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?
By Shrien Alshabasy