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What Scares People the Most?


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When you ask people what scares them the most, you would most likely think of things like death, spiders, snakes, being buried alive, etc.  Really scary things, right?  Well it might surprise you to find out that the top 20 fears of people are a bit unusual.

1. Arachnophobia-an irrational fear of spiders

2. Ophidiophobia- the fear of snakes

3. Agoraphobia–   a panic attack induced by the fear of not being able to escape from a particular place

4. Acrophobia-a  condition where tall buildings, bridges, hills, balconies, or roller coasters induce extreme fear in a person is called acrophobia. In this case, the individual tries to avoid any place that is at a higher altitude.

5. Astraphobia- the intense fear of lightning and thunder that some adults intensely experience

6. Cynophobia- an irrational fear of dogs, where the individual tries to avoid situations where dogs are present

7. Mysophobia- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) being its root cause, mysophobia is an excessive fear of germs.

8. Claustrophobia -the condition where the individual is extremely scared of small and enclosed places like elevators, tunnels, airplanes, mines, and caves

9. Trypophobia- an irrational fear of patterned holes

10. Aerophobia- the fear of flying in airplanes and helicopters

11. Thanatophobia- an extreme fear or irrational thoughts of death

12. Monophobia- an irrational fear of being alone

13. Carcinophobia- a fear which people experience when they themselves, or their friends or relatives are diagnosed with cancer

14. Atychiphobia-the lack of confidence in one’s own abilities

15. Glossophobia- the fear of performing on stage or public speaking .

16. Alektorophobia- a condition where mere image or sight of a chicken induces irrational fear

17. Aphenphosmphobia- the intense fear of intimacy

18. Ornithophobia- the irrational fear of winged animals/birds

19. Enochlophobia- an extreme fear of crowd or large gatherings

20. Trypanophobia- the fear of injections

So while many of those – fear of snakes, spiders, heights, did make the list, there are some unusual fears that plague humans that many of us may have never considered.

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