14 most common phobia around the world

14 most common phobia around the world

What is Phobia ?

It is an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something. A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder, defined by a persistent fear of an object or situation. Almost every person in the world holds one of the phobias or fears.

What are the symptoms of a phobia?

Typical symptoms associated with phobias can include:

  • Dizziness, trembling and increased heart rate
  • Breathlessness
  • Nausea
  • A sense of unreality
  • Fear of dying
  • Preoccupation with the fear object

Here are the 14 most common phobias around the world and what are their causes (if any)


Acrophobia (Fear of heights)

Acrophobia: fear of hights

IT’S normal to feel a little jittery when you’re at a great height and you look down below, but for some people, this circumstance can cause panic or nausea.


Aerophobia (Fear of Flying)

Aerophobia: fear of flying

Aerophobia, also known as Aviophobia, is the fear of flying either in helicopters, airplanes and other flying vehicles.

What Causes Aerophobia?

Different kinds of factors can develop aerophobia in a person.

A Traumatic Experience

Many times, the phobia of flight and air travel is developed by experiencing a similar trauma related with air travel such as air crash, or hijacking.

Other Phobias

Many other phobias can also trigger aerophobia in people.


Agoraphobia (fear of public place)

Agoraphobia: fear of public place

It is fear of places and situations that might cause panic, helplessness or embarrassment. It is listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder 5 (DSM-5) as an anxiety disorder.

What Causes Agoraphobia ?

Why agoraphobia happens remains unclear, but it is thought that areas of the brain that control the fear response may play a role.

Environmental factors, such as a previous break-in or physical attack, also contribute.


Ailurophobia (Fear of Cats)

Ailurophobia : fear of cats

If you have the extreme or irrational fear of cats, then you are not alone. In the United States alone, nearly 22.2% of individuals are known to fear of cats. Also known as Gatophobia .

Causes of Gatophobia or fears of cats phobia

There are a number of possible explanations for fear of cats:

  • A common trigger for Ailurophobia is watching fearful reactions of other people to cats.
  • Cats are predatory by nature. Often they have been associated with witchcraft, folklore, evil.

Amathophobia (fear of Dust)

Amathophobia (fear of Dust)

Amathophobia is known as the persistent and abnormal fear of dust. The cause of Amathophobia may vary from one person to another, and since no two persons are the same, most sufferers fall into one or more of any of the following categories:

  • Associated Traumatic Experience – patients under this category may not have experienced the fear directly but can be associated to someone who does. This can either be in real situation or in rare cases, can be due to a movie or a dream.
  • Single Traumatic Incident – patient may have experienced a frightening or high stressful event which caused the development of Amathophobia. The initial fear may have nothing to do with dust. But most patients experienced such condition when they were under extreme stress about something which is very much unrelated, but their mind somehow associated the negative feelings to dust.
  • Slow Build – this may occur when a mild case of Amathophobia escalates over night to become a severe condition. What happens here is that the individual accumulates a fearful association to dust, and so the evidence which is used by the nervous system and the mind becomes increasingly irrefutable and the fear becomes an appropriate emotion.


Arachnophobia (fear of spiders)

Arachnophobia-fear of spiders

Arachnophobia is the term for the ‘phobia of spiders’. A phobia differs from a fear in the fact that it will often overwhelm the sufferer, with the fear being greater than the risk.


Astrapophobia (fear of lightening)

Astrapophobia (fear of lightening)

Astrapophobia, also spelled “astraphobia”, is an irrational fear of thunder and lightning.

Humans and animals alike naturally fear thunder and lightning to some degree and this fear is linked to a primal “fight or flight” response and fear of injury or death. Several other names such as astrapophobia, brontophobia, tonitrophobia and keraunophobia also are used to denote this fear.

The root word “astrapho” is Greek meaning “lightning”.

Causes of Astrapophobia

Astrapophobia is a specific (or “isolated”) phobia, centered on non-social key factors. Isolated phobias tend to have some previous trauma (often in childhood and often physically injurious) as a root cause; a fear of bees may stem from an injury in childhood, for instance.


Claustrophobia (fear of closed space)

Claustro-phobia (fear of closed space)


The Oxford English Dictionary defines claustro-phobia as an “extreme or irrational fear of confined places”.

What causes claustrophobia?

In the majority of cases, a traumatic event in a person’s life triggers claustrophobia . This can include being trapped in a confined space for a prolonged period or being bullied as a child.


Emetophobia (fear of vomiting)

Emeto-phobia (fear of vomiting)

Emetophobia occurs in men and women, children and adults. Some are afraid that they will vomit. Others are afraid of seeing others vomit. Most have trouble describing what they fear will happen if they vomit, or see others vomit, but vaguely fear some terrible loss of control, a catastrophe from which they won’t recover. They fear insanity, death, endless vomiting, and so on.


Ereuthophobia (fear of Blushing)

Ereutho-phobia (fear of Blushing)

Blushing is a natural phenomenon for a lot of people, wherein blood rushes to the face and manifests as redness because of a sympathetic response. But there are some people with actual and real fear or phobia of blushing and this is called erythrophobia, or otherwise known as erytophobia or ereuthophobia.

Feelings of embarrassment associated with blushing and the inability to control when blushing are the basis of erythrophobia.


Genophobia (fear of SEX)

Geno-phobia (fear of SEX)

Most people, men and women, enjoy sex. Sex is a basic human act that allows intimacy and also enables the continuation of species. In case of Genophobic individuals though, the mere thought of getting intimate with someone induces a full blown panic attack. An attempted sexual contact can even bring on symptoms of intense anxiety in the sufferers.

Causes of Geno-phobia

Scientifically speaking, Genophobia is not classified in the common types of phobias; rather it is presented in other contexts such as sexual dysfunction, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD) or even social anxiety disorders.

Personality also plays an important role in the fear of sex phobia in that; Genophobic individuals endorse negative beliefs, expectations and emotional reactions towards physical intimacy.


Microphobia (fear of Small things)

Micro-phobia (fear of Small things)

We live in a world where everything gets smaller. Cars, gaming systems, phones, computers, processors and mp3 devices. “Compact” is a word we can use to describe all the advances created to enrich our lives. For instance the first computers took up entire rooms. Today computers that are much faster and have much more storage space can fit in the palm of your hand. While most celebrate the art of getting small there are those who fear small things. This fear is known as Microphobia.

It may be a subconscious phenomenon, but spiders and mice are small, yet they are often feared. Bats and bees are small, yet the same fear of these small things exist.

Causes of Microphobia?

This fear is often the result of modeled behavior. In other words the fear can be a direct result of watching someone else who struggles with the fear. The potential for phobic development is often tied to how trusted the individual is in whom you observe the fear. The more you trust their judgment the greater the likelihood that you will adopt their perspective on the fear of small things.

Triskaidekaphobia (Fear of Number 13)

Triskaidekaphobia (Fear of Number 13)

Triskaidekaphobia (also referred as 13-digit phobia) is the irrational fear of the number 13.

The number 13 wasn’t always bad-famed, quite the contrary. In ancient China and Egypt, thirteen was considered a lucky number. It is unclear when exactly did 13 become an unlucky number.


Trypophobia (fear of small clustered holes)

Trypophobia (fear of small clustered holes)

If you’re not too keen on images of clusters of holes, then you probably have something called trypophobia, and you definitely won’t like above pic of a lotus pod.

Trypo-phobia means “fear of holes”, but it typically refers to the fear of clustered holes, such as aerated chocolate, crumpets, honeycombs, and lotus-seed heads.

I am seriously a trypophobiac and while writing this article I told my wife to write on this topic and put this category in last.


So guyz and gals, these are the top most common 14 phobias around the world. If you liked this post then comment and share this post with your phobiac friends too.


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By Dinesh Suthar
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