Fear of pain: An abnormal and persistent fear of pain. The fear is excessive, beyond that which is expected under the circumstances, producing an anxiety reaction.
Fear of pain is termed “algophobia,” a word derived from the Greek “algos” (pain) and “phobos” (fear). Note that an “algometer” is an instrument for measuring pain (it does so by gauging the smallest pressure that produces pain).
- Fear of pleasure
Fear of pleasure: An abnormal, excessive, and persistent fear of pleasure. Sufferers with this most puritanical of phobias typically feel guilty about experiencing pleasure even though they usually realize rationally there is nothing at all wrong with taking pleasure. Their guilt usually arises from the fact that they are participating in a pleasurable activity while […]
- Fear of public places
Fear of public places: This irrational fear is called agoraphobia. It applies to open areas, especially those from which escape could be difficult or help not immediately accessible. Persons with agoraphobia frequently also have panic disorder. People with agoraphobia characteristically become anxious if they even think about being trapped in a situation where it might […]
- Fear of self
Fear of self: An irrational fear of oneself, an intense self-fear that is groundless. Fear of oneself is termed “autophobia” which comes from two Greek words: “autos” (self) and “phobos” (fear) = literally, self-fear, fear of oneself. “Autos” has given us many English words such as “automatic” and “automotive” (self-moving) and “autonomy” (self-governing). And “phobos” […]
- Fear of sexual intercourse
Fear of sexual intercourse: An abnormal and persistent fear of male-female sexual intercourse. Sufferers of this fear experience undue anxiety because they are preoccupied with failing in some way while having heterosexual intercourse. Among the symptoms of coitophobia are failure to achieve an erection (erectile dysfunction) and failure to achieve orgasm (anorgasmia, or anorgasmy). The […]
- Fear of sharks
Fear of sharks: Excessive and persistent fear of sharks is termed galeophobia. Sufferers from this phobia experience anxiety even though they may be safe on a boat or in an aquarium or on a beach. Hollywood films depicting sharks as calculating, vengeful diabolical monsters have no doubt enkindled the fear of sharks in many persons. […]