The Top 10 Common Fears That Most Humans Have

By Antonia Čirjak on April 30 2020 in Society

Phobias most often emerge during childhood and remain with us for the entirety of our lives.
Phobias most often emerge during childhood and remain with us for the entirety of our lives.
  • Cynophobia is the fear of dogs, and is actually quite common as well, and probably developed through past experiences.
  • People that suffer from astraphobia will try to take shelter from thunderstorms whenever there is a chance of them happening.
  • Mysophobia is the fear of dirt and germs and can make people obsessed with excessively cleaning every surface in their living space.

It is safe to say that everyone in the world is afraid of something. Many people have phobias and it is nothing to be embarrassed about. Phobias most often emerge during childhood and remain with us for the entirety of our lives. Researchers also determined that phobias impact women twice as often as they do men. Many explanations exist on how and why phobias develop, but this article will deal with the topic of the most common ones, so let’s begin!

10. Arachnophobia

Arachnophobia is the fear of spiders and other creatures from the arachnid family. Seeing a spider triggers a strong response of fear in people suffering from this phobia, but in some cases, even seeing an image can cause fear and panic. This fear can be considered irrational (as most phobias) because not many spiders are actually dangerous to humans. Experts often explain this fear with the fact that our ancestors had no ways of dealing with these insects so we developed a predisposed fear of them through evolutionary means.

9. Ophidiophobia

Ophidiophobia is the fear of snakes and is one of the most common phobias all around the world. It is attributed to cultural influences, evolution, or just negative personal experiences. Some snakes being poisonous probably helps this phobia to develop in some people. Some experts also believe that this fear arises out of an inherent fear of diseases that all people have.

8. Acrophobia

This is the fear of heights, and there is a high possibility that you know someone that has this phobia if you do not have it yourself. It impacts more than 6% of all the people in the world. It can lead to severe anxiety attacks so we need to be careful when bringing people that suffer from this phobia to higher places. It is mostly tied to past traumatic experiences, but in some cases, it is believed to have evolved through our adapting to the environment. One thing that needs to be mentioned is that many people are afraid of heights, but a phobia is more severe than that.

7. Aerophobia

Aerophobia is the fear of flying and it actually affects a large number of people. The currently available data states that anywhere from 10% to 40% of adult Americans have a fear of flying. This is strange since airplane accidents are not very common. The symptoms of aerophobia are the feeling of disorientation, rapid heartbeat and trembling. Some people go so far as to avoid flying altogether because of it.

6. Cynophobia

Cynophobia is the fear of dogs, as impossible as it may seem that something like that exists. It is actually quite common as well, and probably developed through past experiences. People who were bitten by dogs as kids often have this particular phobia since those events can be traumatic. This phobia is an irrational fear caused by all dogs and it can seriously impact an individual’s life, so it is not something we should take lightly.

5. Astraphobia

This phobia makes people afraid of thunder and lightning. People that suffer from it usually experience a severe feeling of fear whenever they experience those weather phenomena. The symptoms are similar to the phobias we already mentioned and include shaking and increased respiration. People that suffer from astraphobia will try to take shelter from thunderstorms whenever there is a chance of them happening. They are also often obsessed with the weather, which makes sense because they want to prepare for the fear they might feel.

4. Trypanophobia

Trypanophobia is the fear of injections, or simply needles. People suffering from this often avoid going to the doctor altogether, in fear of possibly needing a shot. This is a fear that is most often untreated because people often just avoid situations that can trigger the fear. Experts believe that up to 30% of adult people suffer from this type of phobia.

3. Social Phobia

Also known as social anxiety disorder, this is a fear of social situations, and it can destroy peoples’ lives with how severe it is. People that have it tend to avoid all social gatherings since those can trigger strong anxiety attacks in them. They fear that they are being watched or even humiliated at all times when they are in the presence of other people and so they choose to avoid even the simple everyday tasks. These phobias usually develop in puberty and can be treated.

2. Agoraphobia

This phobia is best described as the fear of being alone in a place that we will not be able to escape from easily. People with this phobia are often afraid of open spaces and crowded areas, and situations like these often trigger panic attacks in them. In more extreme cases these people will stop leaving their house. It is believed that people with a panic disorder develop agoraphobia in one-third of the cases.

1. Mysophobia

Mysophobia is the fear of dirt and germs. This phobia can make people obsessed with excessively cleaning every surface in their living space, as well as with hand-washing. It is often connected to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). People with this particular phobia often avoid contact with other people because they are afraid of contamination.

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