List of Phobias


Ablutophobia – fear of bathing, washing, or cleaning
Acousticophobia – fear of noise – a branch of phonophobia
Acrophobia – fear of heights
Agoraphobia – fear of open places
Agraphobia – fear of sexual abuse
Agrizoophobia – fear of wild animals, a branch of zoophobia
Agyrophobia – fear of crossing the street
Aichmophobia – fear of sharp or pointed objects (such as a needle or knife)
Ailurophobia – fear of cats
Algophobia – fear of pain
Amaxophobia, ochophobia, motorphobia, hamaxophobia – fear of riding in a car
Amychophobia – fear of being scratched
Androphobia – fear of adult men
Anthophobia – fear of flowers
Anthropophobia – fear of people or the company of people, a form of social phobia
Antlophobia – fear of floods
Aquaphobia – fear of water. Distinct from hydrophobia, a scientific property that makes chemicals averse to interaction with water, as well as an archaic name for rabies
Arachnophobia – fear of spiders
Astraphobia – fear of thunder and lightning
Atelophobia – fear of not being good enough or imperfection
Atychiphobia, kakorrhaphiophobia – fear of failure
Automatonophobia – fear of anything that falsely represents a sentient being
Autophobia – fear of isolation
Aviophobia, aviatophobia – fear of flying


Barophobia – fear of gravity
Bathmophobia – fear of stairs or slopes


Chaetophobia – fear of hair
Chemophobia – fear of chemicals
Chiroptophobia – fear of bats
Chlorophobia – fear of the colour green
Chromophobia, chromatophobia – fear of colours
Chronophobia – fear of time and time moving forward
Chrysophobia – fear of the colour orange
Cibophobia, sitophobia – aversion to food, synonymous to anorexia nervosa
Claustrophobia – fear of having no escape and being closed in
Cleithrophobia – fear of being trapped
Climacophobia – fear of climbing
Coimetrophobia – fear of cemeteries
Colorphobia – fear or a strong aversion towards a particular colour
Coprophobia – fear of faeces or defecation
Coulrophobia – fear of clowns (not restricted to evil clowns)
Cyanophobia – fear of the colour blue
Cyberphobia – fear of or aversion to computers and of learning new technologies
Cynophobia – fear of dogs


Decidophobia – fear of making decisions
Dementophobia – fear of becoming insane
Demonophobia, daemonophobia – fear of demons
Dendrophobia – see hylophobia
Dentophobia, odontophobia – fear of dentists and dental procedures
Dysmorphophobia, or body dysmorphic disorder – a phobic obsession with a real or imaginary body defect


Ecclesiophobia – fear of churches
Eurotophobia – fear of female genitals
Eleutherophobia – fear of freedom
Emetophobia – fear of vomiting
Enochlophobia – fear of crowds
Ergophobia, ergasiophobia – fear of work or functioning, or a surgeon’s fear of operating
Erotophobia – fear of sexual love or sexual abuse
Erythrophobia, erytophobia, ereuthophobia – fear of the colour red, or fear of blushing


Frigophobia – fear of becoming too cold


Gamophobia – fear of cohabitation, marriage or nuptials
Gelotophobia – fear of being laughed at
Gephyrophobia – fear of bridges
Genophobia, coitophobia – fear of sexual intercourse
Gerascophobia – fear of growing old or ageing
Gerontophobia – fear of growing old, or a hatred or fear of the elderly
Globophobia – fear of balloons
Glossophobia – fear of speaking in public or of trying to speak
Gymnophobia – fear of nudity
Gynophobia – fear of women


Halitophobia – fear of bad breath
Haphephobia – fear of being touched
Harpaxophobia – fear of being robbed
Hedonophobia – fear of obtaining pleasure
Heliophobia – fear of the sun or sunlight
Hemophobia, haemophobia – fear of blood
Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia – fear of the number 666
Hoplophobia – fear of firearms
Hylophobia, dendrophobia – fear of trees, forests or wood
Hypnophobia, somniphobia – fear of sleep


Ichthyophobia – fear of fish, including fear of eating fish, or fear of dead fish


Kinetophobia, kinesophobia – fear of movement
Kleptophobia, cleptophobia – fear of stealing or being robbed
Koinoniphobia – fear of rooms or shared spaces
Koumpounophobia – fear of buttons


Leukophobia – fear of the colour white
Lilapsophobia – fear of tornadoes or hurricanes


Macrophobia – fear of waiting
Mechanophobia – fear of machines
Melanophobia – fear of the colour black
Melissophobia – fear of bees
Methyphobia – fear of alcohol
Monophobia – fear of being alone or isolated or of one’s self
Musophobia, murophobia, suriphobia – fear of mice or rats
Myrmecophobia – fear of ants
Mysophobia – fear of germs, contamination or dirt


Necrophobia – fear of death or the dead
Neophobia, cainophobia, cainotophobia, centophobia, kainolophobia, kainophobia – fear of newness, novelty
Nomophobia – fear of being out of mobile phone contact
Nosocomephobia – fear of hospitals
Nosophobia – fear of contracting a disease
Nostophobia, ecophobia – fear of returning home
Numerophobia, fear of numbers
Nyctophobia, achluophobia, lygophobia, scotophobia – fear of darkness


Oikophobia – fear of home surroundings and household appliances
Omphalophobia – fear of navels
Oneirophobia – fear of dreams
Ophthalmophobia – fear of being stared at
Osmophobia, olfactophobia – fear of odours


Panphobia – fear of everything or constant fear of an unknown cause
Parasitophobia – delusion of having a parasite infestation (Delusional parasitosis)
Peniaphobia – fear of poverty
Pediophobia – fear of dolls (a branch of automatonophobia: fear of humanoid figures)
Phagophobia – fear of swallowing
Phallophobia – fear of erections
Pharmacophobia – fear of medications
Phasmophobia – fear of ghosts or phantoms
Philophobia – fear of love
Phobophobia – fear of fear itself or of having a phobia
Phonophobia – fear of loud sounds or voices
Pogonophobia – fear of beards
Pornophobia – fear of pornography
Prosophobia – fear of progress
Pupaphobia – fear of puppets
Pyrophobia – fear of fire


Radiophobia – fear of radioactivity or X-rays


Sanguivoriphobia – fear of vampires
Scriptophobia – fear of writing in public or of trying to write
Scopophobia – fear of being looked at or stared at
Sexophobia – fear of sexual organs or sexual activities
Siderodromophobia – fear of trains or railroads
Sociophobia – fear of people or social situations
Spectrophobia – fear of mirrors
Stasiphobia – fear of standing or walking
Stygiophobia, stigiophobia, hadephobia – fear of Hell


Taphophobia, taphephobia – fear of the grave, or fear of being placed in a grave while still alive
Technophobia – fear of advanced technology
Telephone phobia – fear or reluctance of making or taking telephone calls
Tetraphobia – fear of the number 4
Thalassophobia – fear of the sea, or fear of being in the ocean
Thanatophobia – fear of dying
Theophobia – fear of religion or gods
Thermophobia – fear of heat
Tokophobia – fear of childbirth or pregnancy
Toxiphobia – fear of being poisoned
Traumatophobia – a synonym for injury phobia: fear of having an injury
Trichophobia – delusional fear of something in the roots of the hair that stops it from growing, or fear of hair loss
Triskaidekaphobia, terdekaphobia – fear of the number 13
Trypanophobia, belonephobia, enetophobia – fear of needles or injections
Trypophobia – fear of holes or textures with a pattern of holes
Turophobia – fear of cheese
Tyrannophobia – fear of an oligarchy or dictatorship


Uranophobia, ouranophobia – fear of Heaven


Workplace phobia – fear of the workplace


Xanthophobia – fear of the colour yellow
Xenophobia – fear of strangers, foreigners, or aliens
Xylophobia, hylophobia, ylophobia – fear of trees, forests or wood

Animal phobias

Agrizoophobia – fear of wild animals
Ailurophobia – fear/dislike of cats
Apiphobia – fear/dislike of bees (also known as melissophobia, from the Greek melissa “bee”)
Arachnophobia – fear/dislike of spiders and other arachnids
Batrachophobia – fear/dislike of frogs and other amphibians
Chiroptophobia – fear/dislike of bats
Cynophobia – fear/dislike of dogs
Entomophobia – fear/dislike of insects
Equinophobia, hippophobia – fear/dislike of horses
Herpetophobia – fear/dislike of reptiles or amphibians
Ichthyophobia – fear/dislike of fish
Murophobia – fear/dislike of mice or rats
Ophidiophobia – fear/dislike of snakes
Ornithophobia – fear/dislike of birds
Ranidaphobia – fear/dislike of frogs
Scoleciphobia – fear of worms
Selachophobia – fear of sharks
Zoophobia – fear of animals

Non-psychological conditions

Bibliophobia – fear or hatred of books, as a cultural phenomenon
Hoplophobia – a political term for fear of weapons, specifically firearms
Lipophobia – avoidance of fats in food (see also Lipophobicity)
Osmophobia – hypersensitivity to smells causing aversion to odours
Phonophobia – hypersensitivity to sound causing aversion to sounds
Photophobia – hypersensitivity to light causing aversion to light


If you phobia is in this list of phobias and you want to be free from it – in as little as one session! – book your free consultation, today.

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Claire Louise Gaskin is a qualified Youth Worker, a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist, a founder member of the British BrainWorking Research Society (BBRS), a member of the Association for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy (APHP), and a member of the College of Medicine.

Claire Gaskin BWRT

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