Phobias: Know the common types of your fear

What is your biggest fear? Scared of the spider, cockroach, frog, lizard? Afraid of twisting snakes? Well, you’re not alone. Phobias are irrational fears of an activity, situation, or thing. The fear is so bad such that it limits a person’s activities and life. Many people with phobias will go out of their way to avoid the things they fear. A phobia is an intense fear of something that, in reality, poses little or no actual danger.

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If you have a phobia, you probably realize that your fear is irrational, yet you still can’t control your feelings. Just thinking about the feared object or situation may make you anxious. And when you’re actually exposed to the thing you fear, the terror is automatic and overwhelming.

Understanding your phobia is the first step to overcoming it. It’s important to know that phobias are common. Having a phobia doesn’t mean you’re crazy! It also helps to know that phobias are highly treatable. You can overcome your anxiety and fear, no matter how out of control it feels right now.

What Are the Different Types of Phobias?

Phobias cause extreme fear. There are many different types of phobias. It’s possible to be afraid of certain situations, animals, and social interactions. When someone is afraid of a certain object or item they are said to suffer from a specific phobia. The list of different types of phobias is endless. This article contain information about the most common phobias.


People who suffer from agoraphobia have excessive fear of being in open spaces. To add to being anywhere from which they could not easily leave. These people may avoid public and/or unfamiliar places. Those with agoraphobia often worry about not getting help when needed. Furthermore, they fear about being embarrassed in front of others. There are many underlying causes of agoraphobia, but it appears to have a genetic component and it can run in families.


This is fear of heights and the most common. It can be dangerous because sufferers can experience a terrifying fear in a high place. Due to this, they become too agitated to get themselves down safely. Like all fears and phobias, the unconscious mind uses it as a protective mechanism. Vertigo is often use, incorrectly, to describe the fear of heights. But it is more accurately describe as a spinning sensation. This may be due to looking down from a high place.


This is the fear of spiders and other arachnids. This phobia is quite common, affecting as many as 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men. The sight of a spider can trigger a fear response, but in some cases, simply an image of an arachnid or the thought of a spider can lead to feelings of overwhelming fear and panic.

Social phobia

This can produce extreme fear such as fear of being humiliated or embarrassed in front of other people. This problem may also be related to feelings of low self-esteem. In some cases, it can drive a person to drop out of school, avoid making friends, and remain unemployed.


This is phobia is the fear of enclosed spaces or being trapped. People with claustrophobia may be afraid of being in confined areas such as tunnels or elevators.


It is the fear of injections. This condition can sometimes cause people to avoid medical treatments and doctors. Like many phobias, this fear often goes untreated because people avoid the triggering object and situation. They may experience feelings of extreme dread and elevated heart rate. This occurs due to the procedure. Some people even pass out during the injection. Because these symptoms can be so distressing.


The fear of flying is called aerophobia. It mostly affects people who have lost a family member in a plane crash. It can also affect people who have witnessed a plane crash or accident. However, others who have never experienced trauma while flying may still experience aerophobia. The phobia persists even though flying is very safe.


This is the abnormal fear of dogs. The dog is a domesticated super-predator. This in combination with increasing media coverage of dog attacks could be contributing factors for development of this fear.

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