List of phobias

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The English suffixes -phobia, -phobic, -phobe (of Greek origin: φόβος/φοβία ) occur in technical usage in psychiatry to construct words that describe irrational, disabling fear as a mental disorder (e.g. agoraphobia), in chemistry to describe chemical aversions (e.g. hydrophobic), in biology to describe organisms that dislike certain conditions (e.g. acidophobia), and in medicine to describe hypersensitivity to a stimulus, usually sensory (e.g. photophobia). In common usage they also form words that describe dislike or hatred of a particular thing or subject. The suffix is antonymic to -phil-.

For more information on the psychiatric side, including how psychiatry groups phobias such as agoraphobia, social phobia, or simple phobia, see phobia. The following lists include words ending in -phobia, and include fears that have acquired names. In some cases, the naming of phobias has become a word game, of notable example being a 1998 humorous article published by BBC News.[1] In some cases a word ending in -phobia may have an antonym with the suffix -phil-, e.g. Germanophobe / Germanophile.

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".[2] Such practice is known as content spamming and is used to attract search engines.[original research?]

Psychological conditions

Specialists may prefer to avoid the suffix -phobia and use more descriptive terms such as personality disorders, anxiety disorders, and avoidant personality disorder.























Animal phobias

Main article: Zoophobia

Non-psychological conditions

Biology, chemistry

Biologists use a number of -phobia/-phobic terms to describe predispositions by plants and animals against certain conditions. For antonyms, see here

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.

Other prejudices include:

Jocular and fictional phobias

See also


  1. ^ a b The A- Z of Fear, an 30 October 1998 BBC News unsigned article in the "Entertainment" section
  2. ^ "Content Spammers Help You Overcome Prostitute Phobia". 25 August 2005. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "The Absolutely Scariest Colors Imaginable". Colour Lover. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Lisa Fritscher (7 January 2013). "Cleithrophobia". Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Cometophobia- Fear of comets". Phobia Source. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Uncommon Phobias: The Fear of Balloons". Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  7. ^ Moye, David (29 June 2012). "Hannah Matthews Suffers From Koumpounophobia Or 'Button Phobia' (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Meteorophobia- Fear of meteors". Phobia Source. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Medicine (S)". Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  10. ^ Thomas, Gregory (15 October 2012). "Do holes make you queasy or even fearful". The Daily Herald (Arlington, IL). Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  11. ^ Schoenborn, Barry; Snyder, Richard (2012). Physician Assistant Exam For Dummies. For Dummies. p. 238. ISBN 1118115562. 
  12. ^ Kesterton, Michael (17 April 2009). "Social Studies". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "This woman is deathly afraid of cheese, so keep the Brie at bay". MSN. 19 July 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  14. ^ Laudan, Rachel; Hayes, Dayle (2009). Food and Nutrition: Calories to energy drinks. Marshall Cavendish. p. 201. ISBN 0761478213. 
  15. ^ Doctor, R. M., et al. (2001). The Encyclopedia of Phobias, Fears, and Anxieties. ISBN 9781438120980. 
  16. ^ The Computer Contradictionary by Stan Kelly-Bootle, "Aibohphobia", p. 7.
  17. ^ "I hate to burst Poway Unified's balloon". U-T San Diego. 10 June 2006. Archived from the original on 4 November 2010. 
  18. ^ "Peanuts Comic Strip, May 19, 1982 on". 19 May 1982. 
  19. ^ The word appears in Chapter 10 when Modesty Blaise and her companion Willie Garvin play a word game in which Garvin challenges Blaise to decipher the meaning of words
  20. ^ Ben Farmer (10 January 2008). "Phobia catalogue reveals bizarre list of fears". The Daily Telegraph. "A catalogue of unusual phobias reveals that the fear of long words is known as hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia." 
  21. ^ A Semantic Description Language for RESTful Data Services to Combat Semaphobia, M. Lanthaler and C. Gütl in Proceedings of the 2011 5th IEEE International Conference on Digital Ecosystems and Technologies (DEST), 2011, pp. 47–53.

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