Phobias or irrational fears.

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Definition of phobias or irrational fears.

Phobias are anxiety disorders that generate an extreme and debilitating fear of a situation, animal, feeling or place ๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ... It should be noted that the level of fright or its origin is usually very irrational in the circumstances that arise, for this reason phobias are also known as "irrational fears" or "obsessive fears".

Terminology of the word phobia.

The etymology of the word "phobia" comes from the Greek word "phรณbos", which stands for fear.... The term "phobia" in turn serves as a suffix to its multiple variants ๐Ÿง, the system for naming each trigger is simple, a Greek word is used for the origin of the fear plus the term phobia, for example "arachnophobia" ๐Ÿ•ท๏ธ

How many people in the world have phobias?

What is the epidemiology of phobias ๐Ÿค”? It is estimated that 9% or 10% of the world's population has some kind of irrational fear... Making phobias a very common mental disorder in our society; surpassing depression (with 4% of the world) and anxiety (6.7%) for example.

But how many people does that 10% represent? There are about 800 million people in the world who suffer from a phobia... To give you an idea, the population of the United States is 332 million inhabitants; it would take about 3 united states to overcome the number of people with phobias in the world ๐Ÿ˜ต

What causes or creates phobias?

The mechanism behind phobias.

Metaphorically speaking ๐Ÿซข, the brain is the great archiver of information in our body, the one in charge of remembering and managing all the data we get in our life... An essential tool that many times can play against us.

When a person experiences a traumatic event, sometimes a corrupted file is recorded deep in our brain ๐Ÿ“... Virus that appears every time we experience an event that can be related to the traumatic event, causing us an irrational and debilitating fear that harms our life to a great extent.

Many times after reasoning the situation we are able to understand that our behavior was not adequate in the moment where the phobia occurs but when we live it our brain is not able to correctly process the information ๐Ÿ˜ต... For this reason people who suffer from phobias are unable to reason when they encounter their fear, their filing cabinet and data manager cannot process the information rationally ๐Ÿซค

Representation of phobias or irrational fears

Differences between phobias and fear.

Representation on the differences between natural fear and phobias.

Example of phobias or irrational fears.

In spite of having differences that are very easy to identify, phobias are often confused with normal fears... We have to take into account the definitions and characteristics of phobias and fears ๐Ÿง

Let's continue with the following example:

"You're on a bus on your way to work, your day is going along normally and peacefully until you hear a low, imposing shout... 'This is a robbery, give me everything you have! ๐Ÿคฌ' A man armed with a gun starts a robbery on the bus and you are one of the first victims he threatens by pointing his gun at you... You get too worried in front of such a situation, you start to sweat cold and have tears in your eyes for scared that he will hurt you but you are able to give him some money so he can keep on robbing other people... When the thief leaves and the robbery is over, you manage to mentally recompose yourself ๐Ÿง , with a new and unpleasant experience."

In the previous example it is undoubtedly a natural and logical fright They pointed a gun at you, for God's sake! And yet you were able to act in spite of your nerves, that is to say... It was a logical, natural and controllable fear! Now let's look at an example of phobias or irrational fears:

"You start your normal day at home, you wake up looking forward to having that pizza for breakfast that you left in the fridge the night before; you're on your way to your dining room with your freshly heated pizza and... BAM! a cockroach appears on your kitchen wall ๐Ÿชณ! The scream you make can be heard by the neighbors in your house and a huge scare takes over you completely, some chest and headaches start to appear... Your dread is uncontrollable and even after your roommate appeared and put an end to the threat, it took you a long time to get back to normal and you even consider not going back to the dining room unaccompanied ๐Ÿ˜ญ".

On this occasion we are talking about a phobia since it presents an irrational, disproportionate and uncontrollable fear... In addition to incapacitating you for a short period of time.

Keep in mind that the best way to differentiate between a phobia and a fear is logic ๐Ÿง whether the level of dread corresponds to the situation in which it occurs, whether the fright is controllable or not, whether it incapacitates you, and so on.

For example, you may see a cockroach and scream with fright but after that you recover and can move and act normally... This situation represents a normal and logical fear, fear is natural; the important thing is that it does not take hold of you creating anxiety, incapacitating you and ruining your life ๐Ÿ’”

Representation of an example of phobias, about the irrational fear of cockroaches.

Signs and symptoms of phobias.

Most common signs and symptoms of phobias.

A man in a chair, frightened and chained, representing the symptoms of phobias.

Phobias as anxiety disorders.

In psychology ๐Ÿง , phobias are treated as a type of anxiety disorder (remember that anxiety disorders are characterized by generating intense worries and fears daily or frequently in everyday situations) and can be treated by a psychologist, really, going to a psychologist is the best option to take in the case of suffering from any type of phobia... Since they are the best trained professionals to help you in this problem.

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If you consider that you have a phobia with all the information presented to you, go to a psychologist ๐Ÿšถ... It is not a "silly" or "just another little problem", it is a disease that must be treated for your safety and well-being, prioritize yourself ๐Ÿซต

Tests, therapies and treatments for phobias.

Diagnosis for phobias.

The diagnosis or test for phobias seems simple and easy to perform but it should always be done by a qualified professional... Why ๐Ÿคจ? Simple, one mistake or bad practice and BAM! Your phobia got worse.

But how do these diagnoses work? In most cases they are long talks where the psychologist asks a series of questions that allow him to know you and the fear that weakens you ๐Ÿง... With the obvious purpose of being able to identify if you have a phobia or another type of mental disorder.

In turn many psychologists base their evaluations on the guidelines presented in the DSM-5 (the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) as they help them greatly to identify the problem... The guidelines are as follows:

The way to follow these indications is simple ๐Ÿค“, you verify how the patient's disorder affects in these 4 areas and based on your analysis you conclude the type of phobia, the damage it causes in his life and what treatments or therapies would be the most convenient to use.

Exposure therapy for phobias.

In a few words ๐Ÿซข, it is based on gradually getting used to the phobia by exposing yourself to it, obviously all in small steps and in time... Let's suppose you have a phobia towards dogs ๐Ÿถ, using this method the psychologist could talk to you about dogs, show you pictures of them and so on until you get close to one.

Cognitive behavioral therapy for phobias.

This method seeks to change your way of thinking and your behavior before these fears, basically are talks that make you question beliefs or behaviors that promote your phobia... In order to reduce your irrational anxiety in each talk that takes place ๐Ÿ˜Œ

EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) for phobias.

After suffering traumatic events our brain does not process normally the information we receive from events that may be related in some way to the tragic events ๐Ÿง , thus generating a myriad of negative effects on our being... This is where phobias and other types of mental disorders are born.

This therapy consists in remembering or thinking about the traumatic events that have been lived while following with the eyes the fingers or moving object that the psychologist makes ๐Ÿ‘๏ธ... The reason for this practice is that the eye movement helps the brain to process the information normally, allowing to diminish the negative effects caused by mental disorders little by little until they are eliminated.

Hypnotherapy for phobias.

Hypnosis is the most controversial method to treat phobias, due to cartoons or other examples that exaggerate this practice ๐Ÿฅด... The reality is that it is very safe and is a great alternative to combat irrational fears.

What does hypnotherapy offer you? This therapy generates a change in the state of consciousness and an increase in relaxation, giving you a very high concentration and attention, symbolizing a perfect weapon against the irrationality of phobias ๐Ÿ˜... And don't worry, no one will make the joke of saying "chicken" and you will magically act like one ๐Ÿ”

The process is simple, you let the psychologist give you information that guides or directs your thoughts, emotions, feelings, behaviors, etc... All this through a simple talk where you will receive easy to follow instructions (follow this pendulum with your eyes, close your eyes and imagine this and so on).

Virtual reality exposure therapy (VRET) for phobias.

As the name suggests, it is a variant of exposure therapy with the difference that it uses virtual reality technology to treat the patient ๐Ÿค–... It is based on using virtual reality goggles to generate a safe environment where the person with their phobia can be exposed.

It is an incredible practice with phobias that are difficult to replicate ๐Ÿค , for example acrophobia (the irrational fear of heights) can be easily treated with this therapy without exposing the patient in a dangerous situation and very difficult to achieve.

Relaxation techniques for phobias.

Although they are not "therapies" in general, the different tricks to relax in difficult situations can help a lot against the anxiety that phobias generate... Mental anchoring, deep breathing, aromatherapy and yoga are just a few of the many ways you can choose to calm your being ๐Ÿ’†

These techniques not only help you with irrational fears but also with life... I highly recommend mental anchoring if you wish to start with these practices.

A mental anchor is based on linking an action or object with an experience that you like and generates peace, for example let's say you close your hand while eating your favourite dessert โœŠ, you take a hot shower or anything else that relaxes you... All with the purpose of relating "peace" with the action of closing your hand.

This way every time you close your hand you will remember that calmness and you will regain your composure in stressful moments... It is a difficult weapon to create but you have no idea of the power that it will give you ๐Ÿ’ฅ

Medications for phobias.

There are multiple medications that can help people with irrational fears but they must be prescribed in advance by a trained professional... Why ๐Ÿคจ? Simple, excessive use can create addiction and can even increase the negative effects that phobias cause.

Usually these prescriptions are composed of beta-blockers, anxiolytics and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)... But everything will depend on the patient and the level of his mental disorder ๐Ÿคท

Prognoses for phobias.

This is one of the most encouraging areas about phobias since the prognoses about them are usually very positive... To give you an idea, the probabilities of overcoming an irrational fear with a psychologist usually range between 70% and 90% ๐Ÿ“ˆ

And that's not all, the probability in general that a phobia will reappear in your life is somewhat low... About 10% to 20% of people who had some irrational fear have it again after a year, in short 1 in 10 people recover their disorder over time (although that does not mean that they cannot return to heal and put an end to that evil) ๐Ÿ“‰

I want to emphasize that each phobia has its own prognosis and the percentages I present are for irrational fears in general... Even so, isn't it encouraging ๐Ÿ˜Œ? To know that the chances of overcoming your problems with the right help are very high and that you can improve your quality of life.

Depiction of a psychologist struggling with a phobia.

The different and various types of phobias.

There is an absurd amount of irrational fears in this world and the reality of them is that although they all produce an intense dread that greatly harms the victims who suffer from it, not all phobias are actually that harmful to people ๐Ÿ˜ถ... Let's assume the following situation:

"Pedro has a deep dread of socializing and Pepe has a phobia of toads."

Obviously Pedro loses out, since human beings are social beings and the simple fact of not socializing can generate endless problems in his life ๐Ÿ˜”... While Pepe has a problem that can be easily avoided since toads are scarce in many places and are not very common animals to see like cats or dogs ๐Ÿ•

Thanks to the different levels of how an irrational fear can damage a person's life and other variables, many professionals in the field of psychology have subdivided phobias into 2 categories and 6 subclasses, which you will see below.

Classification of phobias.

Before commenting on the types of phobias you should know that there are 2 ways to classify them ๐Ÿง... Through the eleventh version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).

On the part of ICD-11 there is not much to comment, since it includes all phobias as behavioral or neurodevelopmental mental disorders... For this reason it is not usually used to a great extent ๐Ÿคท; since it does not subdivide irrational fears, it includes them all in a single category.

The DSM-5 on the other hand does subdivide phobias in 2 categories with 6 subclasses that I mentioned before... Giving a more complete and concise classification โœ…, that is why almost everyone divides phobias with the DSM-5.

It is a curious fact to take into account, now you know that every time they mention simple, complex phobias or others... You will know that they used the DSM-5 classification ๐Ÿ‘

A brain with several types of phobias inside it.

List with every type of phobia or irrational fear

Simple phobias.

Also known as "specific irrational fears", they perfectly fulfill the expectations of their names since they include all those phobias that focus on a living being, object or very specific situation ๐Ÿ”... For example, the irrational fear of rabbits, since it focuses specifically on that animal.

It should be noted that these phobias are usually created in the stages of childhood and adolescence, with the great quality of reducing the intensity of fright and anxiety generated by this irrational fear as we reach adulthood... That is, while maturing the phobia is losing strength in our being.

For this reason these types of irrational fears are considered to be less intense and harmful in the life of their victims... Another aspect to highlight is that in this typology almost all phobias are found and therefore are usually subdivided into 6 other categories that I will explain below:

Representation of simple or specific phobias, of a frightened man with a spider inside a magnifying glass.
Animal phobias.

Here are included all fears related to the animal kingdom, from being afraid of a specific species (giving the possibility of a large number of phobias, as there are 1.2 million documented by humans) to a group of these.

To get an idea, this includes irrational fears of dogs, insects or cats ๐Ÿˆ... But it also includes more specific phobias such as being scared of Chihuahuas.

A man with fear thinking about animals, representing animal phobias.
Situational phobias.

As its name suggests, it refers to all those irrational fears that involve a specific experience that is not found in a specific place.

Here are phobias of going to the doctor, public speaking, driving, air travel, being in enclosed spaces and so on.

A man with fear thinking about traveling by plane, representing situational phobias.
Body phobias.

The typology involving all irrational fears related to the human body.

From the dread of being injected to the well-known emetophobia (fear of vomiting) ๐Ÿคข

A man with fear thinking about being injected, representing body phobias.
Sexual phobias.

As the name implies, any fear that has to do with sexual relations.

From the fear of catching a sexually transmitted disease to the direct dread of having sex.

A man with fear thinking about having sex, representing sexual phobias.
Environmental phobias.

This typology includes all irrational fears involving atmospheric phenomena or the victim's own environment.

Fear of storms, afraid of darkness, scared of heights and even dread of enclosed spaces (this fear can be categorized as situational and environmental), afraid of forests and so on ๐ŸŒฒ

A man in fear thinking about storms, representing the phobias of the environment.
Other phobias.

In this section are placed all the fears that do not fall into the previous typologies, basically those fears so rare and specific that are difficult to catalog.

Some simple examples are irrational fears related to mirrors, holes and closely spaced geometric figures, cheese, clowns, the color yellow or even the fear of other phobias.

A man with fear thinking about clowns, representing the other types of phobias.

Complex phobias.

The main characteristic of these irrational fears is that they do not focus on a specific trigger, they are basically several phobias combined and interrelated with each other... Another sad fact about these fears is that they are usually generated in adulthood or tend to worsen at this stage, i.e., they are created or become stronger as we mature ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ

These characteristics in turn cause this type of phobias to be more intense and difficult to cure than simple phobias, in addition to affecting the lives of their victims to a greater extent... Unlike specific irrational fears, they are not subdivided and, since they are not so common, it is not really necessary to divide them.

The most used examples mentioning complex phobias are social phobia and agoraphobia... Why do you use them as statements? Because they are very easy to explain.

Social phobia involves an irrational fear of anything that has to do with interacting with others... Do you understand how terrible this can be? There are literally thousands of situations in which this dread can be generated.

Greeting someone, someone else greeting you, not knowing how to answer a question, going out into the street and bumping into someone else... I can go on all day long ๐Ÿ˜ž, this irrational fear, despite having a common fear, which is to relate to others; the fact that so many different situations can occur that can generate it and the damage it can do to the life of those who suffer from this disease, make it earn its title as "complex phobia".

The other simple example is agoraphobia, an irrational fear of places or situations that can make you feel panicky, helpless, trapped or embarrassed... Thus creating a fear that can greatly affect your life by keeping you away from many places, fulfilling the characteristics of complex phobias.

Depiction of a girl's social phobia as an example of complex phobias.

List of all phobia names.

List of every irrational fear name in the world from a to z.

A.

Example of phobias beginning with the letter a, Arithmophobia.

B.

Example of phobias beginning with the letter b, Bacteriophobia.

C.

Example of phobias beginning with the letter c, Chiroptophobia.

D.

Example of phobias beginning with the letter d, Dendrophobia.

E.

Example of phobias beginning with the letter e, Emetophobia.

G.

Example of phobias beginning with the letter g, Gamophobia.

H.

Example of phobias beginning with the letter h, Hypnophobia.

I.

Example of phobias beginning with the letter i, Ichthyophobia.

K.

Example of phobias beginning with the letter k, Katsaridaphobia.

L.

Example of phobias beginning with the letter l, Lilapsophobia.

M.

Example of phobias beginning with the letter m, Musophobia.

N.

Example of phobias beginning with the letter n, Nosocomephobia.

O.

Example of phobias beginning with the letter o, Ophidiophobia.

P.

Example of phobias beginning with the letter p, Pharmacophobia.

R.

Example of phobias beginning with the letter r, Radiophobia.

S.

Example of phobias beginning with the letter s, Selenophobia.

T.

Example of phobias beginning with the letter t, Trichophobia.

V.

Example of phobias beginning with the letter v, Venustraphobia.

w.

Example of phobias beginning with the letter w, Wiccaphobia.

X.

Example of phobias beginning with the letter x, Xenophobia.

Z.

Example of phobias beginning with the letter z, Zoophobia.

List of the 100 most common or popular irrational fears or phobias in childhood and in general.

  1. Acrophobia: Afraid of heights (The most common phobia in the world! Affecting 6% of the population) ๐Ÿช‚
  2. Arachnophobia: Dread of spiders and other arachnids such as scorpions (affecting 3.5% of society).
  3. Aerophobia or Pteromerhanophobia: Afraid of aircraft or flying (affecting 2.6% of the population).
  4. Astraphobia or Tonitrophobia: Dread of thunder and lightning (affecting 2.1% of the society) ๐ŸŒฉ๏ธ
  5. Dentophobia or Odontophobia: Afraid of dentists or fear of dental treatment (affecting 2.1% of the population).
  6. Ophidiophobia: Dread of snakes ๐Ÿ
  7. Galeophobia: Afraid of sharks.
  8. Katsaridaphobia: Dread of cockroaches.
  9. Phasmophobia: Afraid of ghosts or phantoms ๐Ÿ‘ป
  10. Hemophobia: Dread of blood.
  11. Batrachophobia or Ranidaphobia: Afraid of frogs and other amphibians.
  12. Ostraconophobia: Dread of shellfish ๐Ÿฆ€
  13. Cynophobia: Afraid of dogs.
  14. Ailurophobia: Dread of cats.
  15. Ornithophobia: Afraid of birds ๐Ÿ•Š๏ธ
  16. Alektorophobia: Dread of chickens.
  17. Spheksophobia: Afraid of wasps.
  18. Apiphobia or Melissophobia: Dread of bees ๐Ÿ
  19. Entomophobia or Insectophobia: Afraid of insects.
  20. Lepidopterophobia: Dread of butterflies and moths.
  21. Aquaphobia or Hydrophobia: Afraid of water ๐ŸŒŠ
  22. Trypophobia: Dread of holes or textures with a pattern of holes.
  23. Carcinophobia: Afraid of cancer.
  24. Thanatophobia: Dread of dying ๐Ÿ’€
  25. Equinophobia or Hippophobia: Afraid of horses.
  26. Musophobia, Murophobia or Suriphobia: Dread of mice or rats.
  27. Emetophobia: Afraid of vomiting ๐Ÿคฎ
  28. Thalassophobia: Dread of the sea, or fear of being in the ocean.
  29. Helminthophobia, Scoleciphobia or Vermiphobia: Afraid of worms.
  30. Kinemortophobia: Dread of the undead or zombies ๐ŸงŸ
  31. Agoraphobia or Enochlophobia: Afraid of public spaces or crowds.
  32. Claustrophobia: Dread of confined spaces.
  33. Mysophobia, Germophobia or Verminophobia: Afraid of germs, contamination or dirt ๐Ÿ˜ท
  34. Glossophobia: Dread of speaking in public or of trying to speak.
  35. Autophobia or Monophobia: Afraid of being alone or isolated or of one's self.
  36. Lockiophobia or Tokophobia: Dread of childbirth or pregnancy ๐Ÿคฐ
  37. Telephonophobia: Afraid of making or taking telephone calls.
  38. Algophobia: Dread of pain.
  39. Omphalophobia: Afraid of seeing or touching a navel ๐Ÿ‘ˆ
  40. Pseudodysphagia: Dread of choking.
  41. Bathophobia: Afraid of depths of any kind.
  42. Coulrophobia: Dread of clowns ๐Ÿคก
  43. Allodoxaphobia: Afraid of listening to other people's opinions.
  44. Samhainophobia: Dread of Halloween.
  45. Photophobia: Afraid of light but is used to mean that your eyes are sensitive to light ๐Ÿ‘€
  46. Disposophobia: Dread of getting rid of things.
  47. Arithmophobia or Numerophobia: Afraid of numbers.
  48. Ombrophobia: Dread of rain ๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ
  49. Coasterphobia: Afraid of roller coaster.
  50. Myrmecophobia: Dread of ants.
  51. Gamophobia: Afraid of marriage or commitment ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โค๏ธโ€๐Ÿ‘จ
  52. Papyrophobia: Dread of paper.
  53. Xenophobia: Afraid of strangers or foreigners.
  54. Amaxophobia, hamaxophobia or Vehophobia: Dread of driving ๐Ÿš•
  55. Basophobia or Basiphobia: Afraid of falling.
  56. Achievemephobia: Dread of success.
  57. Theophobia: Afraid of God โšก
  58. Neophobia, Cainophobia, Cainotophobia, Centophobia, Kainolophobia, Kainophobia, Metathesiophobia or Prosophobia: Dread of newness, novelty, change or progress.
  59. Globophobia: Afraid of balloons.
  60. Atychiphobia: Dread of failure or negative evaluations of others ๐Ÿคฌ
  61. Aphenphosmphobia or Haphephobia: Afraid of being touched.
  62. Belonephobia, Trypanophobia or Enetophobia: Dread of pins and needles.
  63. Anthropophobia: Afraid of people or society ๐Ÿ‘ค
  64. Noctiphobia, Nyctophobia, Achluophobia, Lygophobia or Scotophobia: Dread of the night or darkness.
  65. Androphobia: Afraid of men.
  66. Phobophobia: Dread of phobias ๐Ÿ˜ฐ
  67. Philophobia: Afraid of love.
  68. Triskaidekaphobia or Terdekaphobia: Dread of the number 13.
  69. Gephyrophobia: Afraid of bridges ๐ŸŒ‰
  70. Panphobia, omniphobia, pantophobia, or panophobia: Dread of everything or constant fear of an unknown cause.
  71. Podophobia: Afraid of feet.
  72. Paraskevidekatriaphobia: Dread of Friday the 13th ๐Ÿช“
  73. Hypnophobia or Somniphobia: Afraid of sleep or nightmares.
  74. Gynophobia: Dread of women.
  75. Traumatophobia: Afraid of being physically hurt ๐Ÿค•
  76. Nosocomephobia: Dread of hospitals.
  77. Phonophobia, Ligyrophobia or Acousticophobia: Afraid of loud, sounds, noises or voices.
  78. Scolionophobia or Didaskaleinophobia: Dread of school ๐Ÿค“
  79. Technophobia: Afraid of technology.
  80. Chiroptophobia: Dread of bats.
  81. Ergophobia or Ergasiophobia: Afraid of work, of losing your job or the tasks of your occupation ๐Ÿ’ผ
  82. Paruresis: Dread of urinating in public places or in the presence of others.
  83. Toxiphobia: Afraid of being poisoned.
  84. Achondroplasiaphobia: Dread of small or dwarf people ๐Ÿค
  85. Zoophobia: Afraid of animals.
  86. Bananaphobia: Dread of bananas.
  87. Siderodromophobia: Afraid of trains or railroads ๐Ÿ›ค๏ธ
  88. Scelerophobia: Dread of burglars, robbers and criminals.
  89. Cibophobia or Sitophobia: Afraid of food.
  90. Catoptrophobia, Spectrophobia or Eisoptrophobia: Dread of mirrors or be reflected in them ๐Ÿชž
  91. Agliophobia: Afraid of pain.
  92. Cacomorphobia: Dread of people who are overweight or very large.
  93. Gerascophobia or Gerontophobia: Afraid of growing old or the elderly ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿฆณ
  94. Koumpounophobia: Dread of buttons on clothing.
  95. Anatidaephobia: Afraid of ducks.
  96. Pyrophobia: Dread of fire ๐Ÿ”ฅ
  97. Athazagoraphobia: Afraid of being forgotten or of forgetting someone or something
  98. Iatrophobia: Dread of doctors.
  99. Pediophobia: Afraid of inanimate objects that look like humans ๐Ÿช†
  100. Ichthyophobia: Dread of fish, including fear of eating fish or fear of dead fish.
Drawing of a list of the most common or popular phobias of people.

The strangest, weirdest, uncommon or unusual phobias or irrational fears!

List or top 100 of the weirdest phobias or irrational fears.

  1. Arachibutyrophobia: Afraid of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth ๐Ÿฅœ
  2. Nomophobia: Dread of being out of mobile phone contact.
  3. Thermophobia: Afraid of intolerance to high temperatures.
  4. Xanthophobia: Dread of the color yellow ๐ŸŸก
  5. Ablutophobia: Afraid of bathing, cleaning or washing.
  6. Octophobia: Dread of the number 8.
  7. Optophobia: Afraid of opening one's eyes ๐Ÿ‘๏ธ
  8. Sexophobia: Dread of sexual organs or sexual activities.
  9. Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia: Afraid of long words (The person who decided the name is a troll).
  10. Porphyrophobia: Dread of the color purple ๐ŸŸฃ
  11. Linonophobia: Afraid of string.
  12. Melanophobia: Dread of the color black.
  13. Leukophobia: Afraid of the color white โšช
  14. Vestiphobia: Dread of clothing.
  15. Erythrophobia, Erytophobia or Ereuthophobia: Afraid of the color red or fear of blushing.
  16. Decidophobia: Dread of making decisions ๐Ÿค”
  17. Chromophobia or Chromatophobia: Afraid of colors.
  18. Deipnophobia: Dread of interactions during mealtime.
  19. Radiophobia: Afraid of radioactivity or X-rays ๐Ÿฉป
  20. Teratophobia: Dread of giving birth to a monster or a disfigured foetus.
  21. Heptadekaphobia or Heptadecaphobia: Afraid of the number 17.
  22. Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia: Dread of the number 666 ๐Ÿ˜ˆ
  23. Tetraphobia: Afraid of the number 4.
  24. Venustraphobia: Dread of beautiful women.
  25. Wiccaphobia: Afraid of witches and witchcraft ๐Ÿง™
  26. Trichophobia: Dread of hair loss.
  27. Chaetophobia: Afraid of hair.
  28. Tomophobia: Dread of invasive medical procedure ๐Ÿ’‰
  29. Taphophobia or Taphephobia: Afraid of graves, or fear of being placed in a grave while still alive.
  30. Tachophobia: Dread of speed.
  31. Submechanophobia: Afraid of partially or fully submerged man-made objects ๐ŸŒŠ
  32. Stasiphobia: Dread of standing or walking.
  33. Sociophobia: Afraid of social evaluation.
  34. Social Phobia: Dread of people or social situations ๐Ÿ‘ฅ
  35. Sidonglobophobia: Afraid of cotton.
  36. Agyrophobia: Dread of crossing streets
  37. Pogonophobia: Afraid of beards ๐Ÿง”
  38. Alliumphobia: Dread of the genus allium, such as garlic, onions, chives, scallions, shallots, etc.
  39. Ancraophobia: Afraid of wind or drafts.
  40. Anginophobia: Dread of angina or choking ๐Ÿซ€
  41. Apeirophobia: Afraid of infinity, eternity, and the uncountable.
  42. Aporophobia: Dread of people without resources.
  43. Apotemnophobia: Afraid of amputees or of becoming an amputee ๐Ÿฆพ
  44. Ataxophobia: Dread of disorder or untidiness.
  45. Atelophobia: Afraid of imperfection.
  46. Barophobia: Dread of gravity โฌ‡๏ธ
  47. Bacteriophobia: Afraid of bacteria.
  48. Bathmophobia: Dread of stairs or steep slopes.
  49. Bibliophobia: Afraid of books ๐Ÿ“š
  50. Botanophobia: Dread of plants.
  51. Cacophobia or Aschimophobia: Afraid of ugliness.
  52. Catagelophobia or Gelotophobia: Dread of being ridiculed or laughed at ๐Ÿฅฒ
  53. Chemophobia: Afraid of chemicals.
  54. Cherophobia: Dread of happiness.
  55. Chionophobia: Afraid of snow โ›„
  56. Chronophobia: Dread of time and time moving forward.
  57. >Chronomentrophobia: Afraid of clocks
  58. Coimetrophobia: Dread of cemeteries ๐Ÿชฆ
  59. Coprophobia: Afraid of feces or defecation.
  60. Coronaphobia: Dread of COVID-19.
  61. Cyberphobia: Afraid of computers ๐Ÿ’ป
  62. Selenophobia: Dread of the moon.
  63. Pteridophobia: Afraid of ferns.
  64. Psychophobia: Dread of mental illness or the mentally ill ๐Ÿง 
  65. Pornophobia: Afraid of pornography.
  66. Phyllophobia: Dread of leaves.
  67. Pharmacophobia: Afraid of medications ๐Ÿ’Š
  68. Phallophobia: Dread of erections or penises.
  69. Phagophobia: Afraid of swallowing.
  70. Pedophobia, Paedophobia or Pediaphobia: Dread of babies and children ๐Ÿ‘ถ
  71. Osmophobia or Olfactophobia: Afraid of odors.
  72. Ophthalmophobia or Scopophobia: Dread of being stared at.
  73. Oneirophobia: Afraid of dreams ๐Ÿ˜ด
  74. Ommetaphobia: Dread of eyes.
  75. Oikophobia: Afraid of home surroundings.
  76. Obesophobia: Dread of gaining weight ๐Ÿฅ“
  77. Nostophobia: Afraid of returning home.
  78. Dendrophobia: Dread of trees.
  79. Diagraphephobia: Afraid of deleting files or an extreme fear of losing your computer data ๐Ÿ—‚๏ธ
  80. Domatophobia: Dread of houses.
  81. Dysmorphophobia: Afraid of having a physical imperfection, whether imaginary or real.
  82. Dystychiphobia: Dread of accidents ๐Ÿค•
  83. Ecophobia: Afraid of cataclysmic environmental change.
  84. Ephebiphobia: Dread of youth.
  85. Erotophobia: Afraid of sex and sexual intimacy โค๏ธโ€๐Ÿ”ฅ
  86. Eurotophobia: Dread of female genitals.
  87. Frigophobia: Afraid of becoming too cold.
  88. Koinoniphobia: Dread of rooms full of people ๐Ÿ‘ฅ
  89. Lilapsophobia: Afraid of tornadoes or hurricanes.
  90. Lipophobia: Dread of dietary fat.
  91. Mageirocophobia: Afraid of cooking ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿณ
  92. Masklophobia: Dread of people in masks, costumes and mascots.
  93. Megalophobia: Afraid of large things.
  94. Microphobia: Dread of small things ๐Ÿœ
  95. Mycophobia: Afraid of mushrooms.
  96. Necrophobia: Dread of death or dead things.
  97. Nosophobia or Pathophobia: Afraid of disease or fear of contracting a disease ๐Ÿคข
  98. Halitophobia: Dread of bad breath.
  99. Hedonophobia: Afraid of obtaining pleasure.
  100. Heliophobia: Dread of the sun or sunlight โ˜€๏ธ
List of the strangest phobias that people have.

List of phobias with long names!

Example of phobias with long names, Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia

Frequently asked questions on phobias.

Quick questions and answers to save you time if you don't want to read, but if you really want to learn, I recommend you to read the whole page ๐Ÿคซ

Where does the word "phobia" come from?

From the Greek word "phรณbos", which means morbid fear or aversion ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

How many people in the world suffer from phobias?

Phobias affect 10% of the world's population, equivalent to 800 million people with these mental disorders ๐Ÿฅน

What causes or generates phobias?

The most common causes are trauma, poor parenting, criticism, genetics and prolonged stress ๐Ÿ˜ค

How does the mechanism behind phobias work?

In a very metaphorical way, phobias work like viruses in a computer, they prevent our brain from working properly, making us irrational and uncontrollable ๐Ÿ˜–

What is the difference between a phobia and a fear?

Phobias are disproportionate, irrational, uncontrollable and incapacitating... Fear on the other hand is natural and logical ๐Ÿ˜ถ

What are the most common symptoms of phobias?

Loss of control, distorted thoughts about the situation or stimulus, sweating, abnormal respiration, acceleration of the heartbeat, tremors, chills ๐Ÿฅถ

How are phobias identified in psychology?

They are considered as mental disorders, specifically as anxiety disorders... They can even be subdivided into several categories such as simple and complex irrational fears ๐Ÿง

How to overcome a phobia?

I will be direct... See a psychologist if you want to overcome a phobia, it is the safest and most efficient option to get over an irrational fear..

What therapies or treatments are used for phobias?

Cognitive behavioral therapies, exposure therapies, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapies, hypnotherapy and medication in general ๐Ÿ’Š

What is the probability of overcoming a phobia?

With the help of a psychologist, the probability of overcoming a phobia varies from 70% to 90% ๐Ÿ˜Œ

How many types of phobias are there?

2 types (simple and complex) and 6 subclasses (animal, situational, bodily, sexual, environmental and "other")... In total 8 variants ๐Ÿค“

What are the most common phobias?
  • Acrophobia: Afraid of heights (The most common phobia in the world! Affecting 6% of the population) ๐Ÿช‚
  • Arachnophobia: Dread of spiders and other arachnids such as scorpions (affecting 3.5% of society).
  • Aerophobia or Pteromerhanophobia: Afraid of aircraft or flying (affecting 2.6% of the population).
  • Astraphobia or Tonitrophobia: Dread of thunder and lightning (affecting 2.1% of the society) ๐ŸŒฉ๏ธ
  • Dentophobia or Odontophobia: Afraid of dentists or fear of dental treatment (affecting 2.1% of the population).
What are the rarest phobias?
  • Arachibutyrophobia: Afraid of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth ๐Ÿฅœ
  • Nomophobia: Dread of being out of mobile phone contact.
  • Thermophobia: Afraid of intolerance to high temperatures.
  • Xanthophobia: Dread of the color yellow ๐ŸŸก
  • Ablutophobia: Afraid of bathing, cleaning or washing.
A man thinking about phobias or irrational fears.