Types of Philias, Phobias, and Manias



Last Updated on December 20, 2023

As people become more and more conscious of their mental health and as some stigmas are finally starting to break, the world has become more inclined towards discovering more about the issues that have something to do with the human brain.

Philias, phobias, and manias are not unheard of, but, how much do you really know about them? How familiar are you with the different types of manias, phobias, and philias that are both implicitly and explicitly experienced by millions of people across the globe?

Types of Philias

The ancient Greek term philia means “brotherly love.” It can also sometimes mean “affection” or “friendship.” However, it can also go beyond that and change its original meaning into “obsessive love.”

Below are some types of philias:

  • Allodoxaphilia

Have you ever met a person that always has a different opinion than yours – whatever the topic might be? If you still remain friends with people who constantly oppose you, chances are you are an Allodoxaphile. This means you actively seek out and are obsessed with contradictory or alternative opinions.

  • Arachibutyrophilia

If you find pleasure with the sensation that peanut butter creates when it sticks inside your mouth, you might be an arachibutyrophile.

  • Didaskaleinophilia

People with didaskaleinophilia have an obsession with school. They find the learning, the uniforms, and everything else as pure heaven.

  • Eptroctophilia

If you are turned off by flatulence, eptroctophiles think differently. People with eptroctophilia are actually aroused by flatulence.

  • Forniphilia

Forniphiles have an obsession with the idea of turning into human pleasure. They also derive some sense of pleasure from the thought of being inanimate.

  • Gynotikolobomassophilia

People who have gynotikolobomassophilia are obsessed with nibbling on female ear lobes.

  • Nebulophilia

Spotting nebulophiles isn’t easy as they have an obsession with fog and having its milky embrace engulf them.

  • Pupaphilia

Puppets are the main object of desire of people with pupaphilia.

  • Sesquipedalophilia

A sesquipedalophile is a person with an obsession for long words.

  • Siderodromophilia

This particular philia has something to do with people who love to ride trains.

  • Novercaphilia

This philia is a bit strange and even goes against nature. A novercaphile is overly affectionate or obsessed with stepmothers.

  • Nomophilia

A nomophile is someone who has an obsession with mobile phones.

Types of Phobias

Phobias are among the most common forms of mental illnesses in many parts of the world. A significant number of adults have some sort of phobia.

It is more likely for women to experience phobias than men. Some of the usual symptoms of phobias include rapid heartbeat, trembling, nausea, being preoccupied with a specific feared object, and feelings of unreality.

There are basically three categories of phobias and these are specific phobias, social phobias, and agoraphobia. Every time someone talks about having a phobia of particular objects like needles, snakes, or spiders, they are pertaining to a specific phobia.

The following list of the different types of phobias might not be comprehensive but it can at least give you a glimpse of phobias that can have some serious or even negative effects on the life of a person.

  • Autophobia – Fear of being alone
  • Aphenphosmphobia – Fear of being touched
  • Anginophobia – Fear of choking or angina
  • Batrachophobia – Fear of amphibians
  • Bibliophobia – Fear of books
  • Barophobia – Fear of gravity
  • Catagelophobia – Fear of being ridiculed
  • Chionophobia – Fear of snow
  • Cacophobia – Fear of ugliness
  • Dystychiphobia – Fear of accidents
  • Dentophobia – Fear of dentists
  • Dendrophobia – Fear of trees
  • Elurophobia – Fear of cats
  • Ecophobia – Fear of the home
  • Entomophobia – Fear of insects
  • Genuphobia – Fear of knees
  • Gamophobia – Fear of marriage
  • Glossophobia – Fear of speaking in public
  • Heliophobia – Fear of the sun
  • Haphephobia – Fear of touch
  • Hemophobia – Fear of blood
  • Insectophobia – Fear of insects
  • Iatrophobia – Fear of doctors
  • Koumpounophobia – Fear of buttons
  • Koinoniphobia – Fear of rooms
  • Lilapsophobia – Fear of hurricanes and tornadoes
  • Lockiophobia – Fear of childbirth
  • Leukophobia – Fear of the color white
  • Mageirocophobia – Fear of cooking
  • Melanophobia – Fear of the color black
  • Megalophobia – Fear of large things
  • Necrophobia – Fear of dead things or death
  • Nosocomephobia – Fear of hospitals
  • Noctiphobia – Fear of the night
  • Octophobia – Fear of the figure 8
  • Obesophobia – Fear of gaining weight
  • Ombrophobia – Fear of rain
  • Pedophobia – Fear of children
  • Pathophobia – Fear of disease
  • Papyrophobia – Fear of paper
  • Scoptophobia – Fear of being stared at
  • Scolionophobia – Fear of school
  • Samhainophobia – Fear of Halloween
  • Technophobia – Fear of technology
  • Tachophobia – Fear of speed
  • Tonitrophobia – Fear of thunder
  • Wiccaphobia – Fear of witches and witchcraft
  • Venustraphobia – Fear of beautiful women
  • Zoophobia – Fear of animals
  • Xenophobia – Fear of strangers or foreigners

Types of Manias

Mania is a term that stands for excessive desire or enthusiasm for something. Many people have an obsession of some sort although some might not know the right word to describe their obsessions.

The list below discusses some of irrational types of actions and beliefs and extreme reactions that people have:

  • Agromania – Intense desire to be in open spaces
  • Ablutomania – Mania for washing oneself
  • Aboulomania – Pathological indecisiveness
  • Balletomania – Abnormal fondness for ballet
  • Bruxomania – Compulsion to grind teeth
  • Bibliomania – Craze for reading or books
  • Chinamania – Obsession with collecting china
  • Catapedamania – Obsession to jump from high areas
  • Cacodemomania – Pathological belief of being inhabited by an evil spirit
  • Dacnomania- Obsession with killing
  • Dinomania- Mania for dancing
  • Demonomania- Pathological belief of being possessed by demons
  • Eleutheromania – Manic desire for freedom
  • Ecdemomania – Abnormal impulse to wander
  • Egomania – Irrational self-worship or self-centered attitude
  • Francomania – Obsession or craze with the French and France
  • Flagellomania – Abnormal enthusiasm for flogging
  • Florimania – Craze for flowers
  • Gamomania – Obsession with issuing odd marriage proposals
  • Graecomania – Obsession with the Greeks and Greece
  • Hagiomania – Mania for sainthood
  • Habromania – Insanity featuring some cheerful delusions
  • Idolomania – Devotion or obsession to idols
  • Iconomania – Obsession with portraits or icons
  • Kleptomania – Irrational predilection to steal
  • Lypemania – Extreme pathological mournfulness
  • Logomania – Pathological loquacity
  • Megalomania – Abnormal tendency towards grandiose or grand behavior
  • Macromania – Delusion that objects are bigger than natural size
  • Necromania – Sexual obsession with dead bodies
  • Narcomania – Irrepressible craving for narcotics
  • Oligomania – Obsession with just a few ideas or thoughts
  • Oenomania – Craze or obsession for wine
  • Parousiamania – Obsession with Christ’s second coming
  • Pathomania – Moral insanity
  • Rinkomania- Obsession with skating
  • Rhinotillexomania – Compulsion to pick the nose
  • Scribbleomania – Obsession to scribble
  • Satyromania – Unusually great male sexual desire
  • Teutomania – Obsession with German or Teutonic things
  • Technomania – Craze for technology
  • Uranomania – Obsession with concept of divinity
  • Xenomania – Excessive attachment to foreign items
  • Verbomania – Craze for words
  • Zoomania – Insane love for animals

Philias, phobias, and manias can all have serious effects on a person’s wellbeing. We covered some of them as to give you a glimpse into the “simple” things that can make someone’s life very complicated.