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.
- Fear of
Lyssophobia - Fear of becoming (or of rabies.)
Rhabdophobia - Fear of (see punished)
Tropophobia - Fear of
Decidophobia - Fear of
Polyphobia - Fear of
Gamophobia - Fear of
Carnophobia - Fear of
Mnemophobia - Fear of
Androphobia or Arrhenphobia or Hominophobia - Fear of
Menophobia - Fear of
Hydrargyophobia - Fear of mercury based medicines
Metallophobia - Fear of
Meteorophobia - Fear of
Musophobia or Murophobia - Fear of
Suriphobia - Fear of
Microbiophobia or Bacillophobia - Fear of
Psychophobia - Fear of
Eisoptrophobia or Catoptrophobia - Fear of (or of seeing oneself in a mirror.)
Ochlophobia - Fear of
Hygrophobia - Fear of
Chrometophobia or Chrematophobia - Fear of
Homophobia - Fear of things being the same (or monotonous)
Teratophobia - Fear of
Selenophobia - Fear of the
Pentheraphobia or Novercaphobia - Fear of
Mottephobia - Fear of
Kinetophobia or Kinesophobia - Fear of movement or motion
Tropophobia - Fear of (or making changes.)
Mycophobia - Fear of (or aversion to )
Melophobia - Fear or hatred of
Mythophobia - Fear of (or stories or false statements.)
Fear of long waits.
Fear of cooking.
Fear of childbirth.
Fear of love play. (Sarmassophobia)
Fear of insanity.
Fear of punishment.
Fear of machines.
Fear of losing an erection.
Fear of an erect penis.
Fear of large things.
Fear of bees.
Fear of the colour black.
Fear or hatred of music.
Fear of brain disease.
Fear of menstruation.
Fear of being bound or tied up.
Fear of metal.
Fear of changes.
Fear of meteors.
Fear of alcohol.
Fear or hatred of poetry.
Fear of microbes. (Bacillophobia)
Fear of small things.
Fear of being contaminated with dirt of germs.
Fear of memories.
or Molysomophobia - Fear of dirt or contamination.
Fear of solitude or being alone.
Fear of definite disease.
Fear of cars.
Fear of moths.
or Murophobia - Fear of mice.
Fear of, or aversion to, mushrooms.
Fear of small things.
Fear of darkness.
Fear of ants.
Fear of germs or contamination or dirt.
Fear of myths or stories or false statements.
Fear of slime. (Blennophobia)
© Neil Robinson 2013
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