Zoophobia

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Zoophobia or animal phobia is a class of specific phobias to particular animals,[1] or an irrational fear or even simply dislike of any non-human animals.

Examples of specific zoophobias would be entomophobias, such as that of bees (apiphobia). Fears of spiders (arachnophobia) and snakes (ophidiophobia) are also common. See the article at -phobia for the list of various phobias. Sigmund Freud mentioned that an animal phobia is one of the most frequent psychoneurotic diseases among children.[1]

Zoophobia is not the sensible fear of dangerous or threatening animals, such as wild bears or venomous snakes. It is a phobia of animals that causes distress or dysfunction in the individual's everyday life.

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  1. ^ a b Nandor Fodor, Frank Gaynor, "Freud: Dictionary of Psychoanalysis", 2004: ISBN 0-7607-5301-6 (initial publ. 1950), article "Zoophobia, infantile", pp. 205-206