Category: Environment Phobias

Understanding Ombrophobia: Extreme and Irrational Fear of Rain

Ombrophobia is derived from the Greek words ‘Ombros’ and ‘Phobos’. ‘Ombros’ means the ‘storm of rain’ while ‘Phobos’ means fear. Hence, Ombrophobia is the extreme and irrational fear of rain witnessed in both children and adults. In most cases, the fear of rain is usually accompanied by the fear of lightning…

What is Hydrophobia and How Can You Overcome Fear of the Water?

Hydrophobia is an extreme fear of water. It is the irrational fear to not only swim in water but also to drink it. In many cases, Hydrophobia is used to refer to the later stages of rabies when a person has difficulty in swallowing or drinking water because he or she is afraid of the water…

Xerophobia: Understanding Fear of Dryness or Dry Places

Xero and phobia originally Greek words which mean dry and fear respectively. Therefore, Xerophobia is the fear of dryness, dry land and anything that can be defined as dry. People with Xerophobia don’t go on vacations in dry and desert areas because they are afraid of either desert animals or dying of thirst…

Why Some People Fear of Progress? Understanding Prosophobia

Prosophobia is a specific phobia. Therefore, it can be traced back to a specific triggering event which in most cases is traumatic childhood experience. A child who has grown up observing the behavior of parents who have a fear of progress will most likely develop this fear themselves…

How Common is Cremnophobia or the Fear of Steep Cliffs?

Creno’ is Latin for cliff and phobia is Greek for fear. As expected, Cremnophobia can be defined as the fear of cliffs. It is common for people to be afraid of cliffs because they are scared of falling off. Nevertheless, there are people who have an extreme fear of cliffs which causes them to respond in panic when…

What is Globophobia and How To Overcome Fear of Balloons?

People understand you when you have a fear of say heights or spiders but when you say you have a fear of balloons, they will probably burst out in laughter. This extreme fear of balloons is what is referred to as Globophobia. It seems like an irrational and silly fear. However, in the list of those ‘silly’ types…

Everything You Should Know About Enochlophobia: Fear of Crowds

A person who has a dreadful fear of large crowds and gatherings of people is said to be an Enochlophobic. As implied, Enochlophobia, therefore, defines the fear of crowds. According to experts, Enochlophobia is caused by a combination of genetics, biochemical irregularities, traumatic life experiences…

What is Dendrophobia and Why Some People Are Afraid of Trees?

Dendrophobia is the uncontrollable, irrational and extreme fear of trees. People suffering from Dendrophobia present with symptoms when thinking about trees or in proximity to them. The fear is closely linked to the fear of the dark and the fear of forests. Dendrophobia is much more prominent after the sun…

Selenophobia: Signs, Causes, and Coping with the Fear of the Moon

Selenophobia is the incapacitating, overwhelming and irrational fear of the moon. People with Selenophobia become symptomatic when looking at or thinking about the moon. Selenophobia manifests irrespective of which part of the lunar cycle the affected person is in. The fear of a specific phase of…

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