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What is Phobia?

Before we go through the phobia list, let us find out what phobia is! Phobia is an anxiety disorder in which a person suffers from a persistent fear of a situation or an object.

It is an extreme and irrational fear and the person suffering from phobia has an aversion to an object or a situation.

While we may sometimes laugh at someone reacting irrationally to a situation or an object, the person actually experiences a very deep sense of panic when he or she encounters the source of the fear.

The wide range of phobias that have been identified is quite perplexing and like it or not, you and I may have one of these phobias that we are going to list here.

But before that…

How does phobia differ from fear?

Phobia is a persistent fear.


Fear is an emotional response that is induced by a certain perceived threat.

This emotional response is capable of changing the functioning of our organs and brain and even behavior. This emotional response is not persistent.

Fear has several reasons. For instance, it can arise out of a discovery, from avoiding a threat or from a confrontation.

People can react to a perceived threat in various ways. For instance, they may attempt to run away or they may try to hide or they may even freeze right in their shoes.

What causes phobia?

There is no definitive answer to this question. There are many factors that can cause phobia. Some of the factors are:

Traumas or particular incidents:

We as humans go through various incidences in our lives that can shake us up. For instance, if we are flying on an airplane and it gets into a turbulence, we will be shaken up.

Now imagine a child who faces the same incidence in his or her childhood. It may so happen that when that child grows up, he or she develops a phobia of flying.

That can happen to anyone. There are many such incidences in our lives that can eventually lead to phobia. Care to talk about one such incidence in your life?


Like it or not, our genes can play a big role in this. Our genetic make up different for every single individual.

It is this genetic make that can make a person far more susceptible to phobia compared to others.

Learned responses:

What really is that? Well, it simply refers to what you learn during your young age. For instance, if you keep seeing your parents getting really worried about small issues or big and getting anxious very quickly when a situation doesn’t go as they expected, you may actually pick up the same behavior.

It may happen that if your parents have a certain phobia, you may also pick up the same. Learned responses can be picked up from just anyone.

Long-term stress:

Stress is a bad thing. It can lead to depression and anxiety. As a result of this, you can simply find a decline in your ability to cope with certain situations or anxiety.

You may just become more fearful into getting into situations that can possible be difficult for you to handle. This, over the long run, can eventually lead to phobia for such situations.

Fear or panic response:

Everyone of us have, at least once in our lifetime, faced a situation where we had a panic attack or a strong reaction to a particular object or a situation.

To top that, a thing that like can happen in front of others who can laugh at us for such reaction and make us feel embarrassed.

Over time, we will definitely develop a very strong anxiety about getting into a similar situation in front of others. This can also lead to phobia.

What happens in the brains of those suffering from phobia?

Amygdala is culprit!

Oh yes! That cute little part of the brain that deals with emotions is the main culprit.

Our brain is capable of storing and then recalling events that are either dangerous or potentially deadly. At some point in life when a person faces one of those events, the brain successfully retrieves that dreadful memory.

This retrieval can take place once or more than once. As the memory gets retrieved, the body of the person experiences the same stress and reaction that he experienced for the first time which created the memory in the first place.

But what happens in the brain in case of a phobia? In such a case, the brain areas that deal with stress and fear keep on retrieving the dreadful event, albeit inappropriately.

In order to find out which part of the brain causes all the nuisance, scientists have used functional MRI.

They found that it is the amygdala (that part of the brain which sits right behind the pituitary gland located in our brain) that increases its activities when a person with a phobia is exposed that object or situation that causes the phobia.

We know that amygdala is associated with all our emotional responses.

Scientists tell us that:

The right amygdala is highly reactive to negative emotions while the left amygdala is associated with all our pleasant reaction.

So, it turns out that when a person with a phobia is exposed to the object or situation that causes the phobia, his or her right amygdala gets activated.

However, the sense of distress experienced by the person will depend on the degree of activation of right amygdala. Higher activation leads to increased distress.

Scientists also found that when a person with phobia was, for a prolonged period of time, exposed to phobia-inducing pictures or object or situation, three more parts of the brain get hyperactivate, which include:

→ Stria terminalis

→ Anterior cingulate cortex

→ Insula

The conclusion that the scientists drew from this is that when a person is exposed to phobia-inducing stimuli for a longer time frame, the brain doesn’t really calm down. On the contrary, other parts of the brain get engaged and make the situation worse.

When exposed to a stressful situation or object, the amygdala in that person suffering with phobia (caused by that situation or object) will lead to release of ‘flight-or-fight’ hormones.

These hormones put extreme stress on the person’s body and sends the mind in a high-alert state, causing all the distress.

Researchers have also found that:

People who have phobias have what is known as Expectancy Bias, which is directly correlated to the activity of the brain.

What is expectancy bias? Nothing rocket science! People who have phobias will have very high (exaggerated actually) expectancy of encountering the objects/situations that cause phobia. This is what is called expectancy bias.

Studies have revealed the expectancy bias arise out of underactivity of two parts of the brain:

→ Visual cortex

→ Prefrontal cortex

Basically, people with phobias will have a lack of cognitive control with respect to the objects or situations that cause phobia. This lack of cognitive control eventually increases the suffering of the individuals suffering with phobias.

Examples of lack of cognitive control include (but not limited to):

→ Spilled cocoa can evoke the fear of blood in a person.

→ A rope may appear to be a snake to a person.

→ A simple thread may appear to be a spider.

What are the symptoms of phobia?

Any person who is suffering from a phobia will have the following symptoms (please note that these symptoms are common across all types of phobias):

→ Uncontrolled anxiety sensation when the person gets exposed to source that leads to the fear.

→ The person will have a feeling of avoiding the fear source at all costs.

→ The person will lose his or her ability to function properly when he or she is exposed the source of the fear.

→ The person will acknowledge that the fear in unreasonable, irrational as well as exaggerated and overall, the person will acknowledge his or her ability to control his or her feelings.

Of course, intense anxiety and panic feelings will shroud the person when he or she gets exposed to object that causes the phobia. There will be a few physical effects as well that will include:

→ Butterflies in stomach.

→ A sensation of being choked.

→ Trembling.

→ Breathing will become abnormal.

→ The person will start sweating.

→ The person will either experience chills or hot flushes.

→ The person will experience the sensation of being poked by
needles and pins.

→ There will be chest tightness or chest pain.

→ The mouth of the person will become dry.

→ The person will experience disorientation and confusion.

→ Headache, dizziness and nausea will also show up.

How is phobia diagnosed?

There are a set of guidelines according to which phobia is diagnosed. These guidelines can be found in DSM-5, which is the abbreviation for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th edition). The criteria outlined in the manual are provided below:

→ A person displays a marked anxiety or fear for a particular situation or object. In case of children, anxiety or fear may take the form of clinging, freezing, tantrums and crying.

→ The situation or phobic object is responsible for invoking anxiety or fear in the person almost always.

→ The person either endures the phobic object or the situation with intense anxiety or fear or the person simply avoids the object or situation.

→ Compared to the actual threat or danger posed by the situation or object, the anxiety or fear is out of proportion.

→ The avoidance of the object or situation, the fear or anxiety caused by the phobic object or situation is persistent and lasts for at least 6 months.

→ Significant clinical distress is caused by the phobic object or situation causing the anxiety, avoidance or fear. Such fear, avoidance and anxiety is also leading to social and occupational impairment.

→ The disturbances that are experienced by the person because of the phobic object or situation cannot be explained properly using the symptoms of other mental disorders or avoidance of various other situations which can be associated with symptoms similar to panic.

Okay, now that we have answered some of the basic questions related to phobia, it is time to go through the complete phobia list. Are you ready?

Phobia List Starting With “A”

  1. Ablutophobia: Fear of bathing of washing
  2. Acarophobia: Fear of itching, or fear of insects that cause itching.
  3. Acerophobia: Fear of sourness
  4. Achluophobia: Fear of darkness
  5. Acousticophobia: Fear of noise
  6. Acrophobia: Fear of heights
  7. Aerophobia: Fear of air swallowing, or fear of airborne noxious substances, or fear of drafts
  8. Aeroacrophobia: Fear of open high places
  9. Aeronausiphobia: Fear of vomiting due to air sickness
  10. Agateophobia: Fear of insanity
  11. Agliophobia: Fear of pain
  12. Agoraphobia: Fear of leaving a safe place, or fear of being in a public and crowded place like a market, or fear of open spaces
  13. Agraphobia: Fear of sexual abuse
  14. Agrizoophobia: Fear of wild animals
  15. Agyrophobia: Fear of crossing the street, or fear of streets
  16. Aichmophobia: Fear of pointed objects or needles
  17. Ailurophobia: Fear of cats
  18. Albuminurophobia: Fear of kidney disease
  19. Alektorophobia: Fear of chickens
  20. Algophobia: Fear of pain
  21. Alliumphobia: Fear of garlic
  22. Allodoxaphobia: Fear of opinions
  23. Altophobia: Fear of heights
  24. Amathophobia: Fear of dust
  25. Amaxophobia: Fear of car rides
  26. Ambulophobia: Fear of walking
  27. Amnesiphobia: Fear of amnesia
  28. Amychophobia: Fear of being scratched or fear of scratches
  29. Anablephobia: Fear of looking up
  30. Ancraophobia: Fear of wind
  31. Androphobia: Fear of men
  32. Anemophobia: Fear of wind or air drafts
  33. Anginophobia: Fear of angina, narrowness, or choking
  34. Anglophobia: Fear of English culture or England
  35. Angrophobia: Fear of becoming angry, or fear of anger
  36. Ankylophobia: Fear of a immobility of a joint
  37. Anthophobia or Anthrophobia: Fear of flowers
  38. Anthropophobia: Fear of society or people
  39. Antlophobia: Fear of floods
  40. Anuptaphobia: Fear of staying single
  41. Apeirophobia: Fear of infinity
  42. Aphenphosmphobia: Fear of being touched
  43. Apiphobia: Fear of bees
  44. Apotemnophobia: Fear of persons with amputations
  45. Arachibutyrophobia: Fear of peanut butter sticking to the mouth’s roof
  46. Arachnophobia or Arachnephobia: Fear of spiders
  47. Arithmophobia: Fear of numbers
  48. Arrhenphobia: Fear of men
  49. Arsonphobia: Fear of fire
  50. Asthenophobia: Fear of fainting or weakness
  51. Astrapophobia or Astraphobia: Fear of lightning and thunder
  52. Astrophobia: Fear of celestial space or fear of stars
  53. Asymmetriphobia: Fear of a asymmetrical things
  54. Ataxiophobia: Fear of muscle incoordination (ataxia)
  55. Ataxophobia: Fear of untidiness or disorders
  56. Atelophobia: Fear of imperfection
  57. Atephobia: Fear of ruin(s)
  58. Athazagoraphobia: Fear of forgetting, or fear of being ignored or forgotten
  59. Atomosophobia: Fear of atomic explosion
  60. Atychiphobia: Fear of failure
  61. Aulophobia: Fear of flutes
  62. Aurophobia: Fear of gold
  63. Auroraphobia: Fear of Northern Lights
  64. Autodysomophobia: Fear of anything with a vile odor
  65. Automatonophobia: Fear of anything that falsely represents a sentient being (example: wax statues, animatronic creatures, ventriloquist’s dummies)
  66. Automysophobia: Fear of being dirty
  67. Autophobia: Fear of being alone
  68. Aviatophobia or Aviophobia: Fear of flying

Phobia List Starting With “B”

  1. Bacillophobia: Fear of microbes
  2. Bacteriophobia: Fear of bacteria
  3. Ballistophobia: Fear of bullets or missiles
  4. Bolshephobia: Fear of Bolsheviks
  5. Barophobia: Fear of gravity
  6. Basiphobia or Basophobia: Fear of falling or walking, or fear of inability to stand
  7. Bathmophobia: Fear of steep slopes or stairs
  8. Bathophobia: Fear of depth
  9. Batophobia: Fear of being close to high buildings, or fear of heights
  10. Batrachophobia: Fear of amphibians
  11. Belonephobia: Fear of needles or pins
  12. Bibliophobia: Fear of books
  13. Blennophobia: Fear of slime
  14. Bogyphobia: Fear of the bogeyman, or fear of bogeys
  15. Botanophobia: Fear of plants
  16. Bromidrophobia or Bromidrosiphobia: Fear of bloody smells
  17. Brontophobia: Fear of lightning or thunder
  18. Bufonophobia: Fear of toads

Phobia List Starting With “C”

  1. Cacophobia: Fear of ugliness
  2. Cainotophobia or Cainophobia: Fear of newness, novelty
  3. Caligynephobia: Fear of beautiful women
  4. Cancerophobia or Carcinophobia: Fear of cancer
  5. Cardiophobia: Fear of the heart
  6. Carnophobia: Fear of meat
  7. Catagelophobia: Fear of being ridiculed
  8. Catapedaphobia: Fear of jumping from low and high places
  9. Cathisophobia: Fear of sitting
  10. Catoptrophobia: Fear of mirrors
  11. Centophobia or Cenophobia: Fear of ideas or new things
  12. Ceraunophobia (Keraunophobia): Fear of lightning and thunder
  13. Chaetophobia: Fear of hair
  14. Cheimatophobia or Cheimaphobia: Fear of cold.
  15. Chemophobia: Fear of chemicals, or fear of working with chemicals
  16. Cherophobia: Fear of gaiety
  17. Chionophobia: Fear of snow
  18. Chiraptophobia: Fear of being touched
  19. Chirophobia: Fear of hands
  20. Chiroptophobia: Fear of bats
  21. Cholerophobia: Fear of cholera or fear of anger
  22. Chorophobia: Fear of dancing
  23. Chrematophobia or Chrometophobia: Fear of money
  24. Chromatophobia or Chromophobia: Fear of colors
  25. Chronophobia: Fear of time
  26. Chronomentrophobia: Fear of clocks
  27. Cibophobia: Fear of food
  28. Claustrophobia: Fear of confined spaces
  29. Cleisiophobia or Cleithrophobia: Fear of being locked in an enclosed place
  30. Cleptophobia: Fear of stealing
  31. Climacophobia: Fear of stairs, or fear of climbing, or fear of falling downstairs
  32. Clinophobia: Fear of going to bed
  33. Cleithrophobia or Clithrophobia: Fear of being enclosed
  34. Cnidophobia: Fear of stings
  35. Cometophobia: Fear of comets
  36. Coimetrophobia: Fear of cemeteries
  37. Coitophobia: Fear of coitus
  38. Contreltophobia: Fear of sexual abuse
  39. Coprastasophobia: Fear of constipation
  40. Coprophobia: Fear of feces
  41. Consecotaleophobia: Fear of chopsticks
  42. Coulrophobia: Fear of clowns
  43. Counterphobia: A phobic’s preference for actively seeking the fearful situation hoping to overcome the original anxiousness
  44. Cremnophobia: Fear of precipices
  45. Cryophobia: Fear of frost, ice, or extreme cold
  46. Crystallophobia: Fear of crystals or glass
  47. Cyberphobia: Fear of computers, or fear of working on a computer
  48. Cyclophobia: Fear of bicycles
  49. Cymophobia or Kymophobia: Fear of waves, or fear of wave like motions
  50. Cynophobia: Fear of dogs or rabies
  51. Cypriphobia or Cyprianophobia or Cypridophobia or Cyprinophobia: Fear of prostitutes, or fear of venereal disease

Phobia List Starting With “D”

  1. Decidophobia: Fear of making decisions
  2. Defecaloesiophobia: Fear of painful bowels movements
  3. Deipnophobia: Fear of dining, or fear of dinner conversations
  4. Dementophobia: Fear of insanity
  5. Daemonophobia or Demonophobia: Fear of demons
  6. Demophobia: Fear of crowds
  7. Dendrophobia: Fear of trees
  8. Dentophobia: Fear of dentists
  9. Dermatophobia: Fear of skin lesions
  10. Dermatophobia or Dermatosiophobia or Dermatopathophobia: Fear of skin disease
  11. Dextrophobia: Fear of objects at the right side of the body
  12. Diabetophobia: Fear of diabetes
  13. Didaskaleinophobia: Fear of going to school
  14. Dikephobia: Fear of justice
  15. Dinophobia: Fear of dizziness, or fear whirlpools
  16. Diplophobia: Fear of double vision
  17. Dipsophobia: Fear of drinking
  18. Dishabiliophobia: Fear of undressing in front of someone
  19. Disposophobia: Fear of throwing stuff out
  20. Domatophobia: Fear of houses, or fear of being in a house
  21. Doraphobia: Fear of skins or furs of animals
  22. Doxophobia: Fear of expressing opinions, or fear of receiving praise
  23. Dromophobia: Fear of crossing streets
  24. Dutchphobia: Fear of the Dutch
  25. Dysmorphophobia: Fear of deformity
  26. Dystychiphobia: Fear of accidents

Phobia List Starting With “E”

  1. Ecclesiophobia: Fear of church
  2. Ecophobia: Fear of home
  3. Eicophobia: Fear of home surroundings
  4. Eisoptrophobia: Fear of mirrors, or fear of seeing oneself in a mirror
  5. Electrophobia: Fear of electricity
  6. Eleutherophobia: Fear of freedom
  7. Elurophobia: Fear of cats
  8. Emetophobia: Fear of vomiting
  9. Enetophobia: Fear of pins
  10. Enochlophobia: Fear of crowds
  11. Enissophobia or Enosiophobia: Fear of having committed an unpardonable sin, or fear of criticism
  12. Entomophobia: Fear of insects
  13. Eosophobia: Fear of daylight or dawn
  14. Ephebiphobia: Fear of teenagers
  15. Epistaxiophobia: Fear of nosebleeds
  16. Epistemophobia: Fear of knowledge
  17. Equinophobia: Fear of horses
  18. Eremophobia: Fear of being oneself, or fear of loneliness
  19. Ereuthrophobia: Fear of blushing
  20. Ergasiophobia: Fear of work or functioning, Surgeon’s fear of operating
  21. Ergophobia: Fear of work
  22. Erotophobia: Fear of sexual questions or sexual love
  23. Euphobia: Fear of hearing good news
  24. Eurotophobia: Fear of female genitalia
  25. Erytophobia or Erythrophobia or Ereuthophobia: Fear of red lights, or fear of blushing, or fear of red

Phobia List Starting With “F”

  1. Fibriphobia or Febriphobia or Fibriophobia: Fear of fever
  2. Felinophobia: Fear of cats
  3. Francophobia: Fear of French culture or France
  4. Frigophobia: Fear of cold or cold things

Phobia List Starting With “G”

  1. Gatophobia or Galeophobia: Fear of cats
  2. Galiophobia or Gallophobia: Fear France or French culture
  3. Gamophobia: Fear of marriage
  4. Geliophobia: Fear of laughter
  5. Gelotophobia: Fear of being laughed at
  6. Geniophobia: Fear of chins
  7. Genophobia: Fear of sex
  8. Genuphobia: Fear of knees
  9. Gephydrophobia or Gephyrophobia or Gephysrophobia: Fear of crossing bridges
  10. Germanophobia: Fear of German culture or Germany
  11. Gerascophobia: Fear of growing old
  12. Gerontophobia: Fear of old people, or fear of growing old
  13. Geumophobia or Geumaphobia: Fear of taste
  14. Glossophobia: Fear of speaking in public or of trying to speak
  15. Gnosiophobia: Fear of knowledge
  16. Graphophobia: Fear of writing or handwriting
  17. Gymnophobia: Fear of nudity
  18. Gynephobia or Gynophobia: Fear of women

Phobia List Starting With “H”

  1. Hadephobia: Fear of hell
  2. Hagiophobia: Fear of saints, or fear holy things
  3. Hamartophobia: Fear of sinning
  4. Haptephobia or Haphephobia: Fear of being touched
  5. Harpaxophobia: Fear of being robbed
  6. Hedonophobia: Fear of feeling pleasure
  7. Heliophobia: Fear of the sun
  8. Hellenologophobia: Fear of Greek terms, or fear of complex scientific terminology
  9. Helminthophobia: Fear of being infested with worms
  10. Hemaphobia or Hemophobia or Hematophobia: Fear of blood
  11. Hereiophobia or Heresyphobia: Fear of challenges to official doctrine, or fear of radical deviation
  12. Herpetophobia: Fear of reptiles, or fear of creepy, crawly things
  13. Heterophobia: Fear of the opposite sex
  14. Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia: Fear of the number 666
  15. Hierophobia: Fear of priests, or fear of sacred things
  16. Hippophobia: Fear of horses
  17. Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia: Fear of long words
  18. Hobophobia: Fear of bums or beggars
  19. Hodophobia: Fear of road travel
  20. Hormephobia: Fear of shock
  21. Homichlophobia: Fear of fog
  22. Homilophobia: Fear of sermons
  23. Hominophobia: Fear of men
  24. Homophobia: Fear of monotony or sameness, or fear of homosexuality, or fear of becoming homosexual
  25. Hoplophobia: Fear of firearms
  26. Hydrargyophobia: Fear of mercurial medicines
  27. Hydrophobia: Fear of water, or fear of rabies
  28. Hydrophobophobia: Fear of rabies
  29. Hyalophobia or Hyelophobia: Fear of glass
  30. Hygrophobia: Fear of dampness, moisture, or liquids
  31. Hylephobia: Fear of materialism, or fear of epilepsy
  32. Hylophobia: Fear of forests
  33. Hypegiaphobia or Hypengyophobia: Fear of responsibility
  34. Hypnophobia: Fear of sleep, or fear of being hypnotized
  35. Hypsiphobia: Fear of height

Phobia List Starting With “I”

  1. Iatrophobia: Fear of going to the doctor, or fear of doctors
  2. Ichthyophobia: Fear of fish
  3. Ideophobia: Fear of ideas
  4. Illyngophobia: Fear of vertigo, or fear of feeling dizzy when looking down
  5. Iophobia: Fear of poison
  6. Insectophobia: Fear of insects
  7. Isolophobia: Fear of solitude, or fear of being alone
  8. Isopterophobia: Fear of termites, or fear of insects that eat wood
  9. Ithyphallophobia: Fear of seeing and erect penis, thinking about it, or having one

Phobia List Starting With “J”

  1. Japanophobia: Fear of Japanese
  2. Judeophobia: Fear of Jews

Phobia List Starting With “K”

  1. Kainophobia or Kainolophobia: Fear of anything new, novelty
  2. Kakorrhaphiophobia: Fear of failure or defeat
  3. Katagelophobia: Fear of ridicule
  4. Kathisophobia: Fear of sitting down
  5. Katsaridaphobia: Fear of cockroaches
  6. Kenophobia: Fear of voids, or fear of empty spaces
  7. Keraunophobia or Ceraunophobia: Fear of thunder and lightning
  8. Kinesophobia or Kinetophobia: Fear of movement or motion
  9. Kleptophobia: Fear of stealing
  10. Koinoniphobia: Fear of rooms
  11. Kolpophobia: Fear of genitals (female genitals in particular)
  12. Kopophobia: Fear of fatigue
  13. Koniophobia: Fear of dust
  14. Kosmikophobia: Fear of cosmic phenomenon
  15. Kymophobia: Fear of waves
  16. Kynophobia: Fear of rabies
  17. Kyphophobia: Fear of stooping

Phobia List Starting With “L”

  1. Lachanophobia: Fear of vegetables
  2. Lalophobia or Laliophobia: Fear of speaking
  3. Lepraphobia or Leprophobia: Fear of leprosy
  4. Leukophobia: Fear of white (the color)
  5. Levophobia: Fear of things to the left side of the body
  6. Ligyrophobia: Fear of loud noises
  7. Lilapsophobia: Fear of hurricanes and tornadoes
  8. Limnophobia: Fear of lakes
  9. Linonophobia: Fear of string
  10. Liticaphobia: Fear of lawsuits
  11. Lockiophobia: Fear of childbirth
  12. Logizomechanophobia: Fear of computers
  13. Logophobia: Fear of words
  14. Luiphobia: Fear of lues (infectious diseases, particularly syphilis)
  15. Lutraphobia: Fear of otters
  16. Lygophobia: Fear of darkness
  17. Lyssophobia: Fear of rabies, or fear of becoming mad

Phobia List Starting With “M”

  1. Macrophobia: Fear of long waits
  2. Mageirocophobia: Fear of cooking
  3. Maieusiophobia: Fear of childbirth
  4. Malaxophobia: Fear of love play
  5. Maniaphobia: Fear of insanity
  6. Mastigophobia: Fear of punishment
  7. Mechanophobia: Fear of machines
  8. Medomalacuphobia: Fear of losing an erection
  9. Medorthophobia: Fear of erect penis
  10. Megalophobia: Fear of large things
  11. Melissophobia: Fear of bees
  12. Melanophobia: Fear of black (the color)
  13. Melophobia: Fear of music
  14. Meningitophobia: Fear of brain disease
  15. Menophobia: Fear of menstruation
  16. Merinthophobia: Fear of being bound or tied up
  17. Metallophobia: Fear of metal
  18. Metathesiophobia: Fear of changes
  19. Meteorophobia: Fear of meteors
  20. Methyphobia: Fear of alcohol
  21. Metrophobia: Fear or hatred of poetry
  22. Microbiophobia: Fear of microbes
  23. Microphobia: Fear of small things
  24. Misophobia or Mysophobia: Fear of being contaminated with germs or dirt
  25. Mnemophobia: Fear of memories
  26. Molysomophobia or Molysmophobia: Fear of dirt or contamination
  27. Monophobia: Fear of solitude or being alone
  28. Monopathophobia: Fear of definite disease
  29. Motorphobia: Fear of automobiles
  30. Mottephobia: Fear of moths
  31. Muriphobia or Musophobia: Fear of mice
  32. Mycophobia: Fear of mushrooms
  33. Mycrophobia: Fear of small things
  34. Myctophobia: Fear of darkness
  35. Myrmecophobia: Fear of ants
  36. Mythophobia: Fear of myths or false statements or stories
  37. Myxophobia: Fear of slime

Phobia List Starting With “N”

  1. Nebulaphobia: Fear of fog
  2. Necrophobia: Fear of death, or fear of dead things
  3. Nelophobia: Fear of glass
  4. Neopharmaphobia: Fear of new drugs
  5. Neophobia: Fear of anything new
  6. Nephophobia: Fear of clouds
  7. Noctiphobia: Fear of the night
  8. Nomatophobia: Fear of names
  9. Nosocomephobia: Fear of hospitals
  10. Nosemaphobia or Nosophobia : Fear of becoming ill
  11. Nostophobia: Fear of returning home
  12. Novercaphobia: Fear of stepmother
  13. Nucleomituphobia: Fear of nuclear weapons
  14. Nudophobia: Fear of nudity
  15. Numerophobia: Fear of numbers
  16. Nyctohylophobia: Fear of dark wooded areas, or fear of forests at night
  17. Nyctophobia: Fear of the dark or fear of night

Phobia List Starting With “O”

  1. Obesophobia: Fear of gaining weight
  2. Ochlophobia: Fear of mobs or crowds
  3. Ochophobia: Fear of vehicles
  4. Octophobia: Fear of the figure 8
  5. Odontophobia: Fear of teeth, or fear of dental surgery
  6. Odynephobia or Odynophobia: Fear of pain
  7. Oenophobia: Fear of wines
  8. Oikophobia: Fear of home surroundings, or fear of house
  9. Olfactophobia: Fear of smells
  10. Ombrophobia: Fear of rain, or fear of being rained on
  11. Ommatophobia or Ommetaphobia: Fear of eyes
  12. Omphalophobia: Fear of belly buttons
  13. Oneirophobia: Fear of dreams
  14. Oneirogmophobia: Fear of wet dreams
  15. Onomatophobia: Fear of hearing a certain word, or fear of names
  16. Ophidiophobia: Fear of snakes
  17. Ophthalmophobia: Fear of being stared at
  18. Opiophobia: Doctors’ fear of prescribing opiate pain killers to patients
  19. Optophobia: Fear of opening eyes
  20. Ornithophobia: Fear of birds
  21. Orthophobia: Fear of property
  22. Osphresiophobia or Osmophobia: Fear of odors or smells
  23. Ostraconophobia: Fear of shellfish
  24. Ouranophobia: Fear of heaven

Phobia List Starting With “P”

  1. Pagophobia: Fear of frost or ice
  2. Panthophobia: Fear of disease and suffering
  3. Pantophobia or Panophobia: Fear of everything
  4. Papaphobia: Fear of the Pope
  5. Papyrophobia: Fear of paper
  6. Paralipophobia: Fear of neglecting responsibility or duty
  7. Paraphobia: Fear of sexual perversion
  8. Parasitophobia: Fear of parasites
  9. Paraskavedekatriaphobia: Fear of Friday the 13th
  10. Parthenophobia: Fear of young girls or virgins
  11. Pathophobia: Fear of disease
  12. Patroiophobia: Fear of heredity
  13. Parturiphobia: Fear of childbirth
  14. Peccatophobia: Fear of imaginary crimes and sinning
  15. Pediculophobia: Fear of lice
  16. Pediophobia: Fear of dolls
  17. Pedophobia: Fear of children
  18. Peladophobia: Fear of bald people
  19. Pellagrophobia: Fear of pellagra
  20. Peniaphobia: Fear of poverty
  21. Pentheraphobia: Fear of mother-in-law
  22. Phagophobia: Fear of swallowing, or fear of eating, or fear of being eaten
  23. Phalacrophobia: Fear of becoming bald
  24. Phallophobia: Fear of a penis, (especially erect penis)
  25. Pharmacophobia: Fear of taking medicine
  26. Phasmophobia: Fear of ghosts
  27. Phengophobia: Fear of sunshine or daylight
  28. Philematophobia or Philemaphobia: Fear of kissing
  29. Philophobia: Fear of falling in love, or fear of being in love
  30. Philosophobia: Fear of philosophy
  31. Phobophobia: Fear of phobias
  32. Photoaugliaphobia: Fear of glaring lights
  33. Photophobia: Fear of light
  34. Phonophobia: Fear of voices or noises, or fear of one’s own voice, or of telephones
  35. Phronemophobia: Fear of thinking
  36. Phthiriophobia: Fear of lice
  37. Phthisiophobia: Fear of tuberculosis
  38. Placophobia: Fear of tombstones
  39. Plutophobia: Fear of wealth
  40. Pluviophobia: Fear of rain, or fear of being rained on
  41. Pneumatiphobia: Fear of spirits
  42. Pnigerophobia or Pnigophobia: Fear of choking, or fear of being smothered
  43. Pocrescophobia: Fear of gaining weight
  44. Pogonophobia: Fear of beards
  45. Poliosophobia: Fear of contracting poliomyelitis
  46. Politicophobia: Fear of politicians
  47. Polyphobia: Fear of many things
  48. Poinephobia: Fear of punishment
  49. Ponophobia: Fear of overworking or, or fear of pain
  50. Porphyrophobia: Fear of purple (the color)
  51. Potamophobia: Fear of rivers, or fear of running water
  52. Potophobia: Fear of alcohol
  53. Pharmacophobia: Fear of drugs
  54. Proctophobia: Fear of rectums
  55. Prosophobia: Fear of progress
  56. Psellismophobia: Fear of stuttering
  57. Psychophobia: Fear of mind
  58. Psychrophobia: Fear of cold
  59. Pteromerhanophobia: Fear of flying
  60. Pteronophobia: Fear of being tickled by feathers
  61. Pupaphobia : Fear of puppets
  62. Pyrexiophobia: Fear of fever
  63. Pyrophobia: Fear of fire

Phobia List Starting With “Q”

  1. Quadraphobia: Fear of four (the number)
  2. Quadriplegiphobia: Fear of quadriplegics, or fear of becoming a quadriplegic
  3. Quintaphobia: Fear of five (the number)

Phobia List Starting With “R”

  1. Radiophobia: Fear of radiation, or fear of x-rays
  2. Ranidaphobia: Fear of frogs
  3. Rectophobia: Fear of rectum, or fear of rectal diseases.
  4. Rhabdophobia: Fear of being severely punished, or fear of being beaten by a rod, or fear of being severely criticized, or fear of magic, or fear of magic wand
  5. Rhypophobia: Fear of defecation
  6. Rhytiphobia: Fear of getting wrinkles
  7. Rupophobia: Fear of dirt
  8. Russophobia: Fear of Russians

Phobia List Starting With “S”

  1. Samhainophobia: Fear of Halloween
  2. Sarmassophobia: Fear of love play
  3. Satanophobia: Fear of Satan
  4. Scabiophobia: Fear of scabies
  5. Scatophobia: Fear of fecal matter
  6. Scelerophibia: Fear of burglars, or fear of bad men
  7. Sciophobia or Sciaphobia: Fear of shadows
  8. Scoleciphobia: Fear of worms
  9. Scolionophobia: Fear of school
  10. Scoptophobia or Scopophobia: Fear of being seen, or fear of being stared at
  11. Scotomaphobia: Fear of blindness in visual field
  12. Scotophobia: Fear of darkness
  13. Scriptophobia: Fear of writing in public
  14. Selachophobia: Fear of sharks
  15. Selaphobia: Fear of light flashes
  16. Selenophobia: Fear of moon
  17. Seplophobia: Fear of decaying matter
  18. Sesquipedalophobia: Fear of long words
  19. Sexophobia: Fear of the opposite sex
  20. Siderodromophobia: Fear of trains or railroads or train travel
  21. Siderophobia: Fear of stars
  22. Sinistrophobia: Fear of things to the left or lefthanded
  23. Sinophobia: Fear of Chinese, Chinese culture
  24. Sitophobia or Sitiophobia: Fear of food or eating
  25. Snakephobia: Fear of snakes
  26. Soceraphobia: Fear of parents-in-law
  27. Social Phobia: Fear of negative evaluation in social situations
  28. Sociophobia: Fear of society, or fear of people in general
  29. Somniphobia: Fear of sleep
  30. Sophophobia: Fear of learning
  31. Soteriophobia: Fear of dependence on others
  32. Spacephobia: Fear of outer space
  33. Spectrophobia: Fear of ghosts or specters
  34. Spermophobia or Spermatophobia: Fear of germs
  35. Spheksophobia: Fear of wasps
  36. Stasiphobia or Stasibasiphobia: Fear of walking or standing or walking
  37. Staurophobia: Fear of crosses, or the fear of the crucifix
  38. Stenophobia: Fear of narrow places or narrow things
  39. Stigiophobia or Stygiophobia: Fear of hell
  40. Suriphobia: Fear of mice
  41. Symbolophobia: Fear of symbolism
  42. Symmetrophobia: Fear of symmetry
  43. Syngenesophobia: Fear of relatives
  44. Syphilophobia: Fear of syphilis

Phobia List Starting With “T”

  1. Tachophobia– Fear of speed
  2. Teniophobia or Taeniophobia– Fear of tapeworms
  3. Taphophobia or Taphephobia– Fear of being buried alive or of cemeteries
  4. Tapinophobia– Fear of being contagious
  5. Taurophobia– Fear of bulls
  6. Technophobia– Fear of technology
  7. Teleophobia– Fear of definite plans, or fear of religious ceremony
  8. Telephonophobia– Fear of telephones
  9. Teratophobia– Fear of bearing a deformed child, or fear of monsters, or fear of deformed people
  10. Testophobia– Fear of taking tests
  11. Tetanophobia– Fear of lockjaw, or fear of tetanus
  12. Teutophobia– Fear of German or German things
  13. Textophobia– Fear of certain fabrics
  14. Thaasophobia– Fear of sitting
  15. Thalassophobia– Fear of the sea
  16. Thantophobia or Thanatophobia- Fear of death or dying
  17. Theatrophobia– Fear of theatres
  18. Theologicophobia– Fear of theology
  19. Theophobia– Fear of gods, or fear of religion
  20. Thermophobia– Fear of heat
  21. Tocophobia– Fear of pregnancy, or fear of childbirth
  22. Tomophobia– Fear of surgical operations
  23. Tonitrophobia– Fear of thunder
  24. Topophobia– Fear of certain places or situations (for example, stage fright)
  25. Toxophobia or Toxiphobia or Toxicophobia– Fear of poison, or fear of being accidently poisoned
  26. Traumatophobia– Fear of injury
  27. Tremophobia– Fear of trembling
  28. Trichinophobia– Fear of trichinosis
  29. Trichophobia or Trichopathophobia – Fear of hair
  30. Triskaidekaphobia– Fear of 13 (the number)
  31. Tropophobia– Fear of moving, or fear of making changes
  32. Trypanophobia– Fear of injections
  33. Tuberculophobia– Fear of tuberculosis
  34. Tyrannophobia– Fear of tyrants

Phobia List Starting With “U”

  1. Uranophobia or Ouranophobia: Fear of heaven
  2. Urophobia: Fear of urine or urinating

Phobia List Starting With “V”

  1. Vaccinophobia: Fear of vaccination
  2. Venustraphobia: Fear of beautiful women
  3. Verbophobia: Fear of words
  4. Verminophobia: Fear of germs
  5. Vestiphobia: Fear of clothing
  6. Virginitiphobia: Fear of rape
  7. Vitricophobia: Fear of step-father

Phobia List Starting With “W”

  1. Walloonphobia: Fear of the Walloons
  2. Wiccaphobia: Fear of witches and witchcraft

Phobia List Starting With “X”

  1. Xanthophobia: Fear of yellow (word or the color)
  2. Xenoglossophobia: Fear of foreign languages
  3. Xenophobia: Fear of strangers, or fear of foreigners
  4. Xerophobia: Fear of dryness
  5. Xylophobia: Fear of wooden objects, or fear of forests
  6. Xyrophobia: Fear of razors

Phobia List Starting With “Y”

Sorry, there are no phobias starting with Y.

Phobia List Starting With “Z”

  1. Zelophobia: Fear of jealousy
  2. Zeusophobia: Fear of God or gods
  3. Zemmiphobia: Fear of the great mole rat
  4. Zoophobia: Fear of animals

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