This article will propose you, at first, some of the diffused fears of our age, following the experiences of some authors. There will be a list of phobias and their meanings. Then, you will discover some solutions to the problem of different phobias and panic attacks.
Top 10 most common fears
- Fear of public speaking
- Fear of death
- Fear of spiders
- Fear of darkness
- Fear of heights
- Fear of social situations
- Fear of flying
- Fear of confined spaces
- Fear of open spaces
- Fear of thunder
Below you can find a useful infographic that you may share on Pinterest! 🙂
List of common Phobias
Let’s start with a list of common and weird phobias and their definitions explained with experiences of some experts and authors:
Fear of Missing Out (FOMO)
” The number one fear that characterize the course of life in the modern world is the fear of missing out (FOMO).
“What if” and “if only” are sensitives that are an unassailable byproduct of our modern cultures and societies. No matter what we long for, where we wish to be, or with whom we wish to be with- the fear of missing out reflects an absence of connection.
This anxiety can be overwhelming or subtle, whether we are well aware of our distance from something elsewhere or we’re unconsciously suffering from a sense of detachment.
But you need to know how to deal with anxiety and to be the controller, and not the controlled one (by anxiety itself), in an anxiety situation.
A fundamental part of being human is being social. Some argue that the virtual environment and our obsession with technology puts us farther apart from each other than ever. This argument is incomplete, however. To date, there is no solid data that links our online habits with our happiness (assuming happiness is the opposite of fear).
So how do we overcome the fear of missing out?
Recognize the disconnect. If you’re depressed because you feel alone – get in touch. It might mean reaching out to someone on Facebook, picking up the phone, or scheduling face-to-face time with someone. It doesn’t matter how you connect; it matters that you do it. Human interaction is about language, the exchange of information and values. You’re only missing out if you don’t take action on interaction.
Another tip for overcoming FOMO is toown it. The ability to say, “so what?” when you weren’t invited or were the last to know is easier said than done but it’s worth practicing.”
-Courtney Capellan, Digital Analyst – LingPerfect Translations
Fear of Being Judged
” One fear is the fear of being judged.
We hate being judged.
I do have an evolutionary explanation for it. We don’t want to appear weird. We want to “blend in” – we want to appear normal.
Why? Because predators will go after the guy that stands out.
If you watch animal channel, you will see that the lions will go after the zebra that’s alone instead of a group of zebras that are together. Birds will fly together for the same reason, the probability of being subject of an attack is less if you’re in a group and you don’t stand out.
How to get over your fear: Make your worst fear come true. If you have a fear of being weird, go out there and be weird. Wear a weird costume or write the word “loser” on your shirt. If you have a fear of being judged, go out there and do something weird to make sure you are judged.”
– Andrew Reeves, CEO – Luxe Translation Services
” I developed claustrophobia as a child, and it is one of the most common phobias..
At first, it literally impacted me only in tight places, like being in a small room with too many people.
It eventually developed further; the space didn’t have to be tight; there didn’t have too be too many people. Being in a crowded swimming pool could be frightening, because I feared someone would be pushed under the water. If I had a scarf over my face, I began to feel I wasn’t getting enough oxygen. Being on a large elevator with only one person, plenty of room, began to be difficult.
I met an agoraphobic, and decided I couldn’t let my life take that turn. I took the time to further examine my reactions. I realized that it is not only the literal fear of tight places. It is the fear of not being in control of a situation. I decided to face it head on so that it would not continue to keep me from doing things. I am now able to scuba dive, and have survived being trapped in an elevator for an hour. Yes, I can sometimes feel the fear, but now I don’t let it grow to total panic.
Sometimes even when you can’t control a situation, you can control your fear.”
– Joan Fradella, FL Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator – Divorce thru Mediation, Inc.
Do you really know why do panic attacks happen?
Entomophobia (Fear of insects)
The fear of bugs, or fear of insects, is treated and classified as a phobia in the 2013 update to the American Psychiatric Association’s “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders”. More particularly, the fear of bugs is well-known and defined as insectophobia, or entomophobia.
Entomophobia is defined as a persistent, non-normal and unjustified fear of insects. It is a very common phobia, the most extensive phobia towards animals. Among the fears of insects, in general, there are more specific phobias, such as arachnophobia (fear of spiders), or apifobia (fear of bees).
How to Overcome These Phobias?
Whichever your phobia is, being or not present in the previous list of most common phobias, you have to understand that it may be a chronic suffering.
Indeed phobias like agoraphobia, social phobia, insects phobia, etc.. are more likely to manifest themselves into panic attacks.
Anxiety, phobias and panic attacks are strongly related by the so-called “anxiety cycle”, but still they have some differences.
How do you know if your phobia may be chronic?
There are two situations that let you understand the severity of your situation:
You spend more time worrying about a possible life-threatening event for your life then doing other useful tasks. This is the case in which you waste time cleaning your house because you are afraid of insects, or when you don’t want to go out with your friends and stay at home because of social anxiety. In this phase you are literally trying to suppress your phobia by choking it and being obsessed about preventing somehow life injuring events.
When something that may be related to major worries about a certain phobia (such as being stung by an insect or having a panic attack while being in public places) happen, you are going to experience a very bad 10-15 minute session of panic attack. You don’t want to get panic attack or have fear about being mortally stung by an insect, and you have to manage your situation.
How to overcome fears
Many readers ask us suggestions about very good resources online that can effectively help people with their methods and that are not expensive.
I will now suggest three of the best programs I’ve ever found online:
- Anxiety Shift: this guide definitely have helped people to improve their situation, I think you should probably give it a try since it is based on a technique that breaks the anxiety cycle.
- Panic Away: Barry Mcdonagh has helped people for over ten years, from top CEO’s and celebrities to soldiers and moms. His work has been used by more than 80.000 people online.
- CBT4Panic: Based on cognitive behavioral therapy, this program is one of the most complete (audio, video, ebooks, worksheets…) and you can get it at a very low price considering the expensive courses present on the web.I strongly suggest to refer to one of these because you will definitely save a lot of money and, more importantly, you will notice big results in very few weeks.