What word/phobia refers to the fear that ceilings will fall on you?


John's ______ made him decide to live in a bungalow, because he thinks one ceiling falling on him would not be sufficient to kill him, but two or more would.

  • I'm not convinced the ancient Greeks believed in an afterlife as per Xtians & Muslims "going to heaven". So I could easily believe that Uranophobia originally applied to people who didn't like having "the heavens" always oppressively above them. (Perhaps uranophobes were the first people to be told Don't look so worried! The sky won't fall in! :) Commented Apr 19, 2016 at 17:51
  • @FumbleFingers ancient.eu/article/29 Commented Apr 19, 2016 at 18:12
  • @Cathy Gartaganis: Exactly! They believed the continued existence of the dead depended on their constant remembrance by the living. For the most part, the dead went into permanent sleep in the underworld - they didn't float up to the sky to collect their harps and virgins. Commented Apr 19, 2016 at 18:19
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    Chicken little syndrome? A very narrow form of barophobia? It is a specific phobia, for sure.
    – jxh
    Commented Apr 19, 2016 at 18:34

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If you Google for "ceiling phobia," a condition called altocelarophobia seems to be a thing:

alto- (high) celaro- (ceiling) phobia (irrational fear)

an irrational fear of high ceilings

So, by analogy:

obcursu- (falling) celaro- (ceiling) phobia

Behold obcursucelarophobia: an irrational fear of falling ceilings.


May be not exactly what you are looking for, but Anablephobia is some what related.

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    You probably want to include the definition for anablephobia in your answer as well as cite the source...just in case the link fails in the future. Commented Apr 19, 2016 at 18:14

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