Equinophobia – fear of horses
Equinophobia or hippophobia is a psychological fear of horses caused by various factors, such as a negative and traumatic event with horses, especially in childhood, or a fall from a horse, the appearance of the animal, witnessing someone else who had a negative experience with a horse, and so on.
Individuals who have equinophobia can have frequent and intense episodes of anxiety and panic attacks even when they see a horse or think about one. Even though horse riding may be a hobby for you, this doesn’t mean that it can’t feel like a terror to someone else.
Melissophobia – fear of bees
Melissophobia is also known as apiphobia is an intense fear of bees. Of course, we are all afraid of being stung by a bee, but melissophobia is different, as the symptoms can be overwhelming and cause severe episodes of anxiety that could adversely affect your health and lifestyle.
Melissophobia is a specific phobia – in other words, it’s a type of anxiety disorder, which causes a deep irrational fear of something, whether we are talking about animals, objects or situations. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 12.5 percent of adults will suffer from a specific phobia during their lifetime, so you are not alone in this situation!
However, one of the most important parts of this phenomenon is that people who are terrified of bees aren’t bothered by wasps. In this sense, spheksophobia is the fear of wasps.
There are a lot of factors that could cause melissophobia in people, such as negative experiences with bees, observing someone else’s fear of bees or hearing negative stories about them, or seeing them as monsters.