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* [[Aquaphobia]] – fear of water and by generalization [[swimming]].
 
* [[Aquaphobia]] – fear of water and by generalization [[swimming]].
 
* [[Aphephobia]] - fear of being [[touched]] by another person.
 
* [[Aphephobia]] - fear of being [[touched]] by another person.
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* [[Arachnophobia]] or [[arachneophobia]] - fear of [[spiders]]
 
* [[Astraphobia]], Astrapophobia, Brontophobia, Keraunophobia – fear of [[thunder]], [[lightning]] and storms; especially common in young children.
 
* [[Astraphobia]], Astrapophobia, Brontophobia, Keraunophobia – fear of [[thunder]], [[lightning]] and storms; especially common in young children.
 
* [[Autodysomophobia]] - fear of ones body odor being unpleasant
 
* [[Autodysomophobia]] - fear of ones body odor being unpleasant
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* [[Bromidrophobia]] or Bromidrosiphobia - Fear of body smells.
 
* [[Bromidrophobia]] or Bromidrosiphobia - Fear of body smells.
 
* [[Brontophobia]] - fear of thunder. Not used for the common mild form found in children.
 
* [[Brontophobia]] - fear of thunder. Not used for the common mild form found in children.
* [[Cainotophobia]] or cenotophobia - a fear of novelty, of new situations, ideas ot things.
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* [[Cainotophobia]] or cenotophobia - a fear of novelty, of new situations, ideas ot things. See [[Cenotophobia]]
 
* [[Cardiophobia]] - a fear of heart problems.
 
* [[Cardiophobia]] - a fear of heart problems.
 
* [[Catoptrophobia]] - fear of mirrors or of one's own reflection, or of breaking mirrors.
 
* [[Catoptrophobia]] - fear of mirrors or of one's own reflection, or of breaking mirrors.
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* [[Cenotophobia]] - Fear of novelty, of new things such as new ideas see [[Cainotophobia]]
 
* [[Chorophobia]] - fear of fun, gaity or dancing.
 
* [[Chorophobia]] - fear of fun, gaity or dancing.
 
* [[Cibophobia]], [[Sitophobia]] – aversion to [[food]], synonymous to [[Anorexia nervosa]].
 
* [[Cibophobia]], [[Sitophobia]] – aversion to [[food]], synonymous to [[Anorexia nervosa]].
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* [[Coprophobia]] - a fear of [[feces]] and by generalization dirt, contamination, and filth
 
* [[Coprophobia]] - a fear of [[feces]] and by generalization dirt, contamination, and filth
 
* [[Coulrophobia]] – fear of [[clown]]s (not restricted to [[evil clown]]s).
 
* [[Coulrophobia]] – fear of [[clown]]s (not restricted to [[evil clown]]s).
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* [[Cynophobia]] - fear of [[dogs]]
 
* [[Cypridophobia]] - a fear of [[sexually transmitted disease]], or by extension of [[sexual behavior]]
 
* [[Cypridophobia]] - a fear of [[sexually transmitted disease]], or by extension of [[sexual behavior]]
 
* [[Decidophobia]] – fear of making decisions.
 
* [[Decidophobia]] – fear of making decisions.
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* [[Ergasiophobia]], or Ergophobia – fear of [[work]] or by extension taking on responsibility, as in a [[surgery|surgeon]]'s fear of operating.
 
* [[Ergasiophobia]], or Ergophobia – fear of [[work]] or by extension taking on responsibility, as in a [[surgery|surgeon]]'s fear of operating.
 
* [[Eremophobia]] - a fear of solitude of being alone. See [[autophobia]]
 
* [[Eremophobia]] - a fear of solitude of being alone. See [[autophobia]]
* [[Ergophobia]] – fear of work or functioning.
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* [[Ergophobia]] or [[ergasiophobia]]– fear of work or of responsibility.
 
* [[Erotophobia]] – fear of sexual love or sexual questions.
 
* [[Erotophobia]] – fear of sexual love or sexual questions.
 
* [[Erythrophobia]] or ereuthrophobia – a fear of red objects and by generalization blushing.
 
* [[Erythrophobia]] or ereuthrophobia – a fear of red objects and by generalization blushing.
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* [[Haptephobia]] – fear of being touched.
 
* [[Haptephobia]] – fear of being touched.
 
* [[Heliophobia]] – fear of sunlight.
 
* [[Heliophobia]] – fear of sunlight.
* [[Hemophobia]], haemophobia, hematophobia or haematophobia – fear of [[blood]] or sight of blood.
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* [[Hemophobia]], '''haemophobia''', '''hematophobia''' or '''haematophobia''' – fear of [[blood]] or sight of blood.
 
* [[Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia]] – fear of the [[Number of the Beast|number 666]].
 
* [[Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia]] – fear of the [[Number of the Beast|number 666]].
 
* [[Haphephobia]] - fear of being touched by another person.
 
* [[Haphephobia]] - fear of being touched by another person.
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* [[Mysophobia]] – fear of germs, contamination or dirt.
 
* [[Mysophobia]] – fear of germs, contamination or dirt.
 
* [[Necrophobia]] – fear of death, the dead, particularly human corpses.
 
* [[Necrophobia]] – fear of death, the dead, particularly human corpses.
* [[Neophobia]], Cainophobia, Cainotophobia, Cenophobia, Centophobia, Kainolophobia, Kainophobia – fear of newness, novelty. see [[dietary neophobia]]
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* [[Neophobia]], '''Cainophobia''', '''Cainotophobia''', '''Cenophobia''', '''Centophobia''', '''Kainolophobia''', '''Kainophobia''' – fear of newness, novelty. see [[dietary neophobia]]
 
* [[Nomophobia]] – fear of being out of mobile phone contact.
 
* [[Nomophobia]] – fear of being out of mobile phone contact.
 
* [[Nosophobia]] – fear of illness or of contracting a particular disease.
 
* [[Nosophobia]] – fear of illness or of contracting a particular disease.
 
* [[Nosocomephobia]] - fear of hospitals.
 
* [[Nosocomephobia]] - fear of hospitals.
* [[Nyctophobia]], Achluophobia, Lygophobia, Scotophobia – fear of darkness.
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* [[Nyctophobia]], '''Achluophobia''', '''Lygophobia''', '''Scotophobia''' – fear of darkness.
 
* [[Ochlophobia]] - fear of crowds and/or crowded places.
 
* [[Ochlophobia]] - fear of crowds and/or crowded places.
 
* [[Odontophobia]] - fear of teeth, or of [[dental surgery]]
 
* [[Odontophobia]] - fear of teeth, or of [[dental surgery]]
 
* [[Ombrophobia]] - fear of rainstorms
 
* [[Ombrophobia]] - fear of rainstorms
 
* [[Onomatophobia]] - fear of a particular word or name
 
* [[Onomatophobia]] - fear of a particular word or name
* [[Osmophobia]], Olfactophobia – fear of smells.
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* [[Ophidiophobia]] - fear of [[snakes]]
* [[Panophobia]] or panphobia or pantophobia - a fear of everything
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* [[Osmophobia]], '''Olfactophobia''' fear of smells.
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* [[Panophobia]] or '''panphobia''' or '''pantophobia''' - a fear of everything
 
* [[Panphobia]] – fear of everything or constantly afraid without knowing what is causing it.
 
* [[Panphobia]] – fear of everything or constantly afraid without knowing what is causing it.
 
* [[Paraskavedekatriaphobia]], Paraskevidekatriaphobia, Friggatriskaidekaphobia – fear of [[Friday the 13th]].
 
* [[Paraskavedekatriaphobia]], Paraskevidekatriaphobia, Friggatriskaidekaphobia – fear of [[Friday the 13th]].
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* [[Tremophobia]] - fear of [[trembling]]
 
* [[Tremophobia]] - fear of [[trembling]]
 
* [[Trichophobia]] - fear of [[hair]]
 
* [[Trichophobia]] - fear of [[hair]]
* [[Triskaidekaphobia]], Terdekaphobia – fear of the number [[13 (number)|13]].
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* [[Triskaidekaphobia]], '''Terdekaphobia''' – fear of the number [[13 (number)|13]].
 
* [[Trypanophobia]], Belonephobia, Enetophobia – fear of needles or injections.
 
* [[Trypanophobia]], Belonephobia, Enetophobia – fear of needles or injections.
 
* [[Workplace phobia]] – fear of the work place.
 
* [[Workplace phobia]] – fear of the work place.
 
* [[Xenoglossophobia]] - fear of foreign languages, or of having to learn them.
 
* [[Xenoglossophobia]] - fear of foreign languages, or of having to learn them.
 
* [[Xenophobia]] – fear of strangers, foreigners, or aliens.
 
* [[Xenophobia]] – fear of strangers, foreigners, or aliens.
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* [[Zoophobia]] - fear of animals
   
 
==Phobia categories==
 
==Phobia categories==

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The English suffixes -phobia, -phobic, -phobe (of Greek origin: φόβος/φοβία ) occur in technical usage in psychology and psychiatry to construct words that describe irrational, disabling fear as a mental disorder, a phobia (e.g., agoraphobia), in biology to describe organisms that dislike certain conditions (e.g., acidophobia), and in medicine to describe hypersensitivity to a stimulus, usually sensory (e.g., photophobia). In common usage they also form words that describe dislike or hatred of a particular thing or subject. The suffix is antonymic to -phil-.

Some concepts have several words attatched to them by different authors, depending, for example, on the choice of Greek or Latin root. The fear of bees is known variously asApiphobia (from Latin apis for "honeybee") or melissophobia (from Greek melissa for "honeybee")


See also the category:Phobias.


Psychological conditionsEdit

Phobia categoriesEdit

There are a number of ways to categorize phobias, none of them particularly satisfactory due to overlapping divisions. [citation needed]

According to the fourth revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders phobias can be classified under the following general categories:

, like the fear of medical procedures including needles and injections (Trypanophobia)


We might add in here:


Non-psychological conditionsEdit

BiologyEdit

Biologists use a number of -phobia/-phobic terms to describe predispositions by plants and animals against certain conditions. For antonyms, see here.

Prejudices and discriminationEdit

The suffix -phobia is used to coin terms that denote a particular anti-ethnic or anti-demographic sentiment, such as Europhobia, Francophobia, Hispanophobia, and Indophobia. Often a synonym with the prefix "anti-" already exists (e.g., Polonophobia vs. anti-Polonism). Anti-religious sentiments are expressed in terms such as Christianophobia and Islamophobia.

Other prejudices include:

see alsoEdit

References Edit

  • Chris Aldrich (2002-12-02). The Aldrich Dictionary of Phobias and Other Word Families, Trafford Publishing.


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