Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Phobias Of The Day

A frightful list from Gina in the UK, who scares me with her freakish grace and charm.

What about fear of fear? Or fear of fear of fear? Or fear of the reaper?

I have a mild form of ceraunophobia. Those sudden, unexpected blasts of thunder make me want to crawl under a bed. How about you?

Achluophobia - fear of darkness.
Acousticophobia - fear of noise.
Acrophobia - fear of heights.
Agoraphobia - fear of open spaces or of being in crowded places.
Ailurophobia - fear of cats.
Alektorophobia - fear of chickens.
Alliumphobia - fear of garlic.
Allodoxaphobia - fear of opinions.
Altophobia - fear of heights.
Amaxophobia - fear of riding in a car.
Ambulophobia - fear of walking.
Ancraophobia or Anemophobia - fear of wind.
Androphobia - fear of men.
Anglophobia - fear of England, English culture, etc.
Anthrophobia - fear of flowers.
Antlophobia - fear of floods.
Anuptaphobia - fear of staying single.
Apeirophobia - fear of infinity.
Aphenphosmphobia - fear of being touched.
Apiphobia - fear of bees.
Apotemnophobia - fear of persons with amputations.
Arachnephobia/Arachnophobia - fear of spiders.
Arithmophobia - fear of numbers.
Arrhenphobia - fear of men.
Arsonphobia - fear of fire.
Astraphobia/Astrapophobia - fear of thunder and lightning.
Astrophobia - fear of stars/space.
Ataxophobia - fear of disorder or untidiness.
Atelophobia - fear of imperfection.
Athazagoraphobia - fear of being forgotton or ignored or forgetting.
Atychiphobia - fear of failure.
Aurophobia - fear of gold.
Automatonophobia - fear of ventriloquist's dummies, statues, etc.
Automysophobia - fear of being dirty.
Autophobia - fear of being alone or of oneself.
Aviophobia/Aviatophobia - fear of flying.

Bacillophobia - fear of microbes.
Bacteriophobia - fear of bacteria.
Bathmophobia - fear of stairs or steep slopes.
Batophobia - fear of heights.
Batrachophobia - fear of amphibians (like frogs)
Belonephobia - fear of pins and needles.
Bibliophobia - fear of books.
Botanophobia - fear of plants.
Brontophobia - fear of thunder and lightning.

Cacophobia - fear of ugliness.
Cainophobia/Cainotophobia - fear of newness, novelty.
Caligynephobia - fear of beautiful women.
Carnophobia - fear of meat.
Catagelophobia - fear of being ridiculed.
Catoptrophobia - fear of mirrors.
Cenophobia / Centophobia - fear of new things or ideas.
Ceraunophobia - fear of thunder.
Chaetophobia - fear of hair.
Chionophobia - fear of snow.
Chiraptophobia - fear of being touched.
Chirophobia - fear of hands.
Chorophobia - fear of dancing.
Chrometophobia/Chrematophobia - fear of money.
Chromophobia/Chromatophobia - fear of colors.
Chronomentrophobia - fear of clocks.
Cibophobia/Sitophobia/Sitiophobia - fear of food.
Claustrophobia - fear of confined spaces.
Climacophobia - fear of stairs.
Clinophobia - fear of going to bed.
Coimetrophobia - fear of cemeteries.
Coulrophobia - fear of clowns.
Cyberphobia - fear of computers.
Cyclophobia - fear of bicycles.
Cymophobia - fear of waves.
Cynophobia - fear of dogs.

Demophobia - fear of crowds.
Dendrophobia - fear of trees.
Dentophobia - fear of dentists.
Didaskaleinophobia - fear of going to school.
Dipsophobia - fear of drinking.
Dishabiliophobia - fear of undressing in front of someone.
Dromophobia - fear of crossing streets.

Eisoptrophobia - fear of mirrors.
Elurophobia - fear of cats.
Emetophobia - fear of vomiting.
Entomophobia - fear of insects.
Ephebiphobia - fear of teenagers.
Epistaxiophobia - fear of nosebleeds.
Equinophobia - fear of horses.
Ergophobia - fear of work.

Felinophobia - fear of cats.

Gamophobia - fear of marriage.
Geliophobia - fear of laughter.
Genophobia - fear of sex.
Gephyrophobia, Gephydrophobia, or Gephysrophobia - fear of crossing bridges.
Gerascophobia - fear of growing old.
Glossophobia - fear of speaking in public or of trying to speak.
Gynephobia/Gynophobia - fear of women.

Haphephobia/Haptephobia - fear of being touched.
Harpaxophobia - fear of being robbed.
Heliophobia - fear of the sun.
Hemophobia/Hemaphobia/Hematophobia - fear of blood.
Hierophobia - fear of priests or sacred things.
Hominophobia - fear of men.
Hylophobia - fear of forests.

Iatrophobia - fear of doctors.
Ichthyophobia - fear of fish.

Judeophobia - fear of Jews.

Keraunophobia - fear of thunder and lightning.
Kymophobia - fear of waves.

Lachanophobia - fear of vegetables.
Ligyrophobia - fear of loud noises.
Limnophobia - fear of lakes.
Liticaphobia - fear of lawsuits.
Lockiophobia - fear of childbirth.
Logizomechanophobia - fear of computers.
Logophobia - fear of words.
Lygophobia - fear of darkness.

Macrophobia - fear of long waits.
Mageirocophobia - fear of cooking.
Maieusiophobia - fear of childbirth.
Megalophobia - fear of large things.
Melissophobia - fear of bees.
Methyphobia - fear of alcohol.
Microphobia - fear of small things.
Misophobia - fear of being contaminated with dirt/germs.
Monophobia - fear of solitude or being alone.
Motorphobia - fear of automobiles.
Musophobia/Murophobia - fear of mice.

Necrophobia - fear of death / dead things.
Neophobia - fear of anything new.
Nosocomephobia - fear of hospitals.
Numerophobia - fear of numbers.

Ochlophobia - fear of crowds or mobs.
Ophidiophobia - fear of snakes.
Ophthalmophobia - fear of being stared at.
Ornithophobia - fear of birds.

Pedophobia - fear of children.
Peladophobia - fear of bald people.
Phasmophobia - fear of ghosts.
Placophobia - fear of tombstones.
Plutophobia - fear of wealth.
Pogonophobia - fear of beards.
Potamophobia - fear of rivers or running water.
Pteronophobia - fear of being tickled by feathers.
Pupaphobia - fear of puppets.
Pyrophobia - fear of fire.

Rhytiphobia - fear of getting wrinkles.
Rupophobia - fear of dirt.

Scolionophobia - fear of school.
Selachophobia - fear of sharks.
Sesquipedalophobia - fear of long words.

Tachophobia - fear of speed.
Technophobia - fear of technology.
Telephonophobia - fear of telephones.
Testophobia - fear of taking tests.
Theophobia - fear of gods or religion.
Trypanophobia - fear of injections.

Venustraphobia - fear of beautiful women.
Verbophobia - fear of words.
Verminophobia - fear of germs.
Vestiphobia - fear of clothing.

Xenoglossophobia - fear of foreign languages.

Zoophobia - fear of animals


  1. I guess there's no word for mine... fear of any millipedes and centipedes. I'm fine with all the other insects, just millipedes and centipedes. Fear isn't really a good word, either. I'm thinking abject, mortal terror. Kind of a make-my-5-year-old-kill-it-because-I-can't kind of thing. Pathetic.

  2. How about fear of lists of fears?

    But seriously... Not even a complete list as Photophobia (fear of / sensitivity to light) isn't there

  3. I'm absolutely terrified of butterflies, moths and daddy-long-legs. Basically, I hate insects that fly in an erratic pattern. I had one fly down the neck of my dress when I was younger, that sort of thing leaves a mark.

  4. Selachophobia. That's not so crazy though. I mean, SHARKS! Who pals around with those fuckers?

  5. Anon - never said it was. Never do. Few lists are.

  6. What about fear of midgets, my phobia. The only name I can find is lollypopguildaphobia, and as cool as that sounds, I doubt its real.

  7. I'm afraid of people who complain about incomplete lists on LOTD. Seriously. Don't you people have jobs? or names?
    I guess that makes me claustramentaphobia - fear of people with small minds.

    That, and carnies - small hands. Smell like cabbage.

  8. triskaidekaphobia - fear of the number 13....I am not triskaidekaphobic, I just like to say it, lol!

    I used to be ceraunophobic...but not so much....but when the crack of thunder comes from nowhere, when you're in a dead sleep...yeah, I'll be joining you under the bed!

  9. my all time terror is Masklophobia, the fear of mascots. i'm not afraid of *ALL* mascots, just one in particular really makes me flip out - Muddy the Mudcat. he's the mascot for a local minor league baseball team.
    it still creeps me out to think about him though. i'm gonna go and shudder in a corner now...

  10. My most favorite phobia is Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia - the fear of long words.

  11. I have triskaidekaphobia. Fear of the number that comes after 12. *shudder*

  12. Feel relieved that fear of clowns is in there. Horrid *uckers. What kid likes a clown? What adult likes a clown for that matter!

  13. Thankfully, my hubby doesn't have Venustraphobia! He does, however, wish I had Vestiphobia.

    And Cacophobia just sounds mean!

    Seriously, though, I have a weird phobia of abstract bad things MAYBE happening to me or mine.

  14. i wish i have cibophobia and im glad i dont have dipsophobia.

    my fears are slugs and self righteous religous zealots taking over and making us all live wthin their strict code. im not sure there is a difference between the two.

  15. Lucy Van Pelt: Are you afraid of responsibility? If you are, then you have hypengyophobia.
    Charlie Brown: I don't think that's quite it.
    Lucy Van Pelt: How about cats? If you're afraid of cats, you have ailurophasia.
    Charlie Brown: Well, sort of, but I'm not sure.
    Lucy Van Pelt: Are you afraid of staircases? If you are, then you have climacaphobia. Maybe you have thalassophobia. This is fear of the ocean, or gephyrobia, which is the fear of crossing bridges. Or maybe you have pantophobia. Do you think you have pantophobia?
    Charlie Brown: What's pantophobia?
    Lucy Van Pelt: The fear of everything.
    Charlie Brown: THAT'S IT!
    [Lucy goes flying out into a field of snow]

  16. Fear of vomiting/seeing/smelling/hearing/thinking about vomit. My palms get sweaty the moment someone says they're nauseous. I quarantine myself if the stomach flu is going around.

  17. Spin - excellent quote. I forgot about that one.

    Tracey - thank you. I'm appointing you LOTD Sgt. At Arms. "Carnies... small hands..." classic Austin P.

    Another Amy - Lollipopguildophobia... I laughed. Good one.

  18. I'm getting quite claustrophobic as I get older. I'm trying to figure out why so I can fight it off. I think it might have to do with the fact that I'm developing more respiratory problems as the years go by, so I already have a fear of not enough air, being suffocated, etc.

    Great list.

  19. I am afraid of high, open places and also get panicky in small, confined places such as in a crowded elevator. Apparently, I have space issues. :)

  20. Xenoglossophobia - fear of foreign languages.


  21. Spiders, Spiders, and spiders. Also clowns, carnies, needles, germs, heights, closed in places, bugs, math, public speaking, mother in law, driving by myself to new places, and small children with runny noses.

  22. Right now, I have a morbid fear of President Palin.

  23. Melissa - same here. Never had that problem before. I also cannot ride amusement park rides like I once did without feeling woozy (not a phobia, but another thing that sucks about getting older). I still try, though!

    Aries - you said it, brother. But fingers crossed, it's not gonna happen.

  24. Theophobia, the world is full of nutcases in all varieties. **shudder**

  25. What of floccinaucinihilipilificatophobia?

    This is the fear of judging things or actions as worthless. I don't suffer from it...

    Just a thought: some of the fears are better than their opposites (in moderation). Like necrophobia is better than necrophilia...

  26. I adore the fact that Sesquipedalophobia, fear of long words, is a nice, lengthy word itself. Take that irrational fears! Hehe..



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