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Phobias--What Is Your Fear?

Phobias--What Is Your Fear?

A phobia is an unreasonable yet strong fear of a certain object, class of objects, or situation. Nearly half of all people report having a phobia. Common phobias include fear of crowds, darkness, heights, and animals, such as snakes or spiders. Phobia sufferers experience fear and a strong desire to escape whenever they encounter the phobic object or situation. Most people are able to avoid the object of their phobia or endure it with some mild distress. However, some may need specialized treatment to overcome their phobias.
Most phobias have special names. The fear of heights is acrophobia. Agoraphobia is the dread of open spaces, and claustrophobia is the fear of small places or of being closed in. Ailurophobia is the fear of cats, ophidiophobia the fear of snakes, and arachnophobia the fear of spiders. Other phobias include hydrophobia--fear of water, mysophobia--fear of dirt or germs, and xenophobia--fear of foreigners or strangers.
Most phobias develop in middle to late childhood, but can also occur later in life. Phobias may be learned through childhood experiences, such as a painful or frightening encounter with an object or situation. Children may also pick up phobias from a phobic person, such as a parent or friend, or by hearing and believing information that makes an object or situation seem dangerous. Researchers have found that genetics as well as experience may influence the development of phobias. For example, phobias tend to run in families and are more common in identical twins compared with fraternal twins.
Here's a list of a few unknown phobias:
Acerophobia- Fear of sourness.
Agateophobia- Fear of insanity.
Alliumphobia- Fear of garlic.
Allodoxaphobia- Fear of opinions.
Anablephobia- Fear of looking up.
Bibliophobia- Fear of books.
Blennophobia- Fear of slime.
Bogyphobia- Fear of bogeys or the bogeyman.
Bufonophobia- Fear of toads.
Cacophobia- Fear of ugliness.
Clinophobia- Fear of going to bed.
Crystallophobia- Fear of crystals or glass.
Dikephobia- Fear of justice.
Ephebiphobia- Fear of teenagers.
Epistemophobia- Fear of knowledge.
Geliophobia- Fear of laughter.
Geniophobia- Fear of chins.
Graphophobia- Fear of writing or handwriting.
Heliophobia- Fear of the sun.
Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia- Fear of long words.
Hypengyophobia or Hypegiaphobia- Fear of responsibility.
Ideophobia- Fear of ideas.
Kyphophobia- Fear of stooping.
Koinoniphobia- Fear of rooms.
Lachanophobia- Fear of vegetables.
Linonophobia- Fear of string.
Logophobia- Fear of words.
Microphobia- Fear of small things.
Mythophobia- Fear of myths or stories or false statements.
Nomatophobia- Fear of names.
Novercaphobia- Fear of your step-mother.
Octophobia - Fear of the figure 8.
Ophthalmophobia- Fear of being stared at.
Papyrophobia- Fear of paper.
Peladophobia- Fear of bald people.
Phasmophobia- Fear of ghosts.
Rhytiphobia- Fear of getting wrinkles.
Samhainophobia: Fear of Halloween.
Sophophobia- Fear of learning.
Syngenesophobia- Fear of relatives.
Technophobia- Fear of technology.
Textophobia- Fear of certain fabrics.
Vestiphobia- Fear of clothing.
Wiccaphobia: Fear of witches and witchcraft.
Xanthophobia- Fear of the color yellow or the word yellow.
Xerophobia- Fear of dryness.
Xyrophobia-Fear of razors.

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