A Short List: 58 Entertaining and Interesting Phobias
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A Short List: 58 Entertaining and Interesting Phobias

Phobias have captured the imagination of the popular consciousness. This is a short list of a few of the more entertaining irrational paranoias.

Phobias are the words that characterize anxieties experienced by many (or few) people in the world today. Fredd Culbertson created a website known as phobialist.com on July 17, 1995 which lists the names of phobias that he was interested in. From that time, Fredd assembled over 500 phobias into a comprehensive list available at the above URL.

Apart from clichés like the spider fearing arachnophobes, phobialist.com also reveals that at least one person suffers from unusual phobias like arachibutyrophobia, otherwise known as the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of one's mouth. I would also recommend that you not attend Basic Training if you suffer from dishabiliophobia (see the list for an explanation). The following is a list of the most humorous and intriguing phobias on the list, including possibly the most ironic fear (besides phobophobia, of course), hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia.

Acerophobia: Fear of sourness.

Albuminurophobia: Fear of kidney disease.

Alektorophobia: Fear of chickens.

Alliumphobia: Fear of garlic.

Allodoxaphobia: Fear of opinions.

Anglophobia: Fear of England or English culture, etc.

Anuptaphobia: Fear of staying single.

Apotemnophobia: Fear of persons with amputations.

Asymmetriphobia: Fear of asymmetrical things.

Ataxiophobia: Fear of ataxia. (muscular incoordination)

Atomosophobia: Fear of atomic explosions.

Aulophobia: Fear of flutes.

Automatonophobia: Fear of ventriloquist's dummies, animatronic creatures, wax statues - anything that falsely represents a sentient being.

Bolshephobia: Fear of Bolsheviks.

Batrachophobia: Fear of amphibians, such as frogs, newts, salamanders, etc.

Caligynephobia: Fear of beautiful women.

Carnophobia: Fear of meat.

Chromophobia or Chromatophobia: Fear of colors.

Cleptophobia: Fear of stealing.

Clinophobia: Fear of going to bed.

Coprophobia: Fear of feces.

Consecotaleophobia: Fear of chopsticks.

Coulrophobia: Fear of clowns.

Counterphobia: The preference by a phobic for fearful situations.

Cypridophobia or Cypriphobia or Cyprianophobia or Cyprinophobia: Fear of prostitutes or venereal disease.

Defecaloesiophobia: Fear of painful bowel movements.

Dikephobia: Fear of justice.

Dishabiliophobia: Fear of undressing in front of someone.

Ephebiphobia: Fear of teenagers.

Ergasiophobia: 1) Fear of work or functioning. 2) Surgeon's fear of operating.

Eurotophobia: Fear of female genitalia.

Gamophobia: Fear of marriage.

Hellenologophobia: Fear of Greek terms or complex scientific terminology.

Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia: Fear of long words.

Ithyphallophobia: Fear of seeing, thinking about or having an erect penis.

Kyphophobia: Fear of stooping.

Lachanophobia: Fear of vegetables.

Liticaphobia: Fear of lawsuits.

Lockiophobia: Fear of childbirth.

Logizomechanophobia: Fear of computers.

Macrophobia: Fear of long waits.

Malaxophobia: Fear of love play. (Sarmassophobia)

Medomalacuphobia: Fear of losing an erection.

Mycophobia: Fear or aversion to mushrooms.

Neopharmaphobia: Fear of new drugs.

Novercaphobia: Fear of your step-mother. (this one beats out arachibutyrophobia in gaining my vote for the most humorous).

Omphalophobia: Fear of belly buttons.

Oneirogmophobia: Fear of wet dreams.

Parthenophobia: Fear of virgins or young girls.

Pellagrophobia: Fear of pellagra (I had to look this one up, too: literally rough skin; clinical syndrome due to deficiency of niacin (nicotinic acid) characterized by diarrhea, dermatitis and dementia).

Phobophobia: Fear of phobias.

Politicophobia: Fear or abnormal dislike of politicians.

Proctophobia: Fear of rectums.

Pteronophobia: Fear of being tickled by feathers.

Scelerophibia: Fear of bad men, burglars.

Tremophobia: Fear of trembling.

Vitricophobia: Fear of step-father.

Zemmiphobia: Fear of the great mole rat.

If you suffer from any of these phobias, don't be afraid to seek help.





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Comments (8)
leverton Lisa

WOW... these were great. I just can't believe people have so many phobias. It would be dreadful if you were a woman with Eurotophobia and I think the fear of love play was made up by a man!

Great, now I have more things to worry about.

Fun! How many of these have real clinical significance and how many just demonstrate someone's prowess for making up words? Consecotaleophobia indeed!

Love this article! Here's one for you. When I was little, I was afraid of deflated balloons. I guess that's deflatedballoonaphobia.

Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia: what a word, one that is definitely something a person suffering from it, won't use. No, I just suffer the plain acrophobia and have it mainly on stairs.

What a list! The latest one I've heard of is Digiphobia. Which is a fear of computers. Mind you, little chance of coming across them on Factoidz!


Some gents got technophobia. React oddly when spot you wearing a Bluetooth or typing in on a laptop. And NOT elder people! Most granddaddies I know are headlong into tech. #strange


Some gents got technophobia. React oddly when spot you wearing a Bluetooth or typing in on a laptop. And NOT elder people! Most granddaddies I know are headlong into tech. #strange