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''The Scream'' (aka ''The Cry'') by Edvard Munch The Phobia List
("So what are you afraid of, Pilgrim?")

No doubt, you're familiar with the painting "The Scream" (aka "The Cry," see right) by Norwegian painter and printmaker, Edvard Munch. This image is universally-accessible, and iconic as an anguished expression of human isolation and fear.

But in all the times you've looked at this image, did you ever pause to wonder just what might be causing the painting's focal character to freak out?

Sure, it could be anything. And that's part of the beauty of the painting. But it seems to me that our fear-stricken friend is standing on a bridge. And so I wonder if he or she suffers from Gephyrophobia, Gephydrophobia, or Gephysrophobia: A fear of crossing bridges.

Or, by the way the mouth of our desperate protagonist forms an open O, I wonder if he or she might have just had a bite of a PBJ sandwich that was mistakenly believed to be Jelly-only, and it just so happens that Our Poor Dear has an inexplicable fear of having peanut butter stuck to the roof of his or her mouth. And yes, there's a word for that, too: Arachibutyrophobia.

And another thing: Have you noticed that I've been referring to the painting's subject as "he or she"? That's because, to me at least, the character is of indeterminate gender. And, yes, that also may be part of Munch's ingenious intent to make the subject universal, so that each of us — whether male or female or someone somewhere in between — might be able to more closely identify with the image. But then, too, perhaps The Screamer (aka "The Crier"?) is just too terrified to claim and exhibit any sexual identity because he or she is phobic about sex. And the word for that is Genophobia (which should not be confused with Geniophobia, the fear of chins, or with Genuphobia, the fear of knees, ...unless, of course, one is afraid of chins and/or knees on some deep-seated [and highly-confusing] psycho-sexual level, fer chrissake!).

Following is a list of phobia names and their descriptions. I hope you'll find it an interesting, entertaining and, perhaps, educational read.

Maybe you'll find some term that best describes what you suspect terrorizes the fraidy-cat in Munch's painting.

Or maybe you'll finally be able to name your own previously-unnamed fear(s).

Ooga-booga! — BD

Note: "The Phobia List" is an alphabetized set of names for extraordinary fears of various things, conditions, situations, etc. Look up a phobia name here to find the fear that corresponds to it. Or, if you wish to search a sorted collection of fears to find the corresponding phobia names, click to "The Fear List."


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THE PHOBIA LIST


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  • Ablutophobia: Fear of washing or bathing
  • Acarophobia: Fear of itching or of the insects that cause itching
  • Acerophobia: Fear of sourness
  • Achluophobia: Fear of darkness
  • Acousticophobia: Fear of noise
  • Acrophobia: Fear of heights
  • Aerophobia: Fear of drafts, air swallowing, or airborne noxious substances
  • Aeroacrophobia: Fear of open high places
  • Aeronausiphobia: Fear of vomiting secondary to airsickness
  • Agateophobia: Fear of insanity
  • Agliophobia: Fear of pain
  • Agoraphobia: Fear of open spaces or of being in crowded, public places like markets; fear of leaving a safe place
  • 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 (see also: Belonephobia)
  • Ailurophobia: Fear of cats (see also: Elurophobia)
  • 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
  • Ancraophobia: Fear of wind (see also: Anemophobia)
  • Androphobia: Fear of men
  • Anemophobia: Fear of air drafts or wind (see also: Ancraophobia)
  • Anginophobia: Fear of angina, choking or narrowness
  • Anglophobia: Fear of England, English culture, etc.
  • Angrophobia : Fear of anger or of becoming angry
  • Ankylophobia: Fear of immobility of a joint
  • Anthrophobia or Anthophobia: Fear of flowers
  • Anthropophobia: Fear of people or society
  • Antlophobia: Fear of floods
  • Anuptaphobia: Fear of staying single
  • Apeirophobia: Fear of infinity
  • Aphenphosmphobia: Fear of being touched (see also: Haphephobia)
  • 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
  • Astrophobia: Fear of stars and celestial space
  • Asymmetriphobia: Fear of asymmetrical things
  • Ataxiophobia: Fear of ataxia (muscular incoordination)
  • Ataxophobia: Fear of disorder or untidiness
  • Atelophobia: Fear of imperfection
  • Atephobia: Fear of ruin or ruins
  • Athazagoraphobia: Fear of being forgotten or ignored; Fear of forgetting
  • Atomosophobia: Fear of atomic explosions
  • Atychiphobia: Fear of failure
  • Aulophobia: Fear of flutes
  • Aurophobia: Fear of gold
  • Auroraphobia: Fear of Northern lights
  • Autodysomophobia: Fear of having a vile odor
  • Automatonophobia: Fear of ventriloquist's dummies, animatronic creatures, wax statues - anything that falsely represents a sentient being
  • Automysophobia: Fear of being dirty
  • Autophobia: Fear of being alone or of oneself
  • Aviophobia or Aviatophobia: Fear of flying
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  • Bacillophobia: Fear of microbes
  • Bacteriophobia: Fear of bacteria
  • Ballistophobia: Fear of missiles or bullets
  • Bolshephobia: Fear of Bolsheviks
  • Barophobia: Fear of gravity
  • Basophobia or Basiphobia: Inability to stand; Fear of walking or falling
  • Bathmophobia: Fear of stairs or steep slopes
  • 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 (see also: Aichmophobia)
  • Bibliophobia: Fear of books
  • Blennophobia: Fear of slime
  • Bogyphobia: Fear of bogies or the bogeyman
  • Botanophobia: Fear of plants
  • Bromidrosiphobia or Bromidrophobia: Fear of body smells
  • Brontophobia: Fear of thunder and lightning
  • Bufonophobia: Fear of toads
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  • Cacophobia: Fear of ugliness
  • Cainophobia or Cainotophobia: Fear of newness, novelty
  • Caligynephobia: Fear of beautiful women
  • Cancerophobia: Fear of cancer
  • Carcinophobia: Fear of cancer
  • Cardiophobia: Fear of the heart
  • Carnophobia: Fear of meat
  • Catagelophobia: Fear of being ridiculed
  • Catapedaphobia: Fear of jumping from high and low places
  • Cathisophobia: Fear of sitting
  • Catoptrophobia: Fear of mirrors
  • Cenophobia or Centophobia: Fear of new things or ideas
  • Ceraunophobia: Fear of thunder
  • Chaetophobia: Fear of hair
  • Cheimaphobia or Cheimatophobia: Fear of cold
  • Chemophobia: Fear of chemicals or working with chemicals
  • Cherophobia: Fear of gaiety
  • Chionophobia: Fear of snow
  • Chiraptophobia: Fear of being touched
  • Chirophobia: Fear of hands
  • Cholerophobia: Fear of anger or the fear of cholera
  • Chorophobia: Fear of dancing
  • Chrometophobia or Chrematophobia: Fear of money
  • Chromophobia or Chromatophobia: Fear of colors
  • Chronophobia: Fear of time
  • Chronomentrophobia: Fear of clocks
  • Cibophobia or Sitiophobia or Sitophobia: Fear of food
  • 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
  • Clinophobia: Fear of going to bed
  • Cleithrophobia or Clithrophobia: Fear of being enclosed
  • Cnidophobia: Fear of stings
  • Coimetrophobia: Fear of cemeteries
  • Coitophobia: Fear of coitus
  • Cometophobia: Fear of comets
  • Contreltophobia: Fear of sexual abuse
  • Coprastasophobia: Fear of constipation
  • Coprophobia: Fear of feces
  • Coulrophobia: Fear of clowns
  • Counterphobia: The preference by a phobic for fearful situations
  • Cremnophobia: Fear of precipices
  • Cryophobia: Fear of extreme cold, ice or frost
  • Crystallophobia: Fear of crystals or glass
  • Cyberphobia: Fear of computers or working on a computer
  • Cyclophobia: Fear of bicycles
  • Cymophobia: Fear of waves or wave like motions
  • Cynophobia: Fear of dogs or rabies
  • Cyprianophobia, Cypridophobia, Cyprinophobia, or Cypriphobia: Fear of prostitutes or venereal disease
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  • 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 (see also: Agoraphobia)
  • Dendrophobia: Fear of trees
  • Dentophobia: Fear of dentists
  • Dermatophobia: Fear of skin lesions
  • Dermatosiophobia or Dermatophobia or Dermatopathophobia: Fear of skin disease
  • Dextrophobia: Fear of objects at the right side of the body
  • Diabetophobia: Fear of diabetes
  • Didaskaleinophobia: Fear of going to school
  • Dikephobia: Fear of justice
  • Dinophobia: Fear of dizziness or whirlpools
  • Diplophobia: Fear of double vision
  • Dipsophobia: Fear of drinking
  • Dishabiliophobia: Fear of undressing in front of someone
  • Domatophobia or Oikophobia: Fear of houses or being in a house
  • Doraphobia: Fear of fur or skins of animals
  • Doxophobia: Fear of expressing opinions or of receiving praise
  • Dromophobia: Fear of crossing streets
  • Dutchphobia: Fear of the Dutch
  • Dysmorphophobia: Fear of deformity
  • Dystychiphobia: Fear of accidents
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— E —

  • Ecclesiophobia: Fear of church
  • Ecophobia: Fear of home
  • Eicophobia or Oikophobia: Fear of home surroundings
  • Eisoptrophobia: Fear of mirrors or of seeing oneself in a mirror
  • Electrophobia: Fear of electricity
  • Eleutherophobia: Fear of freedom
  • Elurophobia: Fear of cats (see also: Ailurophobia)
  • Emetophobia: Fear of vomiting
  • Enetophobia: Fear of pins
  • Enochlophobia: Fear of crowds
  • Enosiophobia or Enissophobia: Fear of having committed an unpardonable sin or of criticism
  • Entomophobia: Fear of insects
  • Eosophobia: Fear of dawn or daylight
  • 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
  • Erythrophobia, Erytophobia or Ereuthophobia: 1) Fear of red lights; 2) Fear of blushing; 3) Fear of the color red
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— F —

  • Febriphobia, Fibriphobia or Fibriophobia: Fear of fever
  • Felinophobia: Fear of cats (see also: Ailurophobia, Elurophobia, Galeophobia, Gatophobia)
  • Francophobia: Fear of France, French culture (see also: Gallophobia, Galiophobia)
  • Frigophobia: Fear of cold, cold things
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— G —

  • Galeophobia or Gatophobia: Fear of cats
  • Gallophobia or Galiophobia: Fear France, French culture (see also: Francophobia)
  • Gamophobia: Fear of marriage
  • Geliophobia: Fear of laughter
  • Geniophobia: Fear of chins
  • Genophobia: Fear of sex
  • Genuphobia: Fear of knees
  • Gephyrophobia, Gephydrophobia, or Gephysrophobia: Fear of crossing bridges
  • Germanophobia: Fear of Germany, German culture, etc.
  • Gerascophobia: Fear of growing old
  • Gerontophobia: Fear of old people or of growing old
  • Geumaphobia or Geumophobia: Fear of taste
  • 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 (being seen naked, and/or seeing others naked)
  • Gynephobia or Gynophobia: Fear of women
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  • 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
  • Heliophobia: Fear of the sun
  • Hellenologophobia: Fear of Greek terms or complex scientific terminology
  • Helminthophobia: Fear of being infested with worms
  • Hemophobia or Hemaphobia or Hematophobia: Fear of blood
  • Heresyphobia or Hereiophobia: Fear of challenges to official doctrine or of radical deviation
  • Herpetophobia: Fear of reptiles or creepy, crawly things
  • Heterophobia: Fear of the opposite sex (see also: Sexophobia)
  • Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia: Fear of the number 666 (aka "Mark of the Beast")
  • Hierophobia: Fear of priests or sacred things
  • Hippophobia: Fear of horses
  • Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia: Fear of long words
  • Hobophobia: Fear of bums or beggars
  • Hodophobia: Fear of road travel
  • Hormephobia: Fear of shock
  • Homichlophobia: Fear of fog
  • Homilophobia: Fear of sermons
  • Hominophobia: Fear of men
  • Homophobia: Fear of sameness, monotony or of homosexuality or of becoming homosexual
  • Hoplophobia: Fear of firearms
  • Hydrargyophobia: Fear of mercurial medicines
  • Hydrophobia: Fear of water or of rabies
  • Hydrophobophobia: Fear of rabies
  • Hyelophobia or Hyalophobia: Fear of glass
  • Hygrophobia: Fear of liquids, dampness, or moisture
  • Hylephobia: 1) Fear of materialism; 2) Fear of epilepsy
  • Hylophobia: Fear of forests
  • Hypengyophobia or Hypegiaphobia: Fear of responsibility
  • Hypnophobia: Fear of sleep or of being hypnotized
  • Hypsiphobia: Fear of height
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— I —

  • 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 (see also: Medorthophobia and Phallophobia)
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— J —

  • Japanophobia: Fear of Japanese
  • Judeophobia: Fear of Jews
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— K —

  • Kainolophobia: Fear of novelty
  • Kainophobia: Fear of anything new, novelty
  • Kakorrhaphiophobia: Fear of failure or defeat
  • Katagelophobia: Fear of ridicule
  • Kathisophobia: Fear of sitting down
  • Kenophobia: Fear of voids or empty spaces
  • Keraunophobia: Fear of thunder and lightning
  • Kinetophobia or Kinesophobia: Fear of movement or motion
  • Kleptophobia: Fear of stealing
  • Koinoniphobia: Fear of rooms
  • Kolpophobia: Fear of genitals, particularly female
  • Kopophobia: Fear of fatigue
  • Koniophobia: Fear of dust (see also: Amathophobia)
  • Kosmikophobia: Fear of cosmic phenomenon
  • Kymophobia: Fear of waves
  • Kynophobia: Fear of rabies
  • Kyphophobia: Fear of stooping
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— L —

  • Lachanophobia: Fear of vegetables
  • Laliophobia or Lalophobia: Fear of speaking
  • Leprophobia or Lepraphobia: Fear of leprosy
  • Leukophobia: Fear of the color white
  • Levophobia: Fear of things to the left side of the body
  • 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 syphilis
  • Lutraphobia: Fear of otters
  • Lygophobia: Fear of darkness
  • Lyssophobia: Fear of rabies or of becoming mad
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— M —

  • Macrophobia: Fear of long waits
  • Mageirocophobia: Fear of cooking
  • Maieusiophobia: Fear of childbirth
  • Malaxophobia: Fear of love play (see also: Sarmassophobia)
  • Maniaphobia: Fear of insanity
  • Mastigophobia: Fear of punishment
  • Mechanophobia: Fear of machines
  • Medomalacuphobia: Fear of losing an erection
  • Medorthophobia: Fear of an erect penis (see also: Ithyphallophobia and Phallophobia)
  • Megalophobia: Fear of large things
  • Melissophobia: Fear of bees
  • Melanophobia: Fear of the color black
  • 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
  • Metrophobia: Fear or hatred of poetry
  • Microbiophobia: Fear of microbes (see also: Bacillophobia)
  • Microphobia: Fear of small things
  • Misophobia: 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
  • Mottephobia: Fear of moths
  • Musophobia or Murophobia: Fear of mice
  • Mycophobia: Fear or aversion to mushrooms
  • Mycrophobia: Fear of small things
  • Myctophobia: Fear of darkness
  • Myrmecophobia: Fear of ants
  • Mysophobia: Fear of germs or contamination or dirt
  • Mythophobia: Fear of myths or stories or false statements
  • Myxophobia: Fear of slime (see also: Blennophobia)
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— N —

  • Nebulaphobia: Fear of fog (see also: Homichlophobia)
  • Necrophobia: Fear of death or dead things
  • Nelophobia: Fear of glass
  • Neopharmaphobia: Fear of new drugs
  • Neophobia: Fear of anything new
  • Nephophobia: Fear of clouds
  • 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
  • Novercaphobia: Fear of your step-mother
  • Nucleomituphobia: Fear of nuclear weapons
  • Nudophobia: Fear of nudity
  • Numerophobia: Fear of numbers
  • Nyctohylophobia: Fear of dark wooded areas, of forests at night
  • Nyctophobia: Fear of the dark or of night
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— O —

  • Obesophobia: Fear of gaining weight (see also: Pocrescophobia)
  • Ochlophobia: Fear of crowds or mobs
  • Ochophobia: Fear of vehicles
  • Octophobia: Fear of the figure 8
  • Odontophobia: Fear of teeth or dental surgery
  • Odynophobia or Odynephobia: Fear of pain (see also: Algophobia)
  • Oenophobia: Fear of wines
  • Oikophobia: Fear of home surroundings, house
  • Olfactophobia: Fear of smells
  • Ombrophobia: Fear of rain or of being rained on
  • Ommetaphobia or Ommatophobia: Fear of eyes
  • Omniphobia: Fear of everything (see also: Panphobia, Panophobia or Pantophobia)
  • Oneirophobia: Fear of dreams
  • Oneirogmophobia: Fear of wet dreams
  • Onomatophobia: Fear of hearing a certain word or of names
  • Ophidiophobia: Fear of snakes (see also: Snakephobia)
  • Ophthalmophobia: Fear of being stared at
  • Opiophobia: Fear medical doctors experience of prescribing needed 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
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— P —

  • Pagophobia: Fear of ice or frost
  • Panthophobia: Fear of suffering and disease
  • Panphobia, Panophobia or Pantophobia: Fear of everything (see also: Omniphobia)
  • Papaphobia: Fear of the Pope
  • Papyrophobia: Fear of paper
  • 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 (imaginary crime)
  • Pediculophobia: Fear of lice
  • Pediophobia: Fear of dolls
  • Pedophobia: Fear of children
  • Peladophobia: Fear of bald people
  • Pellagrophobia: Fear of pellagra
  • Peniaphobia: Fear of poverty
  • Pentheraphobia: Fear of mother-in-law (see also: Novercaphobia)
  • Phagophobia: Fear of swallowing or of eating or of being eaten
  • Phalacrophobia: Fear of becoming bald
  • Phallophobia: Fear of a penis, especially one that is erect (see also: Ithyphallophobia and Medorthophobia)
  • 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
  • Philosophobia: Fear of philosophy
  • Phobophobia: Fear of phobias
  • Photoaugliaphobia: Fear of glaring lights
  • Photophobia: Fear of light
  • Phonophobia: Fear of noises or voices or one's own voice; fear of telephones
  • Phronemophobia: Fear of thinking
  • Phthiriophobia: Fear of lice (see also: Pediculophobia)
  • Phthisiophobia: Fear of tuberculosis
  • Placophobia: Fear of tombstones
  • Plutophobia: Fear of wealth
  • Pluviophobia: Fear of rain or of being rained on
  • Pneumatiphobia: Fear of spirits
  • Pnigophobia or Pnigerophobia: Fear of choking of being smothered
  • Pocrescophobia: Fear of gaining weight (see also: Obesophobia)
  • Pogonophobia: Fear of beards
  • Poliosophobia: Fear of contracting poliomyelitis
  • Politicophobia: Fear or abnormal dislike of politicians
  • Polyphobia: Fear of many things
  • Poinephobia: Fear of punishment
  • Ponophobia: Fear of overworking or of pain
  • Porphyrophobia: Fear of the color purple
  • Potamophobia: Fear of rivers or running water
  • Potophobia: Fear of alcohol
  • Pharmacophobia: Fear of drugs
  • Proctophobia: Fear of rectum (see also: Rectophobia)
  • 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
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— Q —

  • (I'm afraid there is no "Q" phobia listed here at this time. —BD)
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— R —

  • Radiophobia: Fear of radiation, x-rays
  • Ranidaphobia: Fear of frogs
  • Rectophobia: Fear of rectum or rectal diseases (see also: Proctophobia)
  • Rhabdophobia: Fear of being severely punished or beaten by a rod, or of being severely criticized; Also fear of magic (wand)
  • Rhypophobia: Fear of defecation
  • Rhytiphobia: Fear of getting wrinkles
  • Rupophobia: Fear of dirt
  • Russophobia: Fear of Russians
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  • Samhainophobia: Fear of Halloween
  • Sarmassophobia: Fear of love play (see also: Malaxophobia)
  • 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 (see also: Achluophobia)
  • Scriptophobia: Fear of writing in public
  • Selachophobia: Fear of sharks
  • Selaphobia: Fear of light flashes
  • Selenophobia: Fear of the moon
  • Seplophobia: Fear of decaying matter
  • Sesquipedalophobia: Fear of long words
  • Sexophobia: Fear of the opposite sex (see also: Heterophobia)
  • Siderodromophobia: Fear of trains, railroads or train travel
  • Siderophobia: Fear of stars
  • Sinistrophobia: Fear of things to the left, left-handed
  • Sinophobia: Fear of Chinese, Chinese culture
  • Sitophobia or Sitiophobia: Fear of food or eating (see also: Cibophobia)
  • Snakephobia: Fear of snakes (see also: Ophidiophobia)
  • Soceraphobia: Fear of parents-in-law
  • 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
  • Spacephobia: Fear of outer space
  • Spectrophobia: Fear of specters or ghosts
  • Spermatophobia or Spermophobia: Fear of germs
  • Spheksophobia: Fear of wasps
  • Stasibasiphobia or Stasiphobia: Fear of standing or walking (see also: Ambulophobia)
  • 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
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  • 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
  • Taurophobia: Fear of bulls
  • Technophobia: Fear of technology
  • Teleophobia: 1) Fear of definite plans; 2) Fear of religious ceremony
  • Telephonophobia: Fear of telephones
  • Teratophobia: Fear of bearing a deformed child or fear of monsters or deformed people
  • Testophobia: Fear of taking tests
  • Tetanophobia: Fear of lockjaw, tetanus
  • Teutophobia: Fear of German or German things
  • Textophobia: Fear of certain fabrics
  • Thaasophobia: Fear of sitting
  • Thalassophobia: Fear of the sea
  • Thanatophobia or Thantophobia: Fear of death or dying
  • Theatrophobia: Fear of theaters
  • 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 or Toxophobia or Toxicophobia: Fear of poison or of being accidentally poisoned
  • Traumatophobia: Fear of injury
  • Tremophobia: Fear of trembling
  • Trichinophobia: Fear of trichinosis
  • Trichopathophobia or Trichophobia or Hypertrichophobia: Fear of hair (see also: Chaetophobia)
  • 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
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  • Uranophobia: Fear of heaven
  • Urophobia: Fear of urine or urinating
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  • 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
  • Vitricophobia: Fear of step-father
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  • Walloonphobia: Fear of the Walloons
  • Wiccaphobia: Fear of witches and witchcraft
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  • Xanthophobia: Fear of the color yellow or the word yellow
  • Xenoglossophobia: Fear of foreign languages
  • Xenophobia: Fear of strangers or foreigners
  • Xerophobia: Fear of dryness
  • Xylophobia: 1) Fear of wooden objects; 2) Fear of forests
  • Xyrophobia: Fear of razors
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— Y —

  • (Currently, I'm afraid to say, there are no Y-words in this list. —BD)
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  • Zelophobia: Fear of jealousy
  • Zeusophobia: Fear of God or gods
  • Zemmiphobia: Fear of the great mole rat
  • Zoophobia: Fear of animals
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Much of the content for this page is excerpted from The Phobia List, © 2001 Fredd Culbertson. Used by permission. All rights reserved. For more information on The Phobia List, visit PhobiaList.com.

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