Everyone is at least a little bit afraid of something, and while for most of us our little fears are no big deal when it comes to functioning in daily life, for other people their fears are so severe they are paralyzing. Believe it or not, there are more than 500 legitimate phobias in the world, and almost 1 in 10 Americans has one of them.
Here are the Top 10 Most Common Phobias of Americans:
- Critters: 50% of people with phobias are afraid of insects, snakes, mice or some kind of creepy crawler.
- Heights: 48% stay off the Ferris Wheel and far away from skyscraper windows.
- Tight spaces: 34% break out in a sweat in a tunnel or elevator.
- Flying: 31% of phobics fear the friendly skies.
- Water: 26% panic at the thought of being in water, especially open water.
- The dentist: No one likes these visits, but 25% really can't stand it.
- Blood: 22% of phobics faint at the sight of blood.
- Bad weather: Thunderstorms don't just scare little kids. 21% of phobics fear storms.
- Crowds: 17% get panicked when there are too many people around.
- The hospital: No one wants to be a patient but 15% of phobics can't even make it through the doors to visit someones there. (Women'sHealth)