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?