Interesting specific phobias facts

Interesting specific phobias facts.

Fear of spiders – arachnophobia

It’s difficult to find reliable and interesting specific phobias facts 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 insectsfear of spiders or horses.
(2) Naturefear of heights or thunder.
(3) Situationsfear of air planes or enclosed places.
(4) Blood, injection or injuryfear of needles or blood.
(5) Other phobiasfear of clowns or men or blushing.

Do you suffer specific phobia(s) and would you like to get rid of them? At Barends Psychology Practice counseling for phobia is offered. Schedule a first, free of charge, appointment straight away: contact us. (Depending on your health insurance, sometimes treatment can be reimbursed)

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Interesting specific phobias facts – General information.

  •  More than twice as many women as men suffer from specific phobias. Women: 26.5% and men: 12.4%.*
  •  8.7% of men in the United States have a specific phobia at least once in their lives.*
  •  21.9% of specific phobia cases are severe, 30% moderate and 48,1% are mild.*
  •  7,9% of Dutch adults had a specific phobia once in their lives.*
  •  527.300 Dutch adults had a specific phobia in the 2014.*


Interesting specific phobias facts – Animal phobia.

Spider phobia

Fear of spiders – Arachnophobia.


  •  Age of onset for animal phobia is 8 – 9.2 years old.*
  •  3.3 – 7% of people have an animal phobia once in their lives.*
  •  4.3 – 12.1% of women and 2.7 – 3.3% of men have an animal phobia once in their lives.*
  •  Animal phobia has co-morbidity with depression.*

Interesting specific phobias facts – Natural phobia.

View from Burj Khalifa, Dubai

Acrophobia – View from Burj Khalifa, Dubai.


  •  Age of onset for natural phobia is 13.6 years old.*
  •  8.9 – 11.6% of people have a natural phobia at least once in their lives. For women this is 5.3% and for men 3.2%.*
  •  5.3% of women and 3.2% of men have a natural phobia once in their lives.*
  •  Natural phobia has co-morbidity with depression.*
  •  Natural phobia in women also has co-morbidity with anxiety disorders.*
  •  Height phobia is the most common specific phobia for men. 3.3 – 6.3% of men have height phobia at least once in their lives.*
  •  Height phobia is in the top 3 on the phobia list for women: 1.6 – 8.6%.*

Interesting specific phobias facts – Situational phobia.

Interesting specific phobias facts

Fear of flying – aerophobia.


  •  Age of onset for situational phobia is 13.4 – 21.8 years old.*
  •  5.2 – 8.4% of people have a situational phobia at least once in their lives.*
  •  6.4 – 17.6% of women and 1.6 – 8.7% of men have a situational phobia once in their lives.*
  •  People with situational phobia have co-morbidity with affective disorders, panic attacks and substance use disorders.*

Interesting specific phobias facts – Blood-injection-needle phobia.

Interesting specific phobias facts- needle phobia

Fear of needles – belone phobia.


  • Age of onset of blood-injection-needle phobia (blood phobia) is around 9.4 years old.*
  • 3.2 – 4.5% of people have blood phobia at least once in their lives.*
  • 4.4 – 6.4% of women and 1.8 – 3.9% of men have a blood phobia once in their lives.*
  • People with blood phobia often also have panic disorder and agoraphobia.*
  • People with blood phobia often also abuse marihuana.
  • People with blood phobia often also have Seasonal Affective Disorder and/or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.*
  • 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.*

*For more information about these facts, please read LeBeau et al. (2010).

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