May 25, 2018 12:02 pm

We all have something that frightens us, but not everyone is unfortunate enough to deal with a phobia. A phobia is an extreme fear of something that is often irrational, but that doesn’t make it any less terrifying for those suffering from it!

There are countless phobias that exist – let’s take a look at ten that will frighten the life out of you!

  1. Pediophobia

A surprisingly common phobia, pediophobia is the fear of dolls, although the phobia actually extends to other human-like objects like mannequins. Because this is a phobia many relate to, there’s been countless works of fiction portraying haunted, possessed, or just outright terrifying dolls.

  1. Claustrophobia

Perhaps the most widely known phobia, suffering from claustrophobia is completely understandable for anyone that’s been trapped in a confined space for too long. The root of the fear stems from an inability to escape, which is something we’ve likely felt at one point, making the phobia that bit scarier.

  1. Arachnophobia

A phobia so prevalent it needs little introduction, most of us know somebody with an irrational fear of spiders. Granted, the sight of huge spiders such as a goliath spider makes the phobia completely understandable, while the creepy movements and general appearance of spiders makes them terrifying for many.

  1. Phasmophobia

Phasmophobia is where the person is afraid of ghosts. For most people, a good ghost story is nothing more than that – a story. Yet we’ve always had a fascination with the idea of ghosts of the deceased, so it’s not surprising that many people are frightened by the idea of being haunted by ghosts.

  1. Nyctophobia

Children are often the biggest sufferers of Nyctophobia – a fear of the dark – although many adults continue to fear the darkness too. A fear of the unknown is a big contributor to this phobia, as you can’t see anything, so don’t know what could be out there waiting for you in the dark.

  1. Coulrophobia

Coulrophobia is a fear of clowns and quite an unusual one. While most people have seen a creepy clown or two, the cause of such fears are mainly due to media portrayals in horror films such as IT. Others get their fear from a terrifying encounter with a real clown, but it’s far less common, so it’s usually down to a scary movie!

  1. Glossophobia

Glossophobia is another very understandable and rational phobia, being a fear of speaking in public. Many people find public speaking nerve-wracking and for good reason, as getting in front of strangers to speak is a very frightening prospect. Thankfully, it’s a phobia that’s relatively easy to overcome, with practice and experience going a long way to help.

  1. Athazagoraphobia

A fear of being forgotten is quite a macabre phobia, yet many people continue to suffer from athazagoraphobia. What’s worse is just how negatively an impact this has on mental well-being, making that bit scarier for those dealing with it.

  1. Chronophobia

Chronophobia is a fear of time passing, and this is something most people can relate to. It’s often caused by getting older and the fears that come with that, being closely connected with a fear of dying.

  1. Agoraphobia

A fear of going outside can have a serious impact on a person’s life, making agoraphobia one of the most frightening of all phobias. It’s characterised by feeling of dread and anxiety in open spaces, often leading to panic attacks, which in turn makes the sufferer remain indoors for extended periods.

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This post was written by Nadia Vella