Almost everyone has a fear of something or the other. But a phobia refers to extreme amounts of fear that can cause severe emotional distress. The uncontrollable fear could be triggered by something real or imaginary. For some people, the struggle with a phobia is almost unbearable and even life-threatening. Here is a list of the 10 very common phobias experienced by human beings.
This phobia is related to a fear of arachnids, mostly spiders. Research suggests that this common phobia may affect nearly 1 in every 3 women (1 in every 4 men). A person suffering from arachnophobia generally experiences extreme fear upon spotting a spider. In certain cases, even the thought or the image of a spider could lead to overwhelming feelings of panic and fear.
Trypophobia is a phobia related to the fear of holes seen on the body skin. Medical research suggests that a person suffering from this phobia might stare at bubbles or holes in their skin and figure out ways to get rid of them.
Aerophobia, as the name suggests, is a flying related fear that affects almost 6.5 percent of the global population. This phobia is typically connected with some other fears such as Claustrophobia, that is, the fear of restricted, small spaces, and Agoraphobia, that is, the fear of having no escape.
A person suffering from Ophidiophobia is extremely fearful of snakes. Yet another very common phobia, Ophidiophobia may be attributed to personal experiences, cultural influences and/or evolutionary causes. Those who are scared of snakes may be afraid that they would get bitten by a poisonous snake and perhaps even die as a result of the bite.
Mysophobia refers to a fear of dirt and germs. This phobia is reported to cause severe stress among people and they may demonstrate common symptoms of OCD or obsessive compulsive disorder. These symptoms include refusal to come into contact with some objects because they are “dirty” or the constant washing of hands.
Claustrophobia or the fear of tiny, boxed spaces, affects up to 7 percent of the global population (approximately). The phobia is centered on suffocation and/or restriction. Unfortunately, only about 2 percent of the sufferers actually seek help to treat or minimize the effects of Claustrophobia.
There is a high probability that you may have come across at least one or two people suffering from acrophobia in your life. Acrophobia is an extreme fear of heights and approximately 24 million adults all over the world struggle with this phobia. The fear could cause serious anxiety attacks in a person and he/she will likely avoid all high places. In fact, people suffering from acrophobia can go to extreme lengths when it comes to avoiding places like tall buildings, towers, and bridges.
If you have Astraphobia, you are basically fearful of lightning and thunder. This phobia is commonly seen in children, though it may continue to haunt some people in their adulthood too.
For most people struggling with Cynophobia, the fear of dogs sets in because of a traumatizing experience sometime in the past. You may have come across a very aggressive or intimidating dog as a kid or your parents might have consistently warned you of dogs in your childhood. These experiences could make you suffer from Cynophobia even as an adult.
A lot of people are fearful about taking a flight. In fact, Aerophobia affects approximately 8 million people in the United States, even though aircraft accidents aren’t too common. Almost one in every three individuals demonstrates some level of aerophobia.