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The number zero

Oudenophobia (from Greek ouden, meaning "nothing") or nilophobia (from Latin nihil, meaning "nothing") is the fear of nothingness or the number zero.

Oudenophobic people may obsess over what happens to a person after death, since they may believe that the dead experience an eternity of nothingness. This phobia may be triggered by objects that are empty. Expecting a container to contain something only to discover that it is empty would trigger a panic attack in most people with the phobia. Oudenophobes are typically also scared of the number zero, which represents nothingness. They often get scared by instances of the number zero. When the countdown on a timer reaches zero, they panic. They may believe that their lifespan is a countdown and zero is their death, resulting in death anxiety (thanatophobia/necrophobia).

Oudenophobia can be treated with behavior therapy and medication.

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Number phobias
Oudenophobia (fear of 0) · Henophobia (fear of 1) · Dyophobia (fear of 2) · Triskaphobia (fear of 3) · Tetraphobia (fear of 4) · Pentaphobia (fear of 5) · Hexaphobia (fear of 6) · Heptaphobia (fear of 7) · Octophobia (fear of 8) · Enneaphobia (fear of 9) · Decaphobia (fear of 10) · Hendecaphobia (fear of 11) · Dodecaphobia (fear of 12) · Triskaidekaphobia (fear of 13) · Dekapentophobia (fear of 15) Hexadecaphobia (fear of 16) · Heptadecaphobia (fear of 17) · Octodecaphobia (fear of 18) · Enneadecaphobia (fear of 19) · Eikositriophobia (fear of 23) · Eikosihexaphobia (fear of 26) · Triakontenneaphobia (fear of 39) · Tessarakontadyophobia (fear of 42) · Tessarakontaheptaphobia (fear of 47) · Pentekontoctophobia (fear of 58) · Hexekontadyophobia (fear of 62) · Hexekontenneaphobia (fear of 69) · Hebdomekontahenophobia (fear of 71) · Ogdokontaheptaphobia (fear of 87) · Enenekontenneaphobia (fear of 99) · Hekatophobia (fear of 100) · Hekatohendecaphobia (fear of 111) · Hekatenenekontahenophobia (fear of 191) · Diakosioihekkaidekaphobia (fear of 216) · Diakosioipentekontaphobia (fear of 250) · Triakosioitriakontatriophobia (fear of 333) · Tetrakosioeikosiphobia (fear of 420) · Pentakosioipentekontahenophobia (fear of 551) · Hexakosioihekkaidekaphobia (fear of 616) · Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia (fear of 666) · Heftakosioitessarakontaheptaphobia (fear of 747) · Enniakosioihendecaphobia (fear of 911) · Enniakosioenenekontenneaphobia (fear of 999) · Tessarakontadyochilahexekontenneaphobia (fear of 42069) · Compustitusnumerophobia (fear of composite numbers) · Meganumerophobia (fear of large numbers) · Imparnumerophobia (fear of odd numbers) · Omalonumerophobia (fear of even numbers) · Piphobia (fear of pi) · Phiphobia (fear of the golden ratio) · Primonumerophobia (fear of prime numbers) · Paranumerophobia (fear of irrational numbers) · Neganumerophobia (fear of negative numbers) · Decadisophobia (fear of decimals)
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