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Know Your Phobias

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Phobias are abnormal fear of a specific object, animal, bird, insect, activity or a certain situation. It is a type of anxiety disorder which can precipitate a panic attack.

Those with phobias tend to avoid the feared object or activity as much as possible and become anxious when they anticipate having to confront them.

Below are the types of Phobias we have:


Types of Phobias

  • Arachnophobia: fear of spiders.
  • Social phobia: fear of social situations.
  • Aviatophobia: fear of flying.
  • Agoraphobia: fear of open spaces.
  • Claustrophobia: fear of confined spaces.
  • Acrophobia: fear of heights.
  • Cancerophobia: fear of cancer.
  • Astraphobia: fear of lightening.
  • Brontophobia: fear of thunder.
  • Necrophobia: fear of death.
  • Cardiophobia: fear of heart disease.
  • Aichmophobia: fear of needles/ sharp objects.
  • Ailurophobia: fear of cats.
  • Anthropophobia: fear of people.
  • Androphobia: fear of men.
  • Genophobia: fear of sex.
  • Gynophobia: fear of women.
  • Homophobia: fear of homosexuals.
  • Aquaphobia: fear of water.
  • Apiphobia: fear of bees.
  • Bufonophobia: fear of toads.
  • Cynophobia: fear of dogs.
  • Dentophobia: fear of dentists.
  • Iatrophobia: fear of doctors.
  • Herpetophobia: fear of creepy, crawling things or reptiles.
  • Hypnophobia: fear of sleep.
  • Musophobia: fear of mice.
  • Mysophobia: fear of dirt and germs.
  • Neophobia: fear of anything new.
  • Noctiphobia: fear of night.
  • Nyctophobia: fear of darkness.
  • Ophidiphobia: fear of snakes.
  • Pyrophobia: fear of fire.
  • Aphenphosmphobia/ Haphephobia – Fear of being touched.
  • Taphophobia: fear of being buried alive.
  • Atychiphobia – Fear of failure.
  • Autophobia – Fear of being alone.
  • Cacophobia – Fear of ugliness.
  • Catagelophobia – Fear of being ridiculed.
  • Catoptrophobia – Fear of mirrors.
  • Gamophobia – Fear of marriage.
  • Venustraphobia – Fear of beautiful women.
  • Obesophobia – Fear of gaining weight.
  • Octophobia – Fear of the figure 8.
  • Heliophobia – Fear of the sun.
  • Hemophobia – Fear of blood.
  • Theophobia: fear of God.
  • Xenophobia: fear of strangers.
  • Zoophobia: fear of animals.

What other phobias are you aware of, drop them in the comments and let us discuss.




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