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  • I stopped letting anyone take pictures of me a while ago. I guess you could call it a phobia.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • No, actually, it’s not a phobia. It’s an "aversion," which is a word I just learned in Mr. Browne’s class.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • I don’t really have any other phobias, but those two are solid—I am the girl who swoons at a paper cut.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Gran had this theory behind my phobia.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went

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  • Whether or not he sensed my phobia about his breed I will never know, but he acted in a drama convincing enough to draw me to the brink of coronary failure.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Sophie made grateful use of these facilities; indeed, she would have been required to use them, since the mistress of the mansion, Hedwig Hoss, possessed a Westphalian hausfrau’s phobia about dirt and made certain that any of the prisoners lodged beneath her roof keep clothing and person not merely clean but hygienic: potent antiseptics were prescribed for the laundry water and the prisoners domiciled in Haus Miss went around smelling of germicide.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The obsessive: glove-wearing, germ-phobic, bundled year round with scarves, twitching and racked with compulsions.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • It’s that phobia of his, his damn porcelain.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The only drawback to the use of cancer cells is the phobia and ignorance that surrounds the word cancer.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Since then, he’d suffered a haunting phobia of enclosed spaces—elevators, subways, squash courts.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code

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  • Come on, surely you’ve got a phobia or two.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • "We’ll have to work on your bunny phobia later," I said.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • I mean, ackero-phobia doesn’t have anything to do with being afraid you’ll holler out something god-awful in church, does it?
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • Salander’s greatest fear, which was so huge and so black that it was of phobic proportions, was that people would laugh at her feelings.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • He hesitated, and for a moment I thought he was going to talk of Manderley at last, but something held him back, some phobia that struggled to the surface of his mind and won supremacy, for he blew out his match and his flash of confidence at the same time.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • That trauma had scarred Langdon’s psyche, burdening him with an overwhelming phobia of enclosed spaces.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Once, when Eragon bumped his head against the ceiling, a sudden flare of claustro —phobia unnerved him.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Maybe she had a phobia concerning open spaces, although the spaces at the college were mainly snug and quaint.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • It was so hospital-like I felt the nervousness that had been simmering in my stomach since we’d left the house-ambulance phobia-begin to build.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • You mean, like a real phobia?
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark
  • Scarlett had always been phobic of stethoscopes and lab coats and needed moral support, so I’d been pardoned from my most recent grounding, for (1) lying about being with Macon and (2) breaking curfew.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Someone Like You
  • If the biochemists were able to demonstrate the physical workings of neuroses (phobias, or difficulties getting pleasure from life), if they could pinpoint the chemicals and impulses and interbrain conversations and information exchanges that constitute these feelings, would the psychoanalysts pack up their ids and egos and retire from the field?
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • I’ve got a phobia about crossed or jimmied or rustjammed or dirt-jammed threads that cause nuts to turn slow or hard; and when I find one, I take its dimensions with a thread gauge and calipers, get out the taps and dies, recut the threads on it, then examine it and oil it and I have a whole new perspective on patience.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Rex might have sheriff-phobia, but there were worse things than getting busted.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  The Secret Hour
  • She didn’t consider herself phobic, but closed-in spaces made her itchy.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • It’s just a stupid phobia, he assured himself.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • I have a phobia about flying at thirty thousand feet in a heavy tube of metal with two hundred strangers, many of whom like to tell the intimate details of their lives to the person next to them.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • We had hoped the chipper-shredder incident in the garage was an isolated aberration, but it turned out to be just the beginning of what would become a lifelong pattern of phobic, irrational behavior.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • It was when anthropophobia set in, when he was made uneasy by people who walked too close to him, that, sagely viewing his list and seeing how many phobias were now checked, he permitted himself to rest.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • The man Freud can make all the claims he wants (he is said to attribute nearly every phobia and fear to the physical intimacies between man and woman-sex!disregarding in the process the drive for sustenance, survival and power).
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • Interesting, he thought, to discover his stalwart lieutenant had a phobia.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • I have a serious phobia.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • She also had a deep phobia of blood, but I’d wait and let the brilliant detectives figure that out.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Me, a well-laid history of needle/blood phobia.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • I think what you mean is a totally different phobia.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • Despite the prescription tranquilizers, which Jenny was feeding him with increasing frequency, more for her sake than for his, Marley’s thunder phobia grew more intense and irrational each day.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • Me, the glass jar of pee hidden in my purse, a doctor’s appointment (oh, I can’t do a blood test, I have a total phobia of needles …. urine test, that’ll do fine, thank you).
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • My boyfriend, which at that time was Eddie Tubbs, it was way before I met Angel, thought it was fear of heights and told everybody on the bus on the way home that I had ackero-phobia, but it was way more complicated than that.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • Perhaps her image was one of take what comes and make the best of it, but she had her phobias as well.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • I was still not taking their phobia seriously and was trying to think of a way to eliminate this nonsense once and for all.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • She and the others had developed a phobia about water so strong that it would take several weeks just to get them to enter the pool.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • There was no point dwelling on my unreasoning horror of a large public wedding—enclosed spaces, claustrophobia, sudden movements, phobic triggers everywhere, for some reason the subway didn’t bother me so much it had more to do with crowded buildings, always expecting something to happen, the puff of smoke, the fast-running man at the crowd’s margin, I couldn’t even bear being in a movie theater if there were more than ten or fifteen people in it, I would turn around with my fully paid…
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • " Because of that "phobia and ignorance," Southam wrote, he didn’t tell patients the cells were cancerous because he didn’t want to cause any unnecessary fear.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Each morning I opened the newspaper to the classifieds as if I might find some miracle ad: "Seeking wildly energetic, out-of-control Labrador retriever with multiple phobias.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • phobic disorder is a general term for all phobias
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