Why Do Phobias Matter?
Phobias are a very real part of many peoples’ lives, but it is easy for the public to overlook them. Although phobias often seem comical to those who don’t share them, they aren’t a laughing matter for those for whom they’re very real. Here are the best phobia lists of 2017 to give you an idea of what happens with this phenomenon.
Yes, this may have been the name of a popular movie, but it’s also a term for a real phobia – fear of spiders. Arachnaphobia affects more women than men for reasons that are largely unknown. Painful bites, plus spiders’ presence in many scary movies, might be possible reasons for this fear among both genders. Spiders often tend to show up in unexpected places, causing many who fear them to take extra precautions in areas that tend to attract them.
The fear of snakes is one of the most common, and with venomous species and large constrictors that can eat people out in the world, it’s not difficult to see why they scare so many people. Severe ophidiophobes might refuse to live in some areas because of the snake population, and it’s not uncommon to hear about archaeologists who are afraid of these slithering creatures. Encountering large or aggressive snakes in tight areas with few escape routes sometimes adds to the fear.
Many people have a fear of elevators or other small spaces. Sometimes this fear originates with having been trapped in a small space. Claustrophobic people often avoid using elevators or getting into cramped spaces as much as possible. Those who fear small spaces often have to learn to do things in settings that require them to get used to a small space. Continue reading