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List of Phobias

Updated on August 23, 2017

Fear of Phobias and Other Funny Phobias

I love phobias. There's just so many of them! It seems that no matter what you're scared of, there's an official name for it!

I've gathered up all my favorite phobias here. The funny phobias, the weird phobias, the most common phobias, the phobias you don't have and the phobias I do have. Heck, I even made up a few phobias just for fun!

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Most Common Phobia


The fear of spiders

Nearly 73% of the population

is afraid of spiders.

Common Phobias - My top 10

There's no official list of the top 10 phobia's, but I think this one comes pretty close. Most of these phobias are well known and easily recognizable.

  1. Aichmophobia

    The fear of needles

    (It's estimated that around 10% of the population has severe needle phobia)

  2. Acrophobia

    The fear of heights

    (This phobia affects between 2-5% of the population)

  3. Astraphobia

    The fear of thunderstorms

    (Astraphobia is the 3rd most common phobia, mostly affecting children)

  4. Claustrophobia

    The fear of enclosed or confined spaces

    (Between 5-7% of the population is severely claustrophobic)

  5. Aviophobia

    The fear of flying

    (It's estimated that around 50% of the population suffer from some degree of fear while flying)

  6. Glossophobia

    The fear of public speaking

    (75% of all public speakers get nervous while speaking)

  7. Nyctophobia

    The fear of the dark

    (more common in children, but can sometimes last through to adulthood)

  8. Ophidiophobia

    Fear of snakes

    (Studies show that this "fear" could just be survival instinct)

  9. Claustophobia

    Fear of elevators

    (Although this is a common phobia, it doesn't have an official name. Claustophobia was created by weaving the two main components responsible for the fear of elevators together, Claustrophobia and Acrophobia )

  10. Sociophobia

    Fear of people or social situations

    (It's estimated that 19 million Americans suffer from Sociophobia)

My Phobia: Mysophobia

The extreme fear of being contaminated with germs.

In my case, I'm scared to death of people germs and germs from milk products.

What can you do when you fear your own body?


Fear of eyes


Fear of chins


Fear of hands


Fear of belly buttons


Fear of rectums


Fear of knees


Fear of urinating

Weirdest Phobias - My top 10

Seriously? Some phobia's are just plain weird! I mean, who comes up with this stuff?

  1. Anatidaephobia

    The fear that a duck is watching you.

    (This is a fake phobia thought up of by the cartoonist, Gary Larson)

  2. Nomophobia

    Fear of being out of mobile phone contact

    (Otherwise known as adolescence)

  3. Digiphobia

    Fear of digital screens

    (This means no tv, computer, digital phone, gps, etc. Basically, hello 1800's!)

  4. Agyrophobia

    The fear off crossing streets

    (The chicken that crossed the road definitely wasn't suffering from this phobia)

  5. Rahatkaphobia

    Fear of unintelligent animals

    (I wonder what the criteria is in order to qualify as intelligent)

  6. Tetraphobia

    Fear of the number 4

    (I can understand fear of the numbers 13 or 666, but what's so bad about 4?)

  7. Hellenologophobia

    Fear of Greek terms or scientific terminology

    (Oh no! Not smart words!)

  8. Spectrophobia

    Fear of one's own reflection

    (otherwise known as recognizing fugly when you see it)

  9. Koumpounophobia

    Fear of sewing buttons

    (I suppose with enough velcro, a person could live sewing button free)

  10. Dikephobia

    Fear of justice

    (Otherwise known as an ex-con)

My Phobia: Ichthyophobia

The fear of fish.

Yes. You read it right.

I'm scared of fish.

I can't swim in lakes because I'm scared the fish will nibble on my toes.

I can't go fishing by myself because if I catch something, I wouldn't be able to get it off my line.

Heck, I'm even scared of goldfish!

If you're reading this, then you definitely don't have these phobias!


Fear of computers or

working on a computer


Fear of technology


Fear of words


Fear of knowledge


Fear of opening one's eyes


Fear of Squid

(You get it? Squid = Squidoo? Haha!)

Funniest Phobias - My top 10

If you happen to suffer from any of these, please don't take offense at my finding them hilarious. Think of it like this: If you start laughing too, I'll be laughing with you instead of at you. And besides, we both know you've been laughing at all my weird phobias!

  1. Arachibutyrophobia

    Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth

    (I'm debating whether or not to move this one to the weird category. It's both funny and weird!)

  2. Barophobia

    Fear of gravity

    (Why not fear air too?)

  3. Cathisophobia

    Fear of sitting

    (Seriously? Do you just stand all day?)

  4. Dextrophobia

    Fear of objects at the right side of the body

    (I imagine spinning in circles all day so that nothing would constantly be on my right side)

  5. Levophobia

    Fear of things to the left side of the body

    (If we're going to be scared of the right, we might as well be scared of the left too)

  6. Hippopotomonstrosesquippediliophobia

    The fear of long words

    (That's a little ironic. Do you think they did that on purpose?)

  7. Geumophobia

    Fear of taste


  8. Linonophobia

    Fear of string

    (So I'm guessing a yo-yo is a no-no?)

  9. Peladophobia

    Fear of bald people

    (Bad news for Dr. Phil)

  10. Chrematophobia

    Fear of money

    (I can help you out with that. lol)

My Phobia: Nyctophobia

Fear of the dark

We have Christmas lights strung and lit throughout the house so that if a light bulb burns out, I don't get caught in the dark.

There's also night lights in every room.

And I keep a flashlight in my pocket.

Yes. I'm terrified of the dark.

Phobias I think my husband has


Fear of books


Fear of making decisions


Fear of making definite plans


Fear of cooking


Fear of blood (he faints)


Fear of going bald

Cultural Phobias

You didn't seriously expect me to post something funny here, did you? Even I'm not crazy enough to poke fun at other cultures!

  1. Xenophobia

    Fear of foreigners

  2. Japanophobia

    Fear of Japanese

  3. Russophobia

    Fear of Russians

  4. Judeophobia

    Fear of Jews

  5. Galiophobia

    Fear France or French culture

  6. Anglophobia

    Fear of England or English culture

  7. Germanophobia

    Fear of Germany or German culture

  8. Sinophobia

    Fear of Chinese or Chinese culture

  9. Dutchphobia

    Fear of the Dutch

My fears: Automatonophobia & Pediophobia

Fear of ventriloquist's dummies, wax statues and dolls

I can't stand those little suckers. Most dolls creep me out, but a ventriloquist's dummie gives me those creepy crawly goosebumps.

And wax statues? I can't even look at them if they're shown in a movie!

Phobias I just made up


The fear of a Google slap


The fear of a lensrank drop


Fear of a computer virus


Fear of Facebook and Google joining forces to take over the world.


Fear of getting plagiarized

Not So Bad Phobias - My top 10

While a lot of phobias may seem silly or weird, some actually make sense. This is just my opinion, but I think these are pretty healthy phobias and I wouldn't mind having any one of them!

  1. Agraphobia

    Fear of sexual abuse

  2. Cyprianophobia

    Fear of venereal disease

    (The gift that keeps on giving)

  3. Lepraphobia

    Fear of leprosy

    (I've seen it in the movies. No thank you!)

  4. Necrophobia

    Fear of dead things

    (As opposed to the joy of dead things)

  5. Nucleomituphobia

    Fear of nuclear weapons

    (Do I really have to explain this one?)

  6. Pocrescophobia

    Fear of gaining weight

    (This seems like a good way to diet)

  7. Selachophobia

    Fear of sharks

    (40,000 pounds. 90 sharp teeth. Willing to eat anything. Yep. I'm scared)

  8. Syphilophobia

    Fear of syphilis

    (Well, would you want syphilis?)

  9. Taphophobia

    Fear of being placed in a grave while still alive

    (I think any sane person would be afraid of this)

  10. Cacophobia

    Fear of ugliness

    (Don't hate me cause I'm beautiful!)

My fear: Nyctohylophobia

Fear of dark wooded areas or of forests at night

This is almost laughable when you consider I live in the woods.

But it's true.

I won't go outside after dark.

You never know what could be in the woods.

Dangerous ax just never know!

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What phobia can you come up with?

You try it!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm scared of my sisters awkward dancing! She does this crab thing and it actually makes me cringe and shiver. Lol. Usually she chases me and I run. X/ ... So awkwadaphobia?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      princessannophobia fear of getting beaten up by the princess royal

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Megmicroquippliphobia- fear of big and small

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      breathaphobia-fear of breathing lifeaphobia-fear of living

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      Obscure_Treasures 6 years ago

      I don't like confined suffocates me!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      My mother was terrified of cats