It’s difficult to find reliable and interesting specific phobiasfacts online. Most interesting specific phobias facts can be found in scientific journals and are difficult to read. So I’ve created this easy to read page with interesting specific phobias facts.
People who suffer specific phobias have irrational, continuing fears of a specific situation or object that is out of proportion to the actual risk. Because of these fears they avoid getting in touch with the phobic situation or object. And in severe cases talking about it or seeing a picture of it can be enough to trigger the fear. In other words: if someone suffers from arachnophobia (fear of spiders) then that person will avoid direct contact with spiders. And in severe cases even a picture of a spider or talking about a spider(movie) can make those people scared and sometimes even freak out.
Here are some interesting specific phobias facts. To make this page easy to read I categorized the specific phobias in 5 categories:
There are more than 100 different specific phobias which we can categorize:
(1) Animals or insects – fear of spiders or horses. (2) Nature – fear of heights or thunder.
(3) Situations – fear of air planesorenclosed places.
(4) Blood, injection or injury – fear of needles or blood.
(5) Other phobias – fear of clowns or men or blushing.
2.4 – 3.7% of people have dental phobia at least once in their lives.*
Dental phobia is more than other specific phobias associated with more intrusive re-experiencing fears, impaired social relationships, sleep disturbance, avoidance of certain foods, decreased vitality and negative physiological impact.*