A List of Common Phobias

Writing a complete list of phobias would be an impossible task because there is an unlimited number of things and situations that a person can be irrationally afraid of. The human imagination is able to construct as many fears as it can conceive.

For the sake of brevity, here there is a list of the most common fears with some links to actual cases that I have had the pleasure of helping.

Acrophobia (Fear of heights)

Agoraphobia (Fear of open spaces and crowds)

Claustrophobia (Fear of confined places such as elevators, airplanes, trains and subways)

Pathophobia (Fear of disease)

Carcinophobia (Fear of acquiring cancer)

Germophobia o Bacterophobia (Fear of germs)

Astraphobia / Brontophobia (Fear of thunder and lightning)

Social Phobia (Fear of being watched or scrutinized by others)

Pteromerhanophobia / Aerophobia (Fear of flying)

Necrophobia (Fear of death or anything related to it)

Nyctophobia / Lygophobia / Achluophobia (Fear of the dark)

Dentophobia (Fear of dentists o dental phobia)

Emetophobia (Fear of vomiting)

Trypanophobia / Aichmophobia/ Belonephobia (Fear of pins and needles or pointed objects)

Glossophobia (Fear of speaking in public)

Hydrophobia (Fear of water)

Zoophobia (Fear of animals)

Ophidiophobia (Fear of snakes)

Ornithophobia (Fear of birds)

Cynophobia (Fear of dogs)

Arachnophobia (Fear of spiders)


Do you have a phobia?

How I Vaccinated Mike Against Anxiety

anxiety mike success story

Sitting in front of me, sweating profusely with dried saliva in the corners of his mouth, Mike said, “I’m afraid of talking about my fears”. He apologized again and again for being nervous but he could not sit still. He told me that he had read one of my books and driven 250 kilometers to ask for my help.

Mike said that he suffered from anxiety, fear and obsessive thoughts. He was afraid of saying something “obnoxious” when he was talking with people. He was also unsure if he had just said something inappropriate without noticing it. Being a school teacher he was constantly on guard, watching his words in order not to make any mistake and say something inappropriate in front of his students. This constant effort exhausted him which wouldn’t let him sleep well at night. He didn’t dare ask people he didn’t know well but he did feel at ease with friends and relatives. So he would ask them if he had said something wrong and obnoxious. Several times he apologized to me just in case if he had already or was going to say something inappropriate to me.

Unfortunately Mike had suffered from this condition for 25 years. His first psychiatrist had made a gloomy prognosis: “Your fears and obsessions would never be cured.” Other psychiatrists weren’t as negative as the first one but neither could they help to solve his problems. They had prescribed multiple medications which Mike was taking regularly.
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New Solution for Anxiety Sufferers

I can help you overcome fears, phobias & anxiety-related problems with a safe and effective method. The methodology I use is both effective and efficient. So much so that many people that come to me for help find they require just a handful of sessions to rid themselves of fear & anxiety. However, every case is unique.

How the Rowshan Method Works

I’ll share with you the secret to overcoming fear and anxiety. Bear in mind that the discovery is not mine. World renowned neurologists and brain researchers such as Antonio Damasio, Michael Gazzaniga and Dennis Charney, among others, have contributed greatly to expand our knowledge of how the brain functions.

In order to free yourself from phobias and anxiety, two fundamental things must be changed:

  1. Your perception of what appears to be menacing and dangerous, and also
  2. Your reaction to it.

These two aspects become a vicious self-reinforcing loop that takes a life of its own. Once you manage to change how you perceive the problem situation or stimuli, your physiological reaction to it will change as well.

Before telling you how I go about achieving these two goals, let me tell you briefly what I do not do:

  • I do not expose you to the object or the situation that causes fear or anxiety. Exposure techniques rarely work because by triggering this vicious circle of fight-or flight response (fear and anxiety) you could actually reinforce it.
  • I will not just talk and listen to you. Simply giving you a sympathetic shoulder and a listening ear to your problem will not solve anything.
  • I will not give you advice. Telling that you should read such and such book or to take life easy will not help you.
  • I will not try to convince you that your fear is irrational. That would insult your intelligence as you already know that.
  • I will not delve into your past or childhood memories to uncover the deep layers of issues surrounding the problem.

You must realize that there is no scientific evidence that knowing the causes of a problem contributes to its solution. The key factor with fears and anxiety is not what causes them in the past, but rather how the problem keep persisting in the present.

Over several online sessions, I will take you through specific techniques that allow you to overcome your fears or anxiety. Between sessions, you will practice what you’ve learned. And as we progress I will fine tune your exercises to fit your unique case until you have overcome the problem.

My method is a combination of many proven techniques. I use relaxation exercises, suggestions and other techniques that I have honed through years of study and practice. The key is the correct order of these techniques.

As Blaise Pascal, the great philosopher said: “Words differently arranged have a different meaning, and meanings differently arranged have different effects.” Likewise, techniques differently arranged will have different effects. Some of the techniques used by most psychotherapists are effective; however they are presented in the wrong order. Therefore they do not have the desired effect and rarely help you overcome your fears and anxiety.

My Method Is Effective

I believe there’s only one proof that matters: the results I can deliver. I’m neither a doctor, a psychologist nor a psychotherapist. I am a specialist in anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive behavior and other anxiety-related problems.

My approach is decidedly pragmatic aimed at freeing you from fears and anxiety. My method has proven over the last 23 years to be an effective solution to extreme fear and anxiety. To learn more, you can read the success stories related to anxiety, phobias, panic attacks and obsessive-compulsive disorder describing how I’ve helped specific individuals.

Many believe that the origin and the very first cause of fear and anxiety is the key to solving it. However, in some cases, people don’t even remember the cause. I have had clients who had every reason to be happy in their life but still felt anxious and depressed. As every person suffering from fear and anxiety can tell you, the symptoms often evolve through time and usually become worse. Untreated problems can worsen. So time becomes the enemy – as you let your fears and anxiety rule your life, your symptoms worsen.

I remember a man who came to see me for agoraphobia. His fear had started with a panic attack in the street but gradually his fear limited his life to the extent that he could hardly go out of his town on his own. It is immensely gratifying to be able to assist individuals improve their lives and reach a little bit further into their vast potentialities.

You can contact me for more information and to book an appointment for online sessions.

Difference Between Fear, Anxiety & Panic

fear panic anxiety

There are some subtle but important differences between fear, anxiety and panic. Knowing this differentiation is crucial because it determines how you go about solving it. It’s like coming across a locked door. You look at it carefully and believe that its lock looks identical to a similar door. You insert a key in the lock and try to open it, but it doesn’t. You ought to remember that each lock, no matter how similar or identical in appearance needs an appropriate key.

So let’s see how fear, anxiety and panic differ from each other. You perceive an stimuli, an object or a situation as dangerous and menacing. This perception triggers the emotion of fear which, in turn, generates a physiological reaction, the flight or fight response. This physiological response is anxiety. Thus, a perception leads to an emotion which then leads to a physiological reaction.

Anxiety activates your body and helps you to cope with fear. However, when anxiety becomes too intense and goes beyond the normal threshold (which is unique to each individual) it generates a loss of control of your own reactions and can lead to panic.
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How Fear Turns Into Full-Blown Phobia

fear into phobia

The following is the typical process by which a simple fear is transformed into full-blown phobia:

  1. A real (or even imagined) initial event makes you experience the first fear.
  2. You begin to act in a specific way to prevent, reduce or control the fear.
  3. At times you manage to reduce fear by avoidance or asking someone to keep you company. After momentary initial relief, the symptoms worsen.
  4. As you struggle with your fear by avoiding the situation, asking for help or trying to control your physiological reactions (breathing, muscle tension, etc.) the symptoms become more severe in intensity.
  5. You persist in your coping strategies. The repetition becomes second nature and you build a rigid automatic response to any situation, place or object that could trigger anxiety and fear in you. The more the problem persists, the more you insist in repeating your efforts, creating a vicious cycle that feeds the anxiety and fear.

In this way, a fear that originally may have been just a trivial difficulty is transmuted into a phobia, and becomes a major problem.

The primary culprits are: avoidance and asking for help. Both of these strategies may make you feel better for a while, but in the long run, they will consolidate a natural and temporary fear into a chronic and persistent phobia.