Most Common Phobias

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We’re all afraid of something and some people can cope with their fears better than others. But we always have a weak spot that makes us cringe or even panic. A phobia, as we talked about in the last post, could be originated from former experiences or it could be genetics. However, there are several phobias which are really common among people.

We present you some of the most common phobias. Perhaps you might even suffer of one of these.

Arachnophobia – Fear of Spiders

This phobia is probably the most common of all phobias. At least from the ones involving animals, it’s the most common around the world. Approximately, 1 in 3 women are affected by it and 1 in 4 men.  But if you think about it, it’s a normal response towards something that could make you a great harm. There are 35,000 spider species and just a small part of them are lethal to humans, but we still have that survival instinct that tries to keep us away from danger.

A common explanation according to verywell.com is that our ancestors lacked the medical knowledge to treat injuries caused by animals or insects. Most importantly, they weren’t able to produce an antidote for all the types of venom and avoiding this crawlers was the rational option.

Ophidiophobia – Fear of Snakes

Right after the fear of spiders, we found the fear of snakes which also may be caused by an innate survival mechanism to protect the person from this animal.  It is said that the ancestors who avoided snakes had more chance to survive and this genes were passed down to the next generations.

Right after the fear of spiders, we found the fear of snakes which also may be caused by an innate survival mechanism to protect the person from this animal.  It is said that the ancestors who avoided snakes had more chance to survive and this genes were passed down to the next generations.

Acrophobia – Fear of Heights

This phobia impacts the life of millions of people worldwide and it’s common that every person possess a degree of fear towards heights. In some cases this fear could be the result of a traumatic experience and researchers think this fear is part of evolution, a warning from the environment and its danger.

It can manifest in different types of fear like flying (aerophobia) or roller coasters. The intensity of the fear could go from avoiding high places like bridges or buildings, to have a panic attack from climbing a chair or getting in an elevator.

Agoraphobia – Fear of Open or Crowded Spaces

This phobia might sound strange but if you imagine the feeling of getting lost in an isolated forest or field, or getting trapped in a concert or a public transport without being able to escape, you’ll probably feel anxiety by just thinking about it or you have felt that fear already. That’s what a person suffering of agoraphobia experiences almost every day.

People can have panic attacks by exposure to these situations and begin avoiding them completely. Some even prefer to stay at home as much time as possible just to not confront this events.

Cynophobia – Fear of Dogs

Believe it or not, many people are afraid of these balls of fur and don’t think for a second that they’re man’s best friend. This phobia is often associated with a personal experience like being bitten or to have come across a very aggressive dog.

This phobia cannot only affect the life of a person when it’s confronted with a canine but it can impact in their daily life as well. If someone has such a big fear towards dogs, they’ll do whatever they can to avoid them and this means avoiding parks or streets. This avoidance could make it difficult to reach an important destination like work or school so it’s really important that, if this is the case, to search for help and overcome this phobia.

What are you afraid of? Do you have any of these phobias? Let us know in the comment section!

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