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  1. A.Alaalas
    A.Alaalas at |

    Do they all roll-up into vitaphobia, a fear of life? Personally, I have vilisaphobia, a fear of cheapskates. It's personal.

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  3. Leon
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    You have to mention Hipopotomanastrasaquipedaliophobia – Fear OF Long Words. (i think thats how you spell it)

  4. Proxl
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    The term "phobia" doesn't exactly mean "fear" – at least not in all cases. It means something more like "an aversion to". For instance, when someone is suffering from a migrane headache, a common symptom is photophobia: they can't stand the light because it causes additional pain, but they aren't actually afraid of the light. Most phobias occur in varying degrees. What we call "pet peeves" might qualify as very minor phobias.

  5. Peter
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    Actially phobia does mean fear. Its fromm greek, phobos, meaning fear.

    They call something like avoidibg light a phobia, because you do fear it. You fear that it will give you pain, something most people want to ignore.

    One very big one was missing from your list- aquaphobia (a symptom of rabies).

    A fear of water. That would be a tough one.

    As for Anemophobia, couldnt they just live off an oxygen tank? Its not air, techincally.

  6. ken
    ken at |

    good post i wounder what the fear of having a phobia would be ?.

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  7. erik
    erik at |

    i have an intense fear of seagulls no joke. what would that be called?

    1. serdar samanl?
      serdar samanl? at |

      Are you afraid that seagulls will crap on you?

      1. Em
        Em at |

        Its called Laridaphobia, my best friend has it. It’s hard for him to go outside at lunch, because where we go to school, theres loads of seagulls. He ends up having a panic attack. I have a phobia of wasps, amusment rides, chewing gum and ink on my skin. I used to have a phobia of stickers and many other things. I don’t just mean little things, i mean major breakdown sort of fears.

  8. Kaytee
    Kaytee at |

    Ouch… that would really suck!

  9. anon
    anon at |

    Phobia is also used in a non-medical sense for aversions of all sorts. These terms are usually constructed with the suffix -phobia. A number of these terms describe negative attitudes or prejudices towards the named subjects

  10. TopTenz Master
    TopTenz Master at |

    Erik – Ornithophobia is the fear of birds, but that is the best I can do. I'm sure you can coin the phrase for a seagull phobia. 😉

  11. anna
    anna at |

    i'm terrified of poison ivy (the plant itself, not the reaction) and called it toxicodendrophobia since it didn't seem to have a real name. for eric, it could be laridaephobia. or a grammatically correct version since i suck at making words.

    glad i'm afraid of something less…socially crippling than the stuff in the article. sheesh.

  12. Midna
    Midna at |

    I have a fear of ticks…I'm not sure if that's classified under Arachnophobia? It literally prevents me from doing anything if I think there will be ticks involved. My mind goes into some sort of rage…

    1. kira
      kira at |

      its entonophobia… i think i might have it but only when i see them in person… cuz i will refuse to go anywhere close to the place i saw it on i will get paranoid and freaking out and get light headed…its terrible

  13. Midna
    Midna at |

    actually, I remembered it. It's called entonophobia.

  14. TopTenz Master
    TopTenz Master at |

    This has been the most popular post for Top Tenz so far (only 2 months). I'm not sure to be happy for the success or sad for the realization that there are so many odd phobias out there affecting our lives on a daily basis.

    Danny – love your site too. Thanks for the comment. If you ever want to contribute a list you would be a welcomed writer.

  15. ATOzTOA
    ATOzTOA at |

    What about phobophobia??? The fear of having a phobia 😀

  16. Jamie
    Jamie at |

    Shopped!!!!!!11 Haha I've wanted to act like one of those idiots lol

    Great lovef it =P

  17. Keoki
    Keoki at |

    I had a fear of heights and I jumped off a 100 foot cliff into water and conquered it also had a fear of spiders and got over it by raisind daddy long legs. Phobias can be overcome.

  18. dave
    dave at |

    Leftmarginless = the fear of no left rail.

  19. Kylie
    Kylie at |

    what about Trichopathophobia… fear of hair? as a sufferer I must say it's pretty awful. hair is everywhere.

  20. nikki
    nikki at |

    I have a fear of spiders. but thats because my brother got bit by a brown recluse in elementary school. Luckily he was alright in the end. And I have a weird fear of hrights. I can go on roller coasters, but I shake and flip out on almost anything else that is high (even ladders!)

  21. Online Advertising
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    I bet you more people suffer from Decidophobia then would admit it.

  22. Rajeshree
    Rajeshree at |

    Hello Top Tenz,,

    The post is really awesome…no doubt the chain is elongating…!!

    I have some equally good solutions for a few phobia's mentioned here…do find them on my blog.

    I guess this will also provee to be an answer to all other discussion on board….!

  23. Sean
    Sean at |

    Top ten lists scare the [expletive] out of me.

  24. RPO
    RPO at |

    I think we are all sometimes ridden by Chronophobia. Time and lack of it can drive ya crazy.

  25. Recruiting Services
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    Decidophobia: indecisiveness

    Hypochondriac: figment of your imagination

  26. deadrazorsEMO
    deadrazorsEMO at |

    one of my friends has a fear of boats. we oculdnt find the name for it so we called it 'titaniphobia' named after the Titanic, although it sorta sounded like a fear of titanium. im philaphobic: fear the romance! do it!

  27. blake
    blake at |

    oh oh i jest remembered globaphobia fear of

    balloons 🙂 but i figured out how to counter act

    it a thumb tack;)

  28. Bob
    Bob at |

    Decidophobia seems a little stupid. Are you afraid to make the decision to be afraid of it? 😉

    1. serdar samanl?
      serdar samanl? at |

      Then you may be afraid to decide to go to a pshychatrist

  29. Meegh
    Meegh at |

    I have climacophobia, a fear of climbing or going down stairs. Escalators are ok as long as they are working. If they aren't working I can't climb them, it is 10x worse. Luckily I've learned to manage it.

  30. Helena
    Helena at |

    Um. Excuse me. You've forgotten the worst phobia ever. NECROPHOBIA. I'd like some freaking representation here, man!!

    Necrophobia, the phobia of death and dying, is TERRIFYING, as it's not even a fear. Because death is inevitable. You can't do anything about it. I can't do anything about it. MAKE A FREAKING ADDITION TO THE LIST DAMNIT!!!!! omgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomg

  31. Helena
    Helena at |

    Oh oh oh. And another fear that sucks epically? Fear of fear. YES THAT'S RIGHT LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I'm afraid of being scared. It makes you so so so suspicious. And it also sucks. But OMG nowhere nears as much as necrophobia -shudders-

  32. XUSNLT
    XUSNLT at |

    Phobophobia is the fear of fears. Hydrophobia – not aquaphobia – is the fear of water. (If you saw Ol' Yeller, you'll recall the term used as a substitute for rabies because the fear/aversion accompanies the disease.) Agoraphobia is the fear of wide open spaces and keeps people indoors, while claustrophobia keeps people out of confined spaces like phone booths, confessionals and elevators… In a Scattergories game one night, my dad, two brothers and I all answered "Stupidity" for the "fear" category beginning with an "S" – not snakes or spiders, folks. Stupidity. (We're fairly bright people.)

  33. betzblue
    betzblue at |

    What about twids like myself who have an abnormal fear of driving in heavy traffic or on freeways?

    Never had any anxiety or panic attacks until the freeways in San Diego started turning into LA….so I moved to Central Oregon, where I then discovered I hated to drive with the 18 wheelers too. So now I am in Tennessee, and find that country roads brought me back to my senses….

  34. Weird Phobias
    Weird Phobias at |

    Very good site, excellent content, I will recommend to my group of readers in the university, I found very interesting article on the internet, including this …

    Weird phobias that control your life…..: The humongous list of phobias that you can have find anywhere shares the same characteristics, like the fear of dentist or doctor. Phobias and Fears are emotional reactions to an uncomfortable situation that causes physical and mental responses. Some of the symptoms that affect all of these weird phobias and fears like fear of success or fear of long words include:

    1) Horror, terror, confusion, fear and uncontrollable feelings of panic

    2) Unawareness that phobias and fears go beyond.

    3) Acceleration of heart beat, extreme sweating, trembling, breathing problems.

  35. Margot
    Margot at |

    I agree that hydrophobia should be on this list. Now mind you I'm not completely hydrophobic–I still shower, and swim in pools and stuff. But I can't do any live body of water. I can go to the beach if its JUST sand, but if theres anything else in the water I can't stand it. And deep water especially freaks me out, whenever I accidentally flip to a Titanic or shark documentary on TV I freak. Ichthyophobia (fear of fish) goes hand in hand with this for me.

    But most of all, I think there should be a word for fear of whales. I haven't been able to find one yet, nor have I encountered someone else who shares this fear, but seriously they are the freakiest things in existence. They scare the heck out of me.

    1. GOLD_sonic
      GOLD_sonic at |

      My sister has a phobia of whales and dolphins (though she loves to swim)

      I have a phobia of clowns and puppets. In middle school I punched a guy dressed as a clown in school in the balls, and ran. Scared the fudge out of me, but my friends always thought it was awesome…

      1. Kyle Soler
        Kyle Soler at |

        that would suck especially dolphins well there every where in the oceans, toy stores well I guess the solution is to live in the desert. I guess she would get tormented a lot personally I have a interest in dolphins and my mum does too. what happens if one comes up in a text book or on the news I mean the fear of dolphins should have been added to the list.

    2. Logios
      Logios at |

      Fear of whales would be phalaenophobia.

  36. anonymous
    anonymous at |

    to helena

    the topic is about phobias that could cripple or harm people

    having necrophobia can't harm (or kill) a person, instead it will help you to avoid of being dead because you are afraid of dying

  37. Milander
    Milander at |

    What about Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia – a fear of long words!

    Well, imagine the situation…

    everytime you get an attack of it you'd have to explain what caused it thereby triggering another attack.

    Poor B**tard.

  38. cAROLINE1957
    cAROLINE1957 at |

    Very interesting information. Good article

  39. boberson
    boberson at |

    i have a fear of being buried alive,A SERIOUS FEAR, i refuse to be buried when i die(not that theres anything i can do bout cuz they think ill be dead! ) 😛 think about theyll all think ur dead but uve just been druged or something, and u wake up un dead tons (litearally) of hard dirt that u cant get out of, and also i havewatever that fear called were ur scared of confineed spaces so i get even more FREAKED OUT!!!!!!!

  40. Nicholas Lim
    Nicholas Lim at |

    Anemophobia definitely the worst.every second of your life is uncomfortable.

  41. nolan
    nolan at |

    the worst fear to have is panphobia no it is not the fear of pans it is the fear of EVERYTHING!!!!!! how could someone live like that and they wont kill themselves because they are afraid to die!!!!!!

  42. Ashleigh
    Ashleigh at |

    I have #3…

  43. serdar samanl?
    serdar samanl? at |

    Somniphobes fear of dying in their sleep which can be caused by fire, earthquake, flood, gas leak or airplanes crashing into their houses. Also if you have sleep apnea (when you stop breathing in your sleepP you can die during sleep.

  44. Vivalaw
    Vivalaw at |

    What about agoraphobia dude the fear of being outside gots to be crippling

  45. College Freshman
    College Freshman at |

    I just looked up my fears and it turns out I have both phasmaphobia (fear of ghosts) and kinemortophobia (fear of zombies)!! Weird for me to have, but I really caused myself to have them…

  46. Sildenafil citrate
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    I didn’t know about a lot of phobias on the list. But Some of them sound very absurd. It would be nice that you add some real cases where someone has it. I think that Anemophobia deserves the first spot.

  47. Flu-Bird
    Flu-Bird at |

    The people with these kind of phorias need to see a doctor that specializes in in such fears so they can hopfuly be cured

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  49. Peter Boucher
    Peter Boucher at |

    I saw an episode of “Intervention” where a woman had a fear of swallowing. She would chew on the food to get the flavor and then spit out the remaining substance. She surgically had a bag inserted to her abdomen with a PICC line running outside of her body. She would then puree any kind of food, no matter what it was and had this humongous syringe containing the puree and would literally inject it into the PICC line. The medical term is called Dysphagia. It all stemmed from when she was a child and was molested by her uncle and performed oral sex on him, hence the reason for her fear of swallowing.

  50. iceheartt
    iceheartt at |

    isn’t photophobia [oddly enough] extreme sensitivity to light?

  51. DGB
    DGB at |

    “Anemophobia” is fear of wind or drafts or “moving air,” NOT all air

    “Anemo” is from the Greek for wind.

  52. Anne
    Anne at |

    Better late than never.
    I must offer kudos to the author of this list! Well done!

    Not a comment, but a question…
    I am wondering if anyone knows what ‘the fear of wheelchairs’ might be called?
    Also, ‘the fear of being disabled’, or ‘of seeing disabled folks’?

  53. Lizzy
    Lizzy at |

    What about phobias of needles? While avoiding needles at all costs you also put your health in constant danger. Pretty much you have to decide wether the risk of discovering you have something like cancer is worth having to go through the horrorfying ordeal of your phobia

  54. kim
    kim at |

    I know how it sounds, but I am terrified that if I am in a body of water, such as creeks, ponds, oceans, etch, that if my feet aren’t touching the floor that a dead person will grab my feet. It is most likely because they need my help with unresolved issues from life. Surely I am not the only person ever to have this irrational fear.


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