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Phobia Glossary

A Selected List of Common & Unusual Phobias

This list of phobias will prevent you from confusing your Aviophobia (the fear of flying on an airplane) with your Acrophobia (the fear of heights). You can also marvel at the variety of fears that people hold, some understandable (Necrophobia, or fear of death/dead bodies) and some pretty unusual (Phobophobia, or fear of developing a phobia)!

Acrophobia
fear of heights
Agoraphobia
fear of crowds, public places, or open areas
Ailurophobia
fear of cats
Algophobia
fear of pain
Anglophobia
fear of (or hatred for) England or anything English
Aquaphobia
fear of water
Arachnophobia
fear of spiders
Aviophobia
fear of flying in an airplane
Ballistophobia
fear of missiles, bullets, or being shot
Bibliophobia
fear (or mistrust) of books
Cynophobia
fear of dogs
Francophobia
fear of (or hatred for) France or anything French
Germanophobia
fear of (or hatred for) Germany or anything German
Gerontophobia
fear of old people or old age
Hemophobia
fear of blood
Logophobia
fear of words
Monophobia
fear of being alone
Necrophobia
fear of death or dead bodies
Nosophobia
fear of disease
Nyctophobia
fear of night or darkness
Ophidiophobia
fear of snakes
Paraskavedekatriaphobia
fear of Friday the 13th
Philophobia
fear of love or falling in love
Phobophobia
fear of developing a phobia
Photophobia
fear of (or sensitivity to) light
Pyrophobia
fear of fire
Russophobia
fear of (or hatred for) Russia or anything Russian
Sitophobia
aversion to food
Taphephobia
fear of being buried alive
Technophobia
fear of advanced technology
Thalassophobia
fear of the sea
Thanatophobia
fear of death
Toxiphobia
fear of being poisoned
Triskaidekaphobia
fear of the number 13
Xenophobia
fear (or hatred) of foreigners, strangers, or things that are foreign or strange
Xylophobia
fear of forests or wooden objects
Zoophobia
fear of animals

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