Most of us are probably aware that someone with a morbid fear of strangers or foreigners is suffering from XENOPHOBIA. Similarly, a person with an abnormal aversion to closed spaces is the victim of CLAUSTROPHOBIA, while others who dread large open areas are displaying AGORAPHOBIA. Many people have an exaggerated fear of spiders, but would probably not know the name of this if it were not for the movie ARACHNOPHOBIA.
"Phobias from A to Z,"
Word Ways: Vol. 29
, Article 13.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol29/iss1/13