I was recently asked by a reader what the fear of basement is called. I searched high and low and couldn’t figure out what it is called if anything (if you do know, please email me). But I ended up finding out about some pretty interesting fears. I now know that there is a fear for absolutely ANYTHING! I have to admit that I was cracking up as I was putting this list together, some are just downright silly. It’s a really interesting read:
Allodoxaphobia – Fear of opinions
Anablephobia – Fear of looking up
Anglophobia – Fear of England or English culture, etc.
Anthrophobia or Anthophobia – Fear of flowers.
Arachibutyrophobia – Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth. (really? It’s annoying, but scary?)
Arithmophobia – Fear of numbers.
Astrophobia – Fear of stars or celestial space.
Asymmetriphobia – Fear of asymmetrical things.
Aulophobia – Fear of flutes.
Auroraphobia – Fear of Northern lights.
Bolshephobia – Fear of Bolsheviks. (LOL, this one was funny)
Barophobia – Fear of gravity.
Bibliophobia – Fear of books.
Cacophobia – Fear of ugliness.
Caligynephobia – Fear of beautiful women. (ok, I can see some men having this fear)
Cathisophobia – Fear of sitting.
Chronophobia – Fear of time.
Clinophobia – Fear of going to bed.
Consecotaleophobia – Fear of chopsticks.
Cyberphobia – Fear of computers or working on a computer. (use this next time you need a break from work!)
Decidophobia – Fear of making decisions.
Deipnophobia – Fear of dining or dinner conversations. (perfect excuse to get out of a supper!)
Dextrophobia – Fear of objects at the right side of the body.
Dikephobia – Fear of justice.
Dutchphobia – Fear of the Dutch. (what’s so scary about the Dutch?)
Eleutherophobia – Fear of freedom.
Epistemophobia – Fear of knowledge. (wow!)
Euphobia – Fear of hearing good news.
Francophobia – Fear of France or French culture. (I know many hate the French, but to fear their culture? LOL!)
Geliophobia – Fear of laughter.
Hedonophobia – Fear of feeling pleasure.
Helminthophobia – Fear of being infested with worms.
Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia – Fear of the number 666
Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia – Fear of long words. (isn’t the name of the fear ironic?)
Ideophobia – Fear of ideas.
Leukophobia – Fear of the color white. (seriously, what’s scary about the color white?)
Levophobia – Fear of things to the left side of the body.
Logophobia – Fear of words.
Metrophobia – Fear or hatred of poetry.
Octophobia – Fear of the figure 8.
Oenophobia – Fear of wines. (make sure no one has this fear at the next “bring your own wine” dinner you attend!)
Ouranophobia or Uranophobia – Fear of heaven.
Panophobia or Pantophobia – Fear of everything. (well, that sums it up just nicely!)
Papaphobia – Fear of the Pope. (I know people that do find him kinda scary)
Peladophobia – Fear of bald people.
Pentheraphobia – Fear of mother-in-law. (very common I’m sure!)
Philosophobia – Fear of philosophy.
Phronemophobia – Fear of thinking. (geez, why am I not surprised that this fear exist?)
Porphyrophobia – Fear of the color purple.
Psychophobia – Fear of mind.
Russophobia – Fear of Russians. (if you are afraid of Bolsheviks, are you a Russophobia also by default?)
Symbolophobia – Fear of symbolism.
Alright, I’d love to get your comments about this compilation. What fears do you have from this list? Don’t be shy to share! I’m very curious to know if those fears are actually more common than I believe they are. If you’ve got panophobia, then I definitely want to talk to you!