What is Fear And How Can we Deal With It.
Fear is an emotion that is natural, powerful, and primitive. It involves a universal biochemical response as well as a high individual emotional response.
Fear notifies us of the perceived presence of danger or the threat of harm, whether that danger is physical or psychological.
Fear is related to Phobia’s and Anxiety.
The difference between fear and a phobia lies in the normality of fear, versus the abnormal features of a phobia. Phobias are characterized by:
- Persistent fear, despite being presented with evidence that the fear is unfounded
- Exposure elicits intense fear and anxiety, sometimes even a panic attack
- Irrational and unreasonable fear
- The affected individual recognizes that the fear is unfounded and excessive (except in young children)
- Powerlessness to control the intense fear
The distinction between a fear and a phobia can blur with small children. Childhood fears are a normal part of development. However, unlike phobias, normal childhood fears involve an ordinary fear response, have a minimal effect on daily function and revolves as the child matures.
Treatment is only required for childhood fears if they significantly impair function, cause unduly severe fear and anxiety, or persist despite the child’s development; in other words, if they cross the line and become phobias.
Top List of Fears
1. Fear that we could loose our job
2. Fear we may loose our life partner (husband, wife, boyfrind, girlfriend)
3. Fear of never being good enough
4. Fear we may get into debt
5. Fear we may loose our homes
6. Fear we may become homeless
7. Fear we may become fat
8. Fear we may never find a job
9. Fear of Getting Fat
10. Fear of not passing an exam
11. Fear of being a failure
12 Fear we may never find a partner, anyone to date or live with
13. Fear of being lonely
14. Fear of not making friends
15. Fear of loosing a baby
16. Fear of loosing your children
17). Fear of being assaulted
18). Fear of being raped
19. Fear of being burgled
20. Fear of loosing everything
21. Fear of never succeeding
22. Fear of change
23. Fear of Contracting a Disease
24. Fear of Dying
25. Fear of not being attractive.
Top 100 Phobia List
These are the top 100 phobias in the world, with the most common ones listed from the top. You can click on each phobia to learn about causes, symptoms and treatments.
- Arachnophobia – The fear of spiders affects women four times more (48% women and 12% men).
- Ophidiophobia – The fear of snakes. Phobics avoid certain cities because they have more snakes.
- Acrophobia – The fear of heights. Five percent of the general population suffer from this phobia.
- Agoraphobia – The fear of open or crowded spaces. People with this fear often wont leave home.
- Cynophobia – The fear of dogs. This includes everything from small Poodles to large Great Danes.
- Astraphobia – The fear of thunder/lightning AKA Brontophobia, Tonitrophobia, Ceraunophobia.
- Claustrophobia – The fear of small spaces like elevators, small rooms and other enclosed spaces.
- Mysophobia – The fear of germs. It is also rightly termed as Germophobia or Bacterophobia.
- Aerophobia – The fear of flying. 25 million Americans share a fear of flying.
- Trypophobia – The fear of holes is an unusual but pretty common phobia.
- Carcinophobia – T he fear of cancer. People with this develop extreme diets.
- Thanatophobia – The fear of death. Even talking about death can be hard.
- Glossophobia – The fear of public speaking. Not being able to do speeches.
- Monophobia – The fear of being alone. Even while eating and/or sleeping.
- Atychiphobia – The fear of failure. It is the single greatest barrier to success.
- Ornithophobia – The fear of birds. Individuals suffering from this may only fear certain species.
- Alektorophobia – The fear of chickens. You may have this phobia if chickens make you panic.
- Enochlophobia – The fear of crowds is closely related to Ochlophobia and Demophobia.
- Aphenphosmphobia – The fear of intimacy. Fear of being touched and love.
- Trypanophobia – The fear of needles. I used to fear needles (that and death).
- Anthropophobia – The fear of people. Being afraid of people in all situations.
- Aquaphobia – The fear of water. Being afraid of water or being near water.
- Autophobia – The fear of abandonment and being abandoned by someone.
- Hemophobia – The fear of blood. Even the sight of blood can cause fainting.
- Gamophobia – The fear of commitment or sticking with someone to the end.
- Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia – The fear of long words. Believe it or not, it’s real.
- Xenophobia – The fear of the unknown. Fearing anything or anyone that is strange or foreign.
- Vehophobia – The fear of driving. This phobia affects personal and work life.
- Basiphobia – The fear of falling. Some may even refuse to walk or stand up.
- Achievemephobia – The fear of success. The opposite to the fear of failure.
- Theophobia – The fear of God causes an irrational fear of God or religion.
- Ailurophobia – The fear of cats. This phobia is also known as Gatophobia.
- Metathesiophobia – The fear of change. Sometimes change is a good thing.
- Globophobia – The fear of balloons. They should be fun, but not for phobics.
- Nyctophobia – The fear of darkness. Being afraid of the dark or the night is common for kids.
- Androphobia – The fear of men. Usually seen in younger females, but it can also affect adults.
- Phobophobia – The fear of fear. The thought of being afraid of objects/situations.
- Philophobia – The fear of love. Being scared of falling in love or emotions.
- Triskaidekaphobia – The fear of the number 13 or the bad luck that follows.
- Emetophobia – The fear of vomiting and the fear of loss of your self control.
- Gephyrophobia – The fear of bridges and crossing even the smallest bridge.
- Entomophobia – The fear of bugs and insects, also related to Acarophobia.
- Lepidopterophobia – The fear of butterflies and often most winged insects.
- Panophobia – The fear of everything or fear that terrible things will happen.
- Podophobia – The fear of feet. Some people fear touching or looking at feet, even their own.
- Paraskevidekatriaphobia – The fear of Friday the 13th. About 8% of Americans have this phobia.
- Somniphobia – The fear of sleep. Being terrified of what might happen right after you fall asleep.
- Gynophobia – The fear of women. May occur if you have unresolved mother issues.
- Apiphobia – The fear of bees. Many people fear being stung by angry bees.
- Koumpounophobia – The fear of buttons. Clothes with buttons are avoided.
- Anatidaephobia – The fear of ducks. Somewhere, a duck is watching you.
- Pyrophobia – The fear of fire. A natural/primal fear that can be debilitating.
- Ranidaphobia – The fear of frogs. Often caused by episodes from childhood.
- Galeophobia – The fear of sharks in the ocean or even in swimming pools.
- Athazagoraphobia – The fear of being forgotten or not remembering things.
- Katsaridaphobia – The fear of cockroaches. This can easily lead to an excessive cleaning disorder.
- Iatrophobia – The fear of doctors. Do you delay doctor visits? You may have this.
- Pediophobia – The fear of dolls. This phobia could well be Chucky-induced.
- Ichthyophobia – The fear of fish. Includes small, large, dead and living fish.
- Achondroplasiaphobia – The fear of little people. As they look differently.
- Mottephobia – The fear of moths. These insects are only beautiful to some.
- Zoophobia – The fear of animals. Applies to both vile and harmless animals.
- Bananaphobia – The fear of bananas. If you have this phobia, they are scary.
- Sidonglobophobia – The fear of cotton balls or plastic foams. Oh that sound.
- Scelerophobia – The fear of crime involves being afraid of burglars, attackers or crime in general.
- Cibophobia – The fear of food. The phobia may come from a bad episode while eating, like choking.
- Phasmophobia – The fear of ghosts. AKA Spectrophobia. Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!
- Equinophobia – The fear of horses. Animal phobias are pretty common, especially for women.
- Musophobia – The fear of mice. Some people find mice cute, but phobics don’t.
- Catoptrophobia – The fear of mirrors. Being afraid of what you might see.
- Agliophobia – The fear of pain. Being afraid something painful will happen.
- Tokophobia – The fear of pregnancy involves giving birth or having children.
- Telephonophobia – The fear of talking on the phone. Phobics prefer texting.
- Pogonophobia – The fear of beards or being scared of/around bearded men.
- Omphalophobia – The fear of belly buttons. Touching and looking at navels.
- Pseudodysphagia – The fear of choking often after a bad eating experience.
- Bathophobia – The fear of depths can be anything associated with depth (lakes, tunnels, caves).
- Cacomorphobia – The fear of fat people. Induced by the media. Affects some anorexics/bulimics.
- Gerascophobia – The fear of getting old. Aging is the most natural thing, yet many of us fear it.
- Chaetophobia – The fear of hair. Phobics tend to be afraid of other peoples hair.
- Nosocomephobia – The fear of hospitals. Let’s face it, no one likes hospitals.
- Ligyrophobia – The fear of loud noises. More than the instinctive noise fear.
- Didaskaleinophobia – The fear of school. This phobia affects kids mostly.
- Technophobia – The fear of technology is often induced by culture/religion.
- Chronophobia – The fear of the future. A persistent fear of what is to come.
- Spheksophobia – The fear of wasps. You panic and fear getting stung by it.
- Ergophobia – The fear of work. Often due to social or performance anxiety.
- Coulrophobia – The fear of clowns. Some people find clowns funny, coulrophobics certainly don’t.
- Allodoxaphobia – The fear of opinions. Being afraid of hearing what others are thinking of you.
- Samhainophobia – The fear of Halloween affects children/superstitious people.
- Photophobia – The fear of light caused by something medical or traumatic.
- Disposophobia – The fear of getting rid of stuff triggers extreme hoarding.
- Numerophobia – The fear of numbers and the mere thought of calculations.
- Ombrophobia – The fear of rain. Many fear the rain due to stormy weather.
- Coasterphobia – The fear of roller coasters. Ever seen Final Destination 3?
- Thalassophobia – The fear of the ocean. Water, waves and unknown spaces.
- Scoleciphobia – The fear of worms. Often because of unhygienic conditions.
- Kinemortophobia – The fear of zombies. Being afraid that zombies attack and turn you into them.
- Myrmecophobia – The fear of ants. Not as common as Arachnophobia, but may feel just as intense.
- Taphophobia – The fear of being buried alive by mistake and waking up in a coffin underground.
Fear is an intrusive thought that we battle within our heads when we feel insecure. Fear is the figment of our imagination. If we can visualise a traumatic event we may start to believe it may happen and our brain sends signals for us to be on guard.
Fear is related to anxiety and is a psychological, physiological, and behavioral state induced in animals and humans by a threat to well-being or survival, either actual or potential. Fear is characterized by increased arousal, expectancy, autonomic and neuroendocrine activation, and specific behavior patterns. Our behavioural patterns to changes is the facilitation of a coping mechanism where we are in a situation whereby it may be adverse or unexpected. Pathological anxiety interferes with our ability to cope successfully with life challenges. Vulnerability to psychopathology appears to be a consequence of predisposing factors (or traits), which result from numerous gene-environment interactions during development (particularly during the perinatal period) and experience (life events), in this review, the biology of fear and anxiety will be examined from systemic (brain-behavior relationships, neuronal circuitry, and functional neuroanatomy) and cellular/molecular (neurotransmitters, hormones, and other biochemical factors) points of view, with particular reference to animal models. These models have been instrumental in establishing the biological correlates of fear and anxiety, although the recent development of noninvasive investigation methods in humans, such as the various neuroimaging techniques, certainly opens new avenues of research in this field. Our current knowledge of the biological bases of fear and anxiety is already impressive, and further progress toward models or theories integrating contributions from the medical, biological, and psychological sciences can be expected.
I have my own fears and anxieties and even if i shared them with you it would not help me. I need to find the strength within me to overcome my anxiety, fear and vulnerabilities. Everyone at some point in their lives feels insecure and scared.
I am working on overcoming my fears by writing my thoughts. I also within my writing am building a portfolio of ammunition that I can use if my fears actually materialise.
Do try to face your fears, write them down if you have to or tell someone. Do not keep your fears festering inside as nothing good will come out of it if you.
I try to stay positive as best I can even if the world is throwing boulders at me. I know I will overcome my obstacles and try not to digress on the the bad things that have happened and try to move on at best I can when i am not at my lowest.
On a scale of 1 being fine and 20 being really bad I am 20 plus.
In the last seven days my emotions have taken a battering, and I am anxious and depressed, so it may take me some time to get myself out of this dark place that I am in, no thanks to three entities that have ruined Christmas for me.
Stay safe and speak soon.