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Fear is something that none of us has initial control over. While we can be afraid of something and gently change how we feel about it, there will always be something that makes us feel fearful. Are you terrified of snakes? Heights? Crowds?
You are not alone.
Phobias are a common psychiatric illness, and they’re not always easy to combat. Usually, phobias develop in childhood, and they sometimes continue into adulthood, though this is not guaranteed. While you may have been afraid of the dark as a child, you may not be as fearful as an adult who can rationalize that there isn’t anything in the dark of which to be scared.
There are plenty of behavioral explanations behind why we are afraid of some things and not others, but there are plenty of common things that people are afraid of that make sense. Let’s take a look at six of the most common phobias out there.
The fear of spiders and other eight-legged creatures, it’s a common phobia that affects as many as 1 in 3 women. Even men are affected (the designated spider catchers!) by 1 in 4. In the 35,000 species of spiders, only a dozen or so pose any real risk to humans. Mostly, the fear is in the way that they move unpredictably.
There are a great many people who have dental fear. Mostly, it’s the state of anxiety a person is in as a reaction to being in the dentist’s chair. You can read some information on this blog to put your mind at ease about the dentist. It’s a very common phobia to have, especially if you are nervous about anyone touching your teeth.
The fear of germs and dirt can lead people to clean compulsively, from hand washing repeatedly to extreme cleaning in the house. It can often lead to OCD and be very limiting on a person’s ability to interact with the world.
The fear of being in a place that is closed-in and alone in a situation where escape isn’t possible. People will usually avoid places that could trigger these events, as they can likely trigger a panic attack. Wide-open spaces are needed for those with agoraphobia.
Needles are an extreme fear that is very common, with as much as 10% of people in the US affected by it. Some people avoid medical treatments and doctors because of the fear of needles, which can lead to a breakdown in health.
The fear of flying is a common phobia, and it’s a rational fear. In the sky, in a vast metal bird, the ground is awfully far away! Some people avoid flying altogether because of it, and there are plenty of options for those who want to cure this particular fear, including exposure therapy. The fear of flying can be limiting, and it doesn’t have to limit your life if you don’t want it to!
These are just some phobias that people face daily. I used to have the fear of being home alone at night. It was a tough battle that was fought with prayer, Bible reading, and research about my unrational thinking. If you are struggling with a uncommon or common phobia or fear reach out to a friend, family member, and medical professional for help.