Gaynor Mitchell

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There are literally hundreds of phobias.  The word phobia is derived from the Greek "Phobos" meaning  Fear and is defined as being a persistent, abnormal and irrational fear of a specific thing or situation that compels one to avoid it, despite the awareness and reassurance that it is not dangerous.

The most common phobias are:

Achluophobia - Fear of darkness

Agoraphobia - Fear of open spaces
Ailurophobia - Fear of cats.
Acrophobia - Fear of heights
Apiphobia - Fear of bees.
Arachnophobia - Fear of spiders.
Aviophobia - Fear of flying.
Claustrophobia - Fear of confined spaces.
Cynophobia - Fear of dogs
Dentophobia - Fear of dentist.
Emetophobia - Fear of vomiting.
Ereuthrophobia - Fear of blushing
Felinophobia - Fear of cats.
Globophobia - Fear of balloons.
Gephyrophobia - Fear of crossing bridges.
Mottophobia - Fear of moths.
Musophobia - Fear of rats or mice.
Myctophobia - Fear of darkness.
Ophidiophobia - Fear of snakes.
Ornithophobia - Fear of birds.
Social phobia - Fear of being evaluated negatively in social situations
Spheksophobia - Fear of wasps.
Trypanophobia - Fear of injections

Some less common phobias include:

Agliophobia Fear of pain

Androphobia Fear of men

Atychiphobia Fear of failure

Brontophobia Fear of thunder and lightening (storms)

Chiraptophobia Fear of being touched

Coulrophobia Fear of clowns

Decidophobia Fear of having to make decisions

Genophobia Fear of sex

Heliophobia Fear of the sun

Hemophobia Fear of blood

Insectophobia Fear of insects

Lachanophobia Fear of vegetables

Microphobia Fear of small things

Olfactophobia Fear of smells

Ornithophobia Fear of birds

Panophobia Fear of everything


What they all have in common is FEAR.

All phobias are irrational. Some may seem more irrational than others eg fear of balloons, fear of baked beans and other food phobias seem very irrational whereas some may say having a fear of wasps is rational.

We are only born with two fears:

a) a fear of sudden loud noises

b) a fear of falling.

All other fears are learned. They are learned from past experiences in our lives, and our life experiences.  Phobias are treated using the "Fast Phobia Cure" which takes only one session.  Most clients are quite surprised when, at the end of a single session, they discover that they no longer have their phobia, but are very pleased.



Copyright 2010 Gaynor Mitchell, Analytical & Cognitive Hypno-Psychotherapist,  Witney, Oxfordshire, UK