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List of Fears and Phobias

Fear is an emotion induced by a perceived threat. This is a massive list of fears (or phobias) which exist in human populations.


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Allodoxaphobia - Fear of opinions.
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Acrophobia – fear of heights
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Agoraphobia, agoraphobia without history of panic disorder – fear of places or events where escape is impossible or when help is unavailable. Fear of open spaces or of being in public places. Fear of leaving a safe place
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Agyrophobia – fear of crossing the road
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Aichmophobia – fear of sharp or pointed objects (such as a needle or knife)
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Ailurophobia – fear of cats
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Algophobia – fear of pain
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Amychophobia – fear of being scratched
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Androphobia – fear of men
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Anthophobia – fear of flowers
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Anthropophobia – fear of people or the company of people, a form of social phobia
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Aquaphobia – fear of water. Distinct from hydrophobia, a scientific property that makes chemicals averse to interaction with water, as well as an archaic name for rabies
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Astraphobia – fear of thunder and lightning
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Atychiphobia – fear of failure
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Autophobia – fear of being alone or isolated or of one's self
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Automatonophobia – fear of anything that falsely represents a sentient being
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Aviophobia, aviatophobia – fear of flying
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Blood-injection-injury type phobia – a DSM-IV subtype of specific phobias
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Chaetophobia – fear of hair
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Chiroptophobia – fear of bats
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Chromophobia – fear of bright colors
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Chronophobia – fear of time and time moving forward
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Cibophobia, sitophobia – aversion to food, synonymous to anorexia nervosa
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Claustrophobia – fear of having no escape and being closed in
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Coulrophobia – fear of clowns (not restricted to evil clowns)
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Cyberphobia – fear of or aversion to computers and of learning new technologies
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Decidophobia – fear of making decisions
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Dentophobia, odontophobia – fear of dentists and dental procedures
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Disposophobia – fear of getting rid of or losing things** – sometimes wrongly defined as compulsive hoarding
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Dysmorphophobia, or body dysmorphic disorder – a phobic obsession with a real or imaginary body defect
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Emetophobia – fear of vomiting
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Ergasiophobia – fear of work or functioning, or a surgeon's fear of operating
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Ergophobia – fear of work or functioning
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Erotophobia – fear of sexual love or sexual abuse
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Erythrophobia – pathological blushing
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Friggatriskaidekaphobia, paraskavedekatriaphobia, paraskevidekatriaphobia – fear of Friday the 13th
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Frigophobia – fear of becoming too cold
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Gamophobia – fear of marriage, commitment
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Gelotophobia – fear of being laughed at
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Gephyrophobia – fear of bridges
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Genophobia, coitophobia – fear of sexual intercourse
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Gerascophobia – fear of growing old or aging
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Gerontophobia – fear of growing old, or a hatred or fear of the elderly
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Globophobia – fear of balloons, or balloons popping, a branch of phonophobia
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Glossophobia – fear of speaking in public or of trying to speak
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Gymnophobia – fear of nudity
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Gynophobia – fear of women
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Hadephobia, stigiophobia, stygiophobia – fear of Hell
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Haphephobia – fear of being touched
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Heliophobia – fear of sunlight
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Hemophobia, haemophobia – fear of blood
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Hoplophobia – fear of weapons, specifically firearms (generally a political term but the clinical phobia is also documented)
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Hylophobia – fear of trees, forests or wood
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Hypnophobia, somniphobia – fear of sleep
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Ichthyophobia – fear of fish, including fear of eating fish, or fear of dead fish
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Ipovlopsychophobia – fear of having one’s photograph taken
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Koumpounophobia – fear of buttons.
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Lipophobia – fear or avoidance of fats in food
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Melissophobia – fear of bees
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Musophobia, murophobia, suriphobia – fear of mice and/or rats
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Myrmecophobia – fear of ants
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Necrophobia – fear of death and/or the dead
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Neophobia, cainophobia, cainotophobia, centophobia, kainolophobia, kainophobia – fear of newness, novelty
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Nomophobia – fear of being out of mobile phone contact
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Nosophobia – fear of contracting a disease
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Nyctophobia, achluophobia, lygophobia, scotophobia – fear of darkness
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Obesophobia – fear of obesity
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Oikophobia – fear of home surroundings and household appliances
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Ombrophobia – fear of rain
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Omphalophobia – fear of navels
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Ophthalmophobia – fear of being stared at
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Ornithophobia – fear of birds
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Osmophobia, olfactophobia – fear of bad odours
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Panphobia – fear of everything or constant fear of an unknown cause
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[en.wiktionary.org/wiki/papaphobia Papaphobia] – fear of the Pope
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Pediophobia – fear of dolls (a branch of automatonophobia: fear of humanoid figures)
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Phagophobia – fear of swallowing
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Philophobia – fear of love
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Phobophobia – fear of having a phobia or of fear
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Pogonophobia – fear of beards
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Pyrophobia – fear of fire
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Sesquipedalophobia – fear of long words
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Scopophobia – fear of being looked at or stared at
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Sociophobia – fear of people or social situations
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Somniphobia – fear of sleep
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Spectrophobia – fear of ghosts and phantoms
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Stygiophobia – fear of Hell
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Taphophobia, taphephobia – fear of the grave, or fear of being placed in a grave while still alive
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Technophobia – fear of technology (see also Luddite)
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Telephone phobia – fear or reluctance of making or taking telephone calls
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Tetraphobia – fear of the number 4
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Thalassophobia – fear of the sea, or fear of being in the ocean
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Thanatophobia – fear of dying
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Thermophobia – fear of heat
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Traumatophobia – a synonym for injury phobia: fear of having an injury
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Triskaidekaphobia, terdekaphobia – fear of the number 13
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Trypanophobia, belonephobia, enetophobia – fear of needles or injections
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Trypophobia – fear of holes
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Turophobia – fear of cheese
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Uranophobia, ouranophobia – fear of Heaven
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Workplace phobia – fear of the workplace
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Xanthophobia – fear of the colour yellow
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Xenophobia – fear of strangers, foreigners, or aliens
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Xylophobia, hylophobia, ylophobia – fear of trees, forests or wood
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Agrizoophobia – fear of wild animals
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Ailurophobia – fear/dislike of cats
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Apiphobia – fear/dislike of bees (also known as melissophobia, from the Greek melissa "bee")
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Arachnophobia – fear/dislike of spiders and other arachnids
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Bovinophobia – fear/dislike of cattle
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Chiroptophobia – fear/dislike of bats
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Cynophobia – fear/dislike of dogs
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Entomophobia – fear/dislike of insects
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Equinophobia, hippophobia – fear/dislike of horses
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Herpetophobia – fear/dislike of reptiles and/or amphibians
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Ichthyophobia – fear/dislike of fish
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Mottephobia – fear/dislike of butterflies and/or moths
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Murophobia – fear/dislike of mice and/or rats
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Ophidiophobia – fear/dislike of snakes
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Ornithophobia – fear/dislike of birds
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Ranidaphobia – fear/dislike of frogs
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Selachophobia – fear of sharks
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Scoleciphobia – fear of worms
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Zoophobia – fear of animals
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Photophobia – hypersensitivity to light causing aversion to light
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Phonophobia – hypersensitivity to sound causing aversion to sounds
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Osmophobia – hypersensitivity to smells causing aversion to odors
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Acidophobia/Acidophobic – preference for non-acidic conditions
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Hydrophobia/Hydrophobic – a property of being repelled by water
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Lipophobicity – a property of fat rejection
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Oleophobicity – a property of oil rejection
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Ombrophobia – avoidance of rain
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Photophobia (biology) – a negative phototaxis or phototropism response, or a tendency to stay out of the light
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Superhydrophobe – the property given to materials that are extremely difficult to get wet
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Thermophobia – aversion to heat
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Anglophobia – fear/dislike of England or English culture
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Atheophobia – fear/dislike of atheists
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Biphobia – fear/dislike of bisexuality or bisexuals
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Christianophobia – fear/dislike of Christians
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Ephebiphobia – fear/dislike of youth
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Germanophobia – fear/dislike of Germans
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Gerontophobia, gerascophobia – fear/dislike of aging or the elderly
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Heterophobia – fear/dislike of heterosexuals
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Homophobia – fear/dislike of homosexuality, homosexuals, or gays (as opposed to lesbians)
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Islamophobia – fear/dislike of Muslims
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Judeophobia – fear/dislike of Jews
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Lesbophobia – fear/dislike of lesbians
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Negrophobia – fear/dislike of black people
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Nipponophobia – fear/dislike of the Japanese
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Pedophobia, pediophobia – fear/dislike of children
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Polonophobia – fear/dislike of the Polish
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Psychophobia – fear/dislike of mental illness or the mentally ill
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Russophobia – fear/dislike of Russians
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Ablutophobia - Fear of washing or bathing.
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Acarophobia - Fear of itching or of the insects that cause itching.
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Acerophobia - Fear of sourness.
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Achluophobia - Fear of darkness.
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Acousticophobia - Fear of noise.
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Acrophobia - Fear of heights.
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Aerophobia - Fear of drafts, air swallowing, or airbourne noxious substances.
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Aeroacrophobia - Fear of open high places.
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Aeronausiphobia - Fear of vomiting secondary to airsickness.
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Agateophobia - Fear of insanity.
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Agliophobia - Fear of pain.
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Agoraphobia - Fear of open spaces or of being in crowded, public places like markets. Fear of leaving a safe place.
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Agraphobia - Fear of sexual abuse.
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Agrizoophobia - Fear of wild animals.
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Agyrophobia - Fear of streets or crossing the street.
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Aichmophobia - Fear of needles or pointed objects.
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Ailurophobia - Fear of cats.
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Albuminurophobia - Fear of kidney disease.
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Alektorophobia - Fear of chickens.
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Algophobia - Fear of pain.
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Alliumphobia - Fear of garlic.
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Altophobia - Fear of heights.
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Amathophobia - Fear of dust.
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Amaxophobia - Fear of riding in a car.
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Ambulophobia - Fear of walking.
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Amnesiphobia - Fear of amnesia.
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Amychophobia - Fear of scratches or being scratched.
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Anablephobia - Fear of looking up.
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Ancraophobia - Fear of wind. (Anemophobia)
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Androphobia - Fear of men.
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Anemophobia - Fear of air drafts or wind.(Ancraophobia)
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Anginophobia - Fear of angina, choking or narrowness.
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Anglophobia - Fear of England or English culture, etc.
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