Most Common Phobias
Most Common Phobias that people have
Phobias are extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something. It is like when you see ‘that’ thing you’ll get scared and disgusted at the same time. Below are the most common phobias that people nowadays have.
Acrophobia: fear of heights
It is normal to fear heights most especially the idea of falling but some people might fear heights so badly that even the small heights can fright them like the escalators at the local shopping center, the overpass in the street or even when looking through the window of a hotel.
This impacts an estimated 23 million adults. This fear can lead to anxiety attacks and avoidance of high places. People who suffer from this phobia may go to great lengths to avoid high places
Claustrophobia: fear of enclosed spaces
People with this fear say they feel like the walls are closing on them. It is when people get rattled when they are inside a small and enclosed room and they feel suffocated, cannot breathe and helpless.
Arachnophobia: fear of spiders
Arachnophobia is the fear of spiders and other arachnids and is quite common. It affects as many as 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men. The sight of a spider can trigger a fear response, but in some cases, simply an image of an arachnid or the thought of a spider can lead to feelings of overwhelming fear and panic.
Ophidiophobia: fear of snakes
This phobia is quite common and often attributed to evolutionary causes, personal experiences, or cultural influences. Some suggest that since snakes are sometimes poisonous, our ancestors who avoided such dangers were more likely to survive and pass down their genes.
Mysophobia: fear of dirt
This phobia is about the fear of dirt due to contamination by bacteria and germs. The phobia is also referred to as verminophobia, germophobia, bacillophobia, or bacteriophobia.
This is also known as social anxiety disorder. It is characterized by extreme fear and anxiety of being in a social event or situation. Social phobic individuals have traits that exceed normal levels of shyness that people might experience when they are in a social situation. They are extremely afraid to engage in a conversation with a stranger. The affected people are extremely afraid of being the center of attention or afraid of behaving in a way that would be embarrassing and humiliating to them. The victims usually have signs such as blushing, stammering, excessive sweating, nausea, or trembling when they are in social places. In extreme cases, some victims experience panic attacks.
It is an aversion to the sight of irregular patterns or clusters of small holes, or bumps. It is not officially recognized as a mental disorder, but may fall under the broad category of specific phobia if fear is involved and the fear is excessive and distressing. People may express only disgust or both fear and disgust to trypophobic imagery.