List of Phobias and Meanings

This phobia list includes well-known phobias, funny phobias and a weird phobias list. Check out our list of phobias and meanings.

A list of phobias (what is a phobia?) includes fears that are common as well as those that aren't. All phobias fall into one of these three categories:

  • Social situations (social anxiety disorder)
  • Specific or simple situations or objects
  • Agoraphobia – a fear of being in public places that would be difficult or embarrassing from which to leave

List of Phobias: The Usual Ones

The following is a list of phobias which are considered pretty commonplace.1 Did you know that specific phobias are more common than social phobia or agoraphobia?

  • Acrophobia - phobia of heights
  • Ailurophobia – phobia of cats
  • Algophobia – phobia of pain
  • Apiphobia – phobia of bees
  • Arachnophobia – phobia of spiders
  • Astraphobia – phobia of thunderstorms
  • Cynophobia – phobia of dogs
  • Hydrophobia – phobia of water
  • Ophidiophobia – phobia of snakes
  • Pteromerhanophobia – phobia of flying
  • Rhabdophobia – phobia of being beaten

Weird Phobias List

There are many unusual phobias that some people consider to be funny phobias or weird phobias. While this list of phobias may be unusual, the reaction the patient has may be the same as to a common phobia.2 Weird phobias may have a particularly negative impact on a person's life due to the stigma around them.

A list of weird phobias and meanings includes:

  • Agyrophobia – phobia of crossing roads
  • Alourophobia - phobia of reading aloud
  • Anthophobia – phobia of flowers
  • Balenephobia - phobia of pins and needles
  • Barophobia - phobia of gravity
  • Bibliophobia - phobia of books
  • Bovinophobia - phobia /dislike of cattle
  • Carnophobia - phobia of meat
  • Cathisophobia - phobia of sitting
  • Cetaphobia - phobia /dislike of whales
  • Ebulliophobia - phobia of bubbles
  • Heliophobia – phobia of sunlight
  • Hylophobia - phobia of trees, forests or wood
  • Ichthyophobia – phobia /dislike of fish
  • Papyrophobia - phobia of paper
  • Porphyrophobia - phobia of the color purple
  • Pteridophobia - phobia of ferns
  • Sichuaphobia - phobia of Chinese food
  • Tachophobia - phobia of speed

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APA Reference
Tracy, N. (2012, January 10). List of Phobias and Meanings, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2023, July 23 from

Last Updated: May 15, 2019

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