Let’s be honest; Everyone has at least one fear at some point in their lifetime, something that absolutely terrifies them or makes them feel uneasy every now and again. For many of these people, it can be something that causes more terror than just the common, run of the mill fears that we see in many individuals, such as that of being afraid of the dark, or of spiders (although these fears can cause problems just the same). These fears, or phobias, to be more technical, can make or break experiences that we have throughout our lifetimes, and they often plague the lives of many individuals in devastating ways. In this article, we are going to count down twenty of the most common phobias that are seen in the vast majority living in the United States, and what you can do to calm these fears if you or someone you know if suffering from them. With that all said, let’s get started with our count down.
Acrophobia is topping our list as it is the fear that so many individuals suffer from, both in the nation and around the world, and that is the fear of heights. This phobia can take many forms, and for some can even cause severe anxiety and panic attacks from even taking one foot of the ground. This fear can also lead individuals who suffer from the phobia to take extreme, and we mean extreme, measures to avoid anything dealing with heights, including things like not driving or walking over bridges, or staying away from taller buildings and skyscrapers. While many assume that a fear of heights derives from some sort of bad experience during one’s lifetime, it has also been shown that it might also originate from ancestral evolution, in that many believed that a fall from a large height would cause imminent and even fatal danger.