A large number of-phobia lists circulate on the Internet, with words collected from indiscriminate sources, often copying each other. Also, a number of psychiatric websites exist that at the first glance cover a huge number of phobias, but in fact use a standard text to fit any phobia and reuse it for all unusual phobias by merely changing the name. Sometimes it leads to bizarre results, such as suggestions to cure “prostitute phobia”, which is simply made up. This list of phobias is hand picked from Wikipedia and all of them are real.
In many cases specialists prefer to avoid the suffix -phobia and use more descriptive terms, see, e.g., personality disorders, anxiety disorders, avoidant personality disorder, love-shyness.
Ablutophobia – fear of bathing, washing, or cleaning.
Acrophobia, Altophobia – fear of heights.
Agoraphobia, Agoraphobia Without History of Panic Disorder – fear of places or events where escape is impossible or when help is unavailable.
Agraphobia – fear of sexual abuse.
Aichmophobia – fear of sharp or pointed objects (such as a needle or knife).
Algophobia – fear of pain.
Agyrophobia – fear of crossing roads.
Androphobia – fear of men.
Anthropophobia – fear of people or being in a company, a form of social phobia.
Anthophobia – fear of flowers.
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 lighting.
Atychiphobia – fear of failure
Aviophobia, Aviatophobia – fear of flying.
Bacillophobia, Bacteriophobia, Microbiophobia – fear of microbes and bacteria.
Bathophobia – Fear of depths
Blood-injection-injury type phobia – a DSM-IV subtype of specific phobias
Cibophobia, Sitophobia – aversion to food, synonymous to Anorexia nervosa.
Claustrophobia – fear of having no escape and being closed in.
Corporaphobia ‒ fear of corporations.
Coulrophobia – fear of clowns (not restricted to evil clowns).
Decidophobia – fear of making decisions.
Dental phobia, Dentophobia, Odontophobia – fear of dentists and dental procedures
Disposophobia, better known as “compulsive hoarding” – the fear of getting rid of or losing things.
Dysmorphophobia, or body dysmorphic disorder – a phobic obsession with a real or imaginary body defect.
Emetophobia – fear of vomiting.
Ergasiophobia, Ergophobia – fear of work or functioning, or a surgeon’s fear of operating.
Ergophobia – fear of work or functioning.
Erotophobia – fear of sexual love or sexual questions.
Erythrophobia – pathological blushing.
Friggatriskaidekaphobia – fear of Friday the 13th.
Gelotophobia – fear of being laughed at.
Gephyrophobia – fear of bridges.
Genophobia, Coitophobia – fear of sexual intercourse.
Gerascophobia – fear of growing old or aging.
Gerontophobia – fear of growing old, or a hatred or fear of the elderly
Glossophobia – fear of speaking in public or of trying to speak.
Gymnophobia – fear of nudity.
Gynophobia – fear of women.
Halitophobia – fear of bad breath.
Haptephobia – fear of being touched.
Heliophobia – fear of sunlight.
Hemophobia, Haemophobia – fear of blood.
Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia – fear of the number 666.
Hoplophobia – fear of weapons, specifically firearms (Generally a political term but the clinical phobia is also documented).
Homophobia- The fear of homosexuals.
Hylophobia – fear of trees, forests or wood.
Koumpounophobia – fear of sewing buttons.
Ligyrophobia – fear of loud noises.
Lipophobia – fear/avoidance of fats in food.
Medication phobia – fear of medications.
Mysophobia – fear of germs, contamination or dirt.
Necrophobia – fear of death and/or the dead.
Neophobia, Cainophobia, Cainotophobia, Cenophobia, Centophobia, Kainolophobia, Kainophobia – fear of newness, novelty.
Nomophobia – fear of being out of mobile phone contact.
Nosophobia – fear of contracting a disease.
Nosocomephobia – fear of hospitals.
Nyctophobia, Achluophobia, Lygophobia, Scotophobia – fear of darkness.
Oikophobia – fear of home surroundings and household appliances.
Osmophobia, Olfactophobia – fear of smells.
Paraskavedekatriaphobia, Paraskevidekatriaphobia, Friggatriskaidekaphobia – fear of Friday the 13th.
Panphobia – fear of everything or constant fear of an unknown cause.
Phasmophobia – fear of ghosts, spectres or phantasms.
Phagophobia – fear of swallowing.
Pharmacophobia – same as medication phobia.
Philophobia – fear of love
Phobophobia – fear of having a phobia.
Phonophobia – fear of loud sounds.
Porphyrophobia – fear of the color purple.
Pyrophobia – fear of fire.
Radiophobia – fear of radioactivity or X-rays.
Sociophobia – fear of people or social situations.
Scolionophobia – fear of school.
Scopophobia – fear of being looked at or stared at.
Somniphobia – fear of sleep.
Spectrophobia – fear of mirrors and one’s own reflections.
Taphophobia – fear of the grave, or fear of being placed in a grave while still alive.
Technophobia – fear of technology (see also Luddite).
Telephone phobia – fear or reluctance of making or taking phone calls.
Tetraphobia – fear of the number 4.
Thanatophobia – fear of death.
Tokophobia – fear of childbirth.
Traumatophobia – a synonym for injury phobia: fear of having an injury.
Triskaidekaphobia, Terdekaphobia – fear of the number 13.
Trypanophobia, Belonephobia, Enetophobia – fear of needles or injections.
Workplace phobia – fear of the workplace.
Xenophobia – fear of strangers, foreigners, or aliens.
Xylophobia, Hylophobia, Ylophobia – fear of trees, forests or wood.
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.
Chiroptophobia – fear/dislike of bats.
Cynophobia – fear/dislike of dogs.
Entomophobia – fear/dislike of insects.
Equinophobia – fear/dislike of horses (also known as hippophobia).
Galeophobia – fear of sharks.
Herpetophobia – fear/dislike of reptiles and/or amphibians.
Rahatkaphobia – fear of unintelligent animals.
Ichthyophobia – fear/dislike of fish.
Leporiphobia – fear/dislike of rabbits
Murophobia – fear/dislike of mice and/or rats.
Myrmecophobia – fear/dislike of ants.
Ophidiophobia – fear/dislike of snakes.
Ornithophobia – fear/dislike of birds.
Pavophobia – fear/dislike of peacocks.
Scoleciphobia – fear of worms.
Sciuriaviatophobia – fear of flying squirrels.
Scoliodentosaurophobia – fear of lizards.
Aranjiaphobia – fear of oranges
Hydrophobia – fear of water (a symptom of rabies).
Photophobia – hypersensitivity to light causing aversion to light
Phonophobia – hypersensitivity to sound causing aversion to sounds.
Osmophobia – hypersensitivity to smells causing aversion to odors.
Biologists use a number of -phobia/-phobic terms to describe predispositions by plants and animals against certain conditions. For antonyms, see here.
Acidophobia/Acidophobic – preference for non-acidic conditions.
Heliophobia/Heliophobic – aversion to sunlight.
Hydrophobia/Hydrophobic – a property of being repelled by water.
Lipophobicity – a property of fat rejection
Ombrophobia – avoidance of rain
Photophobia (biology) a negative phototaxis or phototropism response, or a tendency to stay out of the light
Superhydrophobe – the property given to materials that are extremely difficult to get wet.
Thermophobia – aversion to heat.
Prejudices and discrimination
The suffix -phobia is used to coin terms that denote a particular anti-ethnic or anti-demographic sentiment, such as Americanophobia, Europhobia, Francophobia, Hispanophobia, and Indophobia. Often a synonym with the prefix “anti-” already exists (e.g., Polonophobia vs. anti-Polonism). Anti-religious sentiments are expressed in terms such as Christianophobia and Islamophobia. Sometimes the terms themselves could even be considered racist, such as with “Negrophobia.”
Other prejudices include:
Biphobia – fear/dislike of bisexuals.
Christianophobia – fear/dislike of Christians
Ephebiphobia – fear/dislike of youth.
Gerontophobia, Gerascophobia – fear/dislike of aging or the elderly.
Heterophobia – fear/dislike of heterosexuals.
Homophobia – fear/dislike of homosexuality or homosexuals.
Islamophobia – fear/dislike of Muslims
Judeophobia – fear/dislike of Jews.
Lesbophobia – fear/dislike of lesbians.
Pedophobia, Pediophobia – fear/dislike of children.
Psychophobia – fear/dislike of mental illness or the mentally ill.
Sinophobia – fear/dislike of Chinese.
Transphobia – fear/dislike of transgender or transsexual people.
Wiccaphobia – fear/dislike of Witches/Pagans and/or Paganism
Xenophobia – fear/dislike of foreigners.
Jocular and fictional phobias
Aibohphobia – a joke term for the fear of palindromes, which is a palindrome itself. The term is a piece of computer humor entered into the 1981 The Devil’s DP Dictionary
Anachrophobia – fear of temporal displacement, from a Doctor Who novel by Jonathan Morris.
Anatidaephobia – fear that somewhere, somehow, a duck is watching you (Derived from the word Anatidae, which is the family contain ducks, and the suffix -phobia). Comes from Gary Larson’s The Far Side.
Anoraknophobia – a portmanteau of “anorak” and “arachnophobia”. Used in the Wallace and Gromit comic book Anoraknophobia. Also the title of an album by Marillion.
Arachibutyrophobia – fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth. The word is used by Charles M. Schulz in a 1982 installment of his “Peanuts” comic strip and by Peter O’Donnell in his 1985 Modesty Blaise adventure novel Dead Man’s Handle. It had circulated, unattributed, in the Internet for some time until it landed at the CTRN Phobia Clinic website: “Working one-on-one with one of our team, with guaranteed lifetime elimination of Sticky Peanut Butter Phobia. From $1497 and up.”
Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia – fear of long words. Hippopoto- “big” due to its allusion to the Greek-derived word hippopotamus (though this is derived as hippo- “horse” compounded with potam-os “river”, so originally meaning “river horse”; according to the Oxford English, “hippopotamine” has been construed as large since 1847, so this coinage is reasonable); -monstr- is from Latin words meaning “monstrous”, -o- is a noun-compounding vowel; -sesquipedali- comes from “sesquipedalian” meaning a long word (literally “a foot and a half long” in Latin), -o- is a noun-compounding vowel, and -phobia means “fear”. Note: This was mentioned on the first episode of Brainiac Series Five as one of Tickle’s Teasers.
Keanuphobia – fear of Keanu Reeves, portrayed in the Dean Koontz book, False Memory, where a woman has an irrational fear of Keanu Reeves and has to see her psychiatrist, Mark Ahriman, each week. He calls her the “Keanuphobe” in his head. She eventually ends up killing her psychiatrist because she believes that he is one of the Machine agents trying to control her.
Luposlipaphobia – fear of being pursued by timber wolves around a kitchen table while wearing socks on a newly waxed floor, also from Gary Larson’s The Far Side.
Nihilophobia – fear of nothingness (comes from the combination of the Latin word nihil which means nothing, none, and the suffix -phobia), as described by the Doctor in the Star Trek: Voyager episode Night. Voyager’s morale officer and chef Neelix suffers from this condition, having panic attacks while the ship was traversing a dark expanse of space known as the Void. It is also the title of a 2008 album by Neuronium. Also, the animated version of George of the Jungle (2007 TV series) is seen suffering in one episode of the cartoon, where they are telling scary stories.
Venustraphobia – fear of beautiful women, according to a 1998 humorous article published by BBC News. The word is a portmanteau of “Venus trap” and “phobia”. Venustraphobia is the title of a 2006 album by Casbah Club.
Spasmaynagaialiaphobia – fear of broken glass(suggested name)(no official name recognised)from Greek – σπασμένα meaning broken and γυαλιά meaning glass.