The ABC's of Phobias 4

Atelophobia- Fear of imperfection. An atelophobe worries that whatever they are doing is in some way unacceptable, so that even common tasks such as writing an email or talking in front of others can be very challenging.

Bathophobia- Fear of depth. Sufferers from bathophobia experience anxiety even though they realize they are safe from falling into or being consumed by depths, where the feared object may be a long, dark hallway, a well or a deep pool or lake.

Cyberphobia- Fear of computers or working on a computer. This fear can even extend to utilizing cell phones, televisions, or any new technologies.

Didaskaleinophobia- Fear of going to school. Nearly 2 to 5% of school-age children are known to be inflicted with such phobia, being more common in preschool aged children of 4-6 years.

Eosophobia- Fear of dawn or daylight. Sufferers may prefer to sleep during the day in the dark room and be active at night, resulting in a more difficult social life.


Francophobia- Fear of France or French culture. It signifies a consistent hostility toward the government, culture, and people of France that employs stereotypes, particularly by the United States.

Gnosiophobia- Fear of knowledge or the fear of answers. Sufferers often avoid engaging in conversations, choosing to be alone which also results in social anxiety, and may also avoid reading books or watching television to intentionally remain ignorant.

Hedonophobia- Fear of feeling or obtaining pleasure. Hedonophobics may feel social guilt if they were to have fun while others are suffering, and is common for them to sense that they shouldn't be given pleasures due to their lack of performance in life.

Iatrophobia- Fear of going to the doctor or of doctors. Difficulty in treating this condition comes from the irrational fear of doctors, causing the sufferer to constantly reschedule appointments to avoid from dealing with the fear.

Katsaridaphobia- Fear of cockroaches. When a person has this disorder, they will do anything to avoid any sign of cockroach to enter their home, even when it means implementing rash, irrational, and harmful decisions.

Linonophobia- Fear of string. People with this fear might have experienced being tied up in the past, possibly as a punishment when they were a child; while they usually have no problems wearing clothes, shoes with laces may be a problem and they may prefer leather and slip on shoes.

Metathesiophobia- Fear of changes. A child who has experienced moving multiple times in short periods of time or who had a significant death in the family may begin to irrationally resist change of any type, even in adulthood.

Nostophobia- Fear of returning home. Considered the opposite state of nostalgia, this fear may not always be caused by the home itself, possibly caused by family violence, or shame felt by people who served in the military and were injured.

Oenophobia- Fear of wines. Sufferers may fear alcohol as a toxin, or may worry that drinking wine may make them act unpleasantly to others or have intoxicated people act unpleasantly towards them.


Philemaphobia- Fear of kissing. Philemaphobics may avoid kissing someone or allowing themselves to be kissed because they don't want to spread and receive any germs or are afraid of someone smelling their bad breath.

Pogonophobia- Fear of beards. People with this fear tend to think that bearded men come from unhygienic places or not having access to materials for cleaning and shaving, associating these men with illness, misfortune, or homelessness.

Qoppaphobia- Fear of the letter q. 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.

Rhypophobia- Fear of defecation. This fear can be due to traumatic experiences in the past such as having hard stools that needed to be manually extracted by a physician, or fear of the getting painful hemorrhoids.

Stenophobia- Fear of narrow things or places. This fear could be caused falling off of a narrow hiking trail or bridge and sufferers could feel afraid of either falling again somehow, or being stuck in a narrow space, unable to move.


Thalassophobia- Fear of the sea. In addition to fearing large bodies of water, they may often fear the vast emptiness of the sea, the distance from land, or of encountering sea creatures.

Urophobia- Fear of urine or urination. Due to their fears, urophobes will avoid urinating, and therefore are significantly more prone to developing kidney stones, kidney rupture, infections, or bed wetting.

Vitricophobia- Fear of a stepfather. This phobia results from the fear that a person’s father will be replaced by another man when their parents won’t live together anymore, through separation and divorce.

Xyrophobia- Fear of razors. This fear is not limited to razor blades, but may extent to other sharp cutting instruments such as knives or scissors, and may lead to a sufferer growing out their body hair due to their fears of shaving or trimming implementations.

* 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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