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Here Is A List Of All Types Of Philia, Or Excessive Desire, Which Humans Can Feel

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Philia can be defined as fondness, likeness, arousal or love towards something as an extreme form. The emotional drive could be so much that it may also become an obsessive or excessive desire to acquire a certain thing or experience. Such may involve certain repeated behaviors or habit forming in such a way that the fondness may seem mindless, useless or wasteful for the person by the society but they themselves may be deriving huge pleasure out of it.

Philia may be short or long lived. It is interesting to note that though it seem extreme in many cultures and society yet people since all odd eras since time immemorial, have been associated with certain form of extreme fondness or philia in all cultures and population. Here is a list of philias which are found in people around the world:

Philia can be defined as fondness, likeness, arousal or love towards something as an extreme form.

Ablutophile- Fondness of washing or bathing
Achluophile- Fondness of darkness
Acousticophile- Fondness of noise
Acrophile- Fondness of heights
Aeroacrophile- Fondness of open high places
Agliophile- Fondness of pain
Agoraphile- Fondness of being in crowded, public places like markets and Fondness of leaving a safe place
Agraphile- Fondness of sexual abuse
Agrizoophile- Fondness of wild animals
Aichmophile- Fondness of needles or pointed objects
Amychophile- Fondness of scratches or being scratched
Androphile- Fondness of men
Anginophile- Fondness of angina, choking or narrowness
Angrophile- Fondness of anger or of becoming angry
Anthrophile or Anthophile- Fondness of flowers
Anthropophile- Fondness of people or society
Antlophile- Fondness of floods
Anuptaphile- Fondness of staying single
Apeirophile- Fondness of infinity
Aphenphosmphile- Fondness of being touched (Haphephile)
Apiphile- Fondness of bees
Apotemnophile- Fondness of persons with amputations
Arachnephile or Arachnophile- Fondness of spiders
Arithmophile- Fondness of numbers
Arrhenphile- Fondness of men
Arsonphile- Fondness of fire
Asthenophile- Fondness of fainting or weakness
Astraphile or Astrapophile- Fondness of thunder and lightning also called Ceraunophilia, Keraunophilia
Astrophile- Fondness of stars or celestial space
Asymmetriphile- Fondness of asymmetrical things
Atephile- Fondness of ruin or ruins
Athazagoraphile- Fondness of being forgotton or ignored or forgetting
Atomosophile- Fondness of atomic explosions
Aurophile- Obsession of gold
Automatonophile- Fondness of ventriloquist’s dummies, animatronic creatures, wax statues – anything that falsly represents a sentient being
Automysophile- Likeness being dirty
Autophile- Fondness of being alone or of oneself
Aviophile or Aviatophile- Fondness of flying

B

Bacillophile- Fondness of microbes
Bacteriophile- Fondness of bacteria
Ballistophile- Fondness of missiles or bullets
Basophile or Basiphile- Inability to stand. Fondness of walking or falling
Bathophile- Fondness of depth
Batophile- Fondness of heights or being close to high buildings
Batrachophile- Fondness of amphibians, such as frogs, newts, salamanders, etc.
Belonephile- Fondness of pins and needles (Aichmophile)
Bibliophile- Fondness of books
Botanophile- Fondness of plants
Bromidrosiphile or Bromidrophile- Fondness of body smells
Brontophile- Fondness of thunder and lightning

C

Cacophile- Fondness of ugliness
Cainophile or Cainotophile- Fondness of newness, novelty
Caligynephile- Fondness of beautiful women
Carnophile- Fondness of meat
Catoptrophile- Fondness of mirrors
Cenophile or Centophile- Fondness of new things or ideas
Chemophile- Fondness of chemicals or working with chemicals
Chiraptophile- Fondness of being touched
Chirophile- Fondness of hands
Chorophile- Fondness of dancing
Chrometophile or Chrematophile- Fondness of money
Chromophile or Chromatophile- Fondness of colors
Chronophile- Fondness of time
Chronomentrophile- Fondness of clocks
Cibophile- Fondness of food (Sitophile, Sitiophile)
Claustrophile- Fondness of confined spaces
Cleithrophile or Cleisiophile- Fondness of being locked in an enclosed place
Cleptophile- Fondness of stealing
Clinophile- Fondness of going to bed
Cnidophile- Fondness of stings
Cometophile- Fondness of comets
Coimetrophile- Fondness of cemeteries
Coitophile- Fondness of coitus
Contreltophile- Fondness of sexual abuse
Counterphile- The preference by a phobic for fearful situations
Crustuphile- Fondness of special cookies
Crystallophile- Fondness of crystals or glass
Cyberphile- Fondness of computers or working on a computer
Cyclophile- Fondness of bicycles
Cymophile or Kymophile- Fondness of waves or wave like motions
Cynophile- Fondness of dogs or rabies
Cypridophile/Cypriphile/Cyprianophile/Cyprinophile – Fondness of prostitutes or venereal disease

D

Decidophile- Fondness of making decisions..
Demonophile or Daemonophile- Fondness of demons.
Demophile- Fondness of crowds. (Agoraphile)
Dermatosiophile or Dermatophile or Dermatopathophile- Fondness of skin disease.
Dextrophile- Fondness of objects at the right side of the body.
Didaskaleinophile- Fondness of going to school.
Dikephile- Fondness of justice.
Dinophile- Fondness of dizziness or whirlpools.
Diplophile- Fondness of double vision.
Dipsophile- Fondness of drinking.
Dishabiliophile- Fondness of undressing in front of someone.
Doraphile- Fondness of fur or skins of animals.
Doxophile- Fondness of expressing opinions or of receiving praise.
Dystychiphile- Fondness of accidents.

E

Eisoptrophile- Fondness of mirrors or of seeing oneself in a mirror.
Electrophile- Fondness of electricity.
Eleutherophile- Fondness of freedom.
Elurophile- Fondness of cats/Ailurophile
Emetophile- Fondness of vomiting.
Enetophile- Fondness of pins.
Enosiophile or Enissophile- Fondness of having committed an unpardonable sin or of criticism.
Entomophile- Fondness of insects.
Ephebiphile- Fondness of teenagers.
Epistaxiophile- Fondness of nosebleeds.
Epistemophile- Fondness of knowledge.
Eremophile- Fondness of being oneself or of lonliness.
Ereuthrophile- Fondness of blushing.
Ergasiophile- 1) Fondness of work 2) Surgeon’s Fondness of surgeries.
Ergophile- Fondness of work.
Erotophile- Fondness of sexual love or sexual questions.
Euphile- Fondness of hearing good news.
Eurotophile- Fondness of female genitalia.
Erythrophile or Erytophile or Ereuthophile- 1) Fondness of redlights. 2) Blushing. 3) Red colour

F

Febriphile or Fibriphile or Fibriophile- Fondness of fever.
Felinophile- Fondness of cats. (Ailurophile/Elurophile/Galeophile/Gatophile)
Frigophile- Fondness of cold or cold things.(Cheimaphile/Cheimatophile/Psychrophile)

G

Gamophile- Fondness of marriage.
Geliophile- Fondness of laughter.
Geniophile- Fondness of chins.
Genophile- Fondness of sex.
Genuphile- Fondness of knees.
Gephyrophile/Gephydrophile/Gephysrophile- Fondness of crossing bridges.
Gerascophile- Fondness of growing old.
Gerontophile- Fondness of old people or of growing old.
Gnosiophile- Fondness of knowledge.
Graphophile- Fondness of writing or handwriting.
Gymnophile- Fondness of nudity.
Gynephile or Gynophile- Fondness of women.

H

Hadephile- Fondness of hell.
Hagiophile- Fondness of saints or holy things.
Hamartophile- Fondness of sinning.
Haphephile or Haptephile- Fondness of being touched.
Harpaxophile- Fondness of being robbed.
Hedonophile- Fondness of feeling pleasure.
Hellenologophile- Fondness of Greek terms or complex scientific terminology.
Hemophile or Hemaphile or Hematophile- Fondness of blood.
Heterophile- Fondness of the opposite sex. (Sexophile)
Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophile- Fondness of long words.
Hormephile- Fondness of shock.
Homilophile- Fondness of sermons.
Hominophile- Fondness of men.
Hylophile- Fondness of forests.
Hypengyophile or Hypegiaphile- Fondness of responsibility.
Hypnophile- Fondness of sleep or of being hypnotized.
Hypsiphile- Fondness of height.

I

Iatrophile- Fondness of going to the doctor or of doctors.
Illyngophile- Fondness of vertigo or feeling dizzy when looking down.
Iophile- Fondness of poison.
Isopterophile- Fondness of termites, insects that eat wood.

J

Japanophile- Fondness of Japanese.

K

Kainolophile or Kainophile- Fondness of anything new, novelty.
Kakorrhaphiophile- Fondness of failure or defeat.
Kenophile- Fondness of voids or empty spaces.
Keraunophile or Ceraunophile- Fondness of thunder and lightning.(Astraphile, Astrapophile)
Kinetophile or Kinesophile- Fondness of movement or motion.
Kleptophile- Fondness of stealing.
Kolpophile- Fondness of genitals, particularly female.
Kosmikophile- Fondness of cosmic phenomenon.

L

Leukophile- Fondness of the color white.
Levophile- Fondness of things to the left side of the body.
Ligyrophile- Fondness of loud noises.
Lilapsophile- Fondness of tornadoes and hurricanes.
Limnophile- Fondness of lakes.
Liticaphile- Fondness of lawsuits.
Lockiophile- Fondness of childbirth.
Logizomechanophile- Fondness of computers.
Lyssophile- Fondness of rabies or of becoming mad.

M

Macrophile- Fondness of long waits.
Mageirocophile- Fondness of cooking.
Maieusiophile- Fondness of childbirth.
Malaxophile- Fondness of love play. (Sarmassophile)

Mastigophile- Fondness of punishment.
Mechanophile- Fondness of machines.
Megalophile- Fondness of large things.
Melissophile- Fondness of bees.
Melanophile- Fondness of the color black.
Melophile- Fear or hatred of music.

Merinthophile- Fondness of being bound or tied up.
Metallophile- Fondness of metal.
Metathesiophile- Fondness of changes.
Meteorophile- Fondness of meteors.
Methyphile- Fondness of alcohol.
Metrophile- Fear or hatred of poetry.
Microphile- Fondness of small things.
Mnemophile- Fondness of memories.
Molysmophile or Molysomophile- Fondness of dirt or contamination.
Musophile or Muriphile- Fondness of mice.
Mycophile- Fear or aversion to mushrooms.
Mycrophile- Fondness of small things.
Myctophile- Fondness of darkness.
Mythophile- Fondness of myths or stories or false statements.

N

Necrophile- Fondness of death or dead things.
Neopharmaphile- Fondness of new drugs.
Neophile- Fondness of anything new.
Nephophile- Fondness of clouds.
Noctiphile- Fondness of the night.
Nosophile or Nosemaphile- Fondness of becoming ill.
Nostophile- Fondness of returning home.
Nucleomituphile- Fondness of nuclear weapons.
Nudophile- Fondness of nudity.
Numerophile- Fondness of numbers.
Nyctohylophile- Fondness of dark wooded areas or of forests at night

O

Ochophile- Fondness of vehicles.
Octophile – Fondness of the figure 8.
Odontophile- Fondness of teeth or dental surgery.
Odynophile or Odynephile- Fondness of pain. (Algophile)
Oenophile- Fondness of wines.
Ombrophile- Fondness of rain or of being rained on.
Ommetaphile or Ommatophile- Fondness of eyes.
Oneirophile- Fondness of dreams.
Onomatophile- Fondness of hearing a certain word or of names.
Ophidiophile- Fondness of snakes. (Snakephile)
Ophthalmophile- Fondness of being stared at.
Opiophile- Fear medical doctors experience of prescribing needed pain medications for patients.
Ornithophile- Fondness of birds.
Orthophile- Fondness of property.

P

Panophile or Pantophile- Fondness of everything.
Paralipophile- Fondness of neglecting duty or responsibility.
Paraphile- Fondness of sexual perversion.
Parasitophile- Fondness of parasites.
Paraskavedekatriaphile- Fondness of Friday the 13th.
Parthenophile- Fondness of virgins or young girls.
Pediophile- Fondness of dolls.
Pedophile- Fondness of children.
Peladophile- Fondness of bald people.
Peniaphile- Fondness of poverty.
Phagophile- Fondness of swallowing or of eating or of being eaten.
Philemaphile or Philematophile- Fondness of kissing.
Philophile- Fondness of falling in love or being in love.
Philosophile- Fondness of philosophy.
Phonophile- Fondness of noises or voices or one’s own voice; of telephones.
Phronemophile- Fondness of thinking.
Plutophile- Fondness of wealth.
Pneumatiphile- Fondness of spirits.
Pnigophile or Pnigerophile- Fondness of choking of being smothered.
Pogonophile- Fondness of beards.
Politicophile- Fear or abnormal dislike of politicians.
Ponophile- Fondness of overworking or of pain.
Potamophile- Fondness of rivers or running water.
Potophile- Fondness of alcohol.
Pharmacophile- Fondness of drugs.
Pyrophile- Fondness of fire.

R

Rhabdophile- Fondness of being severely punished or beaten, or of being severely criticized. Also Fondness of magic(wand)
Rhytiphile- Fondness of getting wrinkles.
Rupophile- Fondness of dirt.
Russophile- Fondness of Russians.

S

Sarmassophile- Fondness of love play. (Malaxophile)
Selenophile- Fondness of the moon.
Seplophile- Fondness of decaying matter.
Sexophile- Fondness of the opposite sex. (Heterophile)
Sinistrophile- Fondness of things to the left or left-handed.
Sinophile- Fondness of Chinese, Chinese culture.
Sitophile or Sitiophile- Fondness of food or eating. (Cibophile) .
Spacephile- Fondness of outer space.
Spectrophile- Fondness of specters or ghosts.
Symmetrophile- Fondness of symmetry

T

Tachophile- Fondness of speed.
Technophile- Fondness of technology.
Teleophile- 1) Fondness of definite plans. 2) Religious ceremony.
Testophile- Fondness of taking tests.
Thalassophile- Fondness of the sea.
Thanatophile/Thantophile- Fondness of death or dying.
Theatrophile- Fondness of theatres.
Tomophile- Fondness of surgical operations.
Tonitrophile- Fondness of thunder.
Topophile- Fondness of certain places or situations, such as stage fright.
Toxiphile/Toxophile/Toxicophile- Fondness of poison or of being accidently poisoned.
Traumatophile- Fondness of injury.
Tropophile- Fondness of moving or making changes.
Trypanophile- Fondness of injections

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