A phobia is a strong, irrational and out of proportion fear-reaction to something that poses little or no actual danger but just the thought of it and the resulting surge of adrenaline causes your physical body to react in what is known as the 'Fight or Flight Syndrome'. This reaction is old evolutionary stuff that is well embedded in our genes from over 900 million years of evolution ever since we crawled out of the primordial ooze and developed over the millennia as a necessary part of the survival of the species. The reaction may have been useful to our ancestor caveman but is usually not a lot of use to us now, however we now have the brain power in the frontal lobes of our neo-cortex which develops very good imaginations - imaginations which the old primitive parts of our brain interprets as being life-threatening and so kicks off the 'fight or flight' reaction.
If you have a phobia then you will try to avoid what you are afraid of. If you cannot avoid it then exposure to it will probably provoke a feeling of extreme anxiety or a panic attack, even thinking about it, as explained above, can cause the same reaction. This type of avoidance can interfere with work and social functioning. You may feel weak or cowardly and lose self-esteem when avoiding the object of the phobia.
Anxieties and feelings of not being able to 'deal with the situation' is a disempowering experience and the combination of teaching/discussion and hypnotherapy that I work with is very successful in helping to overcome this. Although the catalogue of your difficulties and anxiety symptoms may sometimes seem quite varied we don't have to treat them as separate issues. You are a whole person and I treat you as such, these things will all be inter-related in some way.
being accidentally poisoned
being bitten by insects
being close to high buildings
being in a house
being in crowded places
being in love
being stared at
being tied up
- Fear of
Scelerophibia - Fear of, (or burglars.)
Peladophobia - Fear of
Ablutophobia - Fear of
Pogonophobia - Fear of
Caligynephobia or Venustraphobia - Fear of
Phalacrophobia - Fear of
Homophobia - Fear of
Nosemaphobia - Fear of
Lyssophobia - Fear of
Clinophobia - Fear of going to
Apiphobia or Melissophobia - Fear of
Toxicophobia - Fear of being accidentally poisoned
Isolophobia or Monophobia - Fear of
Acarophobia - Fear of
Batophobia - Fear of
Phagophobia - Fear of
Clithrophobia or Cleithrophbia - Fear of
Oikophobia - Fear of
Agoraphobia - Fear of
Philophobia - Fear of
Gerontophobia - Fear of
Amychophobia - Fear of
Ophthalmophobia - Fear of
Autodysomophobia - Fear of
Scoptophobia - Fear of
Merinthophobia - Fear of
Cyclophobia - Fear of
Ornithophobia - Fear of
Melanophobia - Fear of the colour
Scotomaphobia - Fear of
Hemophobia or Hemaphobia or Hematophobia - Fear of
Erythrophobia or Ereuthophobia - Fear of the colour red
Autodysomophobia - Fear of
Bromidrosiphobia or Bromidrophobia - Fear of
Bogyphobia - Fear of bogies or the
Bolshephobia - Fear of
Bibliophobia - Fear of
Defecaloesiophobia - Fear of painful (movements.)
Meningitophobia - Fear of
Gephyrophobia - Fear of crossing
(also known as Gephydrophobia, or Gephysrophobia)
Ballistophobia - Fear of missiles or
Taurophobia - Fear of
Scelerophobia - Fear of
Taphephobia or Taphophobia - Fear of being (or of cemeteries.)
Fear of microbes.
Fear of bacteria.
Fear of missiles or bullets.
Fear of Bolsheviks.
Fear of gravity.
or Basiphobia - Fear of inability to stand. Fear of walking or falling.
Fear of depth.
Fear of plants.
Fear of heights or being close to high buildings.
Fear of amphibians, such as frogs, newts, salamanders, etc
Fear of pins and needles. (Aichmophobia)
Fear of books.
Fear of slime.
Fear of bogies or the bogeyman.
or Bromidrophobia - Fear of body smells.
Fear of thunder and lightning.
Fear of toads.
© Neil Robinson 2013
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