Fear. It’s often paralyzing and sometimes irrational. We aren’t always ready to classify our fears as a “phobia” but they might actually be just that. If you’ve thrown up the night before every dentist appointment you’ve ever had, you might have a mild case of dentophobia (fear of dentists). If like millions of other people, you hesitate at the top of the escalator, that’s normal, too. Bathmophobia is the fear of stairs or steep slopes. (Though, if you really have bathmophobia, you’ll probably just walk to the other end of the mall and take the elevator, instead of powering through.)
That feeling of a pit in your stomach any time you have to speak in front of a crowd? That might be the very inkling of glossophobia, which is the fear of public speaking. People who live with androphobia, fear of men, typically avoid all men all the time and feel a sense of terror when they’re in a male presence.
Our fears, on the surface, might seem irrational. But, they’re usually caused by something. You hesitate on the escalator because of your mom’s story about that one girl who fell down and got stuck at the bottom. You hate the dentist because that first cavity as a kiddo was a doozy. And we fear men because, well… we watch the news?
There’s an entire laundry list of phobias. Some are pretty common. Everyone knows about agoraphobia and arachnophobia. Others are much more unique and unheard of. So we went ahead and made a list of both common and uncommon phobias. Do you think you might live with any of these?
Most Common Phobias
Fear of heights. For some people, this can look like the uncontrollable urge to get away from the height but may result in panic attacks or agitation that may impair their sense of judgment.
Fear of public spaces or crowds. We’re all pretty familiar with this one — we often see it portrayed in movies by someone who is a complete shut-in. People who have learned to control their agoraphobia might be out living everyday life but still avoid places like malls, concerts, or well-attended football games.
Fear of spiders. A good chunk of America will say they have arachnophobia, right? Kim Kardashian West, for example, has documented her phobia on countless episodes of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
Fear of thunder and lightning. Next time your dog sidles up to you in the middle of a storm, you can diagnose him with this one.
Fear of being alone. Most of us dread the thought of dying alone but still relish a bit of alone time from time to time. This is a much more severe situation — if you have autophobia you probably never, ever want to be alone.
Fear of confined or crowded spaces. This most often presents itself during elevator rides or CT scans. But, it often affects people on planes, too!
Fear of blood. If you pass out at the sight of having your blood taken or your kid’s bloody scraped knee, you might have hemophobia.
Also known as aquaphobia, this phobia presents as the fear of water. This is a confusing one and can take varying forms in different people. If you have hydrophobia, are you so terrified of water that you don’t even take baths or showers… or just don’t like to have the water hit your face? Or are you just overcome with dread at the sight of larger bodies of water?
Fear of snakes. Granted snakes have a tendency to freak many people out, but people with this phobia sometimes can’t even look at photos of this scaly critter.
Fear of flying. There are actually several names for the fear of flying. That’s partly because there are so many ways to be afraid of flying. Are you fine in a helicopter or on a trapeze but hate riding in a plane? Or do you only hate flying in airplanes? Depending on your answers, you could be diagnosed in various ways.
Fear of needles or injections. This can also sometimes present similarly to “Aichmophobia” which is the fear of needles or pointed objects.
Fear of animals. Can you imagine a life without animals? Probably not. For people with zoophobia, though, imagining a life with animals is downright terrifying.
Unique And Weird Phobias
- Achluophobia — Fear of darkness
- Alektorophobia — Fear of chickens
- Anthophobia — Fear of flowers
- Aphenphosmphobia — Fear of being touched
- Ataxophobia — Fear of disorder or untidiness
- Atelophobia — Fear of imperfection
- Atychiphobia — Fear of failure
- Barophobia — Fear of gravity
- Bathmophobia — Fear of stairs or steep slopes
- Batrachophobia — Fear of amphibians
- Bacteriophobia — Fear of bacteria
- Bibliophobia — Fear of books
- Belonephobia — Fear of pins and needles
- Botanophobia — Fear of plants
- Catagelophobia — Fear of being ridiculed
- Catoptrophobia — Fear of mirrors
- Chionophobia — Fear of snow
- Cryophobia — Fear of ice or cold
- Cacophobia — Fear of ugliness
- Chionophobia — Fear of snow
- Chromophobia — Fear of colors
- Chronomentrophobia — Fear of clocks
- Coulrophobia — Fear of clowns
- Cyberphobia — Fear of computers
- Cynophobia — Fear of dogs
- Dendrophobia — Fear of trees
- Dentophobia — Fear of dentists
- Domatophobia — Fear of houses
- Dystychiphobia — Fear of accidents
- Ecophobia — Fear of the home
- Elurophobia — Fear of cats
- Entomophobia — Fear of insects
- Ephebiphobia — Fear of teenagers
- Equinophobia — Fear of horses
- Gamophobia — Fear of marriage
- Genuphobia — Fear of knees
- Glossophobia — Fear of speaking in public
- Gynophobia — Fear of women
- Heliophobia — Fear of the sun
- Herpetophobia — Fear of reptiles
- Hydrophobia — Fear of water
- Hypochondria — Fear of illness
- Iatrophobia — Fear of doctors
- Insectophobia — Fear of insects
- Koinoniphobia — Fear of rooms full of people
- Leukophobia — Fear of the color white
- Lilapsophobia — Fear of tornadoes and hurricanes
- Lockiophobia — Fear of childbirth
- Mageirocophobia — Fear of cooking
- Megalophobia — Fear of large things
- Melanophobia — Fear of the color black
- Microphobia — Fear of small things
- Mysophobia — Fear of dirt and germs
- Octophobia — Fear of the figure 8
- Onomatophobia — Fear of names
- Pogonophobia — Fear of beards
- Papyrophobia – Fear of paper
- Pathophobia – Fear of disease
- Pedophobia – Fear of children
- Philematophobia – Fear of Kissing
- Philophobia – Fear of love
- Phobophobia – Fear of phobias
- Podophobia – Fear of feet
- Porphyrophobia – Fear of the color purple
- Pteridophobia – Fear of ferns
- Pyrophobia – Fear of fire
- Samhainophobia – Fear of Halloween
- Scolionophobia – Fear of school
- Scoptophobia – Fear of being stared at
- Selenophobia – Fear of the moon
- Sociophobia – Fear of social evaluation
- Somniphobia – Fear of sleep
- Tachophobia – Fear of speed
- Taphephobia – Fear of being buried alive
- Tapinophobia – Fear of being contagious
- Taurophobia – Fear of bulls
- Technophobia – Fear of technology
- Teleophobia – Fear of definite plans
- Testophobia – Fear of taking tests
- Thalassophobia – Fear of the sea
- Thanatophobia – Fear of death or dying
- Theatrophobia – Fear of theaters
- Thermophobia – Fear of heat
- Tocophobia – Fear of childbirth
- Tonitrophobia – Fear of thunder
- Toxiphobia – Fear of poison
- Traumatophobia – Fear of injury
- Tremophobia – Fear of trembling
- Trichopathophobia – Fear of hair disease
- Trichophobia – Fear of loose hair
- Triskaidekaphobia – Fear of the number
- Trypophobia – Fear of Holes
- Turophobia – Fear of cheese
- Vaccinophobia – Fear of vaccinations
- Venustraphobia – Fear of beautiful women
- Verbophobia – Fear of words
- Verminophobia – Fear of germs
- Vestiphobia – Fear of clothing
- Virginitiphobia – Fear of rape
- Vitricophobia – Fear of stepfathers
- Walloonophobia – Fear of the Walloons, an ethnic group native to Belgium
- Wiccaphobia – Fear of witches and witchcraft
- Xenophobia – Fear of strangers or foreigners