We all have fears, but they are different from phobias, which can affect our quality of life. Phobias are not easily controllable and they can give us panic attacks, anxiety or even physical pain. Here’s list of 10 most common phobias.

10 – Trypophobia – The fear of holes


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This might sound weird, but trypophobia means fear of holes. The thought of holes can cause panic attacks to a trypophobic person. For instance, this type of individuals avoid objects such as coral, sponges, skin, meat, dried honeycombs and pretty much everything that has holes on it.

09 – Aerophobia – The fear of flying



Aerophobia is the fear of flying and it affects nearly 6.5% of the world’s population.Obviously, this phobia affects the person’s professional and personal life as air travel becomes nearly impossible. The mere thought of an upcoming flight can cause intense distress in the sufferer including panic attacks and nausea.

08 – Mysophobia – The fear of germs


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Mysophobia is the excessive fear of germs which is often closely related to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). As a result of, people with this phobia might indulge in excessive bathing or hand washing. Mysophobia leads to numerous complications since the person goes to extreme lengths to avoid all kinds of social situations. Isolation is a common symptom of this phobia.

07 – Claustrophobia – The fear of small spaces

Claustrophobia affects between 5 and 7% of the world’s population. This phobia is mainly related to the fear of suffocation or the fear of getting stuck. This phobia has been widely studied by scientists, which reached the conclusion that only 2% of its sufferers seek treatment.

06 – Astraphobia – The fear of thunder and lightning


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The majority of sufferers of Astraphobia are children, although the phobia can persist into adulthood as well.Thankfully, it is a highly treatable phobia with many treatment. However, if the person suffering from astraphobia leaves in an area where storms are very common, his quality of life can be affected.

05 – Cynophobia – The fear of dogs


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Cynophobia, the extreme fear of dogs, is one of the most common animal phobias around the world. The extreme fear of dogs is actually even more common than the fear of spiders and the fear of snakes due to the fact that dogs are commonly present in most residential areas. Nearly 75% of Cynophobes are women, though the fear also affects men.

04 – Agoraphobia – The fear of open or crowded spaces


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This is a condition can be really debilitating, as it prevents the phobic from visiting malls, markets, theaters and other crowded places. The individual feels intense panic at the mere thought or sight of such a space. Limiting activities and avoidance behavior becomes a part of the affected person’s life. Therefore, depression can be a common symptom of this condition.

03 – Acrophobia – The fear of heights

Acrophobia is an intense fear of heights or the fear of falling. In severe cases of Acrophobia, a panic attack might be triggered even when the sufferer is climbing up or down a chair.

02 – Ophidiophobia – The fear of snakes


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The fear of snakes or Ophidiophobia is the second most common zoophobia affecting nearly 1/3rd of the adult human population. Extreme Ophidiophobia can affect one’s life as one tends to avoid hiking, camping and related activities or might even become afraid of pet store snakes and other reptiles.

01 – Arachnophobia – The fear of spiders



It is one of the most common animal phobias around the world. The cause of the phobia is often evolutionary meaning that some species of spiders are deadly and it is a natural human response to survive. Arachnophobes however tend to go to extreme lengths to ensure that their surroundings are free from spiders, often causing themselves a great deal of embarrassment, which is something most phobics try hard to avoid.