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The following words are used to describe phobias, many of which you might never have seen before! A phobia is an intense, and often irrational, fear which can affect people’s lives and cause panic attacks. If you’re looking for a particular phobia to write into your plot or to enhance your characterisation, hopefully the list below will give you some inspiration.
Thalassophobia – Large bodies of water, e.g. lakes and the ocean.
Megalophobia – Large objects, e.g. skyscrapers, airplanes or large statues.
Scopophobia – Being stared at.
Plutophobia – Money, becoming wealthy and/or wealthy people.
Somniphobia – Sleep.
Aichmophobia – Sharp objects, e.g. knives, scissors and needles.
Pluviophobia – Rainy weather, specifically storms, thunder and lightning.
Nyctophobia – The dark.
Athazagoraphobia – Forgetting someone or something, or being forgotten.
Atychiphobia – Failure.
Philophobia – Love.
Nosocomephobia – Hospitals.
Glossophobia – Public speaking.
Chronophobia – Time.
Bibliophobia – Books.
Will you be incorporating any of these phobias into your writing? Are there any unique phobias you can share with us and our readers? Comment below!