21 Common Specific Fears

A great many of us have specific and often irrational fears and so in this section we’re providing information on many of the most common phobias or well known specific fears. More and more specific fears are being listed over the coming months so, if your’s isn’t listed right now it may well be soon. Bear in mind though there are literally thousands of specific phobias, some of which are pretty […] Read more »

Beat Your Fears - Specific Fears And Phobias

All Other Specific Fears

Fear is important for humans and animals because it compels us to run away from danger or avoid it at all costs. However, some people may have seemingly unusual fears, commonly referred to phobias, at some point in their lives or throughout their lives. These specific fears are of certain situations or particular things. Items associated with these things or situations can trigger a frightened, nervous and erratic state in […] Read more »

FOMO Fear Of Missing Out

Yes … the fear of missing out (or FOMO as it’s commonly referred to) is not just something you hear about in a humorous way but, believe it or not, it’s actually a genuine fear and anxiety! It’s one of our newer phobias, actually first identified in 1996 but only recently made popular in respect of the new and increasing addiction to social media. It’s all about the perception that […] Read more »

Fear Of War

The fear of war – is there anything to be afraid of? Whilst my own generation has been fortunate enough not to have been directly involved in world wide warfare the risks of a third world war have always been there. The risks ebb and flow – brought on, in the main, by sensationalistic journalistic reporting on TV, in the tabloid press and online. Parts of the world are unstable […] Read more »

Paruresis Fear Of Urinating In Public

Fear Of Urinating In Public

Paruresis is a type of phobia and it is also known by the names bashful or shy bladder syndrome. A person suffering from this phobia will find it very difficult or even impossible to pass urine when other people are present. In other words, it is a fear that prevents a person from urinating in the absence of privacy (some or complete) depending on the severity of the condition. It […] Read more »

Monophobia - Fear of Being Alone

Fear Of Being Alone

Monophobia refers to an acute fear of being alone or having to manage in the absence of a specific person in close proximity. The specific person may be in the same apartment or house or the same room. Some monophobics find it even impossible to use the lavatory if another person is not there in the room with them. People may feel lonely sometimes, but a monophobic person experiences severe […] Read more »

Erythrophobia - Fear of Blushing

Fear Of Blushing

Blushing is a common but uncomfortable feeling associated with embarrassment. For some individuals, it is something more than mere embarrassment; it causes undue anxiety. An abnormal and exaggerated fear of blushing is called erythrophobia. Those who suffer from erythrophobia may not actually fear the act of blushing but dread the feelings and emotions that come along with blushing. The fear is chronic and impairing and interferes with the daily life […] Read more »

Nosophobia - Fear of Having a Disease

Fear Of Disease

Whereas hypochondriasis is the fear that the physical symptoms currently present are manifestations of an undiagnosed disease, nosophobia (or nosemaphobia) is an overwhelming and all-pervading fear of disease – either having or developing a particular disease such as diabetes or cancer. If an individual continues to live with this phobia, in all likelihood it will eventually affect the mental and physical health of the person. In such a case, there […] Read more »

Trypanophobia - Fear of Injections

Fear Of Injections

Trypanophobia refers to the extreme fear that some people have for injections or hypodermic needles. It is normal to feel some amount of discomfort when it comes to medical procedures involving injections, but a trypanophobic has such an extreme and irrational fear of injections that he/she either avoids any medical treatment or exhibits anxious or avoidance behavior. Some of them suffering from this disorder may even faint when they are […] Read more »

Brontophobia - Fear of Thunderstorms

Fear Of Thunderstorms

Brontophobia literally translates to fear of thunder and fear of thunderstoms. Fear by itself can range from mild discomfort to extreme panic. When the fear developed is disproportionate to the danger that is presented, it is called a phobia. Thus, brontophobia is an irrational and exaggerated fear of thunderstorms and lightning. It is also called by the name astraphobia. This phobia is commonly present in most children and even animals. […] Read more »