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Here’s the link to a web site that lists names of different phobias:

http://phobialist.com/

Although many of these may be fears some people have (and others seem intended simply to be amusing), only some would represent actual phobias. This is because a phobic disorder is defined as an irrational fear of an object, event, or situation that results in severe problems in everyday functioning. This means that, in order to be diagnosed with phobic disorder, a person must mee the following criteria:

  1. The person experiences a degree of fear that is well beyond the actual danger (i.e., it is irrational).
  2. The person realizes that the fear is irrational.
  3. The person is severely impaired in terms of interpersonal and/or occupational (academic) functioning.

It seems unlikely that many of the fears on the list could ever meet these criteria. Here are just four examples:

  • Arachibutyrophobia- Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth.
  • Bibliophobia- Fear of books.
  • Consecotaleophobia- Fear of chopsticks.
  • Dikephobia- Fear of justice.

So, have fun with the list but don’t take it too seriously.

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