A phobia is an irrational, intense and persistent fear of certain situations, activities, things, animals, or people. The main symptom is the excessive and unreasonable desire to avoid the feared stimulus. When the fear is beyond one’s control and is interfering with daily life, then a diagnosis under one of the anxiety disorders can be made. Below you will find an extensive list of some of the weirdest fears and most common phobias that individuals suffer from along with resources for further reading.
List of Fears and Phobias
What is Ablutophobia? – fear of bathing, washing, or cleaning.
What is Acrophobia, Altophobia? – fear of heights.
What is Agoraphobia, Agoraphobia Without History of Panic Disorder? – fear of places or events where escape is impossible or when help is unavailable.
What is Agraphobia? – fear of sexual abuse.
What is Aichmophobia? – fear of sharp or pointed objects.
What is Algophobia? – fear of pain.
What is Agyrophobia? – fear of crossing roads.
What is Androphobia? – fear of men.
What is Anthropophobia? – fear of people or being in a company, a form of social phobia.
What is Anthophobia? – fear of flowers.
What is Aquaphobia? – fear of water. Distinct from Hydrophobia, a scientific property that makes chemicals averse to interaction with water.
What is Astraphobia, Astrapophobia, Brontophobia, Keraunophobia? – fear of thunder, lightning and storms; especially common in young children.
What is Atychiphobia? – fear of failure
What is Aviophobia, Aviatophobia? – fear of flying.
What is Bacillophobia, Bacteriophobia, Microbiophobia? – fear of microbes and bacteria.
What is Chorophobia? – fear of dancing.
What is Cibophobia, Sitophobia? – aversion to food, synonymous to Anorexia nervosa.
What is Claustrophobia? – fear of confined spaces.
What is Coulrophobia? – fear of clowns (not restricted to evil clowns).
What is Decidophobia? – fear of making decisions.
What is Dental phobia, Dentophobia, Odontophobia? – fear of dentists and dental procedures
What is Dysmorphophobia, or body dysmorphic disorder? – a phobic obsession with a real or imaginary body defect.
What is Emetophobia? – fear of vomiting.
What is Ergasiophobia, Ergophobia? – fear of work or functioning, or a surgeon’s fear of operating.
What is Ergophobia? – fear of work or functioning.
What is Erotophobia? – fear of sexual love or sexual questions.
What is Erythrophobia? – pathological blushing.
What is Gelotophobia? – fear of being laughed at.
What is Gephyrophobia? – fear of bridges.
What is Genophobia, Coitophobia? – fear of sexual intercourse.
What is Gerascophobia? – fear of growing old or aging.
What is Gerontophobia? – fear of growing old, or a hatred or fear of the elderly.
What is Glossophobia? – fear of speaking in public or of trying to speak.
What is Gymnophobia? – fear of nudity.
What is Gynophobia? – fear of women.
What is Halitophobia? – fear of bad breath.
What is Haptephobia? – fear of being touched.
What is Heliophobia? – fear of sunlight.
What is Hemophobia, Haemophobia? – fear of blood.
What is Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia? – fear of the number 666.
What is Hoplophobia? – fear of weapons, specifically firearms.
What is Ligyrophobia? – fear of loud noises.
What is Lipophobia? – fear/avoidance of fats in food.
What is Medication phobia? – fear of medications.
What is Megalophobia? – fear of large/oversized objects.
What is Mysophobia? – fear of germs, contamination or dirt.
What is Necrophobia? – fear of death and/or the dead.
What is Neophobia, Cainophobia, Cainotophobia, Cenophobia, Centophobia, Kainolophobia, Kainophobia? – fear of newness, novelty.
What is Nomophobia? – fear of being out of mobile phone contact.
What is Nosophobia? – fear of contracting a disease.
What is Nosocomephobia? – fear of hospitals.
What is Nyctophobia, Achluophobia, Lygophobia, Scotophobia? – fear of darkness.
What is Osmophobia, Olfactophobia? – fear of smells.
What is Paraskavedekatriaphobia, Paraskevidekatriaphobia, Friggatriskaidekaphobia? – fear of Friday the 13th.
What is Panphobia? – fear of everything or constant fear of an unknown cause.
What is Phasmophobia? – fear of ghosts, spectre or phantasms.
What is Phagophobia? – fear of swallowing.
What is Pharmacophobia? – same as medication phobia.
What is Phobophobia? – fear of having a phobia.
What is Phonophobia? – fear of loud sounds.
What is Pyrophobia? – fear of fire.
What is Radiophobia? – fear of radioactivity or X-rays.
What is Sociophobia? – fear of people or social situations.
What is Scopophobia? – fear of being looked at or stared at.
What is Somniphobia? – fear of sleep.
What is Spectrophobia? – fear of mirrors and one’s own reflections.
What is Taphophobia? – fear of the grave, or fear of being placed in a grave while still alive.
What is Technophobia? – fear of technology.
What is Telephone phobia? – fear or reluctance of making or taking phone calls.
What is Tetraphobia? – fear of the number 4.
What is Thanatophobia? – fear of death.
What is Tokophobia? – fear of childbirth.
What is Tomophobia? – fear or anxiety of surgeries/surgical operations.
What is Traumatophobia? – a synonym for injury phobia: fear of having an injury.
What is Triskaidekaphobia, Terdekaphobia? – fear of the number 13.
What is Trypanophobia, Belonephobia, Enetophobia? – fear of needles or injections.
What is Workplace phobia? – fear of the workplace.
What is Xenophobia? – fear of strangers, foreigners, or aliens.
What is Ailurophobia? – fear/dislike of cats.
What is Animal phobia? – fear of certain animals, a category of specific phobias.
What is Apiphobia? – fear/dislike of bees (also known as Melissophobia).
What is Arachnophobia? – fear/dislike of spiders.
What is Chiroptophobia? – fear/dislike of bats.
What is Cynophobia? – fear/dislike of dogs.
What is Entomophobia? – fear/dislike of insects.
What is Equinophobia? – fear/dislike of horses.
What is Herpetophobia? – fear/dislike of reptiles.
What is Ichthyophobia? – fear/dislike of fish.
What is Musophobia? – fear/dislike of mice and/or rats.
What is Ophidiophobia? – fear/dislike of snakes.
What is Ornithophobia? – fear/dislike of birds.
What is Scoleciphobia? – fear of worms.
What is Zoophobia? – a generic term for animal phobias
What is Hydrophobia? – fear of water.
What is Photophobia? – hypersensitivity to light causing aversion to light
What is Phonophobia? – hypersensitivity to sound causing aversion to sounds.
What is Osmophobia? – hypersensitivity to smells causing aversion to odors.
What is Acidophobia/Acidophobic? – preference for non acidic conditions.
What is Heliophobia/Heliophobic? – aversion to sunlight.
What is Hydrophobia/Hydrophobic? – a property of being repelled by water.
What is Lipophobicity? – a property of fat rejection
What is Ombrophobia? – avoidance of rain
What is Photophobia (biology)? – a negative phototaxis or phototropism response, or a tendency to stay out of the light
What is Superhydrophobe? – the property given to materials that are extremely difficult to get wet.
What is Thermophobia? – aversion to heat.
What is Biphobia? – fear/dislike of bisexuals.
What is Christianophobia? – fear/dislike of Christians
What is Ephebiphobia? – fear/dislike of youth.
What is Gerontophobia, Gerascophobia? – fear/dislike of aging or the elderly.
What is Heterophobia? – fear/dislike of heterosexuals.
What is Homophobia? – fear/dislike of homosexuality or homosexuals.
What is Islamophobia? – fear/dislike of Muslims
What is Judeophobia? – fear/dislike of Jews.
What is Lesbophobia? – fear/dislike of lesbian women.
What is Pedophobia, Pediophobia? – fear/dislike of children.
What is Psychophobia? – fear/dislike of mental illness or the mentally ill.
What is Transphobia? – fear/dislike of transgender or transsexual people.
What is Xenophobia? – fear/dislike of foreigners.