I have a fear of being upside down. What's the scientific name of my phobia?

I can’t even think of bungee jumping. It literally makes me overthink everything. For example, what if the rope breaks and I fall but don’t die. I know it’s not very smart thinking about this stuff but I just do it unconsciously.

  • A quick search does indeed suggest that there is no such term. This might suggest that there is no such phobia, but I'll leave that up to the scientists. Oct 22, 2018 at 7:20
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    I hope you don’t live in the southern hemisphere ;-)
    – Jim
    Apr 20, 2019 at 18:59
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    Note that many would interpret your fear of bungee jumping to be acrophobia.
    – Hot Licks
    Apr 20, 2019 at 19:12
  • This doesn't seem like a phobia to me since it is perfectly rational to consider bungee jumping insane.
    – Mitch
    Aug 19, 2019 at 13:28
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    Anokatophobia can be coined from Greek άνω κάτω (áno káto) meaning "upside down".
    – ermanen
    Apr 7, 2022 at 11:33

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There is no authentic scientific term for this as yet.

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    There are plenty of examples of invertophobia being used for exactly what the OP describes, but none from what one would call a reliable source.
    – Charl E
    Oct 22, 2018 at 7:17
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    @CharlE You’re from Oxford I see, so I vote for you as a reliable source.
    – David
    Aug 19, 2019 at 22:22

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