Are you more afraid of werewolves or spiders? Top 10 phobias that people have.
Of the 7.6 billion humans in the world, it is estimated that 9 percent (approximately 19 million people) have some type of phobia (or fear) of something.
Of the top 10 fears that humans have, fear of werewolves does not make the list. Neither does fear of wolves (also known as lupophobia). Interestingly, however, the most common phobias that humans have cover everything from fear of flying to fear of snakes.
Here is a list of the most common phobias affecting humans:
- Arachnophobia – fear of spiders.
This is such a common fear that big blockbuster movies have been made on the subject, including a 1990 movie with Jeff Daniels and John Goodman. It is thought to be the third most common fear that humans have. In fact, it is estimated that 30% of the U.S. population has arachnophobia. With over 35,000 types of spiders in the world, arachnophobes have their hands full.
- Thanatophobia – fear of death.
Fear of death is known as Thanatophobia, while fear of dead or dying things is known as necrophobia.
- Acrophobia – fear of heights
Different from vertigo (which is a spinning senstation), studies show that more women than men have a fear of heights.
- Cynophobia – fear of dogs
Zoophobia is a fear of all animals, while cynophobia is a fear specifically of dogs. People who have cynophobia can react by feeling dizzy, shaking, feeling nauseous, crying, and sweating profusely.
- Glossophobia – fear of public speaking
Glossophobia is widely considered one of the greatest phobias that any human have. It is said that people are more afraid of public speaking than of death – in other words, most people would prefer to be in the casket than giving the eulogy.
- Pteromerhanophobia – fear of flying
Flying is said to be safer than driving, yet many many people have pteromerhanophobia. It is said the easiest way to get over this fear is to learn the facts of flying.
- Claustrophobia – fear of enclosed spaces
Of the many people that have claustrophobia, few of them will ever be in the “enclosed space” situation they fear most.
- Entomophobia – fear of insects
People that suffer from entomophobia fear panic and anxiety when insects are present.
- Ophidiophobia – fear of snakes
Slimy skin, unblinking eyes, and fear of being poinsoned are all reasons people develop a fear of snakes.
- Tryanophobia – fear of needles
A fear of needles can result in people avoiding medical treatment or seeing doctors, even when sick.
What are you afraid of?