A simple phobia refers to an isolated experience of anxiety attached to a particular object or situation.  It is different from a complex phobia where there are multiple fears and anxieties.  Simple phobias are often of animals, such as spiders, snakes, cats and dogs, or illness and blood, or natural phenomena such as thunderstorms, lightning, wind, or heights  more usually they can be of situations such as eating or even going to the toilet in a public place.