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Questions tagged [phobias]

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Is there a phobia for waking others up? [duplicate]

Let's say, that I'm at a sleepover and got put in the corner with no direct way of getting to the door without disturbing other people. If I wake up, having to use the restroom or get a drink, I get ...
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The name of my phobia

So I have a fear of being upside down. So what’s the scientific name of my phobia? I can’t even think of bungee jumping it literally makes me overthink everything like what if the rope breaks and I ...
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Fear of holding something to the air

I have this thing that when someone holds something out into air from the high places i think of it dropping. Whenever someone hold their phone out from the 3ed floor for example i start panicking. I ...
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Word for “Fear of not living up to one's potential”

There are lot of different phobias out there, but I'm unable to find the one that relates to a "fear of not living up to ones potential".
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-phobia (or similar) word for “fear of the poor”

Peniaphobia seems to refer at least as much to the fear or hatred of being or becoming poor oneself, as it refers to fear or hatred of people who are already poor. What would be a good word, or ...
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What is someone (or something) that causes phobia called?

I'm looking for a word that describes someone who "could be a person or a object" that causes phobia. For example, those with Anthropophobia could tell about people: They're ________. I recenlty ...
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Is there a word ___phobia that means “fear of being burned”?

I'm looking for a word that means the phobia "fear of being burned." "Pyrophobia" is fear of fire, which is close, but not quite it. I'm not looking for a fear of fire itself, but actually a fear of ...
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A futuristic Phobia in the scientific context (Related to Artificial Intelligence)

Is there any specific term to describe a phobia about future of relationship between humans and (intelligent) machines? One may think it could be Cyberphobia or Mechanophobia, however these options ...
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Is there a word for the fear that one might be a hypochondriac?

This seems like a fundamental thing that would have a word for it—oftentimes one worries about a health condition, but then one is afraid to get it looked into as one is afraid of being a ...
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What's the name of this phobia?

What word * refers to the fear that ceilings will fall on you? Example: John's * made him decide to live in a bungalow, because he thinks one ceiling falling on him would not be sufficient to kill ...
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Term for the Fear of Fictional Characters

Is there any phobia or any other term for the fear of Fictional Characters of books, movies etc. (such as Lord Voldemort, Dementors of Harry Potter Series) ? I am asking for a word which can be used ...
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I need a word for my obscure phobia for hard, smooth structures

If I let myself, I become upset and a bit terrified by smooth hard structures. A good example is the most perfect sphere in the world, seen here. It's a polished sphere of solid silicon-28. The metal ...
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Single word that depicts the fear of being secretly photographed/surveyed without consent

I am looking for a single word that depicts the fear of cameras/video recording devices (spy cameras or surveillance cameras, for example). To provide additional context, I am writing a short story ...
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Stop chewing! What is it called when someone doesn't like the sound of other people eating?

My brother hates the sound of eating, chewing, slurping, swallowing etc. I am looking for either: The name of the condition or A word to describe the type of person who behaves like this
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Is there a name for “fear of olives” in English?

I know people with an actual fear of olives. Is there a name in English for this phobia? I have not been able to find anything in the usual websites.
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What is the fear of the unknown called?

I am wondering what it's called when you fear the unknown, like I am scared of what's hidden deep in the ocean, far out in space, death, etc.--basically things I can't really explain. I just want to ...
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Is there an English word for a fear of salt?

While terms like arachnophobia and agoraphobia are well-known, after a quick internet search I wasn't able to find a term for a fear of salt. Does one exist, and if so what is it? P.S. If this isn't ...
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Is “trypophobia” a real word?

When I took psychology a semester ago, my teacher insisted that she has never heard of the word. When looked up in Merriam Webster's Dictionary, it did not pop up. Do medical professionals use this ...
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A word for the fear that everyone can read your mind?

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 ...
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Fear of Information, which has been proven by statically data [closed]

What is the psychological terminology for the fear of being presented with facts or shunning/deliberately ignoring facts?
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Is there really no word / phobia for a 'fear of becoming fat'?

Is there really no word / phobia for a 'fear of becoming fat'? All I can find are things like 'Pocrescophobia' and 'Obesophobia', which don't even show up in any dictionaries from what I can tell. ...
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Is there a term or word for someone who fears homophobes?

Can you think of a single term or word for someone who dislikes or fears a homophobic person?
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How would you invent the word for 'fear of standing next to beds'?

It is known that there is a proper word for almost any phobia you can think of. What is the etymology of such? And how would one construct the word for the phobia of standing next to beds; because of ...
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Names of specific phobias [closed]

I need help. I'm trying to find the phobia names of these fears: Fear of your own identity Fear of not knowing
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Name of phobia of compromised account security

What would, if any, be the name of the phobia of a person who lives in constant fear of others breaking into their accounts / misusing their personal information? I've found some slightly related ...
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Reasonable phobia name for fear of alcohol evaporating before you can drink it [closed]

I am curious as to what the phobia name would be for the fear of the alcohol in your drink evaporating before you can drink it. It appears most phobias are rooted in Greek and sometimes Latin. Some ...
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Is there a single word for “fear of duplicates?”

I'm designing a data structure that disallows inserting the same element twice, and I want to give it a name. Is there a single word for "fear of duplicates?" "Dupliphobia" sounds wrong.
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What is the word for fear of fear?

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 ...
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-phobia word for fear of hearing speeches

I'm looking for a phobia word for someone who hates listening to speeches because they find them so embarrassing. For example, a bride at a wedding or someone about to receive an award might be ...
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What is a word for someone who hates or fears nature?

I know that misanthrope is someone who hates other humans or humankind in general. I am interested to know if there is a word for one who hates nature herself.
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What is the word for a fear of hippopotamuses?

The word hippophobia refers to a fear of horses (apparently hippos are "water horses") and the words zoophobia refers to a fear of animals in general, but I can't seem to find a word for a fear ...
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The fear of not seeing one's mother ever again

Is there a word to describe the fear of never again seeing one's mother (or at least any person)? I have already checked the list of phobias that Wikipedia offers but could not find anything that ...
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Is there a word for fearing oneself? [closed]

My brother exhibits this strange behaviour. He once saw his shadow on the wall and screamed in alarm thinking it was a ghost. Another day, when his collar flaps fluttered in the wind, he became ...
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Word for bias against or fear of foreign languages

This came up as I was writing a comment for a discussion on another site on the network*. The discussion was about non-english creative works, and I warned against "xenophobia," but that's not quite ...
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Is there a name for the phobia of not having access to the internet?

Nomophobia is the fear of being out of mobile phone contact. Is there a name for the fear or phobia of being away from / not being able to reach the internet?
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What is the word for “fear of heights”?

I know it must be some kind of of phobia, but can anyone tell me what it is?