What Are You Afraid Of?

Halloween is almost here. This time of year may have you afraid of all those creepy ghosts and goblins.


But did you know everyone is afraid of something? (Unless you’re Batman).

Some fears are a good thing, like the fear of being hit by a car – this makes you aware of the traffic around you.

However, when fear becomes stronger, that’s when it becomes a phobia. Phobias can damage your life. People with a certain kind of phobia will do everything possible to avoid that thing. Phobias create anxiety which can ruin relationships and work.

What are you afraid of?

Here are some fears and phobias that may seem a little weird.

Triskaidekaphobia—the fear of the number 13

Zoophobia – the fear of animals

Amathophobia – the fear of dust

Macrophobia – the fear of long waits

Chromophobia – the fear of colors

Agoraphobia – the fear being in open spaces

Coulrophobia – the fear of clowns

Glossophobia – the fear of speaking in public

Nosophobia – the fear of catching a disease

Acrophobia – the fear of heights

Phasmophobia – the fear of ghosts

Ailurophobia – fear of cats

Cynophobia – fear of dogs

Globophobia – fear of balloons

Koumpounophobia – fear of buttons

Siderodromophobia – fear of trains or railroads

Xanthophobia – fear of the color yellow

And perhaps the longest word in the phobia category? Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia which is the fear of the number 666.

What about our example of being hit by a car? Dystychiphobia is the excessive fear of having an accident.

There’s even a phobia about having a fear or phobia. It’s called Phobophobia.

Hopefully, you don’t have any extreme fears, but if you do, there’s probably a name for it. Let us know your scary thoughts in the comments section.

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