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

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.

I an genuinely terrified of spiders, whenever I see one I scream, try to get away from it and panic until its gone - even after that I'm still scared that it might come back. It's a genuine phobia, I can't even look at a picture of a spider without feeling afraid

2 Acrophobia - fear of heights

As long as I have enough room to lay down in and not die, I'm fine, and if I have like a seatbelt or something I'm okay, but if not, GOD NO.

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.

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.

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.

3 Nyctohylophobia - fear of 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.

This is me. I have a very severe case of Nyctohylophobia where I can't sleep in pure darkness. I usually stay up late because I'll start getting anxiety and I'll start to hear things. For me, it's screw the dark

Fear of the dark, fear of the dark
I have constant fear that something's
Always near
Fear of the dark, fear of the dark
I have a phobia that someone's
Always there

Who remembers it?

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

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.

I'm afraid of death because I don't know what happens after it, whether it be going to heaven or seeing nothing. That's why I fear death and we don't know how we die, if it's going to be painful or not

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).

It's more a fear that there is no afterlife for ke. The idea that after death your consciousness just dissappears forever is frightening. If heavens real there'd be no real need to fear death but we don't know if it is so it's scary.

6 Claustrophobia - fear of confined spaces

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.

I have this SEVERELY. I can barely stand being in a class room full of students without feeling uncomfortable.

I've felt so claustrophobic once that I had to tak off my shoes because my toes couldn't move or breathe..

7 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.

This is the fear of long words and the name of the phobia is a long word. Confusing...

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

Isn't this another word for really long turds?

I think this is extremely rare to happen.

9 Monophobia - fear of being alone

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 :/

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.

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

Just the thought of being alone makes me flip. I just can't do it. I can't go my entire life without talking to someone. I can't even go an entire day without talking to somebody or at least seeing them. *Shiver*

10 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.

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.

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

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? Anthropophobia - fear of people
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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!

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

Imagine spinning in outer space... AHH

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.

When ever I go in a pool or the sea I'm always really scared of sharks, it's mainly because of movies such as: Jaws and because if one person gets attacked by one the news is spread really quickly, but it might turn out the man that got "attacked" by a shark just had a shark near him

Don't go into a sea or ocean.

13 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.

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

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

14 Necrophobia - fear of dead things

I could never work at a funeral home.

I'm dead right now

I have this phobia

There is also a fetish called "necrophilia" which is attraction of dead bodies, how ironic

15 Automatonophobia: fear of a ventriloquist's dummy

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

16 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!

Absolutely terrifying, can't be anywhere near them or see creepy photos of them without my heart rate rising!

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

17 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.

What kind of idiot makes someone public speak?

I have social anxiety, so I have this. :/

I hate public speaking

18 Cynophobia - fear of dogs

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

My mums brother was killed by a dog when he was only 3. Never knew my uncle. I find then scary

Dogs scare me when they bark at me.

Think that it's a cat

19 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.

20 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...

This would be an absolute nightmare.

21 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.

Oh, the irony again!

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

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

Is this a real phobia?

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?

24 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

I used to have an irrational fear of ghosts, now I find them to be really cool.

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

25 Demonophobia - fear of demons
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