Have you ever found yourself scared of something that’s not even scary? Or being afraid of silly things. If you said yes, then rest assured that it is not just you but almost 3 to 15 percent of the world’s population that face the same things. There is a name for it, and it is “phobia.” It is not just any regular fear but is defined as a type of anxiety disorder where a person does everything in their power to avoid something that is scary to them. It could be a dog, a spider, a fear of assignment help, cotton balls, etc. Literally anything!

Phobias are of two types, depending upon their composition:

  1. Simple phobia

They are comparatively easier to live with, i.e. a person affected by them can lead a normal day-to-day life without being too much trouble. For example, if one is scared of snakes and lives in the city, there are fewer chances of them discovering a snake regularly. So, on the rare occasion that they might sight a snake, they are all set to lead a normal life.

  1. Complex phobia

These are more anxiety-inducing and have been known to be associated with a deep-rooted fear about any particular situation or circumstance. These types of phobias can severely impair the ability of a person to operate normally in the world. A common example of complex phobia is social phobia, where the person infected is scared of embarrassing themselves in front of others.

There is a growing prevalence in the number of people affected by phobias throughout the world. They can affect people irrespective of their age, social background, or gender. Statistics show that:

  • The cross-national lifetime prevalence rate of specific phobias is 7.4%
  • The cross-national 12-month prevalence rate of specific phobias is 5.5%
  • Females are more likely than males to have specific phobias.9.8% vs. 7.7%
  • Prevalence rates of specific phobia are lower in males at 4.9% and 3.3%

There are so many phobias that people suffer from, and we do not even know about them. Here is a list to get you sensitized to different phobias:

  • Fears Related to Animal

  1. Ophidiophobia: Fear of snakes
  2. Cynophobia: Fear of dogs
  3. Trypanophobia: Fear of injections
  4. Entomophobia: Fear of insects
  5. Equinophobia: Fear of horses
  6. Helminthophobia: Fear of worms
  7. Herpetophobia: Fear of reptiles
  8. Ichthyophobia: Fear of fish
  9. Arachnophobia: Fear of spiders
  10. Mysophobia: Fear of germs
  11. Ornithophobia: Fear of birds
  12. Ailurophobia: Fear of cats
  13. Chiroptophobia: Fear of bats
  14. Mellisophobia: Fear of bees
  15. Musophobia: Fear of mice and rats
  16. Ranidaphobia: Fear of frogs and toads
  • Fears Related to Natural Environment

  1. Acrophobia: Fear of heights
  2. Astraphobia: Fear of lightning and thunderstorms
  3. Brontophobia: Fear of extremely loud (natural noises in the environment)
  4. Ombrophobia: Fear of rain including intense weather to a drizzle
  5. Acrophobia: Fear of heights
  6. Nyctophobia: Fear of the night and fear of the dark
  7. Thalassophobia: Fear of the sea
  8. Heliophobia: Fear of the sun
  9. Anemophobia: Fear of the wind and air
  10. Hydrophobia: Fear of water
  11. Xerophobia: Fear of Dryness (desert)
  12. Pteridophobia: Fear of Ferns
  • Fears Related to Blood-Medical-Injury

  1. Genuphobia: Fear of Knees and Kneeling
  2. Albuminurophobia: Fear of kidney disease
  3. Nosophobia: Fear of getting sick
  4. Trypanophobia: Fear of needles
  5. Dentophobia: Fear of the dentist
  6. Homophobia: Fear of medical procedures
  7. Hemophobia: Fear of blood
  8. Athazagoraphobia: Fear of amnesia
  9. Merinthophobia: Fear of immobility name
  10. Apeirophobia: Fear of infinity
  • Fears Related to Situations
  1. Glossophobia: Fear of speaking in public
  2. Nosocomephobia: Fear of hospitals
  3. Pteromerhanophobia: fear of flying
  4. Claustrophobia: Fear of confined spaces
  5. Mageirocophobia: Fear of cooking
  6. Scolionophobia: Fear of school
  7. Ecophobia: Fear of the home
  8. Koinoniphobia: Fear of rooms
  9. Noctiphobia: Fear of the night
  10. Lockiophobia: Fear of childbirth
  11. Gamophobia: Fear of marriage
  12. Somniphobia: Fear of sleep
  • Fears Related to Other Things

  1. Zemmiphobia: Fear of the great mole rat
  2. Xenophobia: Fear of yellow
  3. Kinemortophobia: Fear of zombies
  4. Anatidaephobia: Fear of being watched by a duck
  5. Metrophobia: Fear of poetry
  6. Globophobia: Fear of balloons
  7. Chaetophobia: Fear of hair
  8. Lipophobia: Fear of becoming fat
  9. Geliophobia: Fear of laughter
  10. Aulophobia: Fear of flutes
  11. Deipnophobia: Fear of dinner parties
  12. Asymmetriphobia: Fear of asymmetrical things
  13. Arachibutyrophobia: Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of one’s mouth
  14. Linonophobia: Fear of string
  15. Philophobia: Fear of love
  16. Aphenphosmphobia: Fears of being detached

After reading through the various phobias listed here, one thing is certain: humans and their behavior are not always logical. There are so many things that go around in that little brain of ours that are beyond our mortal control. And phobias are a manifestation of those uncontrollable parts of our brain. Our minds can make us afraid of things that we know are not dangerous.

Being fearless is not just a feeling that everyone wants to have, but at times, it is something that cannot be achieved. And if you are someone who feels that. Do not worry, you are not alone. Just hang in there!