List of Phobias

Phobia

Phobia

A list of phobias with a brief description of each one.

  • Ablutophobia- Fear of washing or bathing.
  • Acarophobia- Fear of itching or of the insects that cause itching.
  • Acerophobia- Fear of sourness.
  • Achluophobia- Fear of darkness.
  • Acousticophobia- Fear of noise.
  • Acrophobia- Fear of heights.
  • Aerophobia- Fear of drafts, air swallowing, or airbourne noxious substances.
  • Aeroacrophobia- Fear of open high places.
  • Aeronausiphobia- Fear of vomiting secondary to airsickness.
  • Agateophobia- Fear of insanity.
  • Agliophobia- Fear of pain.
  • Agoraphobia- Fear of open spaces or of being in crowded, public places like markets. Fear of leaving a safe place.
  • Agraphobia- Fear of sexual abuse.
  • Agrizoophobia- Fear of wild animals.
  • Agyrophobia- Fear of streets or crossing the street.
  • Aichmophobia- Fear of needles or pointed objects.
  • Ailurophobia- Fear of cats.
  • Albuminurophobia- Fear of kidney disease.
  • Alektorophobia- Fear of chickens.
  • Algophobia- Fear of pain.
  • Alliumphobia- Fear of garlic.
  • Allodoxaphobia- Fear of opinions.
  • Altophobia- Fear of heights.
  • Amathophobia- Fear of dust.
  • Amaxophobia- Fear of riding in a car.
  • Ambulophobia- Fear of walking.
  • Amnesiphobia- Fear of amnesia.
  • Amychophobia- Fear of scratches or being scratched.
  • Anablephobia- Fear of looking up.
  • Ancraophobia- Fear of wind. (Anemophobia)
  • Androphobia- Fear of men.
  • Anemophobia- Fear of air drafts or wind.(Ancraophobia) 
  • Anginophobia- Fear of angina, choking or narrowness.
  • Anglophobia- Fear of England or English culture, etc.
  • Angrophobia – Fear of anger or of becoming angry.
  • Ankylophobia- Fear of immobility of a joint.
  • Anthrophobia or Anthophobia- Fear of flowers.
  • Anthropophobia- Fear of people or society.
  • Antlophobia- Fear of floods.
  • Anuptaphobia- Fear of staying single.
  • Apeirophobia- Fear of infinity.
  • Aphenphosmphobia- Fear of being touched. (Haphephobia)
  • Apiphobia- Fear of bees.
  • Apotemnophobia- Fear of persons with amputations.
  • Arachibutyrophobia- Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth.
  • Arachnephobia or Arachnophobia- Fear of spiders.
  • Arithmophobia- Fear of numbers.
  • Arrhenphobia- Fear of men.
  • Arsonphobia- Fear of fire.
  • Asthenophobia- Fear of fainting or weakness.
  • Astraphobia or Astrapophobia- Fear of thunder and lightning.(Ceraunophobia, Keraunophobia)
  • Astrophobia- Fear of stars or celestial space.
  • Asymmetriphobia- Fear of asymmetrical things.
  • Ataxiophobia- Fear of ataxia. (muscular incoordination)
  • Ataxophobia- Fear of disorder or untidiness.
  • Atelophobia- Fear of imperfection.
  • Atephobia- Fear of ruin or ruins.
  • Athazagoraphobia- Fear of being forgotton or ignored or forgetting.
  • Atomosophobia- Fear of atomic explosions.
  • Atychiphobia- Fear of failure.
  • Aulophobia- Fear of flutes.
  • Aurophobia- Fear of gold.
  • Auroraphobia- Fear of Northern lights.
  • Autodysomophobia- Fear of one that has a vile odor.
  • Automatonophobia- Fear of ventriloquist’s dummies, animatronic creatures, wax statues – anything that falsly represents a sentient being.
  • Automysophobia- Fear of being dirty.
  • Autophobia- Fear of being alone or of oneself.
  • Aviophobia or Aviatophobia- Fear of flying.
  • Bacillophobia- Fear of microbes.
  • Bacteriophobia- Fear of bacteria.
  • Ballistophobia- Fear of missiles or bullets.
  • Bolshephobia- Fear of Bolsheviks.
  • Barophobia- Fear of gravity.
  • Basophobia or Basiphobia- Inability to stand. Fear of walking or falling.
  • Bathmophobia- Fear of stairs or steep slopes.
  • Bathophobia- Fear of depth.
  • Batophobia- Fear of heights or being close to high buildings.
  • Batrachophobia- Fear of amphibians, such as frogs, newts, salamanders, etc.
  • Belonephobia- Fear of pins and needles. (Aichmophobia)
  • Bibliophobia- Fear of books.
  • Blennophobia- Fear of slime.
  • Bogyphobia- Fear of bogeys or the bogeyman.
  • Botanophobia- Fear of plants.
  • Bromidrosiphobia or Bromidrophobia- Fear of body smells.
  • Brontophobia- Fear of thunder and lightning.
  • Bufonophobia- Fear of toads.
  • Cacophobia- Fear of ugliness.
  • Cainophobia or Cainotophobia- Fear of newness, novelty.
  • Caligynephobia- Fear of beautiful women.
  • Cancerophobia or Carcinophobia- Fear of cancer.
  • Cardiophobia- Fear of the heart.
  • Carnophobia- Fear of meat.
  • Catagelophobia- Fear of being ridiculed.
  • Catapedaphobia- Fear of jumping from high and low places.
  • Cathisophobia- Fear of sitting.
  • Catoptrophobia- Fear of mirrors.
  • Cenophobia or Centophobia- Fear of new things or ideas.
  • Ceraunophobia or Keraunophobia- Fear of thunder and lightning.(Astraphobia, Astrapophobia)
  • Chaetophobia- Fear of hair.
  • Cheimaphobia or Cheimatophobia- Fear of cold.(Frigophobia, Psychophobia)
  • Chemophobia- Fear of chemicals or working with chemicals.
  • Cherophobia- Fear of gaiety.
  • Chionophobia- Fear of snow.
  • Chiraptophobia- Fear of being touched.
  • Chirophobia- Fear of hands.
  • Chiroptophobia- Fear of bats.
  • Cholerophobia- Fear of anger or the fear of cholera.
  • Chorophobia- Fear of dancing.
  • Chrometophobia or Chrematophobia- Fear of money.
  • Chromophobia or Chromatophobia- Fear of colors.
  • Chronophobia- Fear of time.
  • Chronomentrophobia- Fear of clocks.
  • Cibophobia- Fear of food.(Sitophobia, Sitiophobia)
  • Claustrophobia- Fear of confined spaces.
  • Cleithrophobia or Cleisiophobia- Fear of being locked in an enclosed place.
  • Cleptophobia- Fear of stealing.
  • Climacophobia- Fear of stairs, climbing, or of falling downstairs.
  • Clinophobia- Fear of going to bed.
  • Clithrophobia or Cleithrophobia- Fear of being enclosed.
  • Cnidophobia- Fear of stings.
  • Cometophobia- Fear of comets.
  • Coimetrophobia- Fear of cemeteries.
  • Coitophobia- Fear of coitus.
  • Contreltophobia- Fear of sexual abuse.
  • Coprastasophobia- Fear of constipation.
  • Coprophobia- Fear of feces.
  • Consecotaleophobia- Fear of chopsticks.
  • Coulrophobia- Fear of clowns.
  • Counterphobia- The preference by a phobic for fearful situations.
  • Cremnophobia- Fear of precipices.
  • Cryophobia- Fear of extreme cold, ice or frost.
  • Crystallophobia- Fear of crystals or glass.
  • Cyberphobia- Fear of computers or working on a computer.
  • Cyclophobia- Fear of bicycles.
  • Cymophobia or Kymophobia- Fear of waves or wave like motions.
  • Cynophobia- Fear of dogs or rabies.
  • Cypridophobia or Cypriphobia or Cyprianophobia or Cyprinophobia – Fear of prostitutes or venereal disease.
  • Decidophobia- Fear of making decisions.
  • Defecaloesiophobia- Fear of painful bowels movements.
  • Deipnophobia- Fear of dining or dinner conversations.
  • Dementophobia- Fear of insanity.
  • Demonophobia or Daemonophobia- Fear of demons.
  • Demophobia- Fear of crowds. (Agoraphobia)
  • Dendrophobia- Fear of trees.
  • Dentophobia- Fear of dentists.
  • Dermatophobia- Fear of skin lesions.
  • Dermatosiophobia or Dermatophobia or Dermatopathophobia- Fear of skin disease.
  • Dextrophobia- Fear of objects at the right side of the body.
  • Diabetophobia- Fear of diabetes.
  • Didaskaleinophobia- Fear of going to school.
  • Dikephobia- Fear of justice.
  • Dinophobia- Fear of dizziness or whirlpools.
  • Diplophobia- Fear of double vision.
  • Dipsophobia- Fear of drinking.
  • Dishabiliophobia- Fear of undressing in front of someone.
  • Disposophobia- Fear of throwing stuff out. Hoarding.
  • Domatophobia- Fear of houses or being in a house.(Eicophobia, Oikophobia)
  • Doraphobia- Fear of fur or skins of animals.
  • Doxophobia- Fear of expressing opinions or of receiving praise.
  • Dromophobia- Fear of crossing streets.
  • Dutchphobia- Fear of the Dutch.
  • Dysmorphophobia- Fear of deformity.
  • Dystychiphobia- Fear of accidents.
  • Ecclesiophobia- Fear of church.
  • Ecophobia- Fear of home.
  • Eicophobia- Fear of home surroundings.(Domatophobia, Oikophobia)
  • Eisoptrophobia- Fear of mirrors or of seeing oneself in a mirror.
  • Electrophobia- Fear of electricity.
  • Eleutherophobia- Fear of freedom.
  • Elurophobia- Fear of cats. (Ailurophobia)
  • Emetophobia- Fear of vomiting.
  • Enetophobia- Fear of pins.
  • Enochlophobia- Fear of crowds.
  • Enosiophobia or Enissophobia- Fear of having committed an unpardonable sin or of criticism.
  • Entomophobia- Fear of insects.
  • Eosophobia- Fear of dawn or daylight.
  • Ephebiphobia- Fear of teenagers.
  • Epistaxiophobia- Fear of nosebleeds.
  • Epistemophobia- Fear of knowledge.
  • Equinophobia- Fear of horses.
  • Eremophobia- Fear of being oneself or of lonliness.
  • Ereuthrophobia- Fear of blushing.
  • Ergasiophobia- 1) Fear of work or functioning. 2) Surgeon’s fear of operating.
  • Ergophobia- Fear of work.
  • Erotophobia- Fear of sexual love or sexual questions.
  • Euphobia- Fear of hearing good news.
  • Eurotophobia- Fear of female genitalia.
  • Erythrophobia or Erytophobia or Ereuthophobia- 1) Fear of redlights. 2) Blushing. 3) Red.
  • Febriphobia or Fibriphobia or Fibriophobia- Fear of fever.
  • Felinophobia- Fear of cats. (Ailurophobia, Elurophobia, Galeophobia, Gatophobia)
  • Francophobia- Fear of France or French culture. (Gallophobia, Galiophobia)
  • Frigophobia- Fear of cold or cold things.(Cheimaphobia, Cheimatophobia, Psychrophobia)
  • Galeophobia or Gatophobia- Fear of cats.
  • Gallophobia or Galiophobia- Fear France or French culture. (Francophobia) 
  • Gamophobia- Fear of marriage.
  • Geliophobia- Fear of laughter.
  • Gelotophobia- Fear of being laughed at.
  • Geniophobia- Fear of chins.
  • Genophobia- Fear of sex.
  • Genuphobia- Fear of knees.
  • Gephyrophobia or Gephydrophobia or Gephysrophobia- Fear of crossing bridges.
  • Germanophobia- Fear of Germany or German culture.
  • Gerascophobia- Fear of growing old.
  • Gerontophobia- Fear of old people or of growing old.
  • Geumaphobia or Geumophobia- Fear of taste.
  • Glossophobia- Fear of speaking in public or of trying to speak.
  • Gnosiophobia- Fear of knowledge.
  • Graphophobia- Fear of writing or handwriting.
  • Gymnophobia- Fear of nudity.
  • Gynephobia or Gynophobia- Fear of women.
  • Hadephobia- Fear of hell.
  • Hagiophobia- Fear of saints or holy things.
  • Hamartophobia- Fear of sinning.
  • Haphephobia or Haptephobia- Fear of being touched.
  • Harpaxophobia- Fear of being robbed.
  • Hedonophobia- Fear of feeling pleasure.
  • Heliophobia- Fear of the sun.
  • Hellenologophobia- Fear of Greek terms or complex scientific terminology.
  • Helminthophobia- Fear of being infested with worms.
  • Hemophobia or Hemaphobia or Hematophobia- Fear of blood.
  • Heresyphobia or Hereiophobia- Fear of challenges to official doctrine or of radical deviation.
  • Herpetophobia- Fear of reptiles or creepy, crawly things.
  • Heterophobia- Fear of the opposite sex. (Sexophobia)
  • Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia- Fear of the number 666.
  • Hierophobia- Fear of priests or sacred things.
  • Hippophobia- Fear of horses.
  • Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia- Fear of long words.
  • Hobophobia- Fear of bums or beggars.
  • Hodophobia- Fear of road travel.
  • Hormephobia- Fear of shock.
  • Homichlophobia- Fear of fog.
  • Homilophobia- Fear of sermons.
  • Hominophobia- Fear of men.
  • Homophobia- Fear of sameness, monotony or of homosexuality or of becoming homosexual.
  • Hoplophobia- Fear of firearms.
  • Hydrargyophobia- Fear of mercurial medicines.
  • Hydrophobia- Fear of water or of rabies.
  • Hydrophobophobia- Fear of rabies.
  • Hyelophobia or Hyalophobia- Fear of glass.
  • Hygrophobia- Fear of liquids, dampness, or moisture.
  • Hylephobia- Fear of materialism or the fear of epilepsy.
  • Hylophobia- Fear of forests.
  • Hypengyophobia or Hypegiaphobia- Fear of responsibility.
  • Hypnophobia- Fear of sleep or of being hypnotized.
  • Hypsiphobia- Fear of height.
  • Iatrophobia- Fear of going to the doctor or of doctors.
  • Ichthyophobia- Fear of fish.
  • Ideophobia- Fear of ideas.
  • Illyngophobia- Fear of vertigo or feeling dizzy when looking down.
  • Iophobia- Fear of poison.
  • Insectophobia – Fear of insects.
  • Isolophobia- Fear of solitude, being alone.
  • Isopterophobia- Fear of termites, insects that eat wood.
  • Ithyphallophobia- Fear of seeing, thinking about or having an erect penis.
  • Japanophobia- Fear of Japanese.
  • Judeophobia- Fear of Jews.
  • Kainolophobia or Kainophobia- Fear of anything new, novelty.
  • Kakorrhaphiophobia- Fear of failure or defeat.
  • Katagelophobia- Fear of ridicule.
  • Kathisophobia- Fear of sitting down.
  • Katsaridaphobia- Fear of cockroaches.
  • Kenophobia- Fear of voids or empty spaces.
  • Keraunophobia or Ceraunophobia- Fear of thunder and lightning.(Astraphobia, Astrapophobia)
  • Kinetophobia or Kinesophobia- Fear of movement or motion.
  • Kleptophobia- Fear of stealing.
  • Koinoniphobia- Fear of rooms.
  • Kolpophobia- Fear of genitals, particularly female.
  • Kopophobia- Fear of fatigue.
  • Koniophobia- Fear of dust. (Amathophobia)
  • Kosmikophobia- Fear of cosmic phenomenon.
  • Kymophobia- Fear of waves. (Cymophobia)
  • Kynophobia- Fear of rabies.
  • Kyphophobia- Fear of stooping.
  • Lachanophobia- Fear of vegetables.
  • Laliophobia or Lalophobia- Fear of speaking.
  • Leprophobia or Lepraphobia- Fear of leprosy.
  • Leukophobia- Fear of the color white.
  • Levophobia- Fear of things to the left side of the body.
  • Ligyrophobia- Fear of loud noises.
  • Lilapsophobia- Fear of tornadoes and hurricanes.
  • Limnophobia- Fear of lakes.
  • Linonophobia- Fear of string.
  • Liticaphobia- Fear of lawsuits.
  • Lockiophobia- Fear of childbirth.
  • Logizomechanophobia- Fear of computers.
  • Logophobia- Fear of words.
  • Luiphobia- Fear of lues, syphillis.
  • Lutraphobia- Fear of otters.
  • Lygophobia- Fear of darkness.
  • Lyssophobia- Fear of rabies or of becoming mad.
  • Macrophobia- Fear of long waits.
  • Mageirocophobia- Fear of cooking.
  • Maieusiophobia- Fear of childbirth.
  • Malaxophobia- Fear of love play. (Sarmassophobia)
  • Maniaphobia- Fear of insanity.
  • Mastigophobia- Fear of punishment.
  • Mechanophobia- Fear of machines.
  • Medomalacuphobia- Fear of losing an erection.
  • Medorthophobia- Fear of an erect penis.
  • Megalophobia- Fear of large things.
  • Melissophobia- Fear of bees.
  • Melanophobia- Fear of the color black.
  • Melophobia- Fear or hatred of music.
  • Meningitophobia- Fear of brain disease.
  • Menophobia- Fear of menstruation.
  • Merinthophobia- Fear of being bound or tied up.
  • Metallophobia- Fear of metal.
  • Metathesiophobia- Fear of changes.
  • Meteorophobia- Fear of meteors.
  • Methyphobia- Fear of alcohol.
  • Metrophobia- Fear or hatred of poetry.
  • Microbiophobia- Fear of microbes. (Bacillophobia)
  • Microphobia- Fear of small things.
  • Misophobia or Mysophobia- Fear of being contaminated with dirt or germs.
  • Mnemophobia- Fear of memories.
  • Molysmophobia or Molysomophobia- Fear of dirt or contamination.
  • Monophobia- Fear of solitude or being alone.
  • Monopathophobia- Fear of definite disease.
  • Motorphobia- Fear of automobiles.
  • Mottephobia- Fear of moths.
  • Musophobia or Muriphobia- Fear of mice.
  • Mycophobia- Fear or aversion to mushrooms.
  • Mycrophobia- Fear of small things.
  • Myctophobia- Fear of darkness.
  • Myrmecophobia- Fear of ants.
  • Mythophobia- Fear of myths or stories or false statements.
  • Myxophobia- Fear of slime. (Blennophobia)
  • Nebulaphobia- Fear of fog. (Homichlophobia)
  • Necrophobia- Fear of death or dead things.
  • Nelophobia- Fear of glass.
  • Neopharmaphobia- Fear of new drugs.
  • Neophobia- Fear of anything new.
  • Nephophobia- Fear of clouds.
  • Noctiphobia- Fear of the night.
  • Nomatophobia- Fear of names.
  • Nosocomephobia- Fear of hospitals.
  • Nosophobia or Nosemaphobia- Fear of becoming ill.
  • Nostophobia- Fear of returning home.
  • Novercaphobia- Fear of your step-mother.
  • Nucleomituphobia- Fear of nuclear weapons.
  • Nudophobia- Fear of nudity.
  • Numerophobia- Fear of numbers.
  • Nyctohylophobia- Fear of dark wooded areas or of forests at night
  • Nyctophobia- Fear of the dark or of night.
  • Obesophobia- Fear of gaining weight.(Pocrescophobia)
  • Ochlophobia- Fear of crowds or mobs.
  • Ochophobia- Fear of vehicles.
  • Octophobia – Fear of the figure 8.
  • Odontophobia- Fear of teeth or dental surgery.
  • Odynophobia or Odynephobia- Fear of pain. (Algophobia)
  • Oenophobia- Fear of wines.
  • Oikophobia- Fear of home surroundings, house.(Domatophobia, Eicophobia)
  • Olfactophobia- Fear of smells.
  • Ombrophobia- Fear of rain or of being rained on.
  • Ommetaphobia or Ommatophobia- Fear of eyes.
  • Omphalophobia- Fear of belly buttons.
  • Oneirophobia- Fear of dreams.
  • Oneirogmophobia- Fear of wet dreams.
  • Onomatophobia- Fear of hearing a certain word or of names.
  • Ophidiophobia- Fear of snakes. (Snakephobia)
  • Ophthalmophobia- Fear of being stared at.
  • Opiophobia- Fear medical doctors experience of prescribing needed pain medications for patients.
  • Optophobia- Fear of opening one’s eyes.
  • Ornithophobia- Fear of birds.
  • Orthophobia- Fear of property.
  • Osmophobia or Osphresiophobia- Fear of smells or odors.
  • Ostraconophobia- Fear of shellfish.
  • Ouranophobia or Uranophobia- Fear of heaven.
  • Pagophobia- Fear of ice or frost.
  • Panthophobia- Fear of suffering and disease.
  • Panophobia or Pantophobia- Fear of everything.
  • Papaphobia- Fear of the Pope.
  • Papyrophobia- Fear of paper.
  • Paralipophobia- Fear of neglecting duty or responsibility.
  • Paraphobia- Fear of sexual perversion.
  • Parasitophobia- Fear of parasites.
  • Paraskavedekatriaphobia- Fear of Friday the 13th.
  • Parthenophobia- Fear of virgins or young girls.
  • Pathophobia- Fear of disease.
  • Patroiophobia- Fear of heredity.
  • Parturiphobia- Fear of childbirth.
  • Peccatophobia- Fear of sinning or imaginary crimes.
  • Pediculophobia- Fear of lice.
  • Pediophobia- Fear of dolls.
  • Pedophobia- Fear of children.
  • Peladophobia- Fear of bald people.
  • Pellagrophobia- Fear of pellagra.
  • Peniaphobia- Fear of poverty.
  • Pentheraphobia- Fear of mother-in-law. (Novercaphobia)
  • Phagophobia- Fear of swallowing or of eating or of being eaten.
  • Phalacrophobia- Fear of becoming bald.
  • Phallophobia- Fear of a penis, esp erect.
  • Pharmacophobia- Fear of taking medicine.
  • Phasmophobia- Fear of ghosts.
  • Phengophobia- Fear of daylight or sunshine.
  • Philemaphobia or Philematophobia- Fear of kissing.
  • Philophobia- Fear of falling in love or being in love.
  • Philosophobia- Fear of philosophy.
  • Phobophobia- Fear of phobias.
  • Photoaugliaphobia- Fear of glaring lights.
  • Photophobia- Fear of light.
  • Phonophobia- Fear of noises or voices or one’s own voice; of telephones.
  • Phronemophobia- Fear of thinking.
  • Phthiriophobia- Fear of lice. (Pediculophobia)
  • Phthisiophobia- Fear of tuberculosis.
  • Placophobia- Fear of tombstones.
  • Plutophobia- Fear of wealth.
  • Pluviophobia- Fear of rain or of being rained on.
  • Pneumatiphobia- Fear of spirits.
  • Pnigophobia or Pnigerophobia- Fear of choking of being smothered.
  • Pocrescophobia- Fear of gaining weight. (Obesophobia)
  • Pogonophobia- Fear of beards.
  • Poliosophobia- Fear of contracting poliomyelitis.
  • Politicophobia- Fear or abnormal dislike of politicians.
  • Polyphobia- Fear of many things.
  • Poinephobia- Fear of punishment.
  • Ponophobia- Fear of overworking or of pain.
  • Porphyrophobia- Fear of the color purple.
  • Potamophobia- Fear of rivers or running water.
  • Potophobia- Fear of alcohol.
  • Pharmacophobia- Fear of drugs.
  • Proctophobia- Fear of rectums.
  • Prosophobia- Fear of progress.
  • Psellismophobia- Fear of stuttering.
  • Psychophobia- Fear of mind.
  • Psychrophobia- Fear of cold.
  • Pteromerhanophobia- Fear of flying.
  • Pteronophobia- Fear of being tickled by feathers.
  • Pupaphobia – Fear of puppets.
  • Pyrexiophobia- Fear of Fever.
  • Pyrophobia- Fear of fire.
  • Radiophobia- Fear of radiation, x-rays.
  • Ranidaphobia- Fear of frogs.
  • Rectophobia- Fear of rectum or rectal diseases.
  • Rhabdophobia- Fear of being severely punished or beaten by a rod, or of being severely criticized. Also fear of magic.(wand)
  • Rhypophobia- Fear of defecation.
  • Rhytiphobia- Fear of getting wrinkles.
  • Rupophobia- Fear of dirt.
  • Russophobia- Fear of Russians.
  • Samhainophobia: Fear of Halloween.
  • Sarmassophobia- Fear of love play. (Malaxophobia)
  • Satanophobia- Fear of Satan.
  • Scabiophobia- Fear of scabies.
  • Scatophobia- Fear of fecal matter.
  • Scelerophibia- Fear of bad men, burglars.
  • Sciophobia Sciaphobia- Fear of shadows.
  • Scoleciphobia- Fear of worms.
  • Scolionophobia- Fear of school.
  • Scopophobia or Scoptophobia- Fear of being seen or stared at.
  • Scotomaphobia- Fear of blindness in visual field.
  • Scotophobia- Fear of darkness. (Achluophobia)
  • Scriptophobia- Fear of writing in public.
  • Selachophobia- Fear of sharks.
  • Selaphobia- Fear of light flashes.
  • Selenophobia- Fear of the moon.
  • Seplophobia- Fear of decaying matter.
  • Sesquipedalophobia- Fear of long words.
  • Sexophobia- Fear of the opposite sex. (Heterophobia)
  • Siderodromophobia- Fear of trains, railroads or train travel.
  • Siderophobia- Fear of stars.
  • Sinistrophobia- Fear of things to the left or left-handed.
  • Sinophobia- Fear of Chinese, Chinese culture.
  • Sitophobia or Sitiophobia- Fear of food or eating. (Cibophobia)
  • Snakephobia- Fear of snakes. (Ophidiophobia)
  • Soceraphobia- Fear of parents-in-law.
  • Social Phobia- Fear of being evaluated negatively in social situations.
  • Sociophobia- Fear of society or people in general.
  • Somniphobia- Fear of sleep.
  • Sophophobia- Fear of learning.
  • Soteriophobia – Fear of dependence on others.
  • Spacephobia- Fear of outer space.
  • Spectrophobia- Fear of specters or ghosts.
  • Spermatophobia or Spermophobia- Fear of germs.
  • Spheksophobia- Fear of wasps.
  • Stasibasiphobia or Stasiphobia- Fear of standing or walking. (Ambulophobia)
  • Staurophobia- Fear of crosses or the crucifix.
  • Stenophobia- Fear of narrow things or places.
  • Stygiophobia or Stigiophobia- Fear of hell.
  • Suriphobia- Fear of mice.
  • Symbolophobia- Fear of symbolism.
  • Symmetrophobia- Fear of symmetry.
  • Syngenesophobia- Fear of relatives.
  • Syphilophobia- Fear of syphilis.
  • Tachophobia- Fear of speed.
  • Taeniophobia or Teniophobia- Fear of tapeworms.
  • Taphephobia Taphophobia- Fear of being buried alive or of cemeteries.
  • Tapinophobia- Fear of being contagious.
  • Taurophobia- Fear of bulls.
  • Technophobia- Fear of technology.
  • Teleophobia- 1) Fear of definite plans. 2) Religious ceremony.
  • Telephonophobia- Fear of telephones.
  • Teratophobia- Fear of bearing a deformed child or fear of monsters or deformed people.
  • Testophobia- Fear of taking tests.
  • Tetanophobia- Fear of lockjaw, tetanus.
  • Teutophobia- Fear of German or German things.
  • Textophobia- Fear of certain fabrics.
  • Thaasophobia- Fear of sitting.
  • Thalassophobia- Fear of the sea.
  • Thanatophobia or Thantophobia- Fear of death or dying.
  • Theatrophobia- Fear of theatres.
  • Theologicophobia- Fear of theology.
  • Theophobia- Fear of gods or religion.
  • Thermophobia- Fear of heat.
  • Tocophobia- Fear of pregnancy or childbirth.
  • Tomophobia- Fear of surgical operations.
  • Tonitrophobia- Fear of thunder.
  • Topophobia- Fear of certain places or situations, such as stage fright.
  • Toxiphobia or Toxophobia or Toxicophobia- Fear of poison or of being accidently poisoned.
  • Traumatophobia- Fear of injury.
  • Tremophobia- Fear of trembling.
  • Trichinophobia- Fear of trichinosis.
  • Trichopathophobia or Trichophobia- Fear of hair. (Chaetophobia, Hypertrichophobia)
  • Triskaidekaphobia- Fear of the number 13.
  • Tropophobia- Fear of moving or making changes.
  • Trypanophobia- Fear of injections.
  • Tuberculophobia- Fear of tuberculosis.
  • Tyrannophobia- Fear of tyrants.
  • Uranophobia or Ouranophobia- Fear of heaven.
  • Urophobia- Fear of urine or urinating.
  • Vaccinophobia- Fear of vaccination.
  • Venustraphobia- Fear of beautiful women.
  • Verbophobia- Fear of words.
  • Verminophobia- Fear of germs.
  • Vestiphobia- Fear of clothing.
  • Virginitiphobia- Fear of rape.
  • Vitricophobia- Fear of step-father.
  • Walloonphobia- Fear of the Walloons.
  • Wiccaphobia: Fear of witches and witchcraft.
  • Xanthophobia- Fear of the color yellow or the word yellow.
  • Xenoglossophobia- Fear of foreign languages.
  • Xenophobia- Fear of strangers or foreigners.
  • Xerophobia- Fear of dryness.
  • Xylophobia- 1) Fear of wooden objects. 2) Forests.
  • Xyrophobia-Fear of razors. 
  • Zelophobia- Fear of jealousy.
  • Zeusophobia- Fear of God or gods.
  • Zemmiphobia- Fear of the great mole rat.
  • Zoophobia- Fear of animals. 

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Margaret Atwood’s Ten Rules

Pencil sharpener

Pencil sharpener

  1. Take a pencil to write with on aeroplanes. Pens leak. But if the pencil breaks, you can’t sharpen it on the plane, because you can’t take knives with you. Therefore: take two pencils.
  2. If both pencils break, you can do a rough sharpening job with a nail file of the metal or glass type.
  3. Take something to write on. Paper is good. In a pinch, pieces of wood or your arm will do.
  4. If you’re using a computer, always safeguard new text with a ­memory stick.
  5. Do back exercises. Pain is distracting.
  6. Hold the reader’s attention. (This is likely to work better if you can hold your own.) But you don’t know who the reader is, so it’s like shooting fish with a slingshot in the dark. What fascinates A will bore the pants off B.
  7. You most likely need a thesaurus, a rudimentary grammar book, and a grip on reality. This latter means: there’s no free lunch. Writing is work. It’s also gambling. You don’t get a pension plan. Other people can help you a bit, but ­essentially you’re on your own. ­Nobody is making you do this: you chose it, so don’t whine.
  8. You can never read your own book with the innocent anticipation that comes with that first delicious page of a new book, because you wrote the thing. You’ve been backstage. You’ve seen how the rabbits were smuggled into the hat. Therefore ask a reading friend or two to look at it before you give it to anyone in the publishing business. This friend should not be someone with whom you have a ­romantic relationship, unless you want to break up.
  9. Don’t sit down in the middle of the woods. If you’re lost in the plot or blocked, retrace your steps to where you went wrong. Then take the other road. And/or change the person. Change the tense. Change the opening page.
  10. Prayer might work. Or reading ­something else. Or a constant visualization of the holy grail that is the finished, published version of your resplendent book.

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Questions To Ask About Magic

Magician

Magician

When thinking about adding magic to your world building, these are some questions to ask

  • Who has it?
  • Who can use it?
  • Where does it come from?
  • What does it go through?
  • Is it active? Passive? Both?
  • Is it tangible? Visible?
  • Can magic people sense magic?
  • Can non-magic people sense magic?
  • Can non-humans be or have magic?
  • Can objects be or have magic?
  • Can it be used by accident?
  • What are the consequences of using magic? Of not using it?
  • Do some things (eg causing injury, death, etc.) have greater consequences?
  • Does level/degree of use correlate to degree of consequences?
  • Does magic require a bargain (eg service to a god)?
  • Can someone lose their magic?
  • Can someone gain magic?
  • Can magic be transferred or stolen?
  • Is magic something to be turned on and off or is it always there?
  • Does a person have a limited amount of magic? Can it be replenished?
  • Does everyone’s magic manifest the same way?
  • Does everyone call upon their magic the same way?
  • Does magic require physical aids? Meditation?
  • Is strength innate or based on training? Can it change?
  • How is strength indicated?
  • Are there physical indicators of magic use?
  • Is there some sort of test to be allowed to use magic?
  • To show competency?
  • To show mastery?
  • To certify teaching?
  • Is magic tied to or antithetical to religion?
  • Must magic obey scientific principles?
  • Does magic operate the same way everywhere?
  • Does magic operate the same way on everyone/everything?
  • Is healing possible? Is it telekinetic? Time-based? Done by switching physical health?
  • Does magic require a sacrifice? Before or after? User’s or others’?
  • Is magic something a person is? Does? Uses?
  • How is magic conceptualized? Is that correct?
  • What can someone do with magic?
  • What can’t someone do with magic? Why?
  • What are ethical/moral lines that have been drawn regarding magic? How are they enforced?
  • Is belief necessary?
  • Can magic only be done at certain times or in certain places?
  • How do powerful magic users face consequences from the law?
  • Is magic something that people want to be?

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Father Knox’s Decalogue

Mystery

Mystery

The Ten Rules of (Golden Age) Detective Fiction

Monsignor Ronald A. Knox (1888-1957) was a British clergyman, editor, a literary critic, a humourist and a detective story writer himself who nicely laid out, with a gentle wit, the “ten rules” that guided detective fiction in its so-called Golden Age. They appeared in the preface to Best Detective Stories of 1928-29, which Knox edited.

  1. The criminal must be someone mentioned in the early part of the story, but must not be anyone whose thoughts the reader has been allowed to follow.
  2. All supernatural or preternatural agencies are ruled out as a matter of course.
  3. Not more than one secret room or passage is allowable.
  4. No hitherto undiscovered poisons may be used, nor any appliance which will need a long scientific explanation at the end.
  5. No Chinaman must figure in the story.
  6. No accident must ever help the detective, nor must he ever have an unaccountable intuition which proves to be right.
  7. The detective must not himself commit the crime.
  8. The detective must not light on any clues which are not instantly produced for the inspection of the reader.
  9. The stupid friend of the detective, the Watson, must not conceal any thoughts which pass through his mind; his intelligence must be slightly, but very slightly, below that of the average reader.
  10. Twin brothers, and doubles generally, must not appear unless we have been duly prepared for them.

In the eighties, Josef Svoresky wrote a mystery entitled Sins for Father Knox, which set out to deliberately break all these rules. Though this isn’t a masterpiece of crime writing there are many that broke the rules which are.


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