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The English suffixes -phobia, -phobic, -phobe (of Greek origin) occur in technical usage in psychiatry to construct words that describe irrational, disabling fear as a mental disorder (e.g., agoraphobia) and in biology to descibe organisms that dislike certain conditions (e.g., acidophobia). In common usage they also form words that describe dislike or hatred of a particular thing or subject. more...

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Many people apply the suffix "-phobia" inappropriately to mild or irrational fears with no serious substance; however, earlier senses relate to psychiatry which studies serious phobias which disable a person's life. For more information on the psychiatric side of this, including how psychiatry groups phobias as "agoraphobia", "social phobia", or "simple phobia", see phobia. Treatment for phobias may include desensitization (graduated exposure therapy) or flooding.

The following lists include words ending in -phobia, and include fears that have acquired names. In many cases people have coined these words as neologisms, and only a few of them occur in the medical literature. In many cases, the naming of phobias has become a word game.

Note too that no things, substances, or even concepts exist which someone, somewhere may not fear, sometimes irrationally so. A list of all possible phobias would run into many thousands and it would require a whole book to include them all, certainly more than an encyclopedia would be able to contain. So this article just gives an idea of the kind of phobias which one may encounter, certainly not all.

Most of these terms tack the suffix -phobia onto a Greek word for the object of the fear (some use a combination of a Latin root with the Greek suffix, which many classicists consider linguistically impure).

In some cases (particularly the less medically-oriented usages), a word ending in -phobia may have an antonym ending in -philia - thus: coprophobia / coprophilia, Germanophobia / Germanophilia.

See also the category:Phobias.

Phobia lists

A large number of "-phobia" lists circulate on the Internet, with words collected from indiscriminate sources, often copying each other.

Some regard any attempt to create a list of phobias as an irrational endeavor because, theoretically, a person could become conditioned to have a fear of anything. Also, a significant number of unscrupulous psychiatric websites exist that at the first glance cover a huge number of phobias, but in fact use a standard text (see an example below) to fit any phobia and reuse it for all unusual phobias by merely changing the name. For a couple of striking examples.

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Don't panic - it's only a phobia
From Independent, The (London), 1/18/98 by Roger Dobson reports

FOR MOST of us, nothing could be more pleasurable than whiling away a few hours in a favoured restaurant enjoying good food and wine in the company of friends.

But to Karen Tate, the experience would be akin to the terrors most would feel caught in a war zone, or face to face with a killer. Her pulse races, her heart beats faster, and her breathing becomes laboured. "Most people like going out, but I avoid eating out like the plague because I just have panic attacks. I just have to get out of there," said Karen, a 28-year-old Mancunian.

Karen is one of a growing number of phobics suffering from irrational fears that until now have gone unrecorded. Thirty years ago there were only a handful of officially recognised terrors like these, but the latest register of phobias compiled by US university researchers now lists 314, encompassing almost anything from fears of body odour and baldness to those who are frightened by vicars or worms. Many of the new phobias relate to modern life. Technology in particular has brought a rash of new fears, including a dread of missiles, meteorites, and computers, plus neophobia - a fear of new things. In Britain, one of the fastest growing problems is travel fear, particularly in London where crowded trains and tubes help cause panic attacks. Increasingly stressful lives, more awareness of the problems and treatments, and a more sympathetic climate to those with phobias are among the reasons for the increasing numbers of people seeking help from psychologists and counsellors for conditions which can be successfully treated. Nicky Lidbetter, assistant director of the National Phobics Society, says: "People are under stress more. We see a lot more younger people than we used to and don't really know why." "People are seeking attention more and are referred more often," says psychologist Dr Stephen Palmer, director of the Centre for Stress Management in London. "We see a lot of travel phobia among people here. If you are travelling into London, it's a warm day, you have to rush to work, there is a train delay, it's cramped on the tube, you make a dash for the office, get into a cramped lift and suddenly at that moment you are aware your heart is beating faster. You focus on the heart so it beats even faster, your breath faster, your hearts pounds, and you are having your first panic attack. Before you know where you are, you have a phobia about lifts and closed places." Dr John Fraise, consultant clinical psychologist with the Wakefield and Pontefract Community Health Trust, says that giving names to phobias and the knowledge that treatments are available can help sufferers. To Peter Slipp, a 27 year old from Llannelli, just one glimpse of an earwig is enough to start a panic attack. The creepy crawly inspires shallow breathing and a racing heart. "I'm just terrified of them. I can't do the gardening anymore and I check out all the rooms at night to make sure there are none about. If there are I have a house-full of sprays to get them," he says. Phobias can wax and wane. There have been reports that the incidence of galephobia - fear of sharks - increased when the Jaws films were being shown. The technical names of phobias can also be confusing. Cymophobia, fear of waves, for instance, should not be confused with, cynophobia, fear of dogs. Likewise, ergophobia, fears of work, out not to be mixed up with erotophobia, fears of sexual feelings. And on no account should parasitophobia, fear of parasites, be confused with politicophobia, fear of politicians. Check your phobias Agyrophobia - fear of crossing the road. Anthophobia - fear of flowers and plants. Bromidrosiphobia - fear of unpleasant body odours. Chinophobia - fear of snow. Coitophobia - fear of sexual intercourse. Cynophobia - fear of dogs. Ecclesiophobia - fears of churches. Hierophobia - fear of priests. Homichlophobia - fear of fog. Isopterphobia - fear of termites. Mythophobia - fears of telling lies. Ombrophobia - fear of rain. Pogonphobia - fear of beards. Triskaidekaphobia - fear of the number 13.

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