Phobophila (abstract noun) Def. 1. A fatal attraction into dangerous situations; unhealthy tendency to take unnecessary risk; a deathwish. 2. A predilection for personal courage, confronting one’s personal fears and removing barriers to growth. The healthy phobophilic seeks out his personal hell, situations which are not objectively dangerous but which nevertheless invoke an idiosyncratic response of terror. Growth comes from confronting fear.