The Big List of Phobias



Fear of bathing.  Okay, now this one is simply disgusting! But then there's not much you can do when you are scared of having a bath, can you? People with this phobia fear bathing and washing in general. And it happens to kids and women more than men. And all this, while I thought men don't have regular baths!


I guess lemons are out of the question when you have a fear of sourness.


The fear of success. The opposite to the fear of failure.


The fear of midgets. Because they look differently.


The fear of heights. Five percent of the general population suffer from this phobia.

Aeronausiphobia describes this phobia as the fear of vomiting due to airsickness.


Those with aerophobia — the fear of drafts, air swallowing and airborne diseases or germs — may wish to wear face masks, especially in public.  ALSO, this is the well known fear of flying. 25 million Americans share a fear of flying.


The fear of pain. Being afraid something painful will happen.


The fear of open or crowded spaces. People with this fear often wont leave home.


Even if there are no cars around, some people still suffer from the fear of crossing roads.


For those of you who don’t know, a palindrome is any word that is spelled the same both forwards and backwards. “Racecar” would be a good example. Aibohphobia is the fear of palindromes, which is intentionally a palindrome itself. This, however, is yet another made up phobia created by computer nerds in the early 80s.


The fear of cats. This phobia is also known as Gatophobia.


This very specific phobia refers to the fear of kidney disease.


The fear of chickens. You may have this phobia if chickens make you panic.


Dracula must have had this, because it is the fear of garlic.


If you like to voice your thoughts on a particular subject, you may want to stay away from people with allodoxaphobia, or the fear of opinions, especially being afraid of hearing what others are thinking of you.


The fear of riding in cars is referred to as amaxophobia, and can cause problems especially for those living in suburban areas.


People who suffer from amychophobia — the fear of scratches — are probably very protective of themselves and their skin.


The fear of ducks. Somewhere, a duck is watching you.


Fear of being watched by a duck.  This is seriously funny, but it's for real! People with this phobia fear that no matter where they are or what they are doing, a duck (yes! a duck) is watching them. No hen, no rabbit, specifically a duck. No comments.


The fear of wind is also called anemophobia.


The fear of men. Usually seen in younger females, but it can also affect adults.


Some people are actually afraid that their joints will stop working, and this fear is called anklyophobia.


Fear of flowers.  And I used to think flowers are pretty and a refreshing sight! But for some people with this phobia, flowers are their worst fears come alive! Sufferers of this phobia have a fear of flowers or even of their petals or stems, even though they know that flowers pose no danger to them whatsoever!


This phobia literally refers to the fear of people but can also mean the fear of having company.


Does this hit on your 30th birthday, since it's the fear of being single?


The fear of intimacy. Fear of being touched and love.


This phobia causes people to feel afraid when touched.


The fear of bees. Many people fear being stung by angry bees.


People with amputations cause fear and anxiety in those who suffer from apotemnophobia.


The fear of water. Being afraid of water or being near water.


Fear of peanut butter sticking to one’s palate.  Yes, this phobia is for real! Simply put, people who have this fear peanut butter sticking to the palate of their mouths. Of course, the best way to avoid this phobia is to not to have any peanut butter at all. Boom! Problem solved.   It was first mentioned in the Peanuts comic strip and pop culture has run with it ever since.


The fear of spiders affects women four times more (48% women and 12% men).


Arithmophobia means to the fear of numbers generally, but can also refer to the fear of math, numerals, certain numbers, calculations, and/or calculus.


The fear of thunder/lightning AKA Brontophobia, Tonitrophobia, Ceraunophobia.  The reaction often causes a rapid heartbeat or labored breathing.


If you’re afraid of mismatched socks or asymmetrical objects, you have asymmetriphobia.


The fear of not being able to use your muscles properly is called ataxiophobia.


Visiting ancient Greek or Roman ruins would be a nightmare for those with atephobia, or the fear of ruins and old buildings.


The fear of being forgotten or not remembering things.


The fear of failure. It is the single greatest barrier to success.


It makes it really hard to enjoy Jethro Tull when you have a fear of flutes.


Most people would be ecstatic to have the chance to find gold, but people who suffer from aurophobia are petrified of it.


Those who are afraid of the Northern Aurora lights have auroraphobia.


If you have a bad or "vile" odor, you may trigger someone who has autodysomophobia.


The fear of human-like figures, like dummies or wax figures, is called automatonophobia.


Fear of being dirty.


The fear of abandonment and being abandoned by someone.


The fear of bananas. If you have this phobia, they are scary.


While it’s common to have a fear of flying or a fear of heights, others have a fear of gravity, or barophobia.


Those who are too afraid to walk or stand because of the possibility of falling have basiphobia.


The fear of depths can be anything associated with depth (lakes, tunnels, caves).


A fear of books is a sad fear, indeed.


Unless you’re in a science fiction movie, you probably won’t come into contact with slime, but some people are afraid of it anyway.

Blood-injection-injury type phobia

This odd phobia group includes trypanophobia (the fear of injections); hemophobia (the fear of blood) and the fear of invasive medical procedures.

Body dysmorphic disorder

Also referred to as BDD, this body image disorder causes people to imagine that they have or will develop physical deformities.


Some people are afraid of meeting or hearing about Bolsheviks, and their disorder is called Bolshephobia.


Fear of body odour.


The fear of fat people. Induced by the media. Affects some anorexics/bulimics.


Fear of ugliness. Sufferers actually have intense panic attacks around unattractive people or things.


Sometimes called cainotophobia, this is the fear of anything new.


The fear of cancer. People with this develop extreme diets.


Although the heart is your lifeline, some people are afraid of it.


Conversely, this is the fear of sitting down.


The fear of mirrors. Being afraid of what you might see.


Although some people with chaetophobia only fear loose or detached hair, others can be terrified by the hairs on their very own bodies.


Those who get too carried away with organic diets or going green may be at risk for chemophobia, a condition that refers to the fear of all chemicals and preference for natural elements.


Instead of hoping for snow, those with chionophobia must dread it.


The reason you will never get a massage might be because you have a fear of hands.


Weddings, prom, and parties must pose lots of problems for those who suffer from the fear of dancing.


Fear of money.  I wish everyone around me had this phobia so they'd pass all their money to me! People who have this phobia fear having excess money on them.


The fear of the future or a fear of time. A persistent fear of what is to come,  the fear of time passing. Not surprisingly it is often found mostly in prison inmates or the elderly but it can also occur in people who experience a lot of stress and anxiety.


The fear of food. The phobia may come from a bad episode while eating, like choking.


The fear of small spaces like elevators, small rooms and other enclosed spaces.


The fear of roller coasters. Ever seen Final Destination 3?


This makes going out for sushi difficult since this is the fear of chopsticks.


Some people are actually terribly afraid of becoming constipated.


Fear of clowns -- Coulrophobia is a relatively common phobia, and usually present in children according to various surveys. The 'scary clown' has often been used in popular culture, for example in the form of the Joker in Batman comics and film adaptations. Coulrophobia has some celebrity sufferers- namely Daniel Radcliffe and Johnny Depp. Depp said of his clown fear: "it’s impossible, thanks to their painted-on smiles, to distinguish if they are happy or if they are about to bite your face off."


It’s understandable that some people might be afraid of waves, but this phobia also refers to the fear of "wave-like motions."


The fear of dogs. This includes everything from small Poodles to large Great Danes.


While some of you may just be indecisive and apathetic, there are people out there who are genuinely terrified of making decisions, they are known as decidophobes.


Dinner parties, dining and dinner conversation are all off limits for people who suffer from this phobia.


Fear of trees. People with this phobia usually have strange stories about why they are terrified of a particular type of tree.


For someone with descendophobia, walking down stairs or inclines can be a terrifying experience and many times they may get dizzy as well. On the other hand you could also have ascendophobia – fear of moving upwards.


People with this phobia do not like having objects situated to their right.


If you’d rather skip class, just claim this phobia, which refers to the fear of going to school.


The fear of getting rid of stuff triggers extreme hoarding.


One wonders where people with this phobia — the fear of houses and being inside houses — live.


I guess that trip to Amsterdam will never happen, at least not with a fear of Dutch people and culture.  Some people believe that the Dutch are upsetting, perhaps because of their traditional costumes.


The fear of church and going to church is called ecclesiophobia.


The fear of vomiting and the fear of loss of your self control.


The fear of crowds is closely related to Ochlophobia and Demophobia.Trypanophobia


The fear of bugs and insects, also related to Acarophobia.


This term refers to the fear of teenagers.


The fear of horses is also called equinophobia.


The fear of red lights is called ereuthophobia.


If you miss a day at the office, you could try telling your boss that you’ve suddenly developed ergophobia, or the fear of work and/or functioning, often due to social or performance anxiety, , psychologists believe it is a combination of various fears such as failing at assigned tasks, social anxiety, and public speaking.


'The good news is we pinpointed your phobia. The bad news is your phobia is a fear of good news.'


Same goes for Paris if you're afraid of French people and culture, as well.


The fear of sharks in the ocean or even in swimming pools.


It’s not just an excuse: some people actually have a valid fear of getting married.  More generally, the fear of commitment or sticking with someone to the end.


Those who fear being laughed at — and actually evaluate social situations for "signs of laughter and ridicule" — suffer from gelotophobia


Fear of chins.  This one sounds almost unreal. How can anyone fear a chin? How violent or deathly is a chin? People with this phobia cannot even interact or look at people whose chins they, well, don't like!


The fear of knees or kneeling, or, the reason you never wear shorts in the summer. People who have this phobia have a fear of their own or someone else's knees. So, no skirts and shorts basically!


If you have this phobia just make sure you don’t live close to the river because you would probably be too scared to cross any of its bridges. Some cities, however, provide services where they will actually drive your car across the bridge for you.


The fear of getting old. Aging is the most natural thing, yet many of us fear it.


Fear of balloons popping.  People who have this phobia can fear balloons in general or the sound produced when a balloon is popped. I have no idea how on Earth people with this phobia will ever be able to arrange a birthday party for their kids!


The fear of public speaking. Not being able to do speeches.


The fear of women. May occur if you have unresolved mother issues.Koumpounophobia


Holy figures and holy things or ideas are feared by people with hagiophobia.


Whatever you do just make sure you don’t get too close to anyone with haphephobia…it’s the fear of being touched.


In a sort of modern day vampirism, heliophobia is actually defined as fear of the sun. Although it sounds harmless, it can actually be quite serious and lead to vitamin D deficiency as a result of staying indoors.


Confusing, highly technical terminology — including Greek terms — make those with hellenologophobia anxious.


The fear of blood. Even the sight of blood can cause fainting.


Homophobia is a well-known, though controversial, phobia, but heterophobia refers to the fear of heterosexuals.


If you were traumatized by The Omen, then you may have this phobia and it's fear of the number 666.


The longest town name in the world belongs to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch in the United Kingdom and if you have hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia you might want to steer clear of that place. Why? Because you are afraid of long words. Seriously though, this is a joke phobia that often gets thrown around on the internet. There are no recorded cases…as of yet.


The fear of people who own firearms is called hoplophobia.


Hormephobia refers to a person’s fear of experiencing shock, which is probably made more likely after an anxiety attack.


Fear of trees.  Okay, no offence, but some trees actually do look really scary at times. Anyway, people who have this phobia fear trees, wood, and forests. It may be caused by watching all those fairy tales or stories which talk about the evil guys staying in the forests. So go easy with the fables, alright? 


The fear of doctors. Do you delay doctor visits? You may have this.


The fear of fish. Includes small, large, dead and living fish.

Injury phobia

If you’re afraid of being injured, you have injury phobia.


This phobia must be hard to deal with, since it the fear of having/seeing/thinking about an erect penis.


Fear of failure.


The fear of cockroaches. This can easily lead to an excessive cleaning disorder.


The fear of zombies. Being afraid that zombies attack and turn you into them.


Fear of being in a room full of people.


The fear of buttons. Clothes with buttons are avoided.


Being in the stooping position causes too much anxiety for people with kyphophobia.


The fear of butterflies and often most winged insects.


The fear of loud noises. More than the instinctive noise fear.


Though it’s useful, string is the cause of anxiety for people with linonophobia.


The fear of fats in food may be blamed on the red meat scare of 1977.


Can you be sued for having a fear of lawsuits?


First coined in a Far Side comic strip, this joke phobia has become somewhat of a pop culture phenomenon. In case you’re out of the know, it involves the fear of being pursued by timber wolves around a kitchen table while wearing socks on a newly waxed floor.


While some people think they’re cute, others are afraid of otters.


Doctor’s offices and holiday shopping trips must be nightmares for people who suffer from macrophobia, or the fear of long waits.


Cooking is a source of anxiety for people with mageirocophobia.


Fear that one’s penis is visible through one’s clothes.


The fear of change. Sometimes change is a good thing.


Yes, you fear and hate poetry, which is why I made this a haiku.


The fear of memories is called mnemophobia.


The fear of being alone. Even while eating and/or sleeping.


The fear of moths. These insects are only beautiful to some.


The fear of mice. Some people find mice cute, but phobics don’t.Catoptrophobia


The fear of ants. Not as common as Arachnophobia, but may feel just as intense.


The fear of germs. It is also rightly termed as Germophobia or Bacterophobia.Trypophobia


Generally found in the elderly, neophobia is classified as the fear of new things and in its milder form consists of an unwillingness to part with old habits.


This phobia refers to the fear of names.


Fear of being without mobile phone coverage -- The name for the phobia of being without mobile phone coverage was coined five years ago after researchers discovered the phenomenon. According to recent surveys, more than half of people in the UK suffer from it. The phobia is brought on by the fear of losing signal, running out of battery or even losing sight of a mobile phone.


The fear of hospitals. Let’s face it, no one likes hospitals.


The fear of numbers and the mere thought of calculations.


If fairy tales have taught us anything, it is that we should all have this phobia, which is the fear of the woods in the night.


Fear of nighttime or the dark. An adult (the fear is common among children) may understand that there is nothing to be afraid of, but he or she still experiences heightened anxiety when the lights go out.


This one is infinitely scary, since it is fear of the figure 8.


Imagine being scared of your toaster…and your oven, and your refrigerator, and every other household appliance you own. For people with oikophobia, c’est la vie.


Fear of rain -- Ombrophobes have an abnormal fear of rain which can cause severe anxiety attacks. It is thought to be triggered by a number of factors, including the fact that children are often told not to go out in the rain because it will make them ill. Rain is also often associated with depression.


Fear of the navel -- Omphalophobia is the fear of bullybuttons. Sufferers are afraid to have their bellybuttons touched, or to touch another person's belly button. The fear is often linked with the belly button's association to the umbilical cord.


All teen boys must suffer from this phobia since it is the fear of wet dreams.


The fear of snakes. Phobics avoid certain cities because they have more snakes.


Opening one’s eyes is just too stressful for some individuals.


The fear of birds — especially pigeons — is referred to as ornithophobia, and is actually a fairly common phobia.


Everything. You are literally scared of everything, or the fear that terrible things will happen.  Also known as omniphobia, this generalized fear describes the condition of fearing everything and is often described as constantly dreading some “vague and persistent unknown evil”.


Fear of the pope -- The fear of the pope or the papacy is uncommon. It is closely related to Hierophobia (the fear of holy individuals or sacred things). It is also related to hagiophobia which is an exaggerated or irrational fear or dislike of saints a


Paper is the cause of great anxiety and even fear in people who suffer from papyrophobia.


Yep, you can probably thank Michael Myers and his William Shatner mask for forever being scared of the date Friday the 13.  About 8% of Americans have this phobia.


Those who are afraid of virgins and young girls suffer from parthenophobia.


The fear of dolls. This phobia could well be Chucky-induced.


Children are actually frightening to people with pedophobia.


Fear of going bald or fear of bald people.


Fear of mother-in-laws.  This is the discovery Indian bahus have been waiting for. The sufferers of this phobia have extreme fear of their mother-in-laws. Better start looking for an orphan partner then!


This one could truly be hard to live with. Phagophobia is the fear of swallowing and in some cases it can actually lead to weight loss and malnutrition.


The fear of ghosts. AKA Spectrophobia. Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!


Although butterflies in the stomach are often associated with love, for someone with philophobia those butterflies are more like deadly scorpions, as they are petrified of falling in love. Unfortunately many people in this category end up living a life of solitude and fear of commitment.


It can be a challenging subject, but for some individuals, philosophy is legitimately terrifying.


This condition is described as a rare disorder and refers to the fear of having a phobia.  People suffering from this phobia live in the fear that they might develop a phobia. Far too ironic.  More generally, the thought of being afraid of objects/situations.


The fear of light caused by something medical or traumatic.


Fear of putting on weight.


The fear of feet. Some people fear touching or looking at feet, even their own.


Fear of beards -- The term pogonophobia has been used since the 1850s to describe a strong fear of beards. People who have this fear can have full blown panic attacks seeing people with beards.


The color purple causes some people to be very afraid and develop this condition.


The fear of choking often after a bad eating experience.


For some, being near ferns is too frightening.


The idea of being tickled with feathers is upsetting for those with pteronophobia.


The fear of fire. A natural/primal fear that can be debilitating.


The fear of frogs. Often caused by episodes from childhood.


This anxiety disorder means several things: the fear of magic and a magic wand, being beaten by a rod, or being very harshly criticized.


People who are afraid of defecation have rhypophobia, and are at risk for other health problems.


The fear of Halloween affects children/superstitious people.Samhainophobia


Fear of vampires.  It literally means ‘fear of blood-eaters’.   At least people who suffer from this won't have to sit through the torture of the Twilight movie series! Such people have a fear of vampires and blood eaters. In fact, the word literally translates to 'fear of blood eaters'. Of course, people who have this fear take vampires to be real.


The fear of crime involves being afraid of burglars, attackers or crime in general.


I'm sure Peter Pan didn't have this phobia; it's fear of shadows.


The fear of worms. Often because of unhygienic conditions.


Fear of being stared at.


If you ask a celebrity for an autograph and they decline, they may not be jerks but suffer from this phobia, which is the fear of writing in public.


Remus Lupin's fear, which is that of the moon.


Ironically, the fear of long words.


Fear of trains.


The fear of cotton balls or plastic foams. Oh that sound.


This is when you are afraid of things to your left side or just left-handed things (and people) in general. Did Joseph McCarthy suffered from this?


The fear of eating is called sitophobia, and can become very serious.


Those who fear being judged by society suffer from sociophobia.


Fear of falling asleep.  Being terrified of what might happen right after you fall asleep.  Somniphobia comprises often irrational and excessive fear of sleep. Somniphobes may fear falling asleep because they associate going to bed with dying. It may also result from a feeling of lack of control or from suffering repeated nightmares. Somniphobics may also fear losing time while sleeping.  Oftentimes it can be the result of people feeling as though they are losing control and nightmares have been known to cause it as well.


Those who are afraid of learning anything new have sophophobia.


Some seriously independent-minded individuals may have soteriophobia, or the fear of becoming dependent on someone else.


Those who are too afraid to look at their own reflection in a mirror have spectrophobia.


The fear of wasps. You panic and fear getting stung by it.


Figurative and symbolic ideas can become a legitimate phobia for some.


While there are certainly jokes about scary stepmothers or in-laws, this phobia refers to the fear of all relatives.


One hopes that having a fear of syphilis would inspire more responsible romantic encounters.


Anyone who suffers from tachophobia — the fear of speed — may be afraid of riding in cars or trains.


The fear of being buried alive by mistake and waking up in a coffin underground.


The fear of technology is often induced by culture/religion.


The fear of talking on the phone. Phobics prefer texting.


The fear of the ocean. Water, waves and unknown spaces.


The fear of death. Even talking about death can be hard.


The fear of God causes an irrational fear of God or religion.


The fear of pregnancy involves giving birth or having children.


The fear of transsexual or transgender people is called transphobia.


Fear of the number 13 or the bad luck that follows.  Many people are superstitious about the number 13 but few have a fully fledged phobia. It is closely associated with the fear of Friday 13. Sufferers take great care to avoid using, or doing anything related to the number.


Fear of change.


The fear of needles, or could be more specific, such as the fear of injection with a hypodermic needle. This phobia has a history in genetic memory. Thousands of years ago, the people who avoided being stabbed in general were the most likely to survive.


Fear of holes -- Sufferers of trypophobia fear objects with small holes. It is not yet considered an official phobia, although thousands of people are reported to suffer from it. According to new research trypophobics associate holes with danger. Examples of feared objects include honeycomb, sponges and any plant with small holes in it. Symptoms of Trypophobia range from nausea and itchy skin to full blown panic attacks.


Fear of cheese --   It's rather shocking to know that some people fear cheese. The poor souls have no idea how great it tastes! While some people may fear some particular cheese types, others may fear cheese altogether. SOMEBODY DO SOMETHING!  Sufferers of Turophobia usually associate cheese with a traumatic memory. From cheddar to mozzarella turophobes often have to run away if they so much as see a slice of cheese. Some may fear one type of cheese while others may fear cheese altogether.


Fear of heaven -- Sufferers of uranophobia fear the sky and the afterlife. It can be triggered in religious believers who fear the idea that they will be judged after life.


The fear of driving. This phobia affects personal and work life.


Also known as caligynephobia, this is the fear of beautiful women, and may be caused by low self-confidence or putting too much pressure on appearances.   Good thing I don't have this or else I would have never married my wife.


This disorder refers to the fear of Walloons, a group of people of German and Celtic origin living in Belgium.


Fear of the colour yellow -- Sufferers of xanthophobia may fear anything yellow, including the sun, daffodils and yellow paint. In its most aggressive form xanthophobic symptoms may include an overwhelming fear of even the phrase yellow.


The fear of the unknown. Fearing anything or anyone that is strange or foreign.Achievemephobia


The fear of dryness is also called xerophobia.


It certainly sounds frightening: zemmiphobia is the fear of "the great mole rat."


The fear of animals. Applies to both vile and harmless animals.