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Is there a word or term for people who have a fear of growth?

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What kind of growth? Like getting taller? Are they terrified by plants? Are they afraid of personal development? –  Marcus_33 Mar 19 '13 at 20:31
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Very close related: english.stackexchange.com/q/107922 Are you two married? Is this some sort of bet or spat? –  tchrist Mar 19 '13 at 20:31
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Growth related to success - personal or professional development. –  Jennifer Castellanos Mar 19 '13 at 20:33
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@tchrist Yes, we are married but no bet or spat. We're trying to find the best way to describe this fear of growth/change for the better. –  Jennifer Castellanos Mar 19 '13 at 20:34
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At http://www.fun-with-words.com/phobias_o-q.html is a delightful list of 'phobia words'. Perhaps appropriate here is:

obesophobia Fear of gaining weight. [ID, CE]

but probably more relevant is:

prosophobia Fear of progress. [ID, CE, WP]

The references are perhaps not the most authoritative:

ID: The Insomniac's Dictionary of the Outrageous, Odd, and Unusual by Paul Hellweg.

CE: Crazy English: The Ultimate Joy Ride Through Our Language by Richard Lederer.

WP: Words at Play: Quips, Quirks, and Oddities by O. V. Michaelsen. Also in The Wordplay Almanac by O. V. Michaelsen.

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Thank you Edwin! Prosophobia is a great word to describe this fear!! –  Jennifer Castellanos Mar 20 '13 at 1:30
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