Fear of thunderstorms: An abnormal and persistent fear of thunderstorms. Sufferers experience anxiety even when they realize the risk of harm is very small. Consequently, when indoors they might seek shelter under a bed, in a closet or in a basement. They generally keep a watchful eye on the sky and remain alert for reports of electrical storms.
Fear of thunderstorms is termed “astraphobia,” a word derived from the Greek “aster” (star) and “phobos” (fear).
Related term: Brontophobia: Fear of thunder.
- Fear of travel
Fear of travel: An irrational and unreasonable fear of travel is called agoraphobia. Agoraphobia is a very complex phobia. It usually manifests as a collection of inter-linked phobias. For example, many agoraphobics fear being left alone (monophobia), dislike being in any situation where they feel trapped (exhibiting claustrophobia type tendencies), and fear travel away from […]
- Fear of vomiting
Fear of vomiting: An abnormal and persistent fear of vomiting. Sufferers of this fear experience undue anxiety even though they realize their fear is irrational. They usually are especially worried about vomiting in public and embarrassing themselves. Consequently, they often avoid office meetings, banquets, dances and other social gatherings. The anxiety produced by this phobia […]
- Fear of water
Fear of water: An abnormal and persistent fear of water. Sufferers of aquaphobia experience anxiety even though they realize the water in an ocean, a river, a lake, a creek or even a bathtub may pose no imminent threat. They generally avoid such activities as boating and swimming. Around the house, they may fear the […]
- Fear of women
Fear of women: An abnormal, irrational and persistent fear of women. Sufferers experience undue anxiety even though they realize they face no threat. Fear of women is termed “gynephobia,” a word derived from the Greek “gyne” (woman) and “phobos” (fear). Alternate spelling: “gynaephobia.” The prefix “gyne-” (or gyn-, gyno-, gynec-, gyneco-, gynaec-, or gynaeco-) enters […]
- Fear of worms (parasitic)
Fear of worms (parasitic): An abnormal and persistent fear of being infested with parasitic worms called helminths. The technical term for this fear is helminthphobia. The eggs of parasitic worms can contaminate air and water, particularly where hygiene is poor. They can also contaminate foods such as pork and beef as well as pets and […]