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Phasmophobia (from the Greek word phasma, meaning "ghost", and phobos, "fear") is the morbid fear of ghosts. Phasmaphobia is closely related to Spectophobia (the fear of mirrors or reflection) because of the close relation of mirrors and spirits. Many ledgends and ghost stories suggest or flat out say that ghosts are able to possess mirrors. One of the most common or well known legends involving the ghost/mirror relation is that of Bloody Mary. These legends are common among many cultures because ghosts are deceased people who are often dangerous. Though the phobia is commonly suffered by children, when they first learn about ghosts, adults commonly suffer from phasmophobia as well, especially after learning reports of people being haunted by ghosts. Sufferers who believe in ghosts would feel very worry that ghosts may attack them. Sufferers would not want to be alone while not be in the dark.
The fear is commonly portrayed in many novels, films, ghost stories, comics, cartoons and video games. This fuels the phobia in some adn even introduces it to others. In Scooby Doo, Shaggy and Scooby are said to be phasmophobic, but all the ghosts portrayed in the series are human criminals masqueraded as ghosts. In Luigi's Mansion, Luigi was also phasmophobic, but still able to encounter and catch ghosts via vacuum cleaner. Shining Armor is phasmophobic, he doesn’t know that the three ghosts who fast forward to the Paramount Feature Presentation logo whenever he watches his Dora the Explorer videos are Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber and Junior Asparagus masqueraded as ghosts.
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|Alienophobia (fear of aliens) · Angelophobia (fear of angels) · Bogyphobia (fear of bogeymen) · Demonophobia (fear of demons) · Dracophobia (fear of dragons) · Kinemortophobia (fear of zombies) · Kryptophobia (fear of cryptids) · Lupophobia (fear of werewolves) · Phasmophobia (fear of ghosts) · Pneumatiphobia (fear of spirits) · Sanguivoriphobia (fear of vampires) · Satanophobia (fear of Satan) · Serenephobia (fear of mermaids) · Skelephobia (fear of skeletons) · Teraphobia (fear of monsters) · Wiccaphobia (fear of witches) · Zeusophobia (fear of God)|