A phobia is a form of anxiety disorder where a person feels an irrational fear towards inanimate objects, certain situations, certain living creatures, and some places. People with phobias try as much as possible to avoid what their brains perceive as danger. The perceived danger is much greater in their minds than it is in real life, and that is why phobias are termed as irrational fears. Here are the top 10 most common phobias of the world.
Arachnophobia is the abnormal fear of spiders and is a very common type of phobia. Statistics show that the fear of spiders is more common in women than it is in men. In Arachnophobia, a person fears spiders, or signs that the insect is near the vicinity such as a spider web. In cases where the phobia is extreme, a person is even afraid of looking at the picture of a spider.
#2) Social Phobias
Social phobia or social anxiety disorder is the fear of social situations where there is a huge gathering of people. People experiencing this phobia are usually extremely self-conscious and fear being judged in a negative way by other people. As a result, they stay away from social gatherings and prefer to keep to themselves.
This is the abnormal fear of expecting or experiencing a difficult or embarrassing situation in which there is no escape. Agoraphobic experiences severe panic when they find themselves in situations where they feel trapped, insecure, and unable to control. In extreme cases, an agoraphobic will fear stepping out of the comfort zone of his or her home.
This is the fear of enclosed or confined spaces. Claustrophobic tend to experience severe panic attacks and find it difficult to breathe when they find themselves in enclosed areas such as trains, elevators, and aircrafts.
Aerophobia is the fear of flying. A person suffering from the fear of flying cannot dare get onto a plane and would much rather prefer other modes of traveling.
Acrophobia is an extreme fear of heights. Acrophobia can be very dangerous as people suffering from this fear experience severe panic when in high areas and can become too agitated to get down safely.
Nyctophobia is the fear of the dark and is more common in young children. In most cases of nyctophobia, the fear usually disappears as the child matures. However, there are some cases where fear of the dark persists throughout a person’s life. People suffering from nyctophobia sleep with the lights on and avoid going out at night when the fear extreme.
Emetophobia is a condition where a person fears vomiting or being around a person that is vomiting. The accepted theory of the cause of this phobia is a traumatic vomiting incident experienced at a young age.
Astraphobia is the fear of lightning and thunder. During a storm, people suffering from this phobia usually run for shelter in rooms that do not have windows.
Nosophobia is the extreme and irrational fear of having a specific disease. This is common students or researchers who have spent a great deal of time reading about specific diseases.
The named fears here are the top 10 most common phobias of the world; however, they are not all of the known phobias. A phobia is a psychological condition treatable through counseling.