fear begins to get out of proportion and we actually feel physical symptoms such as rapid hearbeat, tremors, difficulty breathing and anxiety, we might be heading into phobia territory.

What is a Phobia?

A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder and can range from a specific fear, such as a fear of spiders, to a broader fear of social situations or the outside world. A certain amount of stress and anxiety is normal and programmed into us. It is the body's response to danger but when our fears become irrational and way out of proportion to the actual threat, then it becomes a cause for concern. In some cases, phobias can stop us from functioning normally and living life to the full.

However, the good news is, with good therapy and acquired strategies to deal with the fears, phobias an in many cases be overcome completely or at least controlled. There are over two hundred recognized phobias, many of which are rare and obscure and in theory there are probably many more unrecognized ones, since it's possible to have a phobia about anything - the following list is by no means exhaustive, rather it is just a general guide to some of the most common fears and anxieties that manifest as phobias.

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Acrophobia - fear of heights

Achluphobia - fear of darkness

Acousticophobia - fear of noise

Agoraphobia - fear of wide open spaces, crowds, or uncontrolled social conditions

Agraphobia - fear of sexual abuse

Aphenphobia - fear of being touched

Apiphobia - fear of bees

Arachnophobia - fear of spiders

Automonophobia - fear of dummies, animatronics, etc.

Autophobia - fear of being alone


Bacteriophobia - fear of bacteria

Bibliophobia - fear of books

Batrachophobia - fear of frogs

Bogyphobia - fear of the bogeymen

Brontophobia - fear of thunder


Cacomorphobia - fear of fat

Cacophobia - fear of ugliness

Carnophobia - fear of meat//animal flesh

Catagelophobia - fear of being laughed at

Catoptrophobia- Fear of mirrors.

Chorophobia - fear of dancing.

Chrometophobia or Chrematophobia - fear of money.

Chromophobia or Chromatophobia - fear of colours.

Chronophobia - fear of time.

Claustrophobia - fear of confined spaces

Coulraphobia - fear of clowns and masks


Dementophobia - fear of insanity.

Demonophobia or Daemonophobia - fear of demons.

Dentophobia - fear of dentists.

Didaskaleinophobia - fear of going to school

Dromophobia - fear of crossing streets.

Dysmorphophobia - fear of deformity


Ecclesiophobia - fear of church

Ecophobia - fear of home

Eleutherophobia - fear of freedom.

Elurophobia- -fear of cats


Friggatriskaidekaphopbia - fear of Friday the 13th.


Gamophobia - fear of marriage.

Glossophobia - fear of speaking in public

Gynophobia - fear of women.

Genophobia - fear of sex.

Gymnophobia - fear of nudity.


Heliophobia - fear of the sun

Hemophobia - fear of blood

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia - fear of long words

Hobophobia - fear of beggars

Hodophobia - fear of road travel

Hominophobia - fear of men

Hydrophobia - fear of water


Iatrophobia - fear of doctors

Insectophobia - fear of insects

Ichthyophobia - fear of fish

Ideophobia - fear of ideas


Koinoniphobia - fear of rooms.

Kopophobia - fear of fatigue.

Koniophobia - fear of dust


Lockiophobia - fear of childbirth

Ligyrophobia - fear of loud noises


Mageirocophobia - fear of cooking

Melanophobia - fear of the color black

Microphobia - fear of small things.

Mysophobia - fear of dirt and germs.

Mnemophobia - fear of memories.

Motorphobia - fear of automobiles

Musophobia -fear of mice


Necrophobia - fear of death or dead things

Noctiphobia - fear of the night

Nudophobia - fear of nudity

Numerophobia - fear of numbers

Nosocomephobia - fear of hospitals


Obesophobia - fear of gaining weight

- fear of rain

Oneirophobia- fear of dreams

Ophidiophobia - fear of snakes


Pathophobia - fear of disease

Pedophobia - fear of children

Philophobia - fear of love

Phobophobia - fear of phobias

Podophobia - fear of feet

Pteromerhanophobia - fear of flying

Pyrophobia - fear of fire


Rhypophobia- fear of defecation

Rhytiphobia- fear of getting wrinkles


Scolionophobia - fear of school


Tachophobia - Fear of speed

Technophobia - fear of technology

Telephonophobia - fear of telephones

Theophobia - fear of gods or religion

Trypanophobia - fear of injections


Venustraphobia - fear of beautiful women.

Verbophobia - fear of words

Vestiphobia - fear of clothing


Xanthophobia - fear of the color yellow or the word yellow

Xenoglossophobia - fear of foreign languages

Xenophobia - fear of strangers or foreigners


Zoophobia - fear of animals



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