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Agyrophobia (or dromophobia[1]), a type of specific phobia,[citation needed] is the irrational fear that crossing streets will cause bodily harm to oneself, even if no actual threat is posed.[2][3][4] The fear causes difficulty moving through crowded sidewalks alongside busy streets. Individuals with this phobia sometimes still drive cars, but avoid walking on streets, causing them to avoid crowded settings such as sporting events, political rallies, and shopping.[citation needed][original research?]

This phobia is considered independent from the fear of cars, as even crossing a deserted intersection still initiates the fear reaction.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

  • List of phobias


  1. Boyd, L.M. (29 November 1995). "These French cities have North African air". Curiosity Shop. The Victoria Advocate, Texas, USA. pp. 4D. Retrieved 2009-08-16.
  2. Dobson, Roger (18 January 1998). "Don't panic - it's only a phobia". The Independent on Sunday, London, UK. Retrieved 2009-08-16.
  3. Salter, Rosa (5 September 1999). "FEARS RUN RAMPANT ON CALIFORNIA PHOBIA-PHILE'S OFFBEAT WEB PAGE". The Morning Call, Pennsylvania, USA (subscription required). Retrieved 2009-08-16.
  4. Gupta, Tanuja Das (18 September 2001). "Meow Meow: The Road Not Taken..." The Times of India, Mumbai, India. Retrieved 2009-08-16.

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