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Can you name the 10 Most Common Fears/Phobias?
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Oct 15th, 2009 at 02:39 GMT
fear of crowds is not the same as fear of public speaking...
Oct 15th, 2009 at 04:37 GMT
I just typed in "the" and it gave me rejection and commitment, might want to check the setup.
Oct 15th, 2009 at 15:06 GMT
thanks. fixed it
Oct 15th, 2009 at 18:44 GMT
Why is "planes" not an acceptable alternate answer for "flying"?
Oct 15th, 2009 at 22:17 GMT
i think the boogeyman should be a bonus answer
Oct 15th, 2009 at 23:41 GMT
Fear of rejection seems pretty highly associated with fear of public speaking. Unless I'm overlooking it.
Oct 16th, 2009 at 01:59 GMT
@Loona: I know people who are very confident in almost any setting EXCEPT public speaking, whereas I myself am very confident with public speaking because I've learned that I'm good at it but I'm terrified of approaching people casually in less structured environments because it's a different type of rejection. I myself find commitment and intimacy awfully conflated. Can anyone sort that one out for me?
Oct 16th, 2009 at 02:17 GMT
suprised lightning and thunder aren't on here
Oct 16th, 2009 at 03:13 GMT
It might be nice to have the actual name of the fear in the extra category.
Oct 16th, 2009 at 20:50 GMT
Isn't flying pretty related to heights?
Oct 17th, 2009 at 01:49 GMT
I was surprised claustrophobia and some others weren't on here, then I checked the link. A quote: "in effect, my top 10 list of fears represents the top 10 fear-related searches at search engines like Google." I imagine "fear of commitment" is googled more often than "fear of snakes", but that doesn't say anything about its prevalence as an actual phobia. On the same page he has the results of a Gallup poll, which I find are closer to what I guessed: snakes, public speaking, heights, closed spaces, spiders (and insects), needles, mice, flying, dogs, thunder, crowds, doctors.
Oct 17th, 2009 at 22:58 GMT
I think stage fright should be acceptable for public speaking. The word fright is in the term, come on.
Oct 18th, 2009 at 06:23 GMT
This quiz was sort of misleading for me since I was trying to recall the top phobias. I missed most of those responses like "intimacy" and "commitment".
Oct 23rd, 2009 at 21:57 GMT
I kept trying germs, disease, and bacteria, just because that seems like such a big fears, especially in the time of the swine flu.
Oct 24th, 2009 at 21:08 GMT
I would think that claustrophobia would be one of the big ones...
Oct 28th, 2009 at 11:57 GMT
I agree with Nafets that the source is poor. The most popular searches for 'fear of _____' is not a good proxy for the most common fears. I think the fact that 'fear of flowers' is number 11 on his list is clear proof that the methodology is broken: surely that can only come from people saying 'Fear of flowers? WTF?' and then Googling it. Fear of flowers more common than fear of dentists? Male bovine excrement.
In the converse direction, it's clear that many, many people are afraid of snakes and spiders. But, for most people, that fear doesn't have a great impact on their lives. So why would people Google for it? If you're not afraid of snakes or spiders, you'e not going to learn anything by Googling for it; if you are afraid of them, you probably just get on with your life and try to avoid snakes or spiders, which doesn't have a huge impact. Very common fear but not so much Googling. On the other hand, if you're afraid of flying, that will have a big impact on your life and it's well-known that you can get help for that. The fear is pretty common but there's a really good reason to Google for information about it, skewing it up the list.
Nov 4th, 2009 at 16:18 GMT
this sounds like something you'd get from a USAToday infographic or Seventeen Magazine or something... kinda lame.
Nov 4th, 2009 at 21:11 GMT
So the scariest thing imaginable would be giving a speech on a plane in the dark next to a black widow spider that wants an intimate relationship, but will reject you and eject you at 10,000 feet for failing to comply?
Jan 27th, 2010 at 16:40 GMT
If flights is higher on the scale than death, does that mean that there are people who are afraid of flying because of reasons not related to crashing and death?
Apr 6th, 2010 at 00:15 GMT
It would be great if you could add "Fear Itself" as a bonus answer.
Jun 17th, 2010 at 03:07 GMT
Fascinating. I got 5 of these, got close to some others (I guessed bankruptcy and job loss but not failure; I guessed abandonment and divorce but not rejection). I'm surprised that such things as cancer and disability are not on the list. Don't know why I didn't think of the dark - it terrified me when I was a kid.
Feb 6th, 2011 at 20:34 GMT
You know, a fear of heights isn't the same as a fear of falling.
Apr 7th, 2012 at 08:55 GMT
I wouldn't call some of those (fear of intimacy, for example) "phobias".
Apr 22nd, 2012 at 05:31 GMT
May 26th, 2012 at 08:35 GMT
"Can you name the 10 Most Common Fears/Phobias?" As I understand, it means both common phobias and fears. I liked this one. I just thought of what people mainly complain about considering fears.
Jul 12th, 2012 at 10:16 GMT
i am afraid of clowns.
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