Do You Have One of These Common Phobias?

Fears. We all have them.

Whether you're afraid of snakes, clowns or everything, chances are someone else in the world is affected by the same phobia as you.

Scroll through the list below to discover just how common your fears are.


Acrophobia is more commonly known as the fear of heights. Between 2% and 5% of the population suffers from this phobia, with twice as many women having acrophobia than men.

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Aerophobia is the fear of flying. Roughly one in every five people are thought to be affected by this phobia. It's also commonly linked with acrophobia and claustrophobia.

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You probably haven't heard of this one before, but ailurophobia is actually the fear of cats. Yep, around 22% of people in the United States are terrified of felines.

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We're guessing you already know that arachnophobia is the fear of spiders. The origins of this phobia date all the way back to the Middle Ages of Europe, when many people were horrified by spiders because they were believed to carry deadly diseases. In the U.S., around 55% of women and 18% of men are scared of the creepy crawlies.

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If you're terrified by thunder and lightening, you may just suffer from astraphobia. Affecting nearly 10% of the U.S. population, astraphobia is more common than you'd think.

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Claustrophobia is not the fear of Santa Claus, but rather the fear of being closed in or not being able to escape. Around 5% of people in North America are claustrophobic.

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Coulrophobia is the fear of clowns, which is something we're all experiencing right now considering what's going on in the world. It's estimated that 12% of the population are afraid of clowns, but we're pretty sure that percentage is rising steadily.

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Cynophobia is the fear of dogs. Bet you didn't know that existed. It does, and approximately 36% of people who have reported a fear of animals are afraid of canines.

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Get really nervous any time you have to give a speech in front of your classmates? You may suffer from glossophobia, or the fear of public speaking. This is considered one of the top fears world wide, with around 3 out of 4 people being hugely affected by it.

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Mysophobia is the fear of germs and contamination, making them a serious germaphobe in life. Roughly 3% of the population has this fear.

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Deathly afraid of snakes? You probably suffer from opidiophobia. Around 1/3 of people in the U.S. are intensely off put by these slithery creatures.

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Panophobia is the fear of, wait for it, everything! It's similar to paranoia in the sense that people who suffer from it always fear something bad is going to happen to them during the day. Roughly 2% of adults are plagued by panophobia.

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Trypanophobia is the fear of injections or needles, so visiting the doctor is not something you particularly enjoy, especially when you have to get a shot of some sorts. Around 50 million Americans reported having trypanophobia, so you're not alone if you feel the same.

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