Perhaps you’re afraid of tarantulas or even afraid of looking down from a tall building.
Fear not! You’re not alone in this. Phobias are one of the most common psychiatric illnesses among us. Though, it is more common among females than males.
These phobias typically emerge during childhood or adolescence and continue into adulthood. Phobias are known to be a type of anxiety order that is triggered by a specific situation. There are so many phobias out there. But what are some of the most common ones?
Here are 5 of the most common phobias
Arachnophobia refers to the fear of spiders. Just a simple thought or even looking at a photo of a spider can trigger fear and panic in people with arachnophobia. One of the main reasons why us homosapiens developed this fear for spiders is because spiders might have been a threat to our ancestors in the past and they were not able to treat the wounds due to the lack of medical knowledge.
Aerophobia refers to the fear of flying. The fear of flying has affected countless people in the world. Some of the symptoms of people with aerophobia include trembling and even an increase in the beat of the heartbeat. Most people who have this phobia normally treat their phobia with exposure therapy, where they are gradually introduced to flying.
Acrophobia refers to the fear of heights. Known to be one of the most common phobias in the world, people with acrophobia experience anxiety attacks when looking down from tall buildings. As a result these people try their best to avoid high places. Though this phobia might have developed due to a traumatic experience, it has been thought that many people with acrophobia has associated high places as been highly dangerous.
4. Social phobia
Social phobia, otherwise known as social anxiety disorder, are likely to constantly have anxiety attacks when being in a social event or situation. They are the people who are extremely afraid to engage in a conversation with a stranger. Even eating might trigger their anxiety. The phobia is able to last throughout their whole lives unless treated.
Ophidiophobia refers to the fear of snakes. This phobia is rather common in the world and is caused due to cultural influences, evolution and personal experiences. A theory suggests that the fear grew due to our ancestors who would stay away from snakes due to its venom to survive, and as a result passed down the genes. But unlike spiders, they are definitely less likely to visit your home.
Do you have a phobia we didn’t include in this list? Let us know in the comments below!
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