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Top 10 Most Common Phobias Known in the World.

Top 10 Most Common Phobias Known in the World.

by Nurmunira A.

Phobias are a kind of anxiety disorder that is triggered by a specific situation or physical thing. The fear and anxiety that results from contact with a phobia is quite intense, and may lead sufferers to go to great lengths to avoid these factors.

Here is a look at some of the most common phobias from which people may suffer.

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1. Acrophobia
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(ae-kro-fou-bee-ah)

Acrophobia or fear of heights, is a very common phobia. Depending on the severity of the phobia, people who experienced this type of phobia may fear everything from being on the upper floors of a tall building to climbing a ladder.

People with acrophobia might feel a pit in their stomach while watching this GIF on loop.

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2. Ophidiophobia
– (oh-fee-dee-yo-fou-bee-ah)

Ophidiophobia is the fear of snakes. It is possibly the most common subcategory of herpetophobia, the fear of reptiles.

Ophidiophobia can be insidious! Over time, you may begin to fear things that are not directly related to snakes themselves. For example, you may become afraid of pet stores that offer snakes for sale. You may avoid camping or hiking trips, or even zoos and nature preserves.

Priceless reaction from one of our interns, Ain, the moment when she saw the photo of snakes!

Then, we show it to our PR, Fiqa. Believe it or not, she shockingly dropped her phone after looking at the photo!

“One day, I’m heading off to work and suddenly there was a snake in front of my house gate and I nearly got bitten! Since then, I have Ophidiophobia” - Fiqa

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3. Mysophobia
– (my-soh-fou-bee-ah)

Mysophobia is an extreme fear of dirt and of germs. Mysophobes will do their best to avoid any exposure to germs, and take initiatives to clean and disinfect themselves if they believe they have been exposed to germs.

When in public, they often carry sanitizing gel or wipes, and will wash their hands frequently. They may wear gloves and refuse to make direct hand-to-hand contact with other people, or make contact with objects that are likely to have been touched by other people.

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4. Cynophobia
– (psy-nou-fou-bee-ah)

Cynophobia is the fear of dogs. It generally arises from a specific dog-related incident. Cynophobia can limit a person’s ability to make friends, or even interact with family members who have dogs.

Typically, a person with cynophobia begins to experience significant dread, anxiety, and worry at the thought of being bitten by a dog.

So, do you feel like you are having a panic attack when you see a dog? Do you recognize that your fear of dogs is not only excessive but also unrealistic? You may have cynophobia!

“They're big, strong, and have sharp teeth. If a dog wanted to hurt you, it could easily do it.” - Fasha

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5. Astraphobia
– (as-tra-fou-bee-ah)

Are you scared of lightning? Does thunder make you want to curl up in a blanket and hide? Do you have a physical reaction when a storm begins…such as sweaty palms or chest pain? Astraphobia is the term for the extreme fear of thunder and lightning. People with a phobia of thunder and lightning may avoid situations where a storm might be present, such as camping.

“I hate thunder and lightning. It makes me shiver and it feels like the world is ending. It’s not because of the sound. Unlike fireworks, we are able to control it because it’s man-made.” - Ain

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6. Aerophobia
– (ae-ro-fou-bee-ah)

Are you going on a holiday or business trip where flying is neccesary, but the very thought of it is making you anxious? Then you might be suffering from Aerophobia. It is either in helicopters, airplanes and other flying vehicles. Aerophobia is the fear of flying. Sufferers experience severe anxiety even though they usually realize that the flying does not pose a threat commensurate with their fear.

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7. Claustrophobia
– (kla-us-tro-fou-bee-ah)

If you have a fear of tight spaces, you may have claustrophobia. A form of anxiety disorder, claustrophobia is defined as an irrational fear of small spaces and of having no way to escape, the feeling of being closed in without being able to get out can actually lead to a panic attack.

Feelings of claustrophobia can be triggered by entering an elevator, a small cave, windowless room, or even an airplane. Wearing tight-necked clothing may also cause feelings of claustrophobia in some individuals.

“I feel panic whenever I’m in a confined space especially in an elevator because I always feel the possibility of getting trapped. I feel so nervous.” - Munira

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8. Agoraphobia
(ah-go-ra-fou-bee-ah)

Agoraphobia is a fear of being in situations where escape might be difficult or that help wouldn't be available if things go wrong. Traumatic events, such as repetitive car accident may contribute towards agoraphobia.

People who suffers agoraphobia also in situations where they perceives their environment to be unsafe with no easy way to escape. These situations can include open spaces, public transit, shopping centers, or simply being outside their home.

"Riding a Heavy Cruiser Motorcycle on the Karak Highway @ 140 km/h surrounded by Lorries and fast flying cars with nowhere to stop. You tend to feel that you have no control and just have to "ride" it out."Jason K

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9. Trypanophobia
(tri-pa-nou-fou-bee-ah)

Few people enjoy getting injections or having their blood drawn, but having a fear of needles is far more than just a little anxiety or fear of pain. People with needle phobia are terrified of needles and may even put their own lives in danger to avoid an injection.

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10. Trypophobia
(tri-po-fou-bee-ah)

Trypophobia is a fear or disgust of closely-packed holes. Majority of the people have this type of phobia. People who have it feel nervous and sweating when looking at surfaces that have small holes gathered close together. For example, the head of a lotus seed pod or the body of a strawberry could trigger discomfort in someone with this phobia.

Our poor intern, Kei, started crying when thinking about Trypophobia.

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So…how to overcome phobias?

  1. Forced over – push yourself to do the things that you’re afraid of, as for example, let’s say you’re afraid of dogs, try to stand 10 feet away from a small dog, then 5 feet away, and so on until you're able to pet dogs without being afraid. #PaksaSampaiLali
  2. Substitute with another stronger imagery - as for example replace image of snakes with another dirty reptiles. This way helps to make the person overcome their fear because they have seen more worse.
  3. Logic repetition /exposure therapy – it helps you retrain your brain. It's not just about "getting used to" the fear. It's about retraining your brain to stop sending the fear signal. As for example, repeatedly watch the picture of lotus seed pod or anything that has closely packed tiny holes on it.

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