Fear / Phobia Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: National Institute of Mental Health
Research Date: April 27th, 2015

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Fear and Worry Statistics Data
Percent of things feared that will never take place60 %
Percent of things feared that happened in the past and can’t be changed30 %
Percent of things feared that are considered to be insignificant issues90 %
Percent of things feared in relation to health that will not happen88 %
Number of Americans who have a diagnosed phobia6.3 Million
 Top PhobiasPercent of US Population
1 Fear of public speaking – Glossophobia74 %
2 Fear of death – Necrophobia68 %
3 Fear of spiders – Arachnophobia30.5 %
4 Fear of darkness – Achluophobia, Scotophobia or Myctophobia11 %
5 Fear of heights – Acrophobia10 %
6 Fear of people or social situations – Sociophobia7.9 %
7 Fear of flying – Aerophobia6.5 %
8 Fear of confined spaces – Claustrophobia2.5 %
9 Fear of open spaces – Agoraphobia2.2 %
10 Fear of thunder and lightning – Brontophobia2 %

In clinical psychology, a phobia is a type of anxiety disorder, usually defined as a persistent fear of an object or situation in which the sufferer commits to great lengths in avoiding, typically disproportional to the actual danger posed, often being recognized as irrational.

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