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 with out 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 harry 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Whenever I am in the dark, I begin to hallucinate and see terrifying things. Whenever the power goes out, I nearly have a panic attack.

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.

How about fear of old age.
I mean I suppose we don't think of old age when we are young. Who wants to when they are either childhood/teens/twenties/thirties?
But you live a fun or miserable life. Most had a fun childhood, you either liked or hated school.
But you get to old age, it could be gloomy.

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).

The fear of death is nothing. The fear of knowing you're about to die soon and how you will die is scary.

6 Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia - fear of long words

Ah, Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia. A nice start to making a powerful password. For some reason I'm not mad at the person who named this phobia.

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.

7 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?

8 Claustrophobia - fear of confined spaces

Ok so I was at Walmart and an employee said the store will be closing in 15 minutes my aunt said ''we are gonna have claustrophobia if the store closes on us''

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.

9 Apiphobia - fear of bees

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.

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.

I am terrified of bees! I have never gotten stung because every time I see one I run away screaming!

Feel like that when they sting me, I may get a big bump.- Jazzy

10 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 :/

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.

I'm always afraid of being kidnapped when I'm alone, thank god I have a sister with me!

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

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

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

13 Necrophobia - fear of dead things

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

I'm dead right now

I have this phobia

I just throw up.

14 Gephyriphobia - fear of bridges

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...

I just try to convince myself that the cables are sturdy

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 like..like 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 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

20 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.

21 Lilapsophobia - fear of tornadoes and hurricanes

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.

Aren't they the same thing?

22 Glossophobia - fear of public speaking

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

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

23 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.

This would be an absolute nightmare.

Freaking starve to death

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

Ghosts don't exist.

25 Parthenophobia - fear of young girls

Technically speaking, I have a fear of young girls, but it's not in the context that they give me nightmares. I'm more of a wallflower, so I suck at love.

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