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List of Phobias
May 03 2024

Phobias are one of the most common mental illnesses. The knowledge of important phobias lists is critical as the topic is covered under the general awareness section of various government exams and other competitive exams. Read the article to learn about the list of phobias. 


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What is Phobia?

Phobia is a type of anxiety disorder. It is an irrational fear of some object or environment or something that is unlikely to cause any harm to the person. The word Phobia is derived from the Greek word ‘phobo’ which means horror or fear. The phobia typically results in a rapid onset of fear and is present for more than six months.  


The Four Major Specific Phobia Categories

Phobias broadly fall under four categories as mentioned below:

  1. Fear related to Natural Environment (Astraphobia, Dendrophobia, Hydrophobia )
  2. Fear related to Animals (Batrachophobia, Cynophobia, Equinophobia)
  3. Fear related to Mutilation/ Medical Treatment (Trypanophobia, Dentophobia, Hemophobia)
  4. Fear related to Situations (Claustrophobia, Aerophobia, Glossophobia)


Here's the list of Phobias

Sr. No. Word of Phobia Meaning
1. Acrophobia
  • An extreme or irrational fear of heights
2. Aerophobia
  • An irrational fear of fresh air or drafts of air
3. Autophobia
  • Fear of being egotistical, being alone or isolated
4. Algophobia
  • A phobia of pain
5. Altophobia
  • An abnormal fear of heights
6. Anorexia
  • An emotional disorder characterized by an obsessive desire to lose weight by refusing to eat
7. Agoraphobia
  • An extreme or irrational fear of open or public places
8. Bathophobia
  • An abnormal and persistent fear of depths
9. Bibliophobia
  • Fear or hatred of books
10. Cacophobia
  • Fear of ugliness and things that are ugly
11. Centrophobia
  • A dislike of being in the center
12. Cellophobia
  • An extreme fear of beauty
13. Chronophobia
  • Fear of Time
14. Cynophobia
  • Fear of dogs
15. Claustrophobia
  • An extreme or irrational fear of confined places
16. Demonomania
  • A delusion of being possessed by evil spirits
17. Dipsophobia
  • An abnormal and persistent fear of drinking alcohol
18. Ergophobia
  • An abnormal and persistent fear of work or finding employment
19. Gamophobia
  • Fear of getting married, being in a relationship, or commitment
20. Genophobia
  • Physical or psychological fear of sexual relations or sexual intercourse


  • Fear of old age
22. Gnosiophobia
  • Fear of knowledge
23. Gynephobia
  • Fear of women
24. Graphophobia
  • Fear of writing or handwriting
25. Hodophobia
  • An irrational and intense fear of travel
26. Hedonophobia
  • Excessive fear or aversion to obtaining pleasure
27. Hematophobia
  • Fear of disease
28. Logophobia
  • Obsessive fear of words
29. Anemophobia
  • An extreme fear of wind or drafts
30. Nyctophobia
  • An extreme or irrational fear of the night or of darkness
31. Pharmacophobia
  • Fear of medication
32. Thanatophobia
  • Fear of death
33. Triskaidekaphobia
  • Extreme superstition regarding the number thirteen
34. Hydrophobia
  • Fear of water
35. Phobophobia
  • Fear of Fears
36. Agoraphobia
  • Fear of places that trigger helplessness
37. Pedophobia
  • Fear of Feet
38. Chionophobia
  • Fear of Snow
39. Arithmopobia
  • Fear of Numbers
40. Iatrophobia
  • Fear of going to Doctors
41. Brontophobia
  • Fear of Thunder and Lightning
42. Tachophobia
  • Fear of Speed
43. Arachnophobia
  • Fear of Spiders
44. Anthophobia
  • Fear of Flowers
45. Hexakosioihexekkontahexaho
  • Fear of Number 666
46. Heliophobia
  • Fear of Sunlight
47. Chorophobia
  • Fear of Dancing
48. Ablutophobia
  • Fear of Bathing
49. Dendrophobia
  • Fear of Trees
50. Batrachophobia
  • Fear of Lizards
51. Cynophobia
  • Fear of Dogs
52. Equinophobia
  • Fear of Horses
53. Trypanophobia
  • Fear of Injection
54. Dentophobia
  • Fear of Dentists
55. Hemophobia
  • Fear of Blood
56. Glossophobia
  • Fear of Public Speaking


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