Some of the Weirdest Phobias

Nearly everyone is afraid of something. But when the fear is intense and persistent it is called a phobia. Some of those phobias are really weird, such as some of those listed below.


Achluophobia: Fear of darkness.
Acousticophobia: Fear of noise.
Acrophobia: Fear of heights.
Agoraphobia: Fear of open spaces or of being in crowded places.
Ailurophobia: Fear of cats.
Alektorophobia: Fear of chickens.
Alliumphobia: Fear of garlic.
Allodoxaphobia: Fear of opinions.
Altophobia: Fear of heights.
Amaxophobia: Fear of riding in a car.
Ambulophobia: Fear of walking.
Ancraophobia or Anemophobia: Fear of wind.
Androphobia or Arrhenphobia: Fear of men.
Anglophobia: Fear of England, English culture, etc.
Anthrophobia: Fear of flowers.
Antlophobia: Fear of floods.
Anuptaphobia: Fear of staying single.
Apeirophobia: Fear of infinity.
Aphenphosmphobia: Fear of being touched.
Apiphobia: Fear of bees.
Apotemnophobia: Fear of persons with amputations.
Arachnephobia/Arachnophobia: Fear of spiders.
Arithmophobia: Fear of numbers.
Arsonphobia: Fear of fire.
Astraphobia/Astrapophobia: Fear of thunder and lightning.
Astrophobia: Fear of stars/space.
Ataxophobia: Fear of disorder or untidiness.
Atelophobia: Fear of imperfection.
Athazagoraphobia: Fear of being forgotten or ignored or forgetting.
Atychiphobia: Fear of failure.
Aurophobia: Fear of gold.
Automatonophobia: Fear of ventriloquist’s dummies, animatronic creatures, wax statues.
Automysophobia: Fear of being dirty.
Autophobia: Fear of being alone or of oneself.
Aviophobia/Aviatophobia: Fear of flying.

Bacillophobia: Fear of microbes.
Bacteriophobia: Fear of bacteria.
Bathmophobia: Fear of stairs or steep slopes.
Batophobia: Fear of heights.
Batrachophobia: Fear of amphibians (like frogs)
Belonephobia: Fear of pins and needles.
Bibliophobia: Fear of books.
Botanophobia: Fear of plants.
Brontophobia: Fear of thunder and lightning.

Cacophobia: Fear of ugliness.
Cainophobia/Cainotophobia: Fear of newness, novelty.
Caligynephobia: Fear of beautiful women.
Carnophobia: Fear of meat.
Catagelophobia: Fear of being ridiculed.
Catoptrophobia: Fear of mirrors.
Cenophobia/Centophobia: Fear of new things or ideas.
Ceraunophobia: Fear of thunder.
Chaetophobia: Fear of hair.
Chionophobia: Fear of snow.
Chiraptophobia: Fear of being touched.
Chirophobia: Fear of hands.
Chorophobia: Fear of dancing.
Chrometophobia/Chrematophobia: Fear of money.
Chromophobia/Chromatophobia: Fear of colors.
Chronomentrophobia: Fear of clocks.
Cibophobia/Sitophobia/Sitiophobia: Fear of food.
Claustrophobia: Fear of confined spaces.
Climacophobia: Fear of stairs.
Clinophobia: Fear of going to bed.
Coimetrophobia: Fear of cemeteries.
Coulrophobia: Fear of clowns.
Cyberphobia: Fear of computers.
Cyclophobia: Fear of bicycles.
Cymophobia: Fear of waves.
Cynophobia: Fear of dogs.

Demophobia: Fear of crowds.
Dendrophobia: Fear of trees.
Dentophobia: Fear of dentists.
Didaskaleinophobia: Fear of going to school.
Dipsophobia: Fear of drinking.
Dishabiliophobia: Fear of undressing in front of someone.
Dromophobia: Fear of crossing streets.

Eisoptrophobia: Fear of mirrors.
Elurophobia: Fear of cats.
Emetophobia: Fear of vomiting.
Entomophobia: Fear of insects.
Ephebiphobia: Fear of teenagers.
Epistaxiophobia: Fear of nosebleeds.
Equinophobia: Fear of horses.
Ergophobia: Fear of work.

Felinophobia: Fear of cats.

Gamophobia: Fear of marriage.
Geliophobia: Fear of laughter.
Genophobia: Fear of sex.
Gephyrophobia, Gephydrophobia, or Gephysrophobia: Fear of crossing bridges.
Gerascophobia: Fear of growing old.
Glossophobia: Fear of speaking in public or of trying to speak.
Gynephobia/Gynophobia: Fear of women.

Haphephobia/Haptephobia: Fear of being touched.
Harpaxophobia: Fear of being robbed.
Heliophobia: Fear of the sun.
Hemophobia/Hemaphobia/Hematophobia: Fear of blood.
Hierophobia: Fear of priests or sacred things.
Hominophobia: Fear of men.
Hylophobia: Fear of forests.

Iatrophobia: Fear of doctors.
Ichthyophobia: Fear of fish.

Judeophobia: Fear of Jews.

Keraunophobia: Fear of thunder and lightning.
Kymophobia: Fear of waves.

Lachanophobia: Fear of vegetables.
Ligyrophobia: Fear of loud noises.
Limnophobia: Fear of lakes.
Liticaphobia: Fear of lawsuits.
Lockiophobia: Fear of childbirth.
Logizomechanophobia: Fear of computers.
Logophobia: Fear of words.
Lygophobia: Fear of darkness.

Macrophobia: Fear of long waits.
Mageirocophobia: Fear of cooking.
Maieusiophobia: Fear of childbirth.
Megalophobia: Fear of large things.
Melissophobia: Fear of bees.
Methyphobia: Fear of alcohol.
Microphobia: Fear of small things.
Misophobia: Fear of being contaminated with dirt/germs.
Monophobia: Fear of solitude or being alone.
Motorphobia: Fear of automobiles.
Musophobia/Murophobia: Fear of mice.

Necrophobia: Fear of death and dead things.
Neophobia: Fear of anything new.
Nosocomephobia: Fear of hospitals.
Numerophobia: Fear of numbers.

Ochlophobia: Fear of crowds or mobs.
Ophidiophobia: Fear of snakes.
Ophthalmophobia: Fear of being stared at.
Ornithophobia: Fear of birds.

Pedophobia: Fear of children.
Peladophobia: Fear of bald people.
Phasmophobia: Fear of ghosts.
Placophobia: Fear of tombstones.
Plutophobia: Fear of wealth.
Pogonophobia: Fear of beards.
Potamophobia: Fear of rivers or running water.
Pteronophobia: Fear of being tickled by feathers.
Pupaphobia: Fear of puppets.
Pyrophobia: Fear of fire.

Rhytiphobia: Fear of getting wrinkles.
Rupophobia: Fear of dirt.

Scolionophobia: Fear of school.
Selachophobia: Fear of sharks.
Sesquipedalophobia: Fear of long words.

Tachophobia: Fear of speed.
Technophobia: Fear of technology.
Telephonophobia: Fear of telephones.
Testophobia: Fear of taking tests.
Theophobia: Fear of gods or religion.
Trypanophobia: Fear of injections.

Venustraphobia: Fear of beautiful women.
Verbophobia: Fear of words.
Verminophobia: Fear of germs.
Vestiphobia: Fear of clothing.

Xenoglossophobia: Fear of foreign languages.

Zoophobia: Fear of animals

Paul Tomaszewski is a science & tech writer as well as a programmer and entrepreneur. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of CosmoBC. He has a degree in computer science from John Abbott College, a bachelor's degree in technology from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, and completed some business and economics classes at Concordia University in Montreal. While in college he was the vice-president of the Astronomy Club. In his spare time he is an amateur astronomer and enjoys reading or watching science-fiction. You can follow him on LinkedIn and Twitter.


  • Anon

    I suffer from ergophobia! No seriously, phobias can be scary for sufferers and can seem ridiculous to others but it is an extremely common problem. Luckily there are solutions to the problem if you’re prepared to work at it.

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