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.
dawn or daylight
death or dead things
death, or dying
dependence on others
dirt or germs
dogs or rabies
drafts or wind
- Fear of
Chorophobia - Fear of
Nyctohylophobia - Fear of areas, (or of forests at night.)
Nyctophobia - Fear of the (or of the night.)
Achluophobia or Lygophobia or Myctophobia or Scotophobia
Eosophobia - Fear of
Phengophobia - Fear of (or sunshine.)
Necrophobia - Fear of
Thanatophobia or Thantophobia - Fear of
Seplophobia - Fear of (matter.)
Decidophobia - Fear of making
Rhypophobia - Fear of
Teratophobia - Fear of bearing a deformed child, monsters, or deformed people.
Demonophobia or Daemonophobia - Fear of
Ondontophobia - Fear of
Dentophobia - Fear of
Soteriophobia - Fear of the
Bathophobia - Fear of
Diabetophobia - Fear of
Deipnophobia - Fear of (and dinner conversations.)
Misophobia - Fear of being contaminated with
Molysmophobia or Molysomophobia - Fear of (or of contamination.)
Rupophobia - Fear of
Mysophobia - Fear of being
Automysophobia - Fear of being
Monopathophobia - Fear of definite
Pathophobia - Fear of
Dinophobia - Fear of (or whirlpools.)
Illyngophobia - Fear of (of looking down)
Iatrophobia - Fear of (or of going to the doctors.)
Cynophobia - Fear of
Pediophobia - Fear of
Diplophobia - Fear of
Anemophobia - Fear of air
Aerophobia - Fear of (or of air swallowing, or airborne noxious substances.)
Oneirophobia - Fear of
Dipsophobia - Fear of
Hobophobia - Fear of (or of beggars.)
Pharmacophobia - Fear of
Xerophobia - Fear of
Automatonophobia - Fear of ventriloquist's (or of animatronic creatures, wax statues or anything that falsely represents a sentient being.)
Paralipophobia - Fear of neglecting duty
Amathophobia - Fear of
Koniophobia - Fear of
Fear of making decisions.
Fear of painful bowels movements.
Fear of dining and dinner conversations.
Fear of insanity.
or Daemonophobia - Fear of demons.
Fear of crowds. (Agoraphobia)
Fear of trees.
Fear of dentists.
Fear of skin lesions.
or Dermatophobia or Dermatopathophobia - Fear of skin disease.
Fear of objects at the right side of the body.
Fear of diabetes.
Fear of going to school.
Fear of justice.
Fear of dizziness or whirlpools.
Fear of double vision.
Fear of drinking.
Fear of undressing in front of someone.
or Oikophobia - Fear of houses or being in a house.
Fear of fur or skins of animals.
Fear of crossing streets.
Fear of deformity.
Fear of accidents.
© Neil Robinson 2013
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