List of Phobias by Name

List of Phobias by Name

Phobias are listed on this page alphabetically by there medical or scientific label. If you are looking for a specific fear  (fear of spiders, fear of animals, etc), go to the list of phobias by category

Listings underlined may indicate other more serious anxiety disorders such as OCD. Some phobias may also indicate self esteem issues, PTSD or forms of abuse. Please see “About Phobias” for more information

Ablutophobia– Fear of washing or bathing.
Acarophobia– Fear of itching or of the insects that cause itching.
Achluophobia– Fear of darkness.
Acousticophobia– Fear of noise.
Acrophobia– Fear of heights.
Aeroacrophobia– Fear of open high places.
Agateophobia– Fear of insanity.
Agliophobia– Fear of pain.
Agoraphobia– Fear of open spaces or of being in crowded, public places like markets.
Agraphobia– Fear of sexual abuse.
Agrizoophobia– Fear of wild animals.
Agyrophobia– Fear of streets or crossing the street.
Aichmophobia– Fear of needles or pointed objects.
Ailurophobia– Fear of cats.
Albuminurophobia– Fear of kidney disease.
Alektorophobia– Fear of chickens.
Algophobia– Fear of pain.
Alliumphobia– Fear of garlic.
Allodoxaphobia– Fear of opinions.
Altophobia– Fear of heights.
Amathophobia– Fear of dust.
Amaxophobia– Fear of riding in a car.
Ambulophobia– Fear of walking.
Amnesiphobia– Fear of amnesia.
Amychophobia– Fear of scratches or being scratched.
Anablephobia– Fear of looking up.
Androphobia– Fear of men.
Angrophobia – Fear of anger or of becoming angry.
Anthropophobia– Fear of people or society.
Antlophobia– Fear of floods.
Anuptaphobia– Fear of staying single.
Aphenphosmphobia– Fear of being touched.
Apiphobia– Fear of bees.
Apotemnophobia– Fear of persons with amputations.
Arachibutyrophobia– Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth.
Arachnephobia or Arachnophobia– Fear of spiders.
Arithmophobia– Fear of numbers.
Arrhenphobia– Fear of men.
Arsonphobia– Fear of fire.
Asthenophobia– Fear of fainting or weakness.
Astraphobia or Astrapophobia– Fear of thunder and lightning.
Asymmetriphobia– Fear of asymmetrical things.
Ataxophobia– Fear of disorder or untidiness.
Atelophobia- Fear of imperfection.
Athazagoraphobia– Fear of being forgotton or ignored or forgetting.
Atomosophobia– Fear of atomic explosions.
Atychiphobia– Fear of failure.
Autodysomophobia– Fear of one that has a vile odor.
Automatonophobia– Fear of ventriloquist’s dummies, animatronic creatures, wax statues
Automysophobia– Fear of being dirty.
Autophobia– Fear of being alone or of oneself.
Aviophobia or Aviatophobia– Fear of flying.

Bacillophobia- Fear of microbes.
Bacteriophobia– Fear of bacteria.
Bathophobia- Fear of depth.
Batophobia– Fear of heights or being close to high buildings.
Batrachophobia– Fear of amphibians, such as frogs, newts, salamanders, etc.
Belonephobia– Fear of pins and needles
Bibliophobia– Fear of books.
Blennophobia– Fear of slime.
Bogyphobia– Fear of bogeys or the bogeyman.
Botanophobia– Fear of plants.
Bromidrosiphobia or Bromidrophobia– Fear of body smells.
Brontophobia– Fear of thunder and lightning.
Bufonophobia– Fear of toads.

Cacophobia– Fear of ugliness.
Caligynephobia– Fear of beautiful women.
Cancerophobia or Carcinophobia– Fear of cancer.
Cardiophobia– Fear of the heart.
Carnophobia– Fear of meat.
Catagelophobia– Fear of being ridiculed.
Catoptrophobia– Fear of mirrors.
Cenophobia or Centophobia– Fear of new things or ideas.
Ceraunophobia – Fear of thunder and lightning.
Chaetophobia– Fear of hair.
Chemophobia– Fear of chemicals or working with chemicals.
Chiraptophobia– Fear of being touched.
Chirophobia– Fear of hands.
Chiroptophobia– Fear of bats.
Chorophobia– Fear of dancing.
Claustrophobia- Fear of confined spaces.
Cleithrophobia or Cleisiophobia– Fear of being locked in an enclosed place.
Cleptophobia– Fear of stealing.
Climacophobia– Fear of stairs, climbing, or of falling downstairs..
Coimetrophobia– Fear of cemeteries..
Contreltophobia– Fear of sexual abuse.
Coprastasophobia– Fear of constipation.
Coprophobia– Fear of feces.
PhobiaCoulrophobia– Fear of clowns.
Cyberphobia– Fear of computers or working on a computer..
Cynophobia– Fear of dogs or rabies.
Cypridophobia or Cypriphobia – Fear of prostitutes or venereal disease.

Decidophobia– Fear of making decisions.
Defecaloesiophobia– Fear of painful bowels movements.
Deipnophobia– Fear of dining or dinner conversations.
Dementophobia– Fear of insanity.
Demonophobia or Daemonophobia– Fear of demons.
Demophobia– Fear of crowds.
Dentophobia– Fear of dentists..
Dermatosiophobia or Dermatophobia or Dermatopathophobia– Fear of skin disease..
Diabetophobia– Fear of diabetes.
Didaskaleinophobia– Fear of going to school.
Dikephobia– Fear of justice..
Dipsophobia– Fear of drinking.
Dishabiliophobia– Fear of undressing in front of someone.
Disposophobia– Fear of throwing stuff out. Hoarding.
Doraphobia– Fear of fur or skins of animals.
Doxophobia– Fear of expressing opinions or of receiving praise.
Dysmorphophobia– Fear of deformity.
Dystychiphobia– Fear of accidents.

Ecclesiophobia– Fear of church.
Electrophobia– Fear of electricity.
Eleutherophobia– Fear of freedom.
Elurophobia– Fear of cats.
Emetophobia– Fear of vomiting.
Enetophobia– Fear of pins.
Enochlophobia– Fear of crowds.
Enosiophobia – Fear of having committed an unpardonable sin or of criticism.
Entomophobia– Fear of insects.
Ephebiphobia– Fear of teenagers.
Epistaxiophobia– Fear of nosebleeds.
Epistemophobia– Fear of knowledge.
Equinophobia– Fear of horses.
Eremophobia– Fear of being oneself or of loneliness.
Ereuthrophobia– Fear of blushing.
Ergasiophobia– 1) Fear of work or functioning. 2) Surgeon’s fear of operating.
Ergophobia– Fear of work.
Erotophobia– Fear of sexual love or sexual questions.
Euphobia– Fear of hearing good news.
Eurotophobia– Fear of female genitalia.

Febriphobia or Fibriphobia or Fibriophobia– Fear of fever.
Felinophobia– Fear of cats.
Frigophobia– Fear of cold or cold things.

Galeophobia or Gatophobia– Fear of cats.
Gamophobia– Fear of marriage.
Geliophobia– Fear of laughter.
Gelotophobia– Fear of being laughed at.
Genophobia– Fear of sex.
Gephyrophobia or Gephydrophobia or Gephysrophobia– Fear of crossing bridges..
Gerascophobia– Fear of growing old.
Gerontophobia– Fear of old people or of growing old.
Glossophobia– Fear of speaking in public or of trying to speak.
Gnosiophobia– Fear of knowledge.
Graphophobia– Fear of writing or handwriting.
Gymnophobia– Fear of nudity.
Gynephobia or Gynophobia– Fear of women.

Hadephobia– Fear of hell.
Hagiophobia– Fear of saints or holy things.
Hamartophobia– Fear of sinning.
Haphephobia or Haptephobia– Fear of being touched.
Harpaxophobia– Fear of being robbed.
Hedonophobia– Fear of feeling pleasure.
Helminthophobia– Fear of being infested with worms.
Hemophobia or Hemaphobia or Hematophobia– Fear of blood.
Herpetophobia– Fear of reptiles or creepy, crawly things.
Heterophobia– Fear of the opposite sex.
Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia- Fear of the number 666.
Hierophobia– Fear of priests or sacred things.
Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia- Fear of long words.
mental health11Hobophobia– Fear of bums or beggars.
Homilophobia– Fear of sermons.
Hominophobia– Fear of men.
Homophobia– Fear of homosexuality or of becoming homosexual.
Hoplophobia– Fear of firearms.
Hydrophobophobia– Fear of rabies.
Hyelophobia or Hyalophobia– Fear of glass.
Hygrophobia– Fear of liquids, dampness, or moisture.
Hypengyophobia or Hypegiaphobia– Fear of responsibility.
Hypnophobia– Fear of sleep or of being hypnotized.
Hypsiphobia– Fear of height.

Iatrophobia– Fear of going to the doctor or of doctors.
Ichthyophobia– Fear of fish.
Ideophobia– Fear of ideas.
Illyngophobia– Fear of vertigo or feeling dizzy when looking down.
Iophobia– Fear of poison.
Insectophobia – Fear of insects.
Isolophobia- Fear of solitude, being alone.
Isopterophobia– Fear of termites, insects that eat wood.
Ithyphallophobia– Fear of seeing, thinking about or having an erect penis.

Kakorrhaphiophobia– Fear of failure or defeat.
Katagelophobia– Fear of ridicule.
Kathisophobia– Fear of sitting down.
Katsaridaphobia– Fear of cockroaches.
Kleptophobia- Fear of stealing.
Kolpophobia- Fear of genitals, particularly female.
Kopophobia– Fear of fatigue.
Koniophobia– Fear of dust. (Amathophobia)
Kosmikophobia– Fear of cosmic phenomenon.
Kynophobia- Fear of rabies.

Lachanophobia– Fear of vegetables.
Laliophobia or Lalophobia– Fear of speaking.
Leprophobia or Lepraphobia– Fear of leprosy..
Ligyrophobia– Fear of loud noises.
Lilapsophobia– Fear of tornadoes and hurricanes.
Limnophobia– Fear of lakes.
Linonophobia– Fear of string.
Liticaphobia– Fear of lawsuits.
Lockiophobia– Fear of childbirth.
Logizomechanophobia– Fear of computers.
Logophobia– Fear of words.
Luiphobia– Fear of syphillis.
Lygophobia– Fear of darkness.
Lyssophobia– Fear of rabies or of becoming mad

Macrophobia– Fear of long waits.
Mageirocophobia– Fear of cooking.
Maieusiophobia- Fear of childbirth.
Malaxophobia– Fear of love play.
Maniaphobia– Fear of insanity.
Mastigophobia– Fear of punishment.
Mechanophobia– Fear of machines.
Medomalacuphobia– Fear of losing an erection.
Medorthophobia– Fear of an erect penis.
Megalophobia– Fear of large things.
Melissophobia– Fear of bees..
Melophobia– Fear or hatred of music.
Meningitophobia– Fear of brain disease.
Menophobia– Fear of menstruation.
Merinthophobia– Fear of being bound or tied up.
Metallophobia– Fear of metal.
Metathesiophobia– Fear of changes.
Meteorophobia- Fear of meteors.
Methyphobia– Fear of alcohol.
Microbiophobia– Fear of microbes. (Bacillophobia)
Microphobia– Fear of small things.
Misophobia or Mysophobia– Fear of being contaminated with dirt or germs.
Mnemophobia– Fear of memories.
Molysmophobia or Molysomophobia– Fear of dirt or contamination.
Monophobia– Fear of solitude or being alone.
Monopathophobia– Fear of definite disease.
Motorphobia- Fear of automobiles.
Musophobia or Muriphobia– Fear of mice.
Myctophobia– Fear of darkness.
Myrmecophobia– Fear of ants.
Mythophobia– Fear of myths or stories or false statements.
Myxophobia- Fear of slime.
Necrophobia– Fear of death or dead things.
Neopharmaphobia– Fear of new drugs..
Noctiphobia– Fear of the night.
Nomatophobia– Fear of names.
Nosocomephobia– Fear of hospitals.
Nosophobia or Nosemaphobia– Fear of becoming ill.
Nostophobia– Fear of returning home.
Nudophobia– Fear of nudity.
Numerophobia– Fear of numbers.
Nyctohylophobia– Fear of dark wooded areas or of forests at night
Nyctophobia– Fear of the dark or of night.

Obesophobia– Fear of gaining weight.
Ochlophobia– Fear of crowds or mobs.
Ochophobia– Fear of vehicles.
Odontophobia– Fear of teeth or dental surgery.
Odynophobia or Odynephobia– Fear of pain.
Oenophobia- Fear of wines.
Olfactophobia– Fear of smells.
Ombrophobia– Fear of rain or of being rained on..
Oneirogmophobia– Fear of wet dreams.
Onomatophobia– Fear of hearing a certain word or of names.
Ophidiophobia– Fear of snakes.
Ophthalmophobia– Fear of being stared at.
Opiophobia– Fear medical doctors prescribing pain medications for patients.
Optophobia– Fear of opening one’s eyes.
Ornithophobia– Fear of birds.
Orthophobia– Fear of property.
Osmophobia or Osphresiophobia– Fear of smells or odors.
Ostraconophobia– Fear of shellfish.
Ouranophobia – Fear of heaven.

Pagophobia– Fear of ice or frost.
Panthophobia– Fear of suffering and disease.
Panophobia or Pantophobia– Fear of everything.
Papaphobia- Fear of the Pope.
Paralipophobia– Fear of neglecting duty or responsibility.
Paraphobia– Fear of sexual perversion.
Parasitophobia– Fear of parasites.
Paraskavedekatriaphobia– Fear of Friday the 13th.
Parthenophobia– Fear of virgins or young girls.
Pathophobia– Fear of disease.
Patroiophobia– Fear of heredity.
Parturiphobia– Fear of childbirth.
Peccatophobia– Fear of sinning or imaginary crimes.
Pediculophobia– Fear of lice.
Pediophobia– Fear of dolls.
Pedophobia– Fear of children.
Peladophobia– Fear of bald people..
Peniaphobia– Fear of poverty.
Phagophobia– Fear of swallowing or of eating or of being eaten.
Phalacrophobia– Fear of becoming bald.
Phallophobia– Fear of a penis, esp erect.
Pharmacophobia– Fear of taking medicine.
Phasmophobia– Fear of ghosts.
Phengophobia– Fear of daylight or sunshine.
Philemaphobia or Philematophobia– Fear of kissing.
Philophobia– Fear of falling in love or being in love..
Phobophobia– Fear of phobias.
Photoaugliaphobia– Fear of glaring lights.
Photophobia– Fear of light.
Phonophobia– Fear of noises or voices or one’s own voice; of telephones.
Phronemophobia– Fear of thinking.
Phthiriophobia– Fear of lice
Phthisiophobia– Fear of tuberculosis.
Placophobia- Fear of tombstones.
Plutophobia– Fear of wealth..
Pneumatiphobia– Fear of spirits.
Pnigophobia or Pnigerophobia– Fear of choking of being smothered.
Pogonophobia– Fear of beards..
Polyphobia– Fear of many things.
Poinephobia– Fear of punishment.
Ponophobia– Fear of overworking or of pain..
Potophobia– Fear of alcohol.
Pharmacophobia– Fear of drugs.
Proctophobia– Fear of rectums.
Prosophobia– Fear of progress.
Psellismophobia– Fear of stuttering.
Psychophobia– Fear of mind.
Psychrophobia– Fear of cold.
Pteromerhanophobia– Fear of flying.
Pteronophobia– Fear of being tickled by feathers.
Pupaphobia – Fear of puppets.
Pyrexiophobia– Fear of Fever.
Pyrophobia– Fear of fire.

Radiophobia– Fear of radiation, x-rays.
Ranidaphobia– Fear of frogs.
Rectophobia– Fear of rectum or rectal diseases.
Rhabdophobia– Fear of being severely punished or criticized.

Rhypophobia– Fear of defecation.
Rhytiphobia– Fear of getting wrinkles.
Rupophobia– Fear of dirt.

Samhainophobia: Fear of Halloween.
Sarmassophobia– Fear of love play.
Satanophobia– Fear of Satan.
Scabiophobia– Fear of scabies.
Scatophobia- Fear of fecal matter.
Scelerophibia– Fear of bad men, burglars.
Sciophobia or Sciaphobia– Fear of shadows.
Scoleciphobia– Fear of worms.
Scolionophobia– Fear of school.
Scopophobia or Scoptophobia– Fear of being seen or stared at.
Scotomaphobia– Fear of blindness in visual field.
Scotophobia– Fear of darkness. (Achluophobia)
Scriptophobia– Fear of writing in public.
Selachophobia– Fear of sharks.
Selaphobia– Fear of light flashes.
Seplophobia– Fear of decaying matter.
Sesquipedalophobia– Fear of long words.
Sexophobia– Fear of the opposite sex.
Sitophobia or Sitiophobia– Fear of food or eating. (Cibophobia)
Snakephobia– Fear of snakes.
Social Phobia– Fear of being evaluated negatively in social situations.
Sociophobia– Fear of society or people in general.
Somniphobia– Fear of sleep.
Sophophobia– Fear of learning.
Soteriophobia – Fear of dependence on others..
Spectrophobia– Fear of specters or ghosts.
Spermatophobia or Spermophobia– Fear of germs.
Spheksophobia– Fear of wasps.
Staurophobia– Fear of crosses or the crucifix.
Stenophobia– Fear of narrow things or places.
Stygiophobia or Stigiophobia– Fear of hell.
Suriphobia– Fear of mice.
Symbolophobia– Fear of symbolism.
Symmetrophobia– Fear of symmetry.
Syngenesophobia– Fear of relatives.
Syphilophobia– Fear of syphilis.

Tachophobia– Fear of speed.
Taeniophobia or Teniophobia- Fear of tapeworms.
Taphephobia or Taphophobia– Fear of being buried alive or of cemeteries.
Tapinophobia– Fear of being contagious.
Technophobia– Fear of technology.
Teratophobia– Fear of bearing a deformed child or fear of monsters or deformed people.
Testophobia– Fear of taking tests.
Tetanophobia- Fear of lockjaw, tetanus.
Textophobia– Fear of certain fabrics.
Thanatophobia or Thantophobia– Fear of death or dying.
Theatrophobia– Fear of theatres.
Theologicophobia– Fear of theology.
Theophobia– Fear of gods or religion.
Thermophobia– Fear of heat.
Tocophobia– Fear of pregnancy or childbirth.
Tomophobia– Fear of surgical operations.
Tonitrophobia– Fear of thunder.
Topophobia– Fear of certain places or situations, such as stage fright.
Toxiphobia, Toxophobia or Toxicophobia– Fear of poison or being accidently poisoned.
Traumatophobia– Fear of injury.
Tremophobia- Fear of trembling.
Trichopathophobia or Trichophobia– Fear of hair. (Chaetophobia, Hypertrichophobia)
Triskaidekaphobia– Fear of the number 13.
Tropophobia– Fear of moving or making changes.
Trypanophobia– Fear of injections.
Tuberculophobia– Fear of tuberculosis.
Tyrannophobia– Fear of tyrants.

Uranophobia – Fear of heaven.
Urophobia– Fear of urine or urinating

Vaccinophobia– Fear of vaccination.
Venustraphobia– Fear of beautiful women.
Verbophobia- Fear of words.
Verminophobia– Fear of germs.
Vestiphobia– Fear of clothing.
Virginitiphobia– Fear of rape.
Wiccaphobia: Fear of witches and witchcraft.
Xenoglossophobia– Fear of foreign languages.
Xenophobia– Fear of strangers or foreigners.
Xerophobia– Fear of dryness.
Xyrophobia-Fear of razors.


The list of phobias is an educational tool. Knowing the names of phobias can be helpful and fun, but living with phobias can be extremely painful. Overcoming phobias though need not be. Many can be dealt with quickly or in a relatively short time period. If you are looking to stop your fears and overcome your phobias once and for all; Designed Thinking can help change the ways your fears are process. Call 866-718-9995.


  1. Mary McKeever

    Please include “Misophonia”. I have suffered from this condition since age nine. It is very real. Google it, please. There is a pane on Squidoo that is good. I am now 73. It has not gotten any better with age.

    • Many things referred to as phobias are not really phobias. Misophobia is a hatred of certain types of sounds and many believe it is a neurological disorder rather than phycholgical symptom. Sometimes Misophobia is referred to as “selective sound sensitivity”. So while a very real condition, we have choosen to leave it off our list

      • May want to rethink that. When I was 6, I had a very bad nightmare. The only nightmare in my life where I woke up screaming. During this nightmare there was a light tapping sound (much like the sound from a newton’s cradle if you ever so slightly lift one ball to start it). Ever since then, if I hear a light tapping sound, just barely audible I feel afraid. The memory of that nightmare comes rushing back, and I will just about panic if I can’t make the sound stop. It’s not that I don’t like the sound, it’s that the sound triggers a response of fear due to a traumatic experience I had as a child. There is a difference between hating something, and being afraid of it, and people usually know the difference between getting angry over something, and feeling fear.

    • Is there a fear of somebody finding your weakness?????

      • Our neurology can create fears to virtually any idea, so is this possible yes. Is there a name for this, I don’t know

  2. Is there a name for the fear of anything/everything having to do with the medical field?

    • michael

      Anyone can name a phobia, simply by taking the Greek or Latin word you are looking for and adding phobia behind it. It is how the majority of phobia names are created. If my memory serves me correct, the word you are seeking would be Medicuphobia.
      While putting a label on fears can be interesting, what is of real value is knowing how to deal with the fear you have and taking the steps needed to overcome them. It is of more help to deal with the mechanism of how the subconscious creates fear instead of the subject matter the fear is based on. Doing this on your own can be quite a challenge, but working with someone who deals in changing irrational fears can beneficial. Find someone in your area who can help you, or if that is problematic, feel free to call Designed Thinking at 866-718-9995

  3. i got OCD with stupid tnghis, like not being able to drink from a cup and other stupid stuff like that. it’s funny, now won’t even use a cup at my house, i just drink out of the faucet. but i do wish that i could stop all of my OCD’s(i got like 4 of them)

    • Nothing changes by doing nothing. You can avoid discomfort by tricks, distraction and avoidance only for so long before the anxieties and obsessions no longer respond to your actions. Seek help

  4. Does anybody know of a fear/phobia of infestation, or fear of being overrun or controlled? I’m not quite sure how to describe it, for example if a lot of insects were inside your room, covering it– then you’d fear that, because it’s an infestation. But, not just insects, infestation in general.

    • If you can think of it, then there can be a fear of it. I wouldn’t get too hung up on finding a name for it, but if you want to name the fear of infestation, just look up the words greek or latin derivitive and add “phobia” behind it. That is really how phobia names are created and you don’t need to be a doctor.
      The real issue though is what do you do about it. If you walk into most health professionals offices and say, hey have you ever work with someone who has “xxxxxphoba”, they probably won’t know any of them except for the most common ones. Phoba names are just words and they are often misapplied. Many are anxieties, obsessions and other disorders that have the symptoms of fears. Not all phobias are created equally. When a fear becomes generalized, such as yours, it usually has become a bit more complex than a simple phobia, thus it probably needs to dealt with differently.
      To overcome you fear, see a health professional who understands these complexities

  5. Is there a phobia for this: being terrified of being hurt emotionally, disliked, or displeased by your loved ones or the people you care about i.e. Family, boyfriend, friends, co workers… Feeling negativity from these people or feeling hated/ unwanted/ not needed by them. And slightly afraid of this with strangers?

    • michael

      Phobia means fear and the possibility exists in any of us that anything can be feared. Luckily for most of us, our life styles and ability to work through experiences negate these possibilities. People like to throw labels on things and the label of phobia often become a catch all for larger and more complicated concerns. You may be suffering from social anxieties, PTSD or some form of paranoid feelings. I suggest you see a professional in your area and maybe this will help you get some insights on what you are going through

  6. bob smith

    Is there a fear of your mom because when i saw here i got scared

  7. Is there a fear of royalty, or kings/queens/presidents?

    • The mind can associate fear to any subject matter. Fear is an emotion and emotions do not need to be logical, therefor any irrational thought process can attach itself to an emotion

  8. i would really want to know what the fear of WET GRASS is called( * shudders*)

    • All phobias take the Latin or Greek word as there base. Look of the word and then phobia at the end. It is really that simple and many fears are misdiagnosed. Like fear of germs is usually OCD, fear of people is Social Anxiety. They are just labels. People can fear anything. It doesn’t make them strange or unique and there isn’t always are real good reason for the fear. Hope that helps

  9. all the articles on this website are very much helpful to me. more grease to your elbow and God bless.

  10. I always want all the doors closed to my house, including rooms and toilets. Is this a fear? I feel uncomfortable whenever i see an open door. Please advise. Thanks

    • Sounds likea fear, but it depends on the intensity of the feeling and what happens to these feelings if you were to ignore them. Not all fears are phobias, some are anxieties or even obsessions. If this is just a minor bother, then you probably can live with it. If it consumes a fair amount of time out of you daily experience, you probably want to get some help and see how you can overcome this problem

  11. Is there a fear or liking or loving someone because of past experiences?

    • Past experiences are usually part (and often all) of the reason fears and phobias exist

  12. Not sure if this is a fear/phobia? I can not see children in dangerous situations, anyway dangerous in my eyes. For example, if I see a mother pushing her shopping cart and her little toddler/child is standing in the cart or leaning out while mom turned her back & is comparing apples, I need to turn away because I am starting to imagine the kid falling head first to the floor. It doesn’t matter stranger or my own children. E.g. when I notice my 5 year old daughter going up or down the stairs I will always tell her to hold on to the handrail and I will stop anything I was doing and listen to her going up the stairs. Once she’s upstairs, I will relax. Those are just 2 examples of many. I am always scared or worried that a child gets hurt. I don’t get that feeling about adults.My wife sometimes gets a little upset with me, if I scared her with one of my reactions. Is there a name to this condition? Thanks

    • Marc
      There are thousands of phobia names and new ones are being made up all the time. Whether you find a name for it or not will be less important than you addressing the fear. The challenge is not just your perception of possible danger for children, it is you don’t trust you will be able to handle something happening to them. There are many reason this could occur and I recommend you find someone to work with to help you resolve this fear

  13. The fear of rejection. I have a hard time at talking to people and asking people places. It gets worse if I think that I won’t succeed in life because of my fear.

  14. My mother hate old stuffs of the house and throw them out into the waste even numerous times she discards useful things. She thinks if she doesn’t do so then something bad will happen. What could be said about it?

    • Does you mother see her actions as being problematic? If she doesn’t, there is little to say about it. If someone doesn’t think they have a problem, why would they listen to advice from anyone. If she does think this is a problem, then I would get her to see a counselor. This may be more OCD oriented than just a phobia

  15. I know someone who is scared of coat sleeves. They are OK with regular shirt sleeves, not not heavier coat sleeves. In winter, they only wear vests.

    What is the name of this phobia? Sleevephobia?

    Thank you

    • Phobia names are derived from their Greek or Latin name with phobia added on the end. Look up the Greek word for coat sleeve and put phobia on the end of it and you would have an official name

  16. Jake lane

    Is there a fear of someone being able to hear your thoughts

    • If someone has the fear, then it exists. If you are asking for the name of such a fear, find the Greek origin and add phobia. That is how phobia names are created

  17. George daily

    Is there a phobia of fear of being murdered??

  18. Nour Lotfy

    Is there a fear of being hated?

  19. i need to know the name of the fear of rejection. I have been searching for it and I cannot find it. Please help

    • Michael

      The reason you are having difficulty finding the name is because the fear of rejection is just that, fear of rejection. It is not typically classified as a phobia. If you are seeking help, anyone in the health profession will understand what you are speaking of

  20. Caroline

    Is there a fear of not being able to see

    • Michael

      If someone can think it, there can be a fear of it. Is this a common fear, no. Do people have it? Probably

  21. Stranger

    What about fear of being watched while walking down the street ??

  22. Is there a fear of everyone leaving and forgetting about you?

    • Do people have this fear? Yes. Is there a name for it? If there is, I do not know about it

    • Everyone has that fear- the fear that a loved/respected one would leave- but if you do them you are a naturally suspicious person or if it is really bothering you- like always thinking ‘why is s/he talking to me, are they going to leave?’ or acting really really annoyingly nice to make sure someone doesn’t leave or something like that.

  23. Hi, i have a fear of going somewhere to ask, or fear of asking people in person. Is there a specific name for it?

  24. Is there a fear of being without someone you know in a public place?
    If i go shopping with my friends i have to walk behind them , so i can see them or i start panicking .
    When I am without someone I know in public , I start to panic and find it hard to breathe .
    I really want to know if it’s a real phobia . 😃

    • If you are feeling uncomfortable to the point it is interfering with your day to day activities, then you have a problem, regardless of what it is called. It is not uncommon for some tp fear being in certain places without a friend or someone they know. You want to work with someone one to help you get through this

  25. Does anyone know the name of the fear of cremated ashes blowing your way or getting on you?

  26. I suppose this could be related to clausterophobia, but I have a very hard times with rooms. I used to live in a studio and I loved it and then when I moved into an apartment with doorways leading into separate rooms I began to experience more paranoia and anxiety. I feel like I am not in a bright or open environment, even in blazing sunshine, if the rooms are divided off. Also I CANNOT sleep near a door, open or closed, they scare me a lot.

  27. Is there a fear of someone not letting you get passed or get somewhere

    • The question should be “Is it possible I could have a fear of having someone not let me pass or get somewhere?” and the answer is yes. Anyone can have a fear of anything. Some of these fears are not shared by others and most people will not have the fear you are experiencing. If you experience it, then you have it. Now the question is, how much does it affect you. If it is a frequent fear, work with someone (a therapist who deals in anxieties and fears) to help you over come this

  28. What about fear of statement that ends with sadness, being stressful and thinks that it will end up with worst?

    • Can there be such a fear, of course, people can fear anything. Is there a name for it, not that I am aware of

  29. Is there a fear of not using things up? Such as a half-way filled water bottle, where I need to either fill it all the way or empty it all.
    Also it there a fear of not using correct punctuation or spelling?

    • People can fear anything, any object, any surrounding, any process, you name it. So yes to all your questions

      • There are many dynamics at play here and I know there is much more to this story, so any attempts to explain your sons behaviors would be inaccurate, other than to say he has unresolved issues, is deeply conflicted about himself, his identity, his past and how he can process his emotions.
        You know has an adult he gets to make his own choices and this is troubling for those who love him because his model of how the world should operate is not in alignment with how it really does operate. While you want to the best for him, you will want to work on changing the only thing you can change, yourself and how you hold your relationship with your son. That is not what most mothers want to hear in these situations, but you know you cannot run his life, you know you cannot change the mind of a son who is trying very hard to distance himself from you.
        You have done your part in raising him. There were things that happened you had no control over and there is no point in looking back at what could have been done differently. Your job is to live your life and if you stay overly attached to how could behave in the future, you will end up living his life and not yours
        Should he want to change himself at some point in the future or if he changes his desire to have a different relationship with you, it will start on his terms and you can be open to that if that time occurs. Until that time you have little recourse.
        Wish I could offer something more hopeful, but acceptance of what you can control is sometimes the best answer to situations

  30. I have a fear of people talking too fast or too slow or too loud because of a recurring dream since I was 4/5 years old. I think it has been worse since the dream came true. My little sister is basically living that nightmare because she’s 4/5 years old and my dream was about my mom and dad shouting at each other, my dad too loud and my mom too quiet. In the dream, I had an older sister (which is why I think the dream was from my sisters point of view) and my ‘older sister’ was just staring at them and saying something really, really quietly. The thing is that dream was sort of true- my mom and dad split up a year ago and I remember them shouting and my dad crying and I was in my room really freaked out saying rally quietly ‘It’s just a dream. It’s just a dream’ my sister must have been there or something. It’s weird and when I was 5, my parents never fought soI don’t know what caused this dream to happen again and again and again. Now if a teacher at school shouts at me I would immediately ‘put my defences up’ until I am alone in a bathroom or whatnot and cry or just stare. It’s really weird and I just want it to go away.

    • Since your mind is creating this, it probably will not just go away on its own. While you have conscious awareness of the process, you don’t really know why it is occurring, meaning it is a subconscious process. Find someone in your area to work with if you can. The alternative to working with someone is to keep having the dreams and that doesn’t sound very pleasant

  31. What is the phobia of large empty rooms? I am assuming there is one…

    • This would fall under the heading of agoraphobia, which is the fear of large or open places

  32. Trust issues

    What is fear of trusting people called?

  33. Zach Geiger

    Is there a fear of royalty?

  34. I have a fear of sitting with my back to the door.
    My colleagues and boss don’t understand this and unfortunately my position at my desk is such that my back is to the door.
    It is very uncomfortable.
    Please let me know if there are other people out there who suffer from this.

    • There are other out there with this fear, but I could not tell you percentage of people who have to deal with this. This fear most likely can be overcome, but you will have to find someone to work with you, since you probably wouldn’t be able to do this on your own

  35. Confrontation

    The fear of (direct) confrontation. Is there a phobia name for that? If not, you’d probably say to make one using greek roots and what-not but I don’t want to say a word and it not be scientifically correct.

    Anyway, I have the hardest time talking to people about how I feel. It’s not exactly a fear of conflict, but rather if somebody approaches me with a problem I just sit there and take it and don’t say anything because I’m freaking out and don’t know what to say. If I try to talk or even open my mouth to speak I’ll start crying, I can’t help it. It doesn’t make it better that people are always demanding an answer out of me, like I don’t have it. So, then I just end up either A). brushing off what they said until they bring it up again (which I’m hoping with a burning passion they won’t) or B). do whatever they ask so they can get off my back. Like, I hate HATE answering questions about my well being like “how are you” or “how’s your day going” because every single person asks the same thing and I have no idea how my day is going so I just say “hi” because it sounds like “fine” and people never actually give a rat’s butt how you’re really feeling.

    On the contrary, if I’m the one with the problem I’ll won’t say anything to a person for months at a time and it gets me super depressed because nothing changes. The only way I can handle it is to write/type it all out and put in a place I know they’ll find it. Usually a note always ends in me saying “please take my feelings into account and don’t approach me because I don’t want to talk about it”.. so yeah, this is long but when I finally do express myself I can’t help but let off steam. So anyway, is there an official name for this???

    Please respond thanks!

    • One of the challenges of naming something is the labels are too often incorrect. A germ phobia more often than not is OCD, fear of confrontation may be social phobia, may an identity issue, it may mean you will only feel good about answering questions about yourself until you have really accomplished something really big, meaning it is not a phobia, rather you hold your own perspective or importance in a way that is not quite working for you.

      Atychiphobia often used for fear of confrontation, but does that apply to you, it may or it may not. Let me ask you, do you want to have this label so you can put yourself under it and think that now that you have the label you are somewhat better off because others have recognized it or do you want to go to a professional and say I have this phobia, people help. Professionals don’t need the label other than for dealing with insurance companies.
      It really sounds to me as if your idea of importance in relationship to the world outside could use some tweeking, that if you give an answer to someone it will put you in a box that you are uncomfortable with. Maybe there is a level of uncertainty it brings up, but that’s just me and I don’t have all the info
      I hope this helps and I hope you find someone to work with you can help you process these interactions differently

  36. Phagophobia

    Phagophpbia is horrible. It’s like having an eating disorder like anorexia except you don’t want to lose weight and you don’t want to be malnourished- it literally just feels impossible to swallow (and there is a fear of choking sort of… its hard to explain) I had it when I was 11 for about a year and a half and it destroyed my social life, altered me forever.
    My word of advice to anyone who may have it- please make sure you seek help. No one in my family tried to help me unfortunately, so make sure you go to therapy to get it fixed rather than not like me.

  37. Manjuladevi Ramasamy

    I use forget everything so quickly the things like the dress i wear or the people whom I met a day before, the thing is that i don`t even notice the things around me. I don`t even remember anything of my childhood.. I really worry about forgetting these things but I do remember everything that I pay attention like my work etc.. Is this some kind oh phobia ?

    • While you may have fears regarding your memory, I don’t think this is the real issue. There are many things that could be happening, there is just not enough information in your message. I suggest you see a therapist that can give you a proper diagnosis.

  38. Dalton Otto

    Is there a name for being afraid someone will leave you because they got annoyed by what they used to love about you?

  39. Georgia x

    I have a fear of wet hands touching me, like when u spend a while in the shower ur hands start to go wrinkly and if im at the swimming baths i cant stand it if someone try’s to come up to me and touch me. I hate the feel of it and the only thing i can manage to touch when my hands are like that is a towel and i hav to wait until they arent wrinkly anymore. Do u know if there is a name for this phobia?

    • Sorry don’t know a name for this and the name is not going to help you change how you feel. What will help is finding a therapist that can help you work through this

  40. Is therea name for fear of being given romantic affection? I’ve been dealing with someone giving romantic advances and I am not able to handle this affection. It’s not that I feel unworthy, though.

  41. Anonymous

    This is a huge problem in my life because it makes me insane. And when I say insane, I mean INSANE. I have an EXTREME fear of scratching noises. Once, when I was in an extracurricular class and it was break time, this guy got up and just randomly started scratching the blackboard, and I ran out of the classroom screeching. When I told my friends about it and they started to scratch random things to test me, I yelled stop a million times until they actually stopped. Today, my brother was bored and he started to scratch the wall with his nails, and I told him to stop, but he didn’t, and kept going. I was TRAUMATIZED and started crying hysterically and screaming, and ended up hugging my knees sobbing on my bedroom floor. It’s a huge problem in my life, but I can’t go to a therapist for my own reasons. What should I do?

    • If you area unwilling to talk to a therapist, that limits your choices, even if your reasons seem good. You already know telling people to stop something is not going to change much. I suspect there are some deeper underlining reasons to your fears that are not going to disappear until you find the ability to talk to a counselor. Maybe phone therapy sounds more appealing then person to person sessions

  42. Is there a fear of being watched while youre sleeping ? I will lay awake for hours & barely move a muscle out of fear of a shadow in a corner .

    • Michael

      We could call it being paranoid, but I don’t know how this would help. If you have a fear and it consistently occurs, you want to see someone about it. Having a name for it may make you feel less anxious about it or feel like you are not that different, but it will not make the fear go away

  43. I get very disturbed when I see people murdered brutally (real pictures or even in movies), I’m not scared of blood but its just very disturbing to watch. I immediately close my eyes but the scene will keep replaying in my mind. Is this a phobia?

    • Michael

      There are many reasons this could be occuring. Phobias are typically related to fears, not playing images over and over. If this is a big enough problem, you may want to see someone.

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