What Are You Afraid Of?
For the past three years Chapman University, located in Orange, California, has surveyed Americans about their top fears. The most recent survey, conducted in April 2016, asked a random sample of 1,511 adults* their level of about 80 different fears categorized within 11 domains: crime, economic, environment, government, illness and death, immigration/demographic changes, human-made disasters, natural disasters, personal fears, relationships, and technology. Below are the top 10 fears for which the highest percentage of people surveyed reported being “Afraid” or “Very Afraid.”
Perhaps you are more familiar with phobias. A phobia is an intense fear reaction that may be out of proportion to the potential danger, but to the person the danger feels real. Phobias can cause worry, anxiety, and cause health issues if a person with a phobia is exposed to the thing or situation.
A quick search of the Internet quickly identifies the top 10 phobias, complete with their technical names.
Arachnophobia the fear of spiders
Ophidiophobia the fear of snakes
Acrophobia the fear of heights
Agoraphobia the fear of open or crowded spaces
Cynophobia the fear of dogs
Astraphobia the fear of thunder and lightning
Claustrophobia the fear of small spaces
Mysophobia the fear of germs
Aerophobia the fear of flying
Glossophobia the fear of public speaking
Other common phobias include:
Nyctophobia—the fear of the dark
Trypanophobia—the fear of medical needles
Nosophobia—the fear of contracting a disease
Coulrophobia—the fear of clowns
Dentophobia—the fear of the dentist or dental procedures