Top 10 Phobias Of All Time

A phobia is an irrational or over hyped fear of something or a situation. Phobias may either be caused by numerous reasons including evolutionary traits and experiences from witnessing first hand or from being a victim of one and the common symptoms are dizziness, breathlessness and even panic attacks.

Phobias are many! There seems to be a phobia name for every type of irrational fear you hear right? Well, like everything else, phobias must also have the ones that are exceptionally common and well known too. I mean who doesn’t know Michael Jordan?

Though debatable, here are the 10 most common phobias in the world from which people might have;


most common phobiasTrypophobia – The fear of holes 

This compared to other types of common phobias is a recent type of phobia that has gotten the whole world wincing and squirming at their computer screens. Trypophobia is a phobia caused by seeing clustered holes or irregular patterns on flowers, animals or on human skin and this causes the person to feel irritation and goosebumps all over. I was a once a victim, thank God for self-therapy.

Aerophobia – The fear of flying

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Also known as pteromerphanophobia, Gosh! Who comes up with these names? This is one of the most common phobias for a reason. It is said that about 6.5% of the world population is said to have this aerophobia. Here, being in the air can cause panic attacks usually accompanied with claustrophobia – the fear of small spaces and inability to escape. No wonder it is one of the most common phobias around.

most common phobiasGlossophobia – The fear of speaking in public

This is a very common phobia all around. Everybody has or has had their own share of the fear of speaking to a crowd. Shaking and stuttering is the clearest symptom and in some severe cases, tears roll down the cheeks. Best way to cure it is consistency.

Claustrophobia – The fear of small spaces

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Claustrophobia has been seen to be one of the most common phobias because a shocking 5 – 7% of total world population is said to be having it. It is often associated with the feeling that the room is closing in or shrinking. Common symptoms of glossophobia include anxiety, dizziness, increased heart rate, among others.

Agoraphobia – The fear of open spaces

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Simple as it sounds, these people have great fear for public places and things all around it. The causes of agoraphobia are not definite but it may be caused by bad past experiences, have you narrowly escaped an accident, random bullet or were you ever mocked or threatened on the streets? These can kick-start the phobia. Claustrophobia may occur with or without a panic attack but fear and uneasiness are common.

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Thunder and lightning can be very scary especially in cities where thunderstorms. Astraphobia is a very common phobia even among pets and other animals. It seems to be an evolutionary trait to protect one from being struck by lightning. It, however, can also be a phobia caused by consistent updates on how lightning killed and destroyed properties, over time it sinks in and you find yourself traumatized at the sound of thunder. Symptoms include shaking, uneasiness and even uncontrollable screaming.

Cynophobia – The fear of dogs

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Without a doubt, the fear of dogs should be among the top most common phobias in the world. It is also known to be the fear of cats. This phobia is seen more commonly in women than in men. Dogs bite and injure people a lot and if you hear it too often, it just might get to you. Symptoms include shaking at the sight of a dog and also an evasion of dogs even if it means passing the longest route possible.

most common phobiasAcrophobia – The fear of heights

This is tagged the third among the most common phobias in the world. It may be fueled by survival instincts, one similar to cats’ fear of water, you don’t want to fall off that skyscraper right? Common symptoms include dizziness, blurred vision, shakiness, loss of balance, increased heart rate, among others.


Ophidiophobia is the second most common phobia in the world. A snake is a merciless creature that will protect itself with its deadly venom or swallow victims whole for lunch. You can’t really blame people for having this phobia.

Arachnophobia – The fear of spiders

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Arachnophobia is the most common phobia in the world. Seen to affect every 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men. Of course, spiders are not the only arachnids but they are most feared. This fear is usually generated by the fear of being bitten and turning to Spiderman, just kidding who doesn’t want to be Spiderman? Well, the deadly venom from arachnids makes them well feared is possibly the reason they are revered so well.

There is a new and self-made phobia out there, you might just be a victim of it yourself. It is called Nomophobia – The fear of being without a phone check it out yourself.

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