phobo-, phob-, -phobia, -phobias, -phobe, -phobiac, -phobist, -phobic, -phobism, -phobous

(Greek: fear, extreme fear of; morbid, excessive, irrational fear, or terror of something or someone; however, sometimes this Greek element also means a strong dislike, dread, or hatred for something or someone)


For more details about the various phobias, visit this Phobias Introduction page to see Phobia Variations Defined and Explained.

There are only two forces that unite men: fear and self-interest.

—Napoleon Bonparte
dystychiphobia (s) (noun), dystychiphobias (pl)
The fear of disasters or casualties: People who suffer an anxiety of injuring themselves or other people, or damage property or the environment, may be suffering from dystychiphobia.

Charles refused to drive a car because of his dystychiphobia and so he was always afraid that he might harm himself, a passenger, or a pedestrian in a collision.

People who have dystychiphobia (accident phobics) try to avoid risky jobs, atmospheric conditions, a tiring work schedule, and equipment failures.

Dystychiphobia is related to an abnormal fear of decision-making and a strong stressfulness resulting from their dread of making mistakes.

The difference between cowards and heroes is that cowards fear what they face, and heroes face what they fear.

—Dr. Mardy Grothe
ecclesiophobia (s) (noun) (no plural)
An irrational aversion to churches or of organized religion: Ecclesiophobia may also include an abnormal disgust regarding priests, ministers, religious leaders, or clergy in general.
ecophobia, oecophobia, oikophobia (s) (noun); ecophobias, oecophobias, oikophobias (pl)
A morbid dislike of one's home or an abnormal distrust or aversion of being in a house where he or she is living: There are some people who have ecophobia because of their home life or its surroundings; sometimes even including household appliances, equipment, electricity, bathtubs, household chemicals, or other common objects which make them feel terribly uncomfortable and insecure.
A strong hatred of one's home and/or its environment.
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eisoptrophobia (s) (noun) (no plural)
1. An abnormal and persistent dread of mirrors: People affected by eisoptrophobia experience undue anxiety even though they realize their fear is irrational and is often grounded in superstitions, because they may worry that breaking a looking glass will bring bad luck or that looking into a smooth polished surface that reflects their image will put them in contact with a supernatural world inside the glass or polished surface.

Mirrors and other reflective surfaces have long been associated with the strange or the bizarre. For example, in Greek mythology, Narcissus fell in love with his own reflection in the water of a fountain. He thought he was seeing the image of a beautiful nymph. Unable to embrace or call forth the semblance, he pined away and was eventually transformed into a flower.

2. Etymology: eisoptrophobia is derived from the Greek eis, "into" and optikos, "vision, image, sight".

Sometimes eisoptrophobia is mistakenly used to refer to termites, but such a reference is actually "isopterophobia".

Additional eisoptrophobia information

Known by a number of names: Eisoptrophobia, Fear of Mirrors, and Fear of Seeing Oneself in a Mirror are the most common terms. The problem often significantly impacts the quality of life. It can cause panic attacks and keep people apart from loved ones and business associates.

Symptoms of eisoptrophobia typically include shortness of breath, rapid breathing, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea, and overall feelings of dread; however, everyone experiences eisoptrophobia in his or her own way and may suffer with different symptoms.

—Compiled from information in
The Encyclopedia of Phobias, Fears, and Anxieties;
by R.M Doctor and Ada P. Kahn; Facts On File;
New York; 1989; page 273.
eisoptrophobic (s) (noun), eisoptrophobics (pl)
Someone who has an abnormal and persistent aversion of looking glasses: Every time Erin, as an eisoptrophobic, went into a public or private bathroom, he suffered extremely disturbing feelings of discomfort and anxiety.
eisoptrophobic (adjective), more eisoptrophobic, most eisoptrophobic
Descriptive of an abnormal aversion when seeing a duplication of one's self in surfaces of objects: Howard often experienced eisoptrophobic repulsion whenever he happened to glimpse his face in a mirror or even reflected in a window.
electrophobia (s) (noun), electrophobias (pl)
An abnormal horror of electricity or a morbid dread of anything electrical: Jeremy had an electrophobia and so he used candles at night instead of electric lights and he didn't even have a TV or a radio.
eleutherophobia (s) (noun) (no plural)
An irrational avoidance of freedom: After being released from prison, Jakob was terribly frightened of being on his own and of having to make his own decisions, and therefore he went to a doctor who diagnosed him as suffering from eleutherophobia, which, with time and therapy, could be cured.
elevatorphobia (s) (noun), elevatorphobias (pl)
An abnormal dread or fear of being trapped in a moving platform, cage, or enclosed car that carries people and things up and down in a building or mine, etc.: Greg decided to take the staircase instead of the lift to get to his dentist’s office because he was suffering from elevatorphobia.
A man walks many floors up in the building because he is too afraid of being closed or trapped in an elevator..
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emetophobia (s) (noun) (no plural)
An excessive anxiety pertaining to vomiting: Some people with this phobia avoid situations that might remotely provoke throwing up themselves or others throwing up, such as going on a boat, riding in a car, flying in an aircraft, riding in a roller-coaster, etc.
enetephobia, enetophobia (s) (noun) (no plural)
An abnormal dread of pins or needles: Ever since Mary was a child she had an aversion towards the sharp pointed objects which her mother used for sewing just because they wounded her fingers so badly when playing with them so long ago.
enissophobia, enosiophobia (s) (noun) (no plural)
A fear of criticism, committing a sin, or being reproached for one's behaviour: After being scolded by her teacher one day, Rebecca was completely devastated fearing that she would be blamed again and found guilty of something, and this was followed by nervousness and sweating, and her doctor said that she was suffering from enissophobia.
enophobia (s) (noun) (no plural)
An excessive hatred of wine: After experiencing her friend becoming an alcoholic, Susan had a horror of consuming such a fermented juice or other alcoholic beverage because of what it can do to a person and refrained from buying or drinking it.
enoptrophobiac (s) (noun), enoptrophobiacs (pl)
A person who has an abnormal fear of mirrors: Joe's sister was seeing a psychiatrist because she believed herself to be an enoptrophobiac and wanted to overcome her fear of shining surfaces that reflected her face.
enoptrophobic (adjective), more enoptrophobic, most enoptrophobic
Descriptive of a person's condition of being repulsed by reflecting surfaces or of seeing oneself in them: Covering windows and not having any mirrors or other smooth polished flat areas may be common enoptrophobic behaviors of people who are afraid of seeing their images on any shining objects.