Scary Things/Fears/Phobias

     We all get afraid sometimes, and usually there's a pretty good reason. Being afraid of a huge scary dog who barks all the time or of taking a science test you didn't study for makes sense. Phobias, though, usually don't make much sense. They are extreme fears of particular things, situations, animals, and so on.

     If you have a small fear or a big phobia, talk to an adult you trust about it, and ask God for help too. Also, remember that being a good friend means helping other people through their fears, not making fun of them for being afraid. 

     Okay that's enough of that. Here's a list of some of the most common and most interesting phobias.


Common fears

Agoraphobia: Fear of open spaces or crowded, public places.

Claustrophobia: Fear of tight, enclosed spaces.

Achluophobia: Fear of darkness.

Aviophobia: Fear of flying.

Glossophobia: Fear of speaking in public.

Astraphobia: Fear of thunder and lightning.

Dentophobia: Fear of dentists.

Acrophobia: Fear of heights.

Aichmophobia: Fear of needles and pointy objects.


Fears your teachers don't want you to have

Arithmophobia: Fear of numbers.

Bibliophobia: Fear of books.

Sophophobia: Fear of learning.

Gnosiophobia: Fear of knowledge.

Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia: Fear of long words.

Metrophobia: Fear of poetry.

Didaskaleinophobia: Fear of going to school.

Testophobia: Fear of taking tests.


Creature fears

Arachnophobia: Fear of spiders.

Scoleciphobia: Fear of worms.

Ranidaphobia: Fear of frogs.

Ophidiophobia: Fear of snakes.

Ichthyophobia: Fear of fish.


Other fears

Blennophobia: Fear of slime.

Logizomechanophobia: Fear of computers.

Phobophobia: Fear of fears.

Coulrophobia: Fear of clowns.

Pupaphobia: Fear of puppets.

Omphalophobia: Fear of belly buttons.

Porphyrophobia: Fear of the color purple.

Trichophobia: Fear of hair.

Ickystickyophobia: Fear of icky sticky things.

Triskaidekaphobia: Fear of the number 13.

Arachibutyrophobia: Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth.

Lachanophobia: Fear of vegetables.

Oompaloompaphobia: Fear of Oompa-Loompas.


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