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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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PGA TOUR Launches Integrated Ad Campaign for 2006; ''These Guys Are Good'' Gets New Twist
From Business Wire, 12/21/05

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- "These Guys Are Good," the longest running and one of the most recognizable tag lines in professional sports marketing, gets a fresh look through a new round of advertising from the PGA TOUR's longtime agency, GSD&M of Austin, Texas. "THE PROFESSOR" campaign will include as many as 10 different TV brand and tune-in ads along with print, radio, Internet and retail.

The campaign launches during NFL broadcasts on CBS the week of Christmas, on NBC during the ADT Golf Skills Challenge December 30-31, on ABC during the PGA TOUR Season Preview Show airing New Year's Eve, during various programming on The Golf Channel, and during ESPN's prime time telecast of the Mercedes Championships January 5-8.

The new campaign focuses on the highly competitive nature of PGA TOUR members and the obstacles they face. Even casual golfers will appreciate the message -- there is the potential for elation and glory in every shot, and the potential for agony, as well.

The new ads put a spin on the different dimensions of competition in sports. Most sports are largely man vs. man. In golf, however, players not only compete against each other, they face equal and sometimes greater challenges of man vs. nature and man vs. himself. To highlight this idea, the campaign features a mock professor describing fictitious clinical scenarios of various life obstacles that are also realities that both TOUR players and recreational golfers can relate to, such as man's inner demons and the forces of nature.

"TOUR players are confronted with a new set of obstacles with every shot, with a fine line between success and failure. That creates a great deal of intrigue, drama and excitement among golf and sports fans," said Ric Clarson, Senior Vice President of Brand Marketing for the PGA TOUR. "There's a story in every shot, and every shot counts."

In one of the ads, "Pressure Seeker," the professor describes a person who derives satisfaction from extreme pressure situations. While most people succumb to pressure, TOUR players are the best in the world at coping with it. The professor suggests these type of individuals, even when dealing with extreme situations, can often appear "cool as a cucumber."

In "Fan-a-mania," the professor talks about golf's unique form of fan obsession, where otherwise normal people turn into obsessive fans, "...following their favorite sports heroes around for days at a time." Their behavior is characterized by "spontaneous outbursts, awestruck looks and uncontrollable clapping."

"Dendrophobia" has the professor discussing the fear of trees, rare among the general population but very common in even the best golfers. The professor suggests "...those afflicted with dendrophobia seek open grassy spaces."

New to PGA TOUR TV ads this season will be the addition of a tune-in component on ads running on Sundays that will promote the following week's PGA TOUR event.

About The PGA TOUR

The PGA TOUR is a tax-exempt membership organization of professional golfers. Its primary purpose is to provide competitive earnings opportunities for past, current and future members of the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour; to protect the integrity of the game; and to help grow the reach of the game in the U.S. and around the world.

Nearly 110 events were contested on the three Tours in 2005, for approximately $320 million in prize money. In addition to providing competitive opportunities for its membership, TOUR events also generate significant sums of money for charity. TOUR events recently eclipsed the $1 billion mark in all-time charitable giving, dating back to 1938, the first year such records were kept. The PGA TOUR's Web site address is

About GSD&M

Since its founding by six college students in 1971, Austin-based GSD&M has grown to more than 600 people and 2004 billings estimated at more than $1.4 billion. GSD&M has become widely known for developing visionary ideas for brands with a purpose. Some of those brands include BMW, Wal-Mart, AT&T, Chili's Grill & Bar, Southwest Airlines, the U.S. Air Force, DreamWorks and MasterCard. GSD&M is part of Omnicom Group, Inc. (NYSE:OMC).

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