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Why Hypnotherapy works for Fears and Phobias – Putting Names to Some Phobias and Symptoms

Updated: Mar 9, 2023

Fears and phobias are usually a learned reaction that is stored in the subconscious part of the

mind. You may have more than one phobia and may have learned them at different times in your life. Here is some information about phobias. We put names to some of the most common and list some of the symptoms that phobias produce when you are faced with a fear trigger.


Phobias include things like:

  • Arachnophobia - Fear of spider

  • Trypanophobia - Injections fear

  • Acrophobia - Fear of heights

  • Astraphobia - Fear of thunder and lightning

  • Agoraphobia - Fear of a situation where escape may be difficult

  • Basophobia – Fear of falling

  • Bathmophobia – Fear of steep inclines, slopes and stairs

  • Claustrophobia - Fear of small spaces

  • Cynophobia - Fear of dogs

  • Decidophobia – Fear of making decision making

  • Defecaloesiophobia – Fear of painful bowel movements

  • Ebulliophobia – Fear of bubbles

  • Ecclesiophobia – Fear of church

  • Ecophobia – Fear of one’s home

  • Eisoptrophobia – Fear of mirrors or seeing oneself in a mirror

  • Electrophobia – Fear of electricity

  • Emetophobia – Fear of vomiting

  • Enetophobia – Fear of pins

  • Enochlophobia – Fear of crowds

  • Entomophobia – Fear of insects

  • Equinophobia – Fear of horses

  • Eremophobia – Fear of being oneself

  • Ereuthrophobia – Fear of blushing

  • Erotophobia – Fear of sex or sexual intimacy

  • Eurotophobia – fear of female genitalia

  • Febriphobia – Fear of fever

  • Gamophobia – Fear of marriage

  • Genuphobia – Fear of knees

  • Gerascophobia – Fear of growing old

  • Globophobia – Fear of balloons

  • Glossophobia – Fear of public speaking

  • Gymnophobia – Fear of nudity

  • Gynophobia – Fear of women

  • Hydrophobia – Fear of water

  • Hylophobia – Fear of forests

  • Hypegiaphobia – Fear of responsibility

  • Hypochondria – Fear of illness

  • Iatrophobia – Fear of doctors

  • Ichthyophobia – Fear of fish

  • Ideophobia – Fear of new ideas or thoughts

  • Kainolophobia – Fear of novelty

  • Kakorrhaphiophobia – Fear of failure

  • Kathisophobia – Fear of sitting down

  • Kenophobia – Fear of empty spaces

  • Kinetophobia – Fear of motion

  • Koinoniphobia – Fear of rooms that are full of people

  • Kopophobia – Fear of fatigue

  • Koniophobia – Fear of dust

  • Lachanophobia – Fear of vegetables

  • Ligyrophobia – Fear of loud noises

  • Limnophobia – Fear of lakes

  • Linonophobia – Fear of string

  • Liticaphobia – Fear of lawsuits

  • Lockiophobia – Fear of childbirth

  • Logophobia – Fear of words

  • Lutraphobia – Fear of otters

  • Lygophobia – Fear of darkness

  • Mageirocophobia – Fear of cooking

  • Megalophobia – Fear of large things

  • Melophobia – Fear of music

  • Menophobia – Fear of menstruation

  • Merinthophobia – Fear of being tied up

  • Metathesiophobia – Fear of changes

  • Microphobia – Fear of small things

  • Musophobia – Fear of mice

  • Mycophobia – Fear of mushrooms

  • Myrmecophobia – Fear of ants

  • Mysophobia – Fear of dirt and germs

  • Necrophobia – Fear of death, dying and dead things

  • Neophobia – Fear of anything new

  • Noctiphobia – Fear of the night

  • Nomophobia – Fear of losing or being without your mobile phone

  • Nosocomephobia – Fear of hospitals

  • Nostophobia – Fear of returning home

  • Nyctophobia – Fear of the dark

  • Obesophobia – Fear of gaining weight

  • Odontophobia – Fear of dental surgery

  • Odynophobia – Fear of pain

  • Olfactophobia – Fear of odors

  • Ommetaphobia – Fear of eyes or eye care

  • Omphalophobia – Fear of belly buttons

  • Onomatophobia – Fear of certain words or names

  • Ophidiophobia – Fear of snakes

  • Ophthalmophobia – Fear of being stared at

  • Optophobia – Fear of opening one’s eyes

  • Ornithophobia – Fear of birds

  • Osphresiophobia – Fear of smells

  • Papyrophobia – Fear of paper

  • Parasitophobia – Fear of parasites

  • Pathophobia – Fear of disease

  • Peccatophobia – Fear of sinning

  • Pediophobia – Fear of dolls

  • Phalacrophobia – Fear of going bald

  • Pharmacophobia – Fear of medicines

  • Phasmophobia – Fear of ghosts

  • Philemaphobia – Fear of kissing

  • Philophobia – Fear of love

  • Phobophobia – Fear of phobias

  • Phonophobia – Fear of loud noises

  • Photophobia – Fear of light

  • Plutophobia – Fear of money or wealth

  • Podophobia – Fear of feet

  • Pogonophobia – Fear of beards

  • Pteromerhanophobia – Fear of flying

  • Pupaphobia – Fear of puppets

  • Pyrophobia – Fear of fire

  • Quadriplegiaphobia – Fearing becoming a quadriplegic or being afraid of quadriplegics

  • Radiophobia – Fear of radiation, X rays

  • Ranidaphobia – Fear of frogs

  • Rhypophobia – Fear of defecation

  • Rhytiphobia – Fear of getting wrinkles

  • Rupophobia – Fear of dirt

  • Sciophobia – Fear of shadows

  • Scoleciphobia – Fear of worms

  • Scolionophobia – Fear of school

  • Scotomaphobia – Fear of blindness

  • Scriptophobia – Fear of writing in public

  • Sesquipedalophobia – Fear of long words

  • Siderodromophobia – Fear of trains

  • Spheksophobia – Fear of wasps

  • Social Phobia – Fear of social evaluation

  • Somniphobia – Fear of sleep

  • Staurophobia – Fear of the crucifix

  • Stenophobia – Fear of narrow places

  • Symbolophobia – Fear of symbolism

  • Symmetrophobia – Fear of symmetry

  • Syngenesophobia – Fear of relatives

  • Tachophobia – Fear of speed

  • Taphephobia – Fear of being buried alive

  • Technophobia – Fear of technology

  • Testophobia – Fear of taking tests

  • Thalassophobia – Fear of the sea

  • Thanatophobia – Fear of death or dying

  • Tocophobia – Fear of childbirth

  • Tonitrophobia – Fear of thunder

  • Traumatophobia – Fear of injury

  • Trichopathophobia – Fear of hair disease

  • Trichophobia – Fear of loose hair

  • Trypanophobia – Fear of needles or injections

  • Urophobia – Fear of urine or urinating

  • Vaccinophobia – Fear of vaccinations

  • Venustraphobia – Fear of beautiful women

  • Verbophobia – Fear of words

  • Verminophobia – Fear of germs

  • Vestiphobia – Fear of clothing

  • Xenophobia – Fear of strangers or foreigners

  • Xenophobia – Fear of strangers

  • Xylophobia – Fear of forests

  • Zemmiphobia – Fear of the great mole rat

  • Zoophobia – Fear of animals



Fears and phobias are not limited to those in the above list. Anything that makes you fearful and impacts on your daily living is a real phobia.

Phobias fall under the umbrella of anxiety. When you come into contact with the phobia or even think about it, you become fearful and experience your phobia symptoms.

Sometimes the symptoms of fears and phobias create an emotional response. Sometimes, the reaction includes physical symptoms or a combination of the two. Many people experience real fear and anxiety when they encounter their phobias.


The physical symptoms you might feel include:

  • Palpitations

  • Increased heartbeat

  • Feeling lightheaded

  • Nausea

  • Feeling sweaty

  • Shaking

  • A desire to run away

Some people, when the phobia is something that can be avoided or don't come into contact with frequently, can manage their phobia by using physical avoidance techniques. However, because often the phobias are unavoidable, they impact on your day to day life and wellbeing. Almost anything can cause a phobia or a fear. When these fears hold you hostage or make you feel vulnerable, you need solutions to enjoy phobia free life.

Fortunately, because of how phobias manifest in the subconscious as a learnt response, they are highly treatable with solution focussed hypnotherapy.

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