14 of the Most Common Phobias
As humans have evolved over time, certain people have developed responses to deal with unwelcome situations that we now refer to as phobias. The word phobia comes from the Greek word phobos, which means fear, and is commonly used as a suffix to create a word for an irrational, abnormal, and ongoing fear that affects someone’s life enough to be considered a mental disorder.
There are several well-known phobias, many of which are treatable with different types of therapy. Other phobias are quite rare, but are no less crippling to those who suffer from them. Here’s a list of 14 common phobias. Check them out to see if any of these resonate with you.
Arachnophobia is one of the most common fears in the world and with good reason. Scientists who have studied arachnophobia believe that this fear is an evolutionary response to spiders, many of which are extremely venomous and harmful to humans.
This association with venom and disease has led to people being afraid of even harmless house spiders because of their resemblance to their poisonous cousins. In one UK study, 32% of women and 18% of men surveyed reported fear and anxiety when confronted with a spider, even if it was just a photo.
Another common fear that almost a third of adults suffer from is ophidiophobia – the fear of snakes. Ophidiophobia is believed to be an evolutionary response in many humans, who have come to associate snakes with venom and death.
For some people, their ophidiophobia began after they came across a snake or were threatened – or even just watched a family member or friend interact with a snake. Many people are afraid of snakes particularly, but fear most animals generally. This fear is known as zoophobia. Getting over a fear of snakes can be accomplished through counselling, meditation, therapy, or desensitization.