Top 10 Phobias

People are afraid of a lot of things. Some fears are common and rational. Some are more peculiar. Some are outright strange. Here is a list of phobias that include fears from the normal to the bizarre.
The Top Ten
1 Arachnophobia - fear of spiders

if I ever see a spider I will just trap it in a glass jar throw it in the garbage can then garbage truck come, then you know what happens! :)

When I was 3yrs old, me and my dad was in a department store. I was looking in the toy section and my dad thought it would be hilarious to throw a huge rubber spider at me. Well I was hysterical, and had a phobia of them since (although embarrassing). Also terrified of real ones too. I've had bad experiences with them all my life, they bring on awful panic attacks and I go back to being like that 3yr old girl.
The main point of this story is my dad is an idiot! :-D

I think spiders are really nasty creepy creatures. I can't even look at them without feeling sick or screaming my head off. I once saw a spider in my shower and didn't get in that shower for maybe 6 months. I am mostly terrified of the really big hairy ones. I have never seen one in person and don't plan to laugh out loud.

I would consider it the worst because it's common and often very bad. Some other fears are more rational like fear of heights, but spiders are usually harmless. Spiders are also common themselves which makes it scary (if you are afraid of spiders) that they could be any where in your daily life.

2 Acrophobia - fear of heights

No, no people. Come on. A ferris wheel has a bar or a cage.
Standing on the edge of a 100 ft cliff or the outside sill of a window 20 stories up is terrifying. I mean, some people can do that.
Should I still consider it a fear? It still freaks me out at much, much lower levels. Say about...12 feet up a ladder.
Maybe I'm being a little bit callous. I'm being honest here.

It depends, as long as I feel safe, I am not afraid of heights. If it is going on a really high ride, I rather feel amazed at the view rather than scared. Just as long as I have some buckle on or there is floor, I am not afraid of heights, in fact, it is a cool view to me. If I feel unsafe and there is no protection, then it is scary.

You ask me to go on the ferris wheel and I nearly have a dad-blasted heart attack. You fall down or the machine crashes and you're through. Done as dinner. Kaput.

There's also Michealjacksonphobia. I'll leave it up to you to guess what it is.

I never used to have this fear until we went into a restaurant that is so flipping high. We were sitting at the edge and suddenly, the restaurant began shaking. From then, I became nervous whenever I am at a high height.

3 Nyctohylophobia - fear of the dark

I'm not at all afraid of the dark, in fact, I never really have been. There are just those nights where I don't feel like being in the dark.

I used to love the dark (aka me being an emo)
Now, I'm terrified of it. I love to watch scary stuff at night, but, I need a night light that's how bad it can get. Especially when someone shows me lights out.

When you're in a dark field, you can't even see far with a flash light. They only go a few hundred yards until there is nothing but pitch black beyond. The Unknown

I used to have this, but as I grew up, now I think the dark is quiet, peaceful, cozy, fun, and awesome to me, especially when I am exploring a dark place or a night sky.

4 Coulrophobia - fear of clowns

I honestly have Coulrophobia. I have never been more scared of anything in my life than a clown. The only reason they wear the make up is so when they kill someone they can not be identified. They are just creepy all around.

After watching "The Brave Little Toaster" as a kid, clowns are the face of the devil, in my mind. I once has a school trip to the circus, and I broke down crying when this one clown gave me this huge smile and asked for my name.

Clowns freak me I I try not to cry or scream, in our schools haunted house my friend dressed like a clown I screamed, I had a dream about clowns last night and I woke up screaming quietly. I didn't want to wake people up.

I'm not really scared of them, they just kinda seem like there going to run up and kill me or something, so I stay away from them. I think it's because I watched the movie "It" too many times as a 4 year old.

5 Thanatophobia - fear of death

This and Nyctohylophobia are really just fear of the unknown. I've only ever been subject to this, though, and I've finally gotten over it

So... when I was about six, I used to lie awake at night thinking about death. I was incredibly scared of it- what HAPPENED afterwards? Was I just going to be.. over? Thankfully, my fear of death has lessened through the years. However now I have anxiety and megalophobia, not much of a great difference... :(

People will all die naturally so it's best we should just accept that death will someday come for us. If you're prepared for it and accepted that it will eventually come, it won't be as scary as you thought. Remember, give your loved ones a final farewell hug and the phrase "I love you" shortly before you rest in peace. Also remember, there is an afterlife for you so you can still visit your loved ones as a ghost and enjoy everlasting harmony in paradise.

Look at all the rest on this list. Sharks, snakes, heights, spiders, wasps, and vampire bats? Those are scary indeed, but dying is another thing. You literally never know what happens to you when you die or after you die. No one really knows. I have other fears too, but I fear death the most(though it's pretty interesting and you will never be able to avoid it).

6 Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia - fear of long words

I am scared of these people combining 5 words from another language to make a phobia name. Also, this phobia makes no sense at all. Someone comes up to you and says be opportunistic, and you say: "That is scary".

I don't know about you, but I think the people who came up with these names, but I think this going a little too far.

WOW. A phobia that makes the person afraid of the name of their phobia. That's like a dog that's allergic to dog food.

Ok this is the most stupid name for a phobia ever. If you have this phobia your basically scared of this phobia. Confusing... XD

7 Claustrophobia - fear of confined spaces

I HATE tiny/small spaces or places it's really terrifying for me and I especially hate a room when two walls start to close in.
"Your claustrophobic brain
Sucking you down the drain
The walls are closing in
The air is getting thin"-Alice cooper

I hate tiny spaces, I feel like everything is starting to slowly move towards me, trapping me... keeping me prisoner. It's so terrifying, I can't help but get terrified in oxes or tiny rooms.

Can't really explain but having claustrophobia feels like whenever you walk into a confined space, its like a lobster trap. You can get in but you can't get out.

Being in any small space makes me want to throw up, and if I was every trapped in an elevator I would probably pass out

8 Ophidiophobia - fear of snakes

I love snakes! I keep about twenty in my basement. If tamed well enough, they can make amazing companions.

These things are creepy. I can't even look at one in a book,never the less a LIVE ONE! I hate everything about it. This is my no1 phobia

Every time I think or read about snakes I get so scared

Isn't this another word for really long turds?

9 Apiphobia - fear of bees

Oh, these guys have NOTHING on wasps. Bees will only sting if you threaten their territory, and sting you once. Wasps will sting you multiple times and sting you pretty much every time.

After having been stung twice by just one in two different years, I just simply and calmly, walk away whenever one approaches me.

Bees are not scary in my opinion, if you leave them alone, they won't do anything to you. Plus, they are an essential part of Earth and pollinate plants.

The funny thing is, I have a mild case of entomophobia, which is the the fear of insects, but I somehow feel a lot calmer around a bee.

10 Monophobia - fear of being alone

I honestly hate being by myself because I would tend to feel emotionally depressed after a while, depending on how long I'm alone for. I would start having thoughts (or think about things) that make me sad and tear up.

I just started getting terrible nightmares about everyone dying and me being the only one on earth :/ desperately trying to run away from the killer, the disease or fire, (it's a new way to die in every dream -.-) but also hoping they kill you. I don't care about being alone in my room. It's just the thought that you will be totally alone, no one there to help you, or protect you. I kind of have a phobia of close people dying too :/

Is it bad that I like being alone? At family gatherings I'm always away from everyone. At parties I'm also away from everyone too. But if my best friend is there me and him just stay away from everyone and just talk

I am always going with my brother to the store, and if I am alone I feel like I am getting dragged by someone it's so terrifying.

The Contenders
11 Astrophobia - fear of outer space

I have legitimate astrophobia. I hate when people talk about space, and ask to change the subject. I'm never gonna be a astronaut...

The deep, emptiness of the dark, descent of space with massive planets and a chance of an exploding star. I big ol' bag of nope!

If your not attached to something god knows where you'll end up

I love outer space, I have a book about it.

12 Galeophobia - fear of sharks

Due to the number (and percentages) of attacks that occur seasonally and yearly, I will not be willing to set foot into carnivorous fish infested waters.

More people are killed by vending machines each year than sharks. Watch out for them sneaky vending machines.

Don't go into a sea or ocean.

Fear is in your mind

13 Necrophobia - fear of dead things

Some things we can't control what we can't control

I could never work at a funeral home.

I'm dead right now

I have this phobia

14 Gephyriphobia - fear of bridges

I may not entirely be afraid of crossing bridges, as I know that they can be fun to go bungee jumping off of. However, after searching up what the most terrifying bridges in the world are and their locations, my whole perspective on them changed permanently.

My girlfriend is horrified of going under and over bridges because she feels as if they will fall on her.

I think I kinda have this. I hate riving on bridges it feels like were gonna fall off

Yes! It's so scary -- any second the cables could break and you could fall to your death...

15 Ovinaphobia - fear of sheep

... Sheep completely terrify me! I can go near one, they just freak me out. Their eyes make them look like they come from hell!

Unless they're Polyphemus's flesh-eating sheep (see the Sea of Monsters) I'm laughing my butt off.

Sheep are the devils pets. Even the name scares me

Creepy dreams and being chased twice

16 Cynophobia - fear of dogs

Okay I know they wont bite but like deadass something happens I have I get this feeling of like heat in my body and as if its crawling on me and like dogs are cute man but this phobia dead be killing me so like I have younger people in the house so when I'm with them outside and I see a dog I be like yo yo its fine he wont bite and I make them go to the side so the owner wont think I'm a weirdo being scared of these little cute ass dogs but yeah that's that...

I have had this phobia for as long as I can remember. Just the thought of it makes me really upset. I hardly ever go to the park. If I see a dog I either freeze or have a panic attack. I also feel like I can't breathe

I have had this phobia for as long as I can remember. Just the thought of it makes me really upset. I hardly ever go to the park. Every time I see a dog I either freeze or have a panic attack

I know some are actually a bit cute but I swear there are monsters living inside of every dog

17 Automatonophobia: fear of a ventriloquist's dummy

I have this. I am terrified of Slappy from Goosebumps. No puppets for me please.

Yes my friend and I are afraid of slappy from goosebumps

Automato no phobia sounds like a Japanese show..

Uhh those and porcelain dolls

18 Phobophobia - fear of fear itself

If it means nearly every single phobia imaginable, then I suppose it counts. But the fear of the word? That's silly.

I pretty much have every one of these phobias, so I'm picking this.

You don't like your phobia? That's terrifying! Phobiaception.

Twas said that Theodore Roosevelt had phobiophobia.

19 Taphophobia - fear of being buried alive

I wouldn't know how to handle that kind of situation besides panicking.

I would rather die if I was buried and wait for rescue.

I'm super scared of that . I would freak out till I die...

I can ensure you Mr. Beast (not beats or breast) doesn't have this

20 Glossophobia - fear of public speaking

I don't exactly have this. I'm kinda shy when standing in front of a lot of people that are looking at me.

Sometimes because people can feel nervous but they can help build confidence by practicing

What kind of idiot makes someone public speak?

My social anxiety won't let me live my life

21 Lilapsophobia - fear of tornadoes and hurricanes

Good Lord, it's dreadful to have to always look at the sky on a stormy day, at the clouds that look like they could be forming a funnel cloud at any moment. But because there are mountains in Idaho, tornadoes are highly unlikely to form, same with hurricanes, which I also dread. Hurricanes, ugh, I'm sooo glad that I'm not in the southwest.

When there's a watch I cry and panic. When there's a warning I go in a dark corner and cry and scream and have severe panic attacks, scared that the apocalypse is near... I hate tornadoes...

I live in NYC ok, so when sandy hit, me and my friends housed were flooded and damaged, I have hurricans.

These along with earthquakes.

22 Arachibutyrophobia - fear of getting peanut butter stuck on the roof of your mouth

I can't believe this is a thing because I have it. Wow, there's a name for it! I have this for some reasons, though. - Onion

That is definitely the scariest thing a human can experience in their life

I'm allerject really badly so this is bad, can kill me.

I hate peanut butter so ya

23 Cathisophobia: fear of sitting

This actually is a real phobia but why would someone be scared of phobia? People are weird.

Really I don't think anyone is scared of sitting. Who came up with this?

I'm in the toilet, so I don't think I have it

Weird phobias.

24 Demonophobia - fear of demons

Damn it's scared and shiver TO DEATH

Pretty self explanitory

25 Spectrophobia - fear of ghosts and phantoms

I have been afraid of ghosts and zombies ever since I was 6. The two are so closely related that they go to get her.

I can not sleep without hiding under the covers of my bed. The thought of the undead just creeps me out

Ghosts don't exist.

I can't look at anything but my pillow because of I don't I might see somthing I don't want to see... GHOSTS

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