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.
conversations at dinner
crossing the street
Cancerophobia - Fear of
Amaxophobia - Fear of riding in a
Motorphobia - Fear of
(Ailurophobia, Elurophobia, Galeophobia, Gatophobia) Felinophobia
Astrophobia - Fear of
Coimetrophobia - Fear of (See buried)
Onomatophobia - Fear of hearing a (or of names.)
Heresyphobia or Hereiophobia - Fear of (official doctrine or radical deviation.)
Metathesiophobia - Fear of
Chemophobia - Fear of (or working with chemicals.)
Alektorophobia - Fear of
Lockiophobia - Fear of
Maieusiophobia - Fear of
Parturiphobia - Fear of
Pedophobia - Fear of
Tocophobia - Fear of
Sinophobia - Fear of (or of Chinese culture etc.)
Geniophobia - Fear of
Pnigophobia or Pnigerophobia - Fear of (or of being smothered.)
Anginaphobia - Fear of
Cholerophobia - Fear of anger or the fear of
Ecclesiophobia - Fear of
Climacophobia - Fear of
Chronomentrophobia - Fear of
Vestiphobia - Fear of
Coulrophobia - Fear of
Coitophobia - Fear of
Cheimaphobia or Cheimatophobia - Fear of
Cryophobia - Fear of extreme (or ice or frost.)
Frigophobia - Fear of (or cold things.)
Psychrophobia - Fear of
Chromophobia or Chromatophobia - Fear of
Cometophobia - Fear of
Cyberphobia - Fear of computers or working on a
Logizomechanophobia - Fear of
Claustrophobia - Fear of
Coprastasophobia - Fear of
Tapinophobia - Fear of being
Molysomophobia or Mysophobia - Fear of
Mageirocophobia - Fear of
Kosmikophobia - Fear of (phenomenon.)
Staurophobia - Fear of (or the crucifix.)
Dromophobia - Fear of
Agyrophobia - Fear of streets or
Agoraphobia or Demophobia or Enochlophobia - Fear of
Ochlophobia - Fear of (or mobs.)
Stauophobia - Fear of
Crystallophobia - Fear of (or glass.)
or Cainotophobia - Fear of newness, novelty.
Fear of beautiful women.
Fear of cancer.
Fear of cancer.
Fear of the heart.
Fear of meat.
Fear of being ridiculed.
Fear of jumping from high and low places.
Fear of sitting.
Fear of mirrors.
or Centophobia - Fear of new things or ideas.
Fear of thunder.
Fear of hair.
or Cheimatophobia - Fear of cold.
Fear of chemicals or working with chemicals.
Fear of gaiety.
Fear of snow.
Fear of being touched.
Fear of anger or the fear of cholera.
Fear of dancing.
or Chrematophobia - Fear of money.
or Chromatophobia - Fear of colours.
Fear of time.
Fear of clocks.
or Sitophobia or Sitiophobia - Fear of food.
Fear of confined spaces.
or Cleisiophobia - Fear of being locked in an enclosed place.
Fear of stealing.
Fear of stairs, climbing or of falling downstairs.
Fear of going to bed.
or Cleithrophobia - Fear of being enclosed.
Fear of strings.
Fear of comets.
Fear of cemeteries.
Fear of coitus.
Fear of sexual abuse.
Fear of constipation.
Fear of faeces.
Fear of clowns.
The preference by a phobic for fearful situations.
Fear of precipices.
Fear of extreme cold, ice or frost.
Fear of crystals or glass.
Fear of computers or working on a computer.
Fear of bicycles.
Fear of waves or wave -like motions.
Fear of dogs or rabies.
or Cypriphobia, Cyprianophobia, or Cyprinophobia - Fear of prostitutes or venereal disease.
© Neil Robinson 2013
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