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Phasmophobia (from the Greek word phasma, meaning "ghost", and phobos, "fear") (sometimes known as spectrophobia) is the morbid fear of ghosts. It is 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. 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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Phobias of legendary beings
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)
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