Several non-clinical terminologies are used for describing this phobia, namely: Nyctophobia, Scotophobia, Lygophobia as well as Achluophobia.
The word Nyctophobia is derived from Greek ‘Nyctus ‘meaning night or darkness and Phobos which means deep fear or dread.
What do we call fear of darkness?
When fear of the dark reaches a degree that is severe enough to be considered pathological, it is sometimes called achluophobia, nyctophobia (from Greek νυξ, “night”), scotophobia (from σκότος – “darkness”), or lygophobia (from λυγή – “twilight”).
What is the weirdest phobia?
We bring to you the top ten weirdest phobias that you never knew.
- Venustraphobia: Fear of Beautiful Women.
- Aurophobia: Fear of Finding Gold.
- Omphalophobia: Fear of Navels.
- Chrometophobia: Fear of Money.
- Nomophobia: Fear of Being without Cellphones.
- Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia: Fear of Long Words.
Why are people scared of the dark?
Fear of darkness, which in extreme forms is known as nyctophobia or achluophobia, falls into that latter category. The reason: It’s not the darkness itself that’s frightening. It’s the fear of what the darkness masks. The dark leaves us vulnerable and exposed, unable to spot any threats that may be lurking nearby.
What is the fear of studying called?
Sophophobia is the fear of knowledge or learning. The origin of the word sopho is Greek (meaning wisdom or knowledge) and phobia is Greek (meaning fear).
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