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 (or holy things)
Homophobia - Fear of
Satanophobia - Fear of
Scabiophobia - Fear of
Didaskaleinophobia - Fear of going to
Scolionophobia - Fear of
Amychophobia - Fear of (or being scratched)
Thalassophobia - Fear of the
Catoptrophobia - Fear of (in a mirror)
Homilophobia - Fear of
Heterophobia or Sexophobia - Fear of the opposite
Genophobia - Fear of
Agraphobia - Fear of
Contreltophobia - Fear of
Erotophobia - Fear of (or sexual questions)
Sciaphobia or Sciophobia - Fear of
Ostraconophobia - Fear of
Hormephobia - Fear of
Enosiophobia or Enissophobia - Fear of having committed an unpardonable (or of criticism)
Anuptaphobia - Fear of staying
Hamartophobia - Fear of
Peccatophobia - Fear of (imaginary crime)
Thaasophobia - Fear of
Kathisophobia or Cathisophobia - Fear of
Dermatosiophobia or Dermatophobia or Dermatopathophobia - Fear of (or of skin lesions)
Somniphobia - Fear of
Blennophobia or Myxophobia - Fear of
Microphobia or Mycrophobia - Fear of
Autodysomophobia - Fear of one that has a vile body odour or
Olfactophobia or Osmophobia or Osphresiophobia - Fear of (or of odours)
Pnigerophobia - Fear of being
Ophidiophobia or Snakephobia - Fear of
Chionophobia - Fear of
Social Phobia - Fear of being evaluated negatively in
Anthropophobia - Fear of
Sociophobia - Fear of (or people in general.)
Isolophobia or Monophobia - Fear of (being alone)
Acerophobia - Fear of
Glossophobia - Fear of (in public or of trying to speak)
Laliophobia or Lalophobia - Fear of
Phasmophobia - Fear of
Tachophobia - Fear of
Arachnephobia or Arachnophobia - Fear of
Pneumatiphobia - Fear of
Topophobia - Fear of getting
Climacophobia - Fear of (climbing or of falling downstairs)
Basophobia or Basiphobia - Inability to (or fear of walking)
Stasibasiphobia or Stasiphobia or Ambulophobia - Fear of (or of walking)
Ophthalmophobia - Fear of being
Scopophobia or Scoptophobia - Fear of being seen or
Astrophobia - Fear of (and celestial space)
Siderophobia - Fear of
Automatophobia - Fear of
Cleptophobia or Kleptophobia - Fear of
Vitricophobia - Fear of
Novercaphobia - Fear of your
Geumaphobia or Kyphophobia - Fear of
Mythophobia - Fear of
Xenophobia - Fear of (or of foreigners)
Agyrophobia - Fear of streets or crossing the
Linonophobia - Fear of
Cnidophobia - Fear of
Psellismophobia - Fear of
Panthophobia - Fear of (and disease)
Heliophobia - Fear of the
Phengophobia - Fear
Ergasiophobia or Ergophobia - Surgeon's fear of operating
Tomophobia - Fear of
Phagophobia - Fear of (or of eating, or of being eaten)
Symbolophobia - Fear of
Symmetrophobia - Fear of
Syphilophobia or Luiphobia - Fear of
Fear of Halloween.
Fear of love play. (Malaxophobia)
Fear of Satan.
Fear of scabies.
Fear of faecal matter.
Fear of bad men, burglars.
or Sciaphobia - Fear of shadows.
Fear of worms.
Fear of school.
or Scoptophobia - Fear of being seen or stared at.
Fear of blindness.
Fear of darkness. (Achluophobia)
Fear of writing in public.
Fear of light flashes.
Fear of the moon.
Fear of decaying matter.
Fear of long words.
Fear of the opposite sex. (Heterophobia)
Fear of trains, railroads, or train travel.
Fear of stars.
Fear of things to the left, left-handed.
Fear of Chinese, Chinese culture.
or Sitiophobia - Fear of food or eating. (Cibophobia)
Fear of snakes. (Ophidiophobia)
Fear of parents-in-law.
Fear of being evaluated negatively in social situations.
Fear of society or people in general.
Fear of sleep.
Fear of learning.
Fear of the dependence on others.
Fear of outer space.
Fear of spectres or ghosts.
or Spermophobia - Fear of germs.
Fear of wasps.
or Stasiphobia - Fear of standing, or walking. (Ambulophobia)
Fear of crosses or the crucifix.
Fear of narrow things or places.
or Stigiophobia - Fear of hell.
Fear of mice.
Fear of symbolism.
Fear of symmetry.
Fear of relatives.
Fear of syphilis.
© Neil Robinson 2013
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