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A List of the Most Common Phobias and How to Overcome Them

 April 20, 2017
Andy in Health
There's no way to actually describe a phobia unless you've had one. You know that there is something that overtakes you and won't let go. But there are ways to overcome them.

So you’ve faced your fears and clicked a link with the word phobias in the title. That’s a step in the right direction. Don’t worry, though. No trigger warnings needed. We have put together a list of some of the most common phobias (with pictures). But take a deep breath, we made them small so hopefully, you won’t be too scared. Ready to face your fears and overcome your phobias? Here we go. 

Fear of Spiders

Arachnophobia

List of Phobias - Overcome Arachnophobia

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Arachnophobia is one of the most common fears—there are even horror movies dedicated to it. It kind of makes sense in a way as spiders and other arachnids such as scorpions and mites are usually dangerous or poisonous. So maybe there is a healthy aspect to this fear? We just hope you aren't getting panic attacks. 

Fear of Snakes

Ophidiophobia

List of Phobias - Overcome Ophidiophobia

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Another phobia that has a basis in evolution is the fear of snakes. There are many venomous snakes out there and if we weren’t even a little bit afraid, then we would increase our chances of getting bitten exponentially.

Fear of Heights

Acrophobia

List of Phobias - Overcome Acroophobia

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Some people might get a little cautious when climbing up to a higher position. There is something healthy about a bit of caution because no one wants to fall. But the problems begin for people who have intense anxiety when they have to deal with heights.

Fear of Open or Crowded Places

Agoraphobia

List of Phobias - Overcome Agoraphobia

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This could be one of the more difficult fears. There are some people who never leave the house because they are so intensely anxious about being around too many people or in large open areas. 

Fear of Small Spaces

Claustrophobia

List of Phobias - Overcome Claustrophobia

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Being in tight quarters or in a place that has a feeling of no escape (elevators, tunnels, caves, airplanes), can be a little awkward, but people with claustrophobia often have panic attack symptoms like sweating, shaking, and a rapid heartbeat. 

Fear of Germs

Mysophobia

List of Phobias - Overcome Mysophobia

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There are some people who are obsessed with wipes, cleansers, soaps and anything related to germs. They might be afraid to touch certain things or carry around a bottle of gel cleanser wherever they go. People with these types of behaviors taken to the extreme could have OCD. 

Fear of Thunder and Lightning

Astraphobia 

List of Phobias - Overcome Astraphobia

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Dogs have this. Kids have this. Even adults have this. You don’t have to be embarrassed if you do.

Fear of Flying

Aerophobia 

List of Phobias - Overcome Aerophobia

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It’s normal to have a bit of anxiety during turbulence or if there is a bumpy take-off or landing, but some people have so much anxiety they can’t even step on a plane

Fear of Dogs

Cynophobia 

List of Phobias - Overcome Cynophobia

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Along with the other animal-related fears, this one makes sense, especially for people who have been attacked by a dog. 

Fear of Injections

Trypanophobia

List of Phobias - Overcome Trypanophobia

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Often young children have this fear but adults can also have it. This could lead to some embarrassing situations, so if you know you need to be around needles for some reason (most people will be at least a few times in their adult lives), it’s probably a good idea to get this under control. 


Fear of social gatherings

Sociophobia


 List of Phobias - Overcome Sociophobia

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People with sociophobia often don’t like social situations and get quite nervous. This is more than just being an introverted person. This includes avoiding social situations due to fear. 

Fear of dentists

Dentophobia

List of Phobias - Overcome Dentophobia

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Most people fear the dentist because they've had a bad experience or multiple bad experiences. A fear of needles or blood does not help as sometimes dental procedures involve one or both. 

Fear of blood

Hemophobia

List of Phobias - Overcome Hemophobia

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Most people with this phobia will faint even at the sight of blood. It's more common in people who've had some kind of traumatic experience. 

Fear of darkness

Nyctophobia

List of Phobias - Overcome Nyctophobia

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There are many children who are afraid of the dark and this can continue into adulthood. People will often feel very anxious unless they sleep with some sort of light, if they're afraid of the dark. 


Overcoming your Phobias

Overcoming your Phobias

To know how to overcome phobias, it’s good to know where they come from. We are not born with a set of fears, they develop over time. When something traumatic or scary happens, we usually develop a connection in our brain between that experience and how you felt. If the feeling is strong enough or if it happens repeatedly we can develop a fear or phobia. 

Some people can deal with phobias on their own, while others seek out professional help. It all depends on the severity of the phobia and how much it impacts your life. The next time you're attempting to manage a phobia, try one of these following solutions:

  • Breathe deeply
  • Transform your inner dialogue to change the meaning and image of the fear
  • Connect the image of the fear with the image of something related to an intense positive emotion
  • Go to the extreme version of your fear and conquer it
  • Visualize what will happen if you overcome the fear while it is happening
  • Systematic desensitization helps you get used to the fear in small doses
  • Meditation
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  • Yoga
  • Guided Imagery
  • Hypnosis
  • EMDR
  • Exposure therapy
  • Medication
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy

Phew, you’ve made it through the list of common phobias. If you know you already have one of these phobias and you made it through, then you are well on your way to overcoming it!