Fear is the oldest and strongest emotion of mankind, it is the basic instinct that is always been a part of us from the day we are born. Fear is sometimes unavoidable, and the best way to overcome the fear is to face it head on, and sometimes the best way is to avoid thinking the same, such as the fear of death.
Human nature is said to be very complex. From the time of Stone Age, people have learned to be strong, competitive and courageous in times of danger. However, they have also developed fear of something which has been passed on from generations. The percentage of fear may differ from person to person and whatever may be the root cause, every sane person in the world would have experienced fear.
Flip over the pages to find out the most common “fears” to humans as compiled by WondersList.
It is often referred to as aerophobia, where a person is very scared of being in a flying vehicle, such as an airplane or a helicopter. In these cases, when a person is compelled to travel by air, the level of anxiety rises to such extent that it prevents a person from travelling by air.
In a move to keep them relaxed while taking a flight on an airplane, people go ahead and spend loads of money on prescription drugs or Self-help books and behavior modification audio CDs.
The man’s best friend may be someone’s worst enemy. Dogs do generate some amount of fear to humans who have experienced dog attacks in the past. However, it is a fact that dogs prone to attack the people who are panicked, if a dog senses any fear from the person’s behavior, it is most likely to attack that person. The unusual fear of dogs is called Cynophobia and is one of the most legitimate fears in this list.
Even though we see them very commonly in our houses and gardens, many people fear Spiders the most. The irrational fear of spiders is called Arachnophobia and is believed that millions around the globe are suffering from it. Psychology professor Jon May says that spider’s angular shaped legs, dark colors and the way they move unpredictably are some of the key elements which cause people to fear this insect.
Even though rats are small and commonly found everywhere, the very sight makes people restless. Rats make humans to panic and are the cause to one of the most common specific phobias, named Musophobia. It is caused by the unconscious as a protective mechanism. This happens when a person had a traumatic experience with a mouse or rat in the past and the fear is triggered whenever the person encounters it or even seeing them on TV or in movies.
Death is unavoidable and if not all, many fear dying. The best way to avoid fear of death is to avoid thinking about it and enjoy the present life. However, in some cases the fear of death becomes so prevalent; it affects the daily routine of an individual. This fear is often termed as Thanatophobia or Necrophobia, a specific phobia which is the irrational fear of dead things as well as things associated with death.
The life giving blood is also the factors to cause fear. Some people get paranoid at the sight of blood. The fear of blood is known as blood phobia or Hematophobi. It is an abnormal and persistent fear of blood. People suffering from this phobia dread the sight of their own blood. The fear is also triggered by the sight of blood of another person or an animal and even filmed image of blood. It may remind a person of their own vulnerability to injury.
It is natural to humans to fear when exposed to heights and that too if there is minimal or no protection. Some people love heights, they adventure themselves to skydiving to thrill their spine. However, many people suffer from this legitimate fear of heights. The interesting fact is that a person who is suffering from fear of heights has no set limit for how high is too high, the person shows equal intense reactions when he is exposed to the height on top of a mountain or a ladder.
Many are scared of dark, the fear of darkness is usually not fear of darkness itself, but it is the fear of unknown, the possible or imagined dangers concealed by darkness. In most cases this fear is mixed with the fear of ghosts and other mystical figures. People suffering from excessive fear of dark is named Lygophobia, it is the intense fear of something that does not pose a real danger.
This fear is called Astraphobia. Both humans and animals may develop a fear of thunder and lightning. Many children and even grownups are afraid of storms, sometimes they do not get over it and the fear remains ingrained when they grow older. This is an age old fear and from generations people have trembled at the sound of thunder and have placed a huge respect for this magnificent power of nature.
The graceful, long and slender nature, Snake tops the list of most feared things to humans. Snake is one of the most dangerous and deadliest animals in the world and the fear of snakes is one of the most common phobias, yet many have not encountered a snake. Generally, people fear snakes for their venom, and the possibility that their lives may be in danger. However, being afraid of the serpent is natural, which signifies a healthy respect towards them.