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 Phobias

1 Arachnophobia - fear of spiders

I respect spiders but it's a phobia and I can't help but think they look just so disgusting

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 - Jeheffiner

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. - RoBot214

2 Acrophobia - fear of heights

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. - Oreanta

If you tell me to catch a snake I would do it. If you told me to pick up a spud I'd do it. But if you told me to ride a Ferris wheel I would have a heart attack.

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. - Daviddv0601

3 Nyctohylophobia - fear of the dark

I don't fear darkness in fear of being alone, I fear darkness in fear of NOT being alone. - NeoPolitan

NEVER turn your back to the darkness. what you'll see in the light is much more terrifying.

Fear of the dark, fear of the dark
I have a constant fear that something's always near
Fear of the dark, fear of the dark
I have a phobia that someone's always there - Soader36

I get paralyzed in the like I can't move or breath I can't even sleep in the dark

4 Thanatophobia - fear of death

I think I'm more afraid of the process of dying but it's like almost the same.

Thanatos is the death god in Greek mythology, bun this phobia seriously sounds like thanosphobia.

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. - Neonco31

This is not only the most feared thing, it's also that thing EVERYONE fears.

5 Coulrophobia - fear of clowns

yeah I'm not gonna lie clowns scare the living crap outta me... all though my fiance thanks its funny to chase me arount the house... he's not gonna be laughing much longer as soon as I find out his biggest fear! its on... no one makes me almost have a skroke... NO ONE!

,,,how about that real live scary clown - John Wayne Gacy, who dressed up as a clown to entertain children in the hospital, while at the same time he was busy murdering dozens of young men and burying their bodies under his house...
(note: John Wayne Gacy was executed some time ago)

clowns really are horrible - i dont like them at all!! its since i saw IT, Pennywise just scared me so much and it was worse that he was like a giant spider at the end, i think that might be part of the reason that im terrified of spiders - Jeheffiner

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.

6 Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia - fear of long words

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.

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

So, that means you'd be afraid of the fear you have making you also have phobiophobia!

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

Isn't this another word for really long turds? - SirSkeletorThe3rd

It hate it when a cobra starts to hiss

I love snakes! I keep about twenty in my basement. If tamed well enough, they can make amazing companions. - Daviddv0601

Snakes are creepy. PERIOD.

8 Claustrophobia - fear of confined spaces

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

When everyone is crowding around me if feel so... Just... I just can't explain its horrible

I hate tiny spaces, I feel like everything is starting to slowly move towards me, trapping me... keeping me prisoner. Its 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.

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

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.

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

10 Monophobia - fear of being alone

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.

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 - SirSkeletorThe3rd

I' not afraid to admit this. I'm only human. No one wants to be alone. - Britgirl

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

The Newcomers

? Wiccaphobia - fear of witches and witchcraft
? Iophobia - fear of poison

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...

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

Imagine spinning in outer space... AHH - Qryzx

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.

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

Fear is in your mind - Mewtwo_

Don't go into a sea or ocean. - Userguy44

13 Gephyriphobia - fear of bridges

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

I feel like I am going to fall to my doom on a bridge

14 Necrophobia - fear of dead things

I'm dead right now

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

I have this phobia

I just throw up. - Daviddv0601

15 Cynophobia - fear of dogs

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

Every time I see a dog I have a panic attack I don't know why but I feel like running away and getting as far as possibke

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

16 Phobophobia - fear of fear itself

if you vote for any of these you have phobiaphobia

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

If it means nearly every single phobia imaginable, then I suppose it counts. But the fear of the word? That's silly. - Daviddv0601

Oh, the irony again! - Neonco31

17 Automatonophobia: fear of a ventriloquist's dummy

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

Nooo! They look harmless but they KILL!

Yes my friend and I are afraid of slappy from goosebumps

Automato no phobia sounds like a Japanese show.. - Qryzx

18 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

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

I hate peanut butter so ya

Is this a real phobia?

19 Cathisophobia: fear of sitting

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

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

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

Weird phobias. - LapisBob

20 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...

Aren't they the same thing? - LemonComputer

I hate both of them

My brother is

21 Spectrophobia - fear of ghosts and phantoms

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

Well, there have been news reports of ghosts appearing so it might be true ghosts exist but just don't try to frighten my gut - Neonco31

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.

Ghosts don't exist.

22 Glossophobia - fear of public speaking

Sometimes because people can feel nervous but they can help build confidence by practicing - Neonco31

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

What kind of idiot makes someone public speak?

My social anxiety won't let me live my life

23 Demonophobia - fear of demons

Damn it's scared and shiver TO DEATH

Pretty self explanitory

24 Taphophobia - fear of being buried alive

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

I wouldn't know how to handle that kind of situation besides panicking. - Daviddv0601

This would be an absolute nightmare. - PackFan2005

Freaking starve to death

25 Pentheraphobia: fear of mother-in-law

Does she hurt you?

She's a nightmare.

She is a nightmare

BAHAHAAHAHAAHAHAAHAHAAHAHA! This one is the funniest ever!

26 Trypophobia - fear of a cluster of holes

I have had this fear for a very long time it has gotten so bad I can't even look at a strawberry I can eat them if I turn away though but my dad has to clean them and cut the stem off because I can't do it myself. One of my teachers had a bunch of straws this was for this science thing and he was holding them all bunched up and I was already out. When he decided to come up to me and say "you have to pick a straw" I had to tell my friend to pick it for me because I was having a panic attack. I also had a panic attack last night because my friend thought it would be funny to send me a photo of it and then I had a panic attack. Trypophobia is not a joke.

If you search it up on google, you will most likely throw up. Holes creep me out so much

Trypophobia is the ultimate scariest thing! I saw these in the Google images and I SCREAMED like a girl!

I have had this phobia my whole life and never knew it. It makes my skin itch and I get goose bumps

27 Atychiphobia - fear of failure

Reminds me so uch of Hermione Granger but to be honest I can relate 100%.

Failing is a part of life, such as losing to someone else but it helps you realize the virtue of humility and modesty. I have this phobia because I don't want to upset my dad with my performance in school. - Neonco31

I have fear of failure, its like failing at a task it feels I will fail subsequently in everything I do

I kind of have this, because I like to put effort in everything I do, I think this is rather depressing for me than scary. I am sort of a workoholic and doesn't like to make things effortless.

28 Spheksophobia - fear of wasps

I stepped on a underground hive once, and that has scarred me for life! I hate wasps, bees, and yellow jackets! And June Bugs... But that's beside the point.

Whatever you do, do NOT let a wasp/bee land on you. - RoseWeasley

I Have A Phobia Of Wasps!

Makes sense. - Userguy44

29 Phonophobia - fear of loud noises

Autistics can relate to this my typical autism

30 Aquaphobia - fear of water

Anyone for a glass of water?

Especially when you don't know how to swim or when there's a flood in your house. - creed99

Really? Water is perfectly fine. - Daviddv0601

I had this in my youth. - Userguy44

31 Pyrophobia - fear of fire

My mum used to start a fire in my house when she was drunk and she was holding the keys for the house in her hand. She wouldn't give them to me and was laughing so I had to knock her down to get them and get me and my siblings out of the house. She blames a demon, I blame the drinks. Lucky she isn't allowed to have alcoholic drinks anymore. But I have a strong hatred and fear of alcoholic drinks, as well as fires, from that. I also keep getting nightmares of that happening, over and over and over. I wake up crying sometimes. - LemonComputer

Getting burned is kind of painful that's why I don't really like to cook food much except for rice, because I have a rice cooker in my house. Instead of a fire match, I better use a gas stove lighter or buy an automatic stove in which I should just switch it on to produce a cooking flame so I don't run the risk of getting my fingers torched (It happened to me twice) - Neonco31

I'm always scared I am gonna be burned to death. My mom's a nurse and she said that burn survivors usually would rather die.

If someone is cooking I do NOT get near the stove.

32 Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia - fear of the number 666

Number 666? Like, as in, my cat? Yeah, I'm pretty darn afraid of that. But seriously, why can't people just come up with normal names for these fears?

Yes, people are strange. - PositronWildhawk

The number 666 means the number of the beast which is the devil so basically the fear of he devil

I need this phobia - DatBoiSquirtle

33 Catoptrophobia: fear of mirrors

One time in my mom's house. The lights in the bathroom were flickering on and off repeatedly. My mom said she was scared because she gets the feel of a ghost appearing in the sink mirror when the lights flash on again. The bathroom lights are now fixed but that's still spooky enough. - Neonco31

Oh god, I know I'm being irrational, but I always feel like I'm going to see someone else in the mirror, or that something's moving in the mirror out of the corner of my eye...

It's really scary. I sleep beside my dressing table which has a long mirror, enough to reflect me from waist up and over my head, and at night I always have to pass it to go the the bathroom or do anything else, and I try not to peek at the mirror cus sometimes I feel like there is something there, so I normally crawl in front of it to avoid being reflected in the mirror..

It's actually quite unnerving when you look into a mirror, the so-called reflection could actually be another entity staring back at you waiting for the right moment to replace you. - Daviddv0601

34 Hemophobia, Haemophobia - fear of blood

I really want to be a medical professional and aid people in war zones, but I just can't handle blood. Intestines and lungs, I can handle, but capillaries and veins... forget it!

I'm just scared to red object. Like, blood, firefighter car (now I'm not), or red light, because I think red is warning sign - ComelCumil

Well, I feel bad for girls who have this. - SmolBean

Whenever I hear the word blood or see it I PANIC!?!

35 Chiroptophobia - fear of bats
36 Sociophobia - fear of people or social situations

I have this and Aikmophobia

Story: So, when I was in 4th grade, my teacher heard me playing the clarinet very well. So, she told me about the school musical coming up, and I was put in it. I looked at the information sheet when I got out of music class, and saw my name under "Clarinet Solo", I immediately felt nauseated just seeing that I was in a solo. I then knew I had to play a clarinet solo in front of 350 to 500 people. So, when I remembered the school musical was tonight, I just wanted to cry. Then, I figured out I was the FIRST performance of the whole musical. When I heard them announce a "Record Attendance of 508", I started to shake up. I heard my name, and I went to the stage. I started to blackout, and fell unconscious before my solo. When I woke up, I was in the hospital with 13 stitches in my forehead. I knew I should never play a musical instrument ever again or join any music classes. I will always remember this as the "Worst night of my entire life". So, having ...more - KingSlayer93316

Yea when I get in front of the class I literally can't speak and I'm shaking I had to have my friend speak for me

I have some sort of this along with a agropohiba pretty horrible thing to have due to the fact you basically have to avoid life

Or, social anxiety disorder. - LemonComputer

37 Thalassophobia - fear of the ocean

That feeling when you're swimming in the ocean and suddenly the water gets really cold/dark

The ocean has been discovered by 2%, Nobody knows what could be down there. My parents may think I'm being ridiculous, but I have a hunch that there are horrible sea monsters down in the ocean. Monsters that you would find in Subnautica. Don't believe me? Listen to the Bloop. I am... never going back in the water.

There are a lot of things to be afraid of once you take a step in the ocean. Sure, you can ride waves with your fancy board, but then beneath you could be a Bullshark, Great White Shark or any predator. You could go out deep sea fishing with your huge boat but then you could hear an unnerving sound in the deep waters. You could go far in the waves but then you could lose your things to help you stay afloat as the waves pull you back and nobody can hear you scream. I have this fear. - Daviddv0601

Drowning and sharks... not cool. - sreddy17

38 Astraphobia - fear of thunder and lightning

Thunder and lightning really scare me to death. Whenever I hear thunder from a loud and close distance, I feel like our house is gonna get hit by lightning and start a fire. - creed99

The only thing I'm scared of is thunder and lighting! I'm fine with everything else. I don't know what it is. I just can't stand it.

I only hate the loud sounds made by lightning. If it's far away, then I wouldn't be so scared but unless it comes dangerously close to make a thunder sound so yes! - Neonco31

I suffered from this since I was 5. I would not just crawl under my blanket. I would hyperventilate all night, sweat a lot, I would not know if there is a thunderstorm because we didn't have iPhones at that time. I would keep my little weather radio on ALL THE TIME. I still suffer from this phobia today. - SoloPotato

39 Deipnophobia - fear of dining or dinner conversations

Lol. What phobia is this? I know it's real, but DINNER CONVERSATIONS? Really? - KingSlayer93316

€�So what did you do at school today? ” - PackFan2005

40 Pediophobia - fear of dolls

Oh,'s just that glare and gaze. Every time I go to any of my friends' houses, I either make them put the doll out of my sight or walk out of that room and try to avoid the doll

My baby sister doesn't understand that I hate her baby dolls. They are creepy.

God I hate dolls. I feel like they are going to come alive and kill my entire family

Iv'e seen footage of dolls actually moving and one actually making facial expressions. The second I see a doll, I give them a response as a big old bag of NOPE! - Daviddv0601

41 Emetophobia - fear of vomiting

This is one of the worst phobias EVER! It is especially hard when you have horrible allergies, and you could get sick if you accidentally ate something that had what you are allergic to in it!

The fear of vomiting (also seeing others vomit).

This is the WORST phobia I have...I don't want this at all! When someone throws up, or even me myself I just panic and don't know what to do! But I'm glad that there are people that has it, and understand what it's like!

I always really, really panic when I feel like I'm about to vomit.

42 Entomophobia - fear of insects

Yesterday, I was going to sleep and I saw a huge bug! I was so scared! My dad gave me the electric racket. I went and it was gone, I continued minding my own business and I found it! I zapped it with no mercy. And I flushed it down the toilet and went to sleep. Insects give me the willies.

I have this. Just the thought of an insect in my room is enough to make me want to run outside and burn the house. - Daviddv0601

I have this one! I am in panic when I see insects... It is terrible! There are like when you are afraid of bees or butterflies, but I am afraid of all of them

I've had this for a long time

43 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!

Sheep are the devils pets. Even the name scares me

Creepy dreams and being chased twice

I'm terrified of sheep like woah

44 Aichmophobia - fear of sharp or pointed objects

Alright, STORY TIME! Gather round, everybody.
Ok, so I was at school yesterday. And I am in grade 5. In grade 5 there is grade 5 vaccinations. So! I was feeling confident, until I realized I had to get 4 vaccinations, instead of 1 or 2. The actual needles weren't the WORST, it was just that after the last one, my vision slowly started fading out, and I got this TERRIBLE stomach pain. I was like, "Nurse, I think I'm dieing" and then the nurse rushes me to this chair, and asks me a bunch of questions. Luckily, I'm not allergic to the needles, like some other people who got the same symtoms as me. I had to rest for like an hour or two. The nurses also made me drink two juice boxes, they said it would help with the sugar in the juice or something like that. Eventually I had to go home cause the pains in my stomach got worse. And that's what earned me the day off today. Oh well, at least I'm healthy!


At my school you get vaccinations years 8 (12-13 years old) and 9 (13-14 years old). Not sure about 10 or 11 as I haven't reached those years yet. Strange seeing how someone had vaccines so young. - LemonComputer

One time I had to go to a 2 day appointment.
I swear to God, that was HORRIBLE.
Why, because the doctor couldn't find a vein to stick a needle, so they moved it around while it was in my skin.. I couldn't take it anymore so I told them to get my other arm instead.
Also right before it enters your skin, I think of a knife trying to stab me. - Qryzx

I don't get it they lie to you every time like "no shots this time" and then you aren't prepared when it comes

I cannot stand when I have to get blood taken or get vaccines, I freak out!

45 Obesophobia - fear of obesity

This=Asians. You gain ONLY ONE OUNCE and they act like either you're going to be obese or it's the end of the world

At least you wont be fat in your future laugh out loud

I really don't want to be fat!

I have this phobia but I am SUPER skinny

46 Nosophobia - fear of getting a disease

No one doesn't have this fear

I'm not making an Ebola joke,but Ebola is the most feared disease,so that's why it's here - Nateawesomeness

47 Turophobia - fear of cheese

Imagine having Tyrophobia in Wisconsin. - PackFan2005

Being Deadly allergic to cheese usually makes this a phobia

I hate cheese so much.

Weird need psycological help

48 Mageirocophobia - fear of cooking

Well someone will be hungry

I'm not scared but I can't cook

49 Aerophobia - fear of flying

One time when I was a child, me and my family took a vacation to Disney World and I got terrible anxiety on the plane nearly almost the whole time. - creed99

This goes along with hights. I'm also scared of fast things

Don't be like Marge Simpson - newenglander1

Another phobia I have. o.o - LemonComputer

50 Agoraphobia - fear of open spaces
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