Ironically, this is the fear of long words.
Phobias are one of the most common difficulties hypnotherapists deal with, it has been suggested that eight per cent of adults will have some type of phobia. Women are more likely to experience phobias than men.
Typical symptoms of phobias will include nausea, trembling, rapid heartbeat, feelings of unreality, and being preoccupied with the fear object.
Phobias fall into one of four major categories:
- Fears of the natural environment
- Fears related to animals.
- Fear related to medical treatments or issues.
- Fears related to specific situations.
Achievemephobia: The fear of success. The opposite of the fear of failure.
Achondroplasiaphobia: The fear of midgets. Because they look different.
Acrophobia: The fear of heights. Five per cent of the general population suffer from this phobia.
Aerophobia: The fear of flying.
Agliophobia: The fear of pain. Being afraid something painful will happen.
Agoraphobia: The fear of open or crowded spaces. People with this fear often won’t leave home.
Ailurophobia: The fear of cats. This phobia is also known as Gatophobia.
Alektorophobia: The fear of chickens. You may have this phobia if chickens make you panic.
Allodoxaphobia: The fear of opinions. Being afraid of hearing what others are thinking of you.
Anatidaephobia: The fear of ducks. Somewhere, a duck is watching you.
Androphobia: The fear of men. Usually seen in younger females, but it can also affect adults.
Anthropophobia: The fear of people. Being afraid of people in all situations.
Aphenphosmphobia: The fear of intimacy. Fear of being touched and love.
Apiphobia: The fear of bees. Many people fear being stung by angry bees.
Aquaphobia: The fear of water. Being afraid of water or being near water.
Arachnophobia: The fear of spiders affects women four times more (48% women and 12% men).
Astraphobia: The fear of thunder/lightning AKA Brontophobia, Tonitrophobia, Ceraunophobia.
Athazagoraphobia: The fear of being forgotten or not remembering things.
Atychiphobia: The fear of failure. It is the single greatest barrier to success.
Autophobia: The fear of abandonment and being abandoned by someone.
Bananaphobia: The fear of bananas. If you have this phobia, they are scary.
Basiphobia: The fear of falling. Some may even refuse to walk or stand up.
Bathophobia: The fear of depths can be anything associated with depth (lakes, tunnels, caves).
Cacomorphobia: The fear of fat people. Induced by the media. Affects some anorexics/bulimics.
Carcinophobia: The fear of cancer. People with this develop extreme diets.
Catoptrophobia: The fear of mirrors. Being afraid of what you might see.
Chaetophobia: The fear of hair. Phobics tend to be afraid of other peoples hair.
Chronophobia: The fear of the future. A persistent fear of what is to come.
Cibophobia: The fear of food. The phobia may come from a bad episode while eating, like choking.
Claustrophobia: The fear of small spaces like elevators, small rooms and other enclosed spaces.
Coasterphobia: The fear of roller coasters. Ever seen Final Destination 3?
Coulrophobia: The fear of clowns. Some people find clowns funny, coulrophobics certainly don’t.
Cynophobia: The fear of dogs. This includes everything from small Poodles to large Great Danes.
Didaskaleinophobia: The fear of school. This phobia affects kids mostly.
Disposophobia: The fear of getting rid of stuff triggers extreme hoarding.
Emetophobia: The fear of vomiting and the fear of loss of your self-control.
Enochlophobia: The fear of crowds is closely related to Ochlophobia and Demophobia.
Entomophobia: The fear of bugs and insects, also related to Acarophobia.
Equinophobia: The fear of horses. Animal phobias are pretty common, especially for women.
Ergophobia: The fear of work. Often due to social or performance anxiety.
Galeophobia: The fear of sharks in the ocean or even in swimming pools.
Gamophobia: The fear of commitment or sticking with someone to the end.
Gephyrophobia: The fear of bridges and crossing even the smallest bridge.
Gerascophobia: The fear of getting old. Ageing is the most natural thing, yet many of us fear it.
Globophobia: The fear of balloons. They should be fun, but not for phobics.
Glossophobia: The fear of public speaking. Not being able to do speeches.
Gynophobia: The fear of women. May occur if you have unresolved mother issues.
Hemophobia: The fear of blood. Even the sight of blood can cause fainting.
Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia: The fear of long words.
Iatrophobia: The fear of doctors. Do you delay doctor visits? You may have this.
Ichthyophobia: The fear of fish. Includes small, large, dead and living fish.
Katsaridaphobia: The fear of cockroaches. This can easily lead to an excessive cleaning disorder.
Kinemortophobia: The fear of zombies. Being afraid that zombies attack and turn you into them.
Koumpounophobia: The fear of buttons. Clothes with buttons are avoided.
Lepidopterophobia: The fear of butterflies and often most winged insects.
Ligyrophobia: The fear of loud noises. More than the instinctive noise fear.
Metathesiophobia: The fear of change. Sometimes change is a good thing.
Monophobia: The fear of being alone. Even while eating and/or sleeping.
Mottephobia: The fear of moths. These insects are only beautiful to some.
Musophobia: The fear of mice. Some people find mice cute, but phobics don’t.
Myrmecophobia: The fear of ants. Not as common as Arachnophobia, but may feel just as intense.
Mysophobia: The fear of germs. It is also rightly termed as Germophobia or Bacteriophobia.
Nosocomephobia: The fear of hospitals. Let’s face it, no one likes hospitals.
Numerophobia: The fear of numbers and the mere thought of calculations.
Nyctophobia: The fear of darkness. Being afraid of the dark or the night is common for kids.
Ombrophobia: The fear of rain. Many fear the rain due to stormy weather.
Omphalophobia: The fear of belly buttons. Touching and looking at navels.
Ophidiophobia: The fear of snakes. Phobics’ avoid certain cities because they have more snakes.
Ornithophobia: The fear of birds. Individuals suffering from this may only fear certain species.
Panophobia: The fear of everything or fear that terrible things will happen.
Paraskevidekatriaphobia: The fear of Friday the 13th. About 8% of people have this phobia.
Pediophobia: The fear of dolls. This phobia could well be Chucky: induced.
Phasmophobia: The fear of ghosts. AKA Spectrophobia.
Philophobia: The fear of love. Being scared of falling in love or emotions.
Phobophobia: The fear of fear. The thought of being afraid of objects/situations.
Photophobia: The fear of light caused by something medical or traumatic.
Podophobia: The fear of feet. Some people fear touching or to look at feet, even their own.
Pogonophobia: The fear of beards or being scared of/around bearded men.
Pseudodysphagia: The fear of choking often after a bad eating experience.
Pyrophobia: The fear of fire. A natural/primal fear that can be debilitating.
Ranidaphobia: The fear of frogs. Often caused by episodes from childhood.
Samhainophobia: The fear of Halloween affects children/superstitious people.
Scelerophobia: The fear of crime involves being afraid of burglars, attackers or crime in general.
Scoleciphobia: The fear of worms. Often because of unhygienic conditions.
Sidonglobophobia: The fear of cotton balls or plastic foams.
Somniphobia: The fear of sleep. Being terrified of what might happen right after you fall asleep.
Spheksophobia: The fear of wasps. You panic and fear getting stung by it.
Taphophobia: The fear of being buried alive by mistake and waking up in a coffin underground.
Technophobia: The fear of technology is often induced by culture/religion.
Telephonophobia: The fear of talking on the phone. Phobics prefer texting.
Thalassophobia: The fear of the ocean. Water, waves and unknown spaces.
Thanatophobia: The fear of death. Even talking about death can be hard.
Theophobia: The fear of God causes an irrational fear of God or religion.
Tokophobia: The fear of pregnancy involves giving birth or having children.
Triskaidekaphobia: The fear of the number 13 or the bad luck that follows.
Trypanophobia: The fear of needles. I used to fear needles (that and death).
Trypophobia: The fear of holes is an unusual but common phobia.
Vehophobia: The fear of driving. This phobia affects personal and work life.
Xenophobia: The fear of the unknown. Fearing anything or anyone that is strange or foreign.
Zoophobia: The fear of animals. Applies to both vile and harmless animals.