When I was young, I had an irrational fear that everyone in the world was an actor who could read my mind. This fear was highly specific, and I felt that I was the only one who had it, especially since I couldn't find a word for it on phobia websites. One day I was randomly browsing a small website dedicated to phobias, and I found this exact same fear. I have since forgotten the term for it, though.

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    I would call it "Sydney's Syndrome."
    – Robusto
    Commented Aug 18, 2015 at 15:24
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    I know what I would call it, but I can read minds and know for a fact Sydney does not know what to call it and can't read my mind.
    – RegDwigнt
    Commented Aug 18, 2015 at 15:26
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    I love these little quips. Maybe I should migrate here from time to time. Though I'm sure you knew I was going to say this, granted that you can read my mind. :) Commented Aug 18, 2015 at 15:29
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    'Paranoid' or 'child of helicopter parents'
    – Mitch
    Commented Aug 18, 2015 at 15:39
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    Two words: thought broadcasting en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thought_broadcasting
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Aug 18, 2015 at 17:07

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If 'telepathy' is reading minds, and '-pathy' is a suffix indicating disease or disorder, then 'telepathypathy' would be a pathological fear that people can read your mind.


Fear of "INDWELLING" may be used.

It could be called "indwelling psychosis".

It might be a new term but may mean a fear of being seen through or someone gaining insight into someone's inner self.


The phenomenon is called "thought broadcasting" and is used for people with schizophrenia

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    That's the phenomenon, but what is the fear of it called?
    – Hellion
    Commented Oct 9, 2015 at 18:51

Phobia names are generally Greek and Latin so you could work out what the word could be. Psycho for mind, legere for reading, phobia for fear; psycholegerephobia could be a good candidate.

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    The setup of Sydney's question indicates that he's asking for an already-existing term, not for newly invented ones put together by us.
    – herisson
    Commented Aug 18, 2015 at 23:28
  • Would you still think that if rather than candidate I had said starting point?
    – Ajaypayne
    Commented Aug 19, 2015 at 8:48
  • Also, I understand if you don't agree with the way that I have built the word, but unless you can find another word which proves mine is wrong, I don't feel you have the right to down vote my answer.
    – Ajaypayne
    Commented Aug 19, 2015 at 11:14

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