The ABC's of Phobias 3

Agateophobia- Fear of insanity. May be caused by a past event in the phobic's life related to becoming insane or the emotional trauma of fearing alienation because they became insane.


Bromidrosiphobia- Fear of body smells. The fear is mostly triggered due to an unpleasant smell of the own bodies than by other people and sufferers may shower at least thrice a day while putting perfume or cologne, staying away from other people.

Chronophobia- Fear of time. Sufferers may be aware of a vague feeling that events are moving too fast and running away with themselves, and that it is difficult to make sense of the way events are unfolding.

Doxophobia- Fear of expressing opinions or of receiving praise. This fear may arise due to comments that would embarrass the person, and suffers often have high levels of success, so having this fear does not mean an individual lacks skill.


Eleutherophobia- Fear of freedom. This fear is very commonly suffered by slaves throughout history, because many of whom may not know how to do right things when left alone, causing them to panic that they might do something wrong.


Felinophobia- Fear of cats. For most people, it is less about fear than about loathing, similar to the reaction many people have to snakes or rats, and some experts think, in relation to big cats, the fear may have biological (or even evolutionary) origin.

Geliophobia- Fear of laughter. Some people who develop this phobia are less afraid of the laughter itself, and are more concerned with how laughing will affect their bodies, such as causing them to lose control of the bladder or bowels.

Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia- Fear of the number 666. Afraid of its biblical connotations, severe sufferers may try to avoid the number at all times, like blocking the cable channel 666, would purchase more items if their total came to $6.66, and would never live at an address with a street number 666.

Isopterophobia- Fear of termites, insects that eat wood. Sufferers of this fear may become irrationally distrustful of wooden objects, such as furniture in their own homes, suspicious that they may be infected with bugs.

Jotaphobia- Fear of the letter 'j'. Fears about certain letters are almost exclusively suffered by young children after first learning about the alphabet; some may get scared of just looking at letters or even believe that they are symbols of evilness.

Kakorrhaphiophobia- Fear of failure or defeat. People who suffer with this fear often will not play simple games, due to their inability to handle losing.

Lachanophobia- Fear of vegetables. A phobic person might have been forced to eat vegetables as a child or was punished severely for not eating their vegetables, or they seen vegetables growing in the garden and saw insects on them and the still have bugs in them, or they may even fear swallowing a seed will cause the vegetable to grow inside them.

Metrophobia- Fear or hatred of poetry. Some sufferers fear all poetry, while others fear poems that deal with specific subject matter or are written in a specific style.

Nomatophobia- Fear of names. The fear is essentially the result of the power the individual transfers to the importance of the name, where sometimes they believe that speaking the name will result in the individual hearing about it and exacting retribution.

Omphalophobia- Fear of belly buttons. This is commonly caused by traumatic childhood experiences involving belly buttons, possibly resulting in poking at it and risking getting hurt; some children may think that belly buttons are part of umbilical cord that doctors didn't remove and that the contents of their gut would spill out if someone tries to untie or poke it.

Peccatophobia- Fear of sinning or imaginary crimes. A sufferer who has been incarcerated might develop this phobia out of fear of being jailed again, or a phobic may acquire excessive fear of authority figures, viewing them as perpetual punishers.

Quadriplegiphobia- fear of quadriplegics or fear of becoming a quadriplegic. This fear may result in a person having difficulty in seeing the person behind the physical illness or injury.

Rhabdophobia- Fear of being severely punished or beaten by a rod. This fear has several different meanings, including a fear of criticism, and also a fear of magic, particularly magical wands.

Siderophobia- Fear of stars. Some sufferers will not go outside at night at all, will keep their blinds and curtains closed at all hours, and may even develop a fear of the sun itself.

Teleophobia- Fear of definite plans or obligations. Phobics may also fear religions ceremony’s such as weddings, funerals, or even Sunday mass because they feel like they are forced to sit and observe the whole ceremony when they would rather be doing something else.

Uranophobia- Some people fear Heaven because the appearance of winged-angels might scare them angels, which have winged-human appearance that may scare them.

Venustraphobia- Fear of beautiful women. This phobia is commonly caused by being a victim of breaking up the relationship with beautiful women constantly.

Xylophobia- Fear of wooden objects or wooded areas. Phobics may resist using anything made of wood, such as popsicle sticks or matches, while others are afraid to enter forests as they are scared of the dangers inside.

Zeusophobia- Fear of God or the gods. Some of the common psychological processes associated with this phobia include catastrophising, ignoring the positive, exaggerating, over generalizing, looking for disaster, thinking in all or nothing terms.



* Several letters, including W & Y have so few phobias beginning with that letter, that they have already been covered in previous The ABC’s of Phobias articles.

** Many phobias can be treated with cognitive-behavioral therapy and anxiety management techniques. For help getting treatment for your own phobias, please seek medical treatment from a mental health professional!

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