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Zoophobia or animal phobia is a class of specific phobias to particular animals, or an irrational fear or even simply dislike of any non-human animals. [1 ]
Examples of specific zoophobias would be
entomophobias, such as that of bees ( apiphobia). Fears of spiders ( arachnophobia), birds ( ornithophobia) 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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in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. zoophobia