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Communication-Related Phobias

By July 11, 2016March 27th, 2018No Comments
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A few months ago I posted “Phobias – a Big List.” This was in response to a conversation I had with someone at a workshop about his fear of public speaking (glossophobia). What I didn’t do, was separate out the communication-related phobias.

As such, below are two lists:

  1. Phobias directly related to communication – any phobias directly related to the many and varied activities associated with communication such as public speaking, presenting, writing, talking, meeting, reading, and eating
  2. Phobias indirectly related to communication

The “Phobias – A Big List” and the two lists below are based on my non-scientific and non-medical research. These lists are provided for informational purposes only. These lists should in no way be used for anything related to identifying or treating any conditions. This list is best categorized as “FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY.” In addition, phobias deemed inappropriate for this blog, were omitted.

Sources:, Phobia List, Common Phobias, Oxford Dictionaries, Very Well Mind


  • Agoraphobia – Fear and avoid places or situations that might cause panic and make people feel trapped, helpless, or embarrassed
  • Angrophobia/Cholerophobia – Fear of anger or of becoming angry
  • Anthropophobia – Fear of people or society
  • Aphenphosmphobia/Chiraptophobia – Fear of being touched
  • Arithmophobia – Fear of numbers
  • Asthenophobia – Fear of fainting or weakness
  • Athazagoraphobia – Fear of being forgotten or ignored or forgetting
  • Atychiphobia – Fear of failure
  • Bibliophobia- Fear of books
  • Catagelophobia – Fear of being ridiculed
  • Cenophobia – Fear of new things or ideas
  • Cenotophobia- Fear of voids, empty rooms, barren spaces
  • Cherophobia – Fear of happiness
  • Chirophobia – Fear of hands
  • Decidophobia – Fear of making decisions
  • Deipnophobia – Fear of dining, dinner conversations or carrying on a conversation while eating
  • Demophobia/Enochlophobia/Koinoniphobia/Ochlophobia – Fear of crowds and Fear of rooms full of people
  • Doxophobia – Fear of expressing opinions or of receiving praise
  • Epistemophobia/Gnosiophobia/Sophophobia – Fear of knowledge
  • Euphobia – Fear of hearing good news
  • Gelotophobia/Geliophobia – Fear of being laughed at/fear of laughter
  • Glossophobia/Laliophobia/Lalophobia – Fear of public speaking
  • Graphophobia – Fear of writing or handwriting
  • Hellenologophobia – Fear of Greek terms or complex scientific terminology
  • Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia/Logophobia/Onomatophobia/Sesquipedalophobia/Verbophobia – Fear of words and fear of long words
  • Kakorrhaphiophobia – Fear of failure or defeat
  • Katagelophobia – Fear of ridicule
  • Nomatophobia – Fear of names
  • Numerophobia – Fear of numbers
  • Ophthalmophobia – Fear of being stared at
  • Papyrophobia – Fear of paper
  • Soteriophobia – Fear of dependence on others


  • Acousticophobia/Ligyrophobia – Fear of noise and fear of loud noises
  • Aeronausiphobia/Emetophobia – Fear of vomiting
  • Akousticophobia – Fear of soundAllodoxaphobia – Fear of opinions
  • Amaxophobia – Fear of riding in a car
  • Ambulophobia/Basophobia/Basiphobia – Fear of walking or falling/inability to stand
  • Anablephobia – Fear of looking up
  • Androphobia/Arrhenphobia – Fear of men
  • Anginophobia – Fear of angina, choking or narrowness
  • Anthophobia/Anthrophobia/Botanophobia – Fear of flowers and plants
  • Ataxiophobia – Fear of the loss of bodily control
  • Atelophobia – Fear of imperfection
  • Bathmophobia – Fear of stairs or steep slopes
  • Batophobia – Fear of heights or being close to high buildings (see also Acrophobia)
  • Caligynephobia – Fear of beautiful women
  • Cathisophobia – Fear of sitting
  • Chrometophobia/Chrematophobia – Fear of money
  • Chronophobia/Chronomentrophobia – Fear of time and fear of clocks
  • Cibophobia – Fear of food
  • Dextrophobia – Fear of objects at the right side of the body
  • Dipsophobia – Fear of drinking
  • Dystychiphobia – Fear of accidents
  • Ereuthrophobia – Fear of blushing
  • Gynephobia/Gynophobia – Fear of women
  • Hodophobia – Fear of road travel
  • Hypengyophobia/Hypegiaphobia – Fear of responsibility
  • Kainolophobia/Kainophobia – Fear of anything new, novelty
  • Kopophobia – Fear of fatigue
  • Leukophobia – Fear of the color white
  • Levophobia – Fear of things to the left side of the body
  • Logizomechanophobia – Fear of computers
  • Melanophobia – Fear of the color black
  • Metathesiophobia – Fear of changes
  • Misophobia/Mysophobia/Molysmophobia – Fear of being contaminated with dirt or germs
  • Mnemophobia – Fear of memories
  • Mythophobia – Fear of myths, stories, or false statements
  • Neophobia – Fear of anything new
  • Noctiphobia – Fear of the night
  • Olfactophobia – Fear of smells
  • Ombrophobia – Fear of rain or of being rained on
  • Phengophobia – Fear of daylight or sunshine
  • Photoaugliaphobia – Fear of glaring lights
  • Porphyrophobia – Fear of the color purple
  • Quadraphobia – Fear of the number four
  • Quintaphobia – Fear of the number five
  • Scolionophobia – Fear of school
  • Symbolophobia – Fear of symbolism
  • Teleophobia – Fear of definite plans
  • Testophobia – Fear of taking tests
  • Triskaidekaphobia – Fear of the number 13
  • Xenoglossophobia – Fear of foreign languages
  • Xenophobia – Fear of strangers or foreigners
  • Zelophobia – Fear of jealousy

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Ira Koretsky

Ira Koretsky has built The Chief Storyteller® into one of the most recognized names in communication, especially business storytelling. He has delivered over 500 keynote presentations and workshops in nearly a dozen countries, in more than one hundred cities, across 30 plus industries. His specialties are simplifying the complex and communicating when the stakes are high. He is also an adjunct professor in public speaking and storytelling at the University of Maryland's Business School. With over 25 years of experience, he is a sought-after storytelling coach, global speaker, trainer, consultant, communication coach, and public speaking coach.