8 Phobias Every Book Lover Should Know About

Arinze Talius Dike
3 min readMay 5, 2020

Did you know that AIBOHPHOBIA, a word used to describe the fear of palindromes, is itself a palindrome?

Yes, it really is. And, just in case you were wondering, it’s an actual phobia. But that's the thing with phobias, sometimes they can come across as weird; but, most times, they’re easier to understand and empathize with, like in the case of ACROPHOBIA - the fear of heights.

There are a few known phobias associated with books and I’ve put together a list of eight (8) of them. Without further ado, let’s get into them.

  • BIBLIOPHOBIA - The fear or strong dislike for books.
    You may be wondering, how can someone hate something as pure and beautiful as a book? Me, too. I can’t wrap my head around it, but according to this tag, some people actually do. If you think about it, whoever willfully mutilates and/or burns books without a just-cause may just be Bibliophobic.
  • ABIBLIOPHOBIA - This is the fear of running out of books to read.
    Luckily for us, we now live in a world where mobile digital libraries like OkadaBooks are a thing, so we never have to worry about running out of good books to read.
  • PAPYROPHOBIA - The fear of paper.
    Anyone suffering from this won’t be able to read physical books, but digital books are still a go-go! Unfortunately, there are still other uses of paper outside books, so anyone suffering from this would have to be extra cautious to avoid getting triggered by them.
    This is the fear of encountering certain words either while reading, speaking or hearing them being spoken by other people.
    Imagine you had to travel a long distance without your headset or music player. Sucks, right? Well, for some book lovers, the fear of being caught on public transport without something to read sounds way worse than that. That’s what suffering from Alogotansiphobia can do to you. The word was coined by a novelist, Paul Dickson, in 1992, as revealed in his book, ‘Authorisms: Words Wrought by Writers’.
    You know how you sometimes read long words (like this one) as hipo-tsk-tsk-xtyh, because you think you don’t have the patience to make sense of it one syllable at a time? Well, this word may just be the longest word in the English language and, ironically, is used to denote the fear of long words. I wonder who comes up with these names?
  • SOPHOPHOBIA -The fear of learning.
    You’re probably wondering if this is what you were passing through all those times you never wanted to sit down in class. Well, there’s no way to know for sure unless you submit yourself for a proper diagnosis.
  • PHRONEMOPHOBIA - The fear of thinking.
    This is a really sad one. How do you theorize alternate endings to beautiful stories if you can’t think about them? Any ideas?

That’s my list!
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Arinze Talius Dike

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