Demophobia vs. Ochlophobia

By Jaxson

  • Ochlophobia

    Ochlophobia (“Fear of Crowds”) and demophobia (“Fear of Unruly Mobs”) are terms for types of social phobia or social anxiety disorder whose sufferers have a fear of crowds. Sufferers may offer various rationalizations of the phobia, such as the fear being trampled in a crowd, getting a deadly disease from people within the crowd, getting lost in the crowd, or feeling insignificant when surrounded by a crowd.

    People who are shy and introverted are most likely to experience ochlophobia, but not all introverts have anxiety problems. Ochlophobic people are often unable to handle situations involving parties, going to theaters, going to sports games, or going to the mall.

  • Demophobia (noun)

    A phobia, or fear, of crowds, masses, or people.

  • Ochlophobia (noun)

    A phobia, or fear, of mob-like crowds, as opposed to simply open spaces like agoraphobia or large crowds as with enochlophobia.

  • Ochlophobia (noun)

    extreme or irrational fear or dislike of crowds.

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