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- n. The fear of fear.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Morbid dread of being alarmed.
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- n. a morbid fear of developing a phobia
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December 13th, 2007 at 10: 33 am jokerswild says: phobophobia is the fear of phobias. weird, huh?
You see, it was not until some years later that I first heard about "phobophobia," but, I confess, I thought it meant fear of stuttering.
"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself," he was admonishing America against "phobophobia," or, the fear of being afraid.
Rather than being affected by environmental stimuli, sufferers of phobophobia are set off by the internal sensations of fear itself, which is further exacerbated by experiencing those exact same sensations.
"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself," he was warning us against phobophobia, the fear of being afraid.
I have phobophobia: I’m deathly afraid of being afraid of things.
Google hits on the term (hits include both with and without the hyphen), a negligible number (compare 1,490,000 for homophobia, 34,900 for phobophobia (fear of fear), 29,200 for heterophobia (fear of heterosexuals), 14,900 for gamophobia