Are You Scared of the Dark? Fear and Phobia Statistics

We’re all scared of something. Whether it is the future, your mother in law or getting run over, you’re not alone in your fears. But did you know that 60% of things feared will never take place?

Most people let their past fears dictate the present, since 30% of fears originate in the past and can’t be changed. Interesting, right? 88% of health fears will never happen. All these fears culminate together, amounting to 6.3 million Americans with a diagnosed phobia.

So, what are the top phobias? At the very start is fear of public speaking (glossophobia) which targets 74% of the United States population. Following glossophobia is necrophobia, the fear of death (not so surprising, huh?). But did you know that 30.5% of the population has a crippling fear of creepy, crawly, spiders? Yikes. After spiders is fear of darkness (11%), fear of heights (10%), fear of people (7.9%) and fear of flying (6.5%). A small amount of the U.S. population fear confined spaces (2.5%), open spaces (2.2%) and thunder and lightning (2%).

What are you scared of?

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Source: Statistic Brain Research Institute (Online / Direct Response Mail)
Content Author: Statistic Brain

Date research was conducted: August 12, 2016

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