Top 5 Really Scary Phobias
According to wikipedia, “A phobia is an irrational, persistent fear of certain situations, objects, activities, or persons.” For sure, everybody living has at least one phobia. “Phobia” means MORBID FEAR and comes from a Latin word “phob,” which means “fear of.”’
Fear is one of the powerful human emotions. Fear can be something we hide, or make fun of but fear can become a really scary phobia if it’s out of control. If you get to know the various characteristics of a phobia it can help you know when your fear has turned into a phobia and needs treatment.
Getting you the top 5 really scary phobias!
1. Fear Of Spiders – Arachnophobia
Arachnophobia known as an intense fear of spiders affects millions of people worldwide. Some people are so distracted by spiders that they keep looking for them all the time. According to recent estimates 10% of men and 50% of women have this phobia.
Causes of Arachnophobia: Some might have had a bad experience in their childhood with a spider. They might have been trapped/bitten by spiders. Another cause could be watching someone being bitten by a spider.
2. Social Phobia
Social phobia/anxiety is the third largest psychological problem in the United States today. It affects 15 million Americans every year.
“Some students don’t attend their university classes on day one because they know that the professor will instruct them to introduce themselves to everyone present in the room.”
The above one could be the best example of social phobia.
In public places like work, meetings, or shopping, people suffering with social phobia feel that all of the people out there are watching, staring or criticizing them. The phobic person can’t relax and enjoy themselves in public. People with a social phobia feel it’s just best to stay away from social gatherings and situations.
3. Fear Of Flying – Aerophobia
The term aerophobia is used to describe fear of flying , fear of breezes/fresh air.It is a type of phobia that affects more women than men. Aerophobia causes varied levels of distress and which interferes with normal activities in everyday life, which may lead to depression.
Causes of Aerophobia: Flight disasters, films being watched or books, previous experience of flying which had a bad impact can also be a cause.
4. Fear Of Dark – Nyctophobia
The fear of dark is usually observed among the kids but to some extent even in adults.This phobia leads us to a world of imagination making us imagine objects of some animals or humans trying to harm us. It can happen at any dark palce though be it our very home.
It can get us panic attacks, sweatiness , loss of control. The causes for this phobia could only be our experience in recent times.
5. Fear Of Death – Necrophobia
It is the psychological status of being afraid of death or being afraid of dead things. The phobic feeling cannot be explained, making it one of the most dangerous phobias. It makes us imagine dead things around us who are eyeing us as if we were its prey.
Its symptoms could be sweating, rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath and shivering.
The causes of this phobia could be watching someone die or seeing some ugly dead thing. Emotional trauma can also be one of the causes of this phobia.
Phobias can be treated, all we need to do is indentify them and get going for the right treatment!