What is the word for fear of fear?

I thought this would be easy to find, recall, or previously asked, but I've looked around and couldn't find it (phobia list).

It is simply phobiaphobia? Or phobophobia?

  • 2
    The fear of fear frightens me. Unfortunately, recursion makes me dreadfully nervous too. – Malvolio Dec 30 '14 at 2:55
  • 2
    @Malvolio - then do not go to this reference. – James McLeod Dec 30 '14 at 3:45
  • 2
    It turns out that phobophobia is on the phobia list. Maybe that makes this General Reference? – James McLeod Dec 30 '14 at 4:09
  • ....fearception – user180089 Jul 21 '16 at 3:14

You are correct - the word for this is phobophobia

  • 1
    And the word for fear of fear of fear is of course phobophobophobia. And... – Drew Dec 30 '14 at 3:09

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.