Most Common Fears and Phobias
Everyone is afraid of something. Whether it is a fear of heights or a phobia of going outside. I definitely have my fears. I believe those who suffer from anxiety are more fearful than those who don't.
Some of the most common fears and phobias people have might surprise you. Here is a list of most common fears/ phobias, and a few that I personally have as well.
Just talking about this gives me anxiety. Glossophobia is the great of public speaking. I found a poll that asked people what they are more afraid of Death or public speaking. Can you guess which one won? People are more afraid of talking in front of people, then they are off Death! That makes the phrase "I would rather die" actually true in this situation.
Obviously, Death is a fear many people have. No one likes the unknown. No one is ever able to tell us if death is really that scary. Because those who know aren't alive to tell us about it.
an estimated 3 percent to 5 percent of the population suffer so-called acrophobia which is a fear of heights. I'm apart of this percentage of people. When I look down a cliff or down from a tall building, I get dizzy and feel like I'm going to fall. I hate that feeling so much.
Arachnophobia is the fear of spiders. Women are four times more likely to fear spiders than men.
If you look at this fear from an evolutionary perspective, this makes sense. Women would have encountered creepy crawlies regularly while gathering food. And, this fear could keep both moms and their infants safe. Men, on the other hand, would have needed to take frequent risks when hunting and so evolutionary pressure to jump at the sight of a spider would be less than beneficial.
I grew up with a brother that had snakes as pets, so I am very used to snakes. My husband cannot stand them.
The fear of snakes is called Ophidiophobia
An extreme fear of Snakes could be evolutionarily imprinted in people Long ago, spotting a snake (or even a spider) would have been an advantage to a person's survival. The ability to spot a snake in the blink of an eye, likely helped our ancestors survive in the wild.
Nyctophobia is a phobia characterized by a severe fear of the dark. It is triggered by the brain's disfigured perception of what could happen when in a dark environment. Kids are the ones that have this fear the most. But I can say I've had my fearful moments of the dark.
I went night scuba diving in Hawaii once when I was 12. I will probably never do it again because of how extremely dark it gets in the ocean. It's so freaking creepy and I felt claustrophobic the entire time. But I'm glad I at least had the experience.
What are you afraid of?