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This term appears to be a neologism. Google provides only six hits and the references provided don't even seem to mention this term. While this article is under construction, you would be well-advised to provide some solid references that this word even exists. Matt Deres (talk) 19:56, 13 June 2009 (UTC)

Frigophobia is a more common name for it. I cannot rename as my account is too new, can someone please do the honours? Peter Hucker —Preceding undated comment added 20:05, 13 June 2009 (UTC).

Done. However, you still need to provide references regarding the notability/existence of this disorder. You should pay particular attention to sources that provide information to make this more than a dictionary definition. Matt Deres (talk) 21:16, 13 June 2009 (UTC)

Fan death?[edit]

I've been trying to find some sources that specifically mention frigophobia. I can't say that I've found anything very useful via Google or Google Scholar, but some of the links imply that this is another term for the so-called "fan death" scare prevalent in Korea (and apparently some other southeast Asian countries). This article still doesn't have anything in it regarding the actual phobia and I'm wondering if we should blank this page and re-direct to fan death. Standing on its own, this article will not pass an WP:AFD debate as it fails to discuss the very topic in the title. Matt Deres (talk) 17:57, 14 June 2009 (UTC)

Fan death appears to be something completely different. It's a false belief about how fans operate. Frigophobia is based on a truth, that getting too cold kills you, but they believe that it deosn't take much to do it.

There's a lot mentioned on Google searches, I'm still looking for something which goes into greater detail though... Pmhucker (talk) 20:30, 14 June 2009 (UTC)


Okay, I've done a fairly major re-write of the article. I realize this may come off as going a bit overboard, but this is what I find when I search the web for information on the topic. A search for frigophobia incidence, for example, brings up several papers that all use the term in this way, though I was only able to link to one directly because the others require subscriptions. I've removed the stuff about body temperatures and many of the external links. The article is about the phobia (though it seems more like a kind of real psychiatric illness based on the references I've seen), not about explaining why or how animals perform thermoregulation or how some people enjoy polar bear plunges. Matt Deres (talk) 00:55, 16 June 2009 (UTC)


I like your version better. Pmhucker (talk) 18:18, 16 June 2009 (UTC)


I would like to know of any scientific studies to link to. It seems that what this describes is hypothyroidism. Somebody who actually has cold extremities and muscle cramps in winter, when it is cold, is not having a psychiatric disorder. If they had the delusion year-around even when they are sweating, I would consider it psychiatric.

I would recommend also linking to the Wikipedia article on hypothyroidism

and also to Addison's disease since you mention menopause (which is a frequent trigger for hypothyroidism), stress and anemia as possible causes.

I see little proof this is psychiatric. Perhaps somebody has translated the chinese term too literally and inadvertantly created the impression it is a psychiatric disorder? (I've seen some really bad translation by non-expert of scientific or medical terms between languages) For instance, hydrophobic in Greek literally means "fearing water" and can refer to rabies OR non-polar liquids that cluster in water and repel water. Diabetes mellitius means "sweet urine" in Latin.

Chinese has many medical terms that are quite idiomatic and old in usage. From what I have learned, Kidney yin can refer to a very specific homeostasis system and is not just generic "yin" in the kidney. I urge deeper verification. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2600:6C46:4900:1F00:41B4:2250:ED44:F934 (talk) 12:03, 14 January 2018 (UTC)