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Got "Glossophobia?"

What got me started on collecting this information about phobias back in 2000? In my presentations I talk a lot about attitude and actions - especially in times of change, challenge and conflict. So I study human psychology and behavior to understand how our brains work when we face something we fear, so that we can better understand ways to manage our thoughts and feelings during these moments of challenge / crisis, and work through them when they happen so we can live our lives more fully ...

After giving a presentation I'm often approached by someone who says how much they admire what I do because they could NEVER get up in front of people and speak - they say they'd throw up instead or die of a heart attack! And I always tell them that "glossophobia" - fear of speaking in public, is the most common phobia of all. No one wants to make a mistake in front of others, and no one likes rejection (I know I sure don't!), so most people, especially if they never do get up in front of even a small group of people to speak - they never find out that they CAN do it and they DON'T make a mistake and they DON'T die ... Many people have gone through programs like Toastmasters or a professional speakers association and learned practical techniques to channel their nervousness (you don't want to lose it - you need to use it!) and how to deliver a message in a way that you feel comfident and competent. You don't need to be a motivational speaker - just be a sincere, effective communicator.

Now, I need to add this: We have been taught, for good reason, to believe that certain things are to be feared. Fear can protect you from injury, pain, embarassment and even death. That said, we introduce the "phobia" - a very real fear and sensation that you are at risk, which manifests itself in MANY different ways (as you'll see in this list of 100+ phobias), and it works at you in way that your conscious mind can't always wrap itself around ... Research suggests everybody has one, even if it's only slight ... Some people have many ... (again - see list) ... You want to know what mine is?

In addition to dentists, mine is: "aeroacrophobia" - fear of open, high places. I feel this fear kick in just watching a TV show with people standing along the edge of a very tall building, or any situation involving extreme heights. Driving over bridges is a challenge - I try to follow a truck or buss across and keep my eyes on their taillights so I don't see the expanse that's out on both sides ... My heart rate increases, I get anxious, my palms sweat profusely - again, just watching a movie or TV show!
(If you'd like to read the story that as best I can recall is the source of my aeroacrophobia, I added this at the bottom of the list of phobias below ...)

The trick is to acknowledge your fear/phobia, whatever it may be, and try and understand what it's all about. Under what circumstances does it happen, what happens to you physically when the phobia kicks in, what are you letting it keep you from doing or achieveing or experiencing? Ask yourself: "How is this mindset serving me well?" If the answer is: "it isnt," then you have a decision to make. Do you choose to allow the pattern to continue, or do you set a goal to learn ways to cope with your phobia? I wish it was as simple as wishing it away; unfortunately, it doesn't go away. Some phobias are almost incapacitating. The GOOD NEWS: many phobias are manageable. I've found ways to manage mine!

WELCOME to the world of Phobias.

(Beginning in 2000 I started including a section on phobias in my e-newz issues, one letter of the alphabet at a time, and subscribers really enjoyed the growing list ... The series ended in late 2001)


  • 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 airbourne noxious substances.
  • Aeroacrophobia- Fear of open high places.
  • Aeronausiphobia- Fear of vomiting secondary to airsickness.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ancraophobia or Anemophobia- Fear of wind.
  • Androphobia- Fear of men.
  • Anemophobia- Fear of air drafts or wind.
  • Anginophobia- Fear of angina, choking or narrowness.
  • Anglophobia- Fear of England, English culture, etc.
  • Angrophobia - Fear 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. (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 forgotton or ignored or 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 one that has a vile odor.
  • Automatonophobia- Fear of ventriloquist's dummies, animatronic creatures, wax statues - anything that falsly represents a sentient being.
  • 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.
  • Ballistophobia- Fear of missles or bullets.
  • Bolshephobia- Fear of Bolsheviks.
  • Barophobia- Fear of gravity.
  • Basophobia or Basiphobia- Inability to stand. Fear of walking or falling.
  • Bathophobia- Fear of depth.
  • Batonophobia- Fear of plants.
  • 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. (Aichmophobia)
  • Bibliophobia- Fear of books.
  • Blennophobia- Fear of slime.
  • Bogyphobia- Fear of bogies or the bogeyman.
  • Bromidrosiphobia or Bromidrophobia- Fear of body smells.
  • Brontophobia- Fear of thunder and lightning.
  • Bufonophobia- Fear of toads.

  • 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.
  • 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 Sitophobia or Sitiophobia- 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.
  • Clithrophobia or Cleithrophobia- Fear of being enclosed.
  • Cnidophobia- Fear of strings.
  • Cometophobia- Fear of comets.
  • Coimetrophobia- Fear of cemeteries.
  • Coitophobia- Fear of coitus.
  • 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.
  • Cypridophobia, Cypriphobia, Cyprianophobia, or Cyprinophobia - Fear of prostitutes or venereal disease.

And "THANKS" to Peg in Portland for sending me an important addition to the "B's": "Billcophobia - Fear of bill collectors."


  • Decidophobia- Fear of making decisions.
  • Defecaloesiophobia- Fear of painful bowels movements.
  • Deipnophobia- Fear of dining and dinner conversations.
  • Dementophobia- Fear of insanity.
  • Demonophobia or Daemonophobia- Fear of demons.
  • Demophobia- Fear of crowds. (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.
  • Dromophobia- Fear of crossing streets.
  • Dutchphobia- Fear of the Dutch.
  • Dysmorphophobia- Fear of deformity.
  • Dystychiphobia- Fear of accidents.


  • 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. (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.
  • Epistaxiophobia- Fear of nosebleeds.
  • Epistemophobia- Fear of knowledge.
  • Equinophobia- Fear of horses.
  • Eremophobia- Fear of being oneself or of lonliness.
  • 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 redlights. 2) Blushing. 3) Red.


  • Febriphobia, Fibriphobia or Fibriophobia- Fear of fever.
  • Felinophobia- Fear of cats. (Ailurophobia, Elurophobia, Galeophobia, Gatophobia)
  • Francophobia- Fear of France, French culture. (Gallophobia, Galiophobia)
  • Frigophobia- Fear of cold, cold things.


  • Galeophobia or Gatophobia- Fear of cats.
  • Gallophobia or Galiophobia- Fear France, French culture. (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.
  • 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.
  • 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. (Sexophobia)
  • 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- Fear of materialism OR the 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.


  • 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.


  • Japanophobia- Fear of Japanese.
  • Judeophobia- Fear of Jews.


  • 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. (Amathophobia)
  • Kosmikophobia- Fear of cosmic phenomenon.
  • Kymophobia- Fear of waves.
  • Kynophobia- Fear of rabies.
  • Kyphophobia- Fear of stooping.


  • 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 lues, syphillis.
  • Lutraphobia- Fear of otters.
  • Lygophobia- Fear of darkness.
  • Lyssophobia- Fear of rabies or of becoming mad.

Got a couple of additions from a reader last week that I pass on:

  • Favorite "I" phobia: Idiophobia: The fear of making an idiot of myself several times a day.
  • Favorite "J" phobia: Juviophobia: The fear of going back in time and becoming a teenager again. Cold sweats on this one!!!


  • Macrophobia- Fear of long waits.
  • Mageirocophobia- Fear of cooking.
  • Maieusiophobia- Fear of childbirth.
  • Malaxophobia- Fear of love play. (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.
  • 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. (Bacillophobia)
  • Microphobia- Fear of small things.
  • Misophobia- Fear of being contaminated with dirt of 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. (Blennophobia)


  • Nebulaphobia- Fear of fog. (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.


  • Obesophobia- Fear of gaining weight.(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. (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.
  • Oneirophobia- Fear of dreams.
  • Oneirogmophobia- Fear of wet dreams.
  • Onomatophobia- Fear of hearing a certain word or of names.
  • Ophidiophobia- Fear of snakes. (Snakephobia)
  • Ophthalmophobia- Fear of being stared at.
  • 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.
  • 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. vParturiphobia- 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. (Novercaphobia)
  • 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.
  • 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; of telephones.
  • Phronemophobia- Fear of thinking.
  • Phthiriophobia- Fear of lice. (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. (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.
  • 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 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.


  • Samhainophobia: Fear of Halloween.
  • Sarmassophobia- Fear of love play. (Malaxophobia)
  • Satanophobia- Fear of Satan.
  • Scabiophobia- Fear of scabies.
  • Scatophobia- Fear of fecal matter.
  • Scelerophibia- Fear of bad men, burglars.
  • Sciophobia 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.
  • 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. (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. (Cibophobia)
  • Snakephobia- Fear of snakes. (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. (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.


  • Tachophobia- Fear of speed.
  • Taeniophobia or Teniophobia- Fear of tapeworms.
  • Taphephobia 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) 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 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 or Toxophobia or Toxicophobia- Fear of poison or of being accidently poisoned.
  • Traumatophobia- Fear of injury.
  • Tremophobia- Fear of trembling.
  • Trichinophobia- Fear of trichinosis.
  • Trichopathophobia or Trichophobia or Hypertrichophobia- Fear of hair. (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.


  • 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.
  • Vitricophobia- Fear of step-father.


  • Walloonphobia- Fear of the Walloons.
  • Wiccaphobia: Fear of witches and witchcraft.

PLUS - here are two phobias submitted by a reader in the past week that got overlooked recently: :)

  • Uniformaphobia, the fear of being drafted and put into an ill-fitting uniform!
  • Verbosophobia, the fear of too much verbosity on the part of the one leading the session!


  • Xanthophobia- Fear of the color yellow or the word yellow.
  • Xenophobia- Fear of strangers or foreigners.
  • Xerophobia- Fear of dryness.
  • Xylophobia- 1) Fear of wooden objects. 2) Forests.

PLUS an addition submitted by a reader this past week:

  • Whattheheyophobia - the fear of gettin left behind when the train pulls away from the station. As in, "What the hey?"


  • Zelophobia- Fear of jealousy.
  • Zeusophobia- Fear of God or gods.
  • Zemmiphobia- Fear of the great mole rat.
  • Zoophobia- Fear of animals.

PLUS - I'd be remiss if I didn't add this one to end the list (2001):

  • Zilchophobia - Fear of not getting an updated list of phobias next week.

One more that didn't make the master list but was shared by a reader last week:

  • Gobblegobbleaphobia: from the Greek root gobblegobble. Loosely translated means a turkey's fear of being gobbled up by voracious human beings.

And that's it. Quite a list isn't it?! Feel any better about yourself? Live a full life!


(Grand Canyon National Park, AZ, 1992) The sun was already starting to set as we pulled into the North Rim Visitor Center. If you've ever visited there before you know how spectacular the colors can be at sunrise and sunset, so I was hurrying our two kids Kari and Ian down the path so we could get to the vistas in time.

I've never been fearful of heights before. I've climbed mountains including "goat trails" on mountain ledges with loose footing, driven mountain roads with no guardrails and long steep cliffs, flown, been to the top of tall buildings, rock climbed ... and never experienced something remotely reaching "acrophobia" or "aeroacrophobia." But all that was about to change.

Ian, our ever active (11 year old at the time) son was running fast down the path, jumping up against rocks along the sides of the path and rebounding off them as if skiing through moguls or snowboarding down a "half pipe." I yelled for him to be careful and slow down, as I knew how steep and deep the canyon walls are. He didn't slow down, and just as I was about to yell at him to stop and wait for me he jumped up in the air ... over a rock wall ... and out of sight ...

My heart and adrenolin gland EXPLODED with panic as I raced for the wall where I had last seen him ... Just as I got there and started leaning over the side, sure I would be staring at thousands of feet of empty air towards the canyon bottom, with my son somewhere down there ... my sight was interrupted by a huge ledge, wide enough to park a car on, with a crouched 11 year old looking up, grinning in correct anticipation of a desperate father who would be searching for splattered remains far below ...

Ever since that moment, that EXACT moment, I have experienced moments of at least mild panic when I'm in a situation involving heights. Everything from reaching while atop a high ladder, approaching a floor to ceiling window in an upper floor of a building, driving over tall bridges - especially narrow ones, and even watching OTHER people taking great risks involving heights - they all give me increased heart and breathing rates, sweaty palms, butterflies, even panic. In fact, just sitting here now and thinking of the narrow two lane bridge in Charleston, SC that I've had to drive over gives me sweaty palms. I'm thinking of how to get away from the height factor - to get back to ground level - as quickly as possible.

Like you, I don't want to allow myself to feel restricted or even paralyzed because of a certain mindset. When I ask myself - "How is that mindset (about heights) serving me well?" the answer is "it's not!" So, here are a couple of things I've done and still do to help me deal with it:

  • I went rock climbing with good friends at a nearby sporting goods store. The equivalent of a 3 story cliff, this was a safe challenge in controlled conditions, with the extra benefit of encouraging friends and a harness tied tightly to the safety rope. I knew I could do it physically, I knew it would be safe, and I knew I would feel satisfied with accepting and achieving the challenge. It helped my confidence a ton!!!

  • I ANTICIPATE the need and PRACTICE what I'll do so I'll be ready - like dealing with bridges or hotel rooms higher than 10th floor ... Instead of succumbing to thinking only of the things I CAN'T do, I focus on what I CAN do - like focus on a spot on the other side of the bridge (goals) or the vehicle in front of me (process) and follow them off the bridge.

    If and when you are affected by a phobia, have an honest conversation with yourself about it. Ask yourself - "how is this mindset serving me well?" Listen to the honest answer. Then continue to ask yourself what is in your best interests, and do something to make that happen. Remember that few people succeed in anything important through one quantum leap. It's usually a journey of many small steps, one after another, because you choose to keep trying and not give up ...

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