Do you have the Fear Factor? Many people have fears that are unexplainable and though they’re called ‘irrational fears’ in that person’s mind, the terror is real. Here’s some fears you may recognise…
Hylophobia- is the fear of forests, or wooded areas. Perhaps this fear comes from fairytales featuring scary forests (think Snow White)? Or one too many horror movies have featured scary forests and triggers this anxiety when walking through one? Nevertheless it is a genuine fear.
Coulrophobia – fear of clowns
Ah the clown fear! They appear to be harmless enough but again we could perhaps blame horror movies for the scary clown image. Maybe it’s the pranks they play? Or the bright red nose teamed with massive feet?
Swimming in dark water.
Swimming in dark water is also a known fear, most people have to admit that when swimming in deep, dark water the thought must cross your mind…. what is in here with me?! Maybe think more fish or eels and less ‘Jaws’.
Nomophobia- fear of being without mobile phone coverage
Nowadays is this even a fear and more a common everyday thought for most people with their phones permanently in their hands?!!
Fear of spiders – arachnophobia
This is a very common, intense fear. People have been know to freeze in fear, with sweating and an increased heart rate, even with ordinary house spiders. The harmless arachne here in the UK are not deadly and though a few species do bite, the fear seems to be about the look of a spider.
Fear of heights – Acrophobia
It is thought that 1 in 15 people have had a fear of heights at some point in their lives, this can even include driving over a bridge. It is one of the most common phobia’s in the world and often worsens as we get older. Maybe we’re less likely to take risks at heights in our older years as we don’t have the same sense of immortality as our younger selves? Keep your feet firmly on low ground!