The Most Common Phobias.

The 10 most common phobias. Do you think you suffer from any of them?

Classic Friday the 13th goalie Mask on black background.


 (def.) – The fear of Friday the 13th.

“Frigg” – The Norse goddess whom Friday is named after.

“Triskaidekaphobia” – The fear of 13.


Millions of Americans are afraid of Friday the 13th but it still isn’t among the most common phobias. People who suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobia  suffer everything from a little bit of anxiety to a feeling of doom to full-on panic attacks when Friday the 13th approaches. Which are the exact symptoms I show whenever I realize the dishwasher needs to be emptied.

Take a gander at this list of phobias and see how you and your phobias stack up against the 10 most common.

10 Most Common Phobias


1. Arachnophobia:

  • The fear of spiders.
  • This phobia tends to affect women more than men.

2. Ophidiophobia:

  • The fear of snakes.
  • Often attributed to evolutionary causes, personal experiences, or cultural influences.

3. Acrophobia:

  • The fear of heights.
  • This fear can lead to anxiety attacks and avoidance of high places.

4. Agoraphobia:

  • The fear of situations in which escape is difficult.
  • This may include crowded areas, open spaces, or situations that are likely to trigger a panic attack. People will begin avoiding these trigger events, sometimes to the point that they cease leaving their home.

5. Cynophobia:

  • The fear of dogs.
  • This phobia is often associated with specific personal experiences, such as being bitten by a dog during childhood.

6. Astraphobia:

  • The fear of thunder and lightening.
  • Also known as Brontophobia, Tonitrophobia, or Ceraunophobia.

7. Trypanophobia:

  • The fear of injections.
  • Like many phobias, this fear often goes untreated because people avoid the triggering object and situation.

8. Social Phobias:

  • The fear of social situations.
  • In many cases, these phobias can become so severe that people avoid events, places, and people that are likely to trigger an anxiety attack.

9. Pteromerhanophobia:

  • The fear of flying.
  • Often treated using exposure therapy, in which the client is gradually and progressively introduced to flying.

10. Mysophobia:

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Let’s hear them. Do you have 1, 2, 3 or none of the top 10 phobias?  Or perhaps you have the be all and end all of phobias Phobophobia – the fear of phobias.


  1. Cat says:

    I have some fear of heights and crowded places (numbers 3 and 4). Not enough to have a panic attack though. I wonder what number fear of elevators would have?

  2. Diane says:

    Definitely heights, definitely a height phobia. Especially if it’s something where I am not secured. I’m good on high roller coasters. I can walk across bridges that have a fence railing taller than I am, but if it’s a little waist high rail… I keep walking without looking over, and stay away from that rail! Standing on top of fences gets my fear going, too, and add in how terrible my balance is… lol.

    My germ fears are all based either in total ick (moldy, rotting stuff) or other people being sick with possible communicable diseases. I drop stuff on the floor in my room and eat it often, and the house is a total mess.

    I am very uncomfortable in crowds, but as long as I have room to move without touching people, I don’t mind, but it’s not a fear unless I am crowded in from all sides with a clear chance of someone falling and people possibly getting trampled, but that’s a “I don’t want to die or get hurt” situation.

    And I get anxious in certain social situations, but it’s not a fear, it’s just uncomfortable, and probably something embarrassing.

  3. Angela says:

    I, too, lived in an old house with centipedes…although not to the same degree you have dealt with! Reading through your past posts (with photos!) was frightening! Do you think fear of centipedes falls under arachnophobia? I’d gladly battle a spider over a centipede any day–or night!–’cause that’s when they come up from the basement…

  4. Rhonda Smartypants says:

    Karen – I laugh in the face of all but 2. In fact, #2 is so strong, that I pulled my legs slightly off the floor when I read the description and felt a slight shudder begin where my feet left the floor. Irrational? Not due to the fact that we visited our southwestern relatives almost yearly when I was a child and often stopped at the wondrous roadside snake pits advertised with wild abandon along our annual route coming and going. Swimming pool-sized cement pits were swarming with writhing, crawling, hissing, and dropping from the walls snakes by the hundreds. The specifics of my fear is irrational and did not occur to me that it was irrational until a few years ago: I am terrified that I will be bitten on the rump by a rattlesnake that is hiding inside and underneath the lid of an outhouse. Go figure. Stupid? Yes. Does it matter? Nope.

    #3 follows #2 not just numerically when it comes to my two favorite phobias and it is odd because it seems to have developed as I matured. I don’t recall being afraid of heights as a child, teen or young-er adult; since I turned 50 or so, I can hardly stand on a deck one story high without feeling that ‘whoopsie-doosy’ feeling. I feel it for other people and animals that are up high, too.

    When it comes to the other #’s — call me “Phobia Busters.” I’ll guide, coerce, cajole you through the roughest of experiences with your particular phobia. They seem trivial and inconsequential and very, very stupid to me, but I will let you have them with all the glory you need because my two are very, very realistic to me. Come see, come saw.

    • Deb says:

      OMG Rhonda Smartpants! I too have a terrifying fear of being bitten on the behind by a snake while I’m doing my business. But in my case it’s a snake, swimming through the pipes and then erupting from the water, gasping for breath and sinking its fangs in – black snakes, brown snakes, death adders, taipans, red belly blacks. We have them all here in Australia, hence I always turn on the light… Even though I don’t think a snake could hold its breath that far. It’s irrational.

      Luckily I’m not bothered by spiders, of which the red back has been known to frequent toilets waiting for a tasty and unexpecting bottom to be lowered!

  5. Michelle says:

    #1 for sure! Though one must put on a brave face in front of one’s kids while catching palm sized house spiders (yes more than one!!) at 0130 in the morning and to remove said spider from said kid’s room with the largest glass container available in the kitchen for humane release out the nearest opening to the outside! (kid would not allow squashing…and what a mess it would leave on the carpet) …it took awhile to fall back to sleep. (me not the kid) ack!!

  6. Louise Barr says:

    I didn’t have any phobias until I was in my teens and someone brought in a snake. Next thing I knew, I was wrapped in the drapes, screaming bloody murder. Then I went to the zoo, where they had a 2-headed snake (!) in a sort of aquarium. I had to fight my way to the front of the crowd to see it, but then found myself shrieking and shoving myself backwards through the packed bodies! And this is so unlike me – I have a reputation as one tough cookie, but not with snakes!

  7. Amie Mason says:

    fake-grass-phobia! Blegh!

  8. Julia says:

    As I mature (!), I am increasingly unnerved by flying.
    Where I once laughed in the face of turbulence, I now spend take-off, landing, and the annoying bit in-between with my fingers gripped to the arm rests repeating the mantra ‘if the air stewards are still serving drinks you’re ok’.
    Last flight I went on, they were told to buckle up too. Jeeze.

  9. LuAnn Agustin says:

    There is something terribly wrong with me!!! I have NO phobias that I am aware of! Oh Woe is me…

  10. Susan R says:

    Pteromerhanophobia. Used to fly a lot. Now the thought sends me into a panic. Rather kiss a snake with a spider on my head, standing on a roof during a thunder and lightening storm while giving a speech to germy dogs.

  11. Auntiepatch says:

    3 & 4 – I just don’t go there!

  12. BarBee says:

    The only one I will actively avoid is heights, but do not show me a centepede!

  13. Meg says:

    I’ve heard fear of spiders is a learned response – only learned from other people. To which I say THAT IS BUNK. I have been terrified of spiders since birth. No learning needed. My Dad used to play with them in my *terrifying* basement. I was afraid then. I reaffirmed my fear with things like 5″ long spiders in my face, while running in New Hampshire, when I was a teen. And black widows in L.A. where I live now. NOWHEREISSAFE.

    Everything else, I kind of *like,* which probably makes other people anxious. I LOVE flying. I LOVE lightning. Being up high is spectacular. Dogs and snakes are awesome.

    • Mary Kay says:

      Meg- I am right with ya!!!! If you got eight legs and are IN MY HOUSE your death sentence has been signed. I tend to leave the ones outside alone. That is their space and I am happy to let them have their space until they invade mine.

  14. Melanie says:

    sharks… it’s the one you don’t see that gets you!

    • Kari says:

      Agreed, Melanie! Sharks are terrifying! Omg and dolphins. I got to swim with them last month, it was a dream come true and much to my surprise I almost had a heart attack. :( They’re amazing but they look like sharks and are actually very BIG and that fin. Eeeeek

  15. gloria says:

    Where is vinylhydrophobia on that list? The irrational fear of a wet plastic shower curtain sticking to your legs while taking a shower. That’s mine.

    • Lisa says:

      THIS! OMG – I thought I was the only one. It causes my anxiety level to skyrocket! It’s the worst when I’m trying to shave my legs. Gah! Giving me the heebie geebies just thinking about it.

  16. Kari says:

    Haha, I personally love a few of these as well. Dogs (come on!) thunder and lightening, being from the Gulf Coast where we have “hurricane parties”, but only if it’s below a Cat. 2 (Nobody was partying during Katrina), dirt never hurt and I laugh in the face of uncomfortable social situations. The rest of this list I’m freaking terrified of. Spiders, snakes and heights OH MY

  17. Jill says:

    My phobia? Alligators and crocodiles. As far as I’m concerned, this is an entirely rational phobia: you SHOULD be afraid of something with that many teeth that can move that quickly! Especially if you are a poor unsuspecting wildebeest at a watering hole. I am not a wildebeest at a watering hole, but I do have an active imagination, and am therefore afraid of alligators and crocodiles.

    • Karen says:

      Jill – So here’s the thing. According to the great existential philosopher Kierkegaard you may very well be a wildebeest. So … I’d go with that if I were you. ~ karen!

    • Jenny says:

      I’m with you. I have recurring nightmares all the time about alligators/crocodiles (not sure which as in my dreams I’m always too scared to properly assess their nose shape). When we went to Louisiana when I was in high school, I was positive that there were alligators lurking everywhere juuuuust waiting for me to let my guard down so they could eat me.

    • Sara says:

      I’m also with you on the alligator front. Do not like them one single bit.

  18. Shannon says:

    Thirteen is my lucky number so when it falls on a Friday it’s a double whammy of a good day.
    Bees (okay, technically wasps and not our furry bee friends) and fire are tied for panic attack inducing phobias if mine. I’ve made more of a fool of myself due to a curious yellow jacket than I care to admit.

  19. Sarah says:

    #3, but not when I’m climbing *up* something tall (tall being anything over 8 feet). It’s only when I look down and think about how high up I am. I get all weak in the knees and slightly sick to my stomach, which is not a good thing if your at the top a ladder.

    You should have seen me when I went ziplining this summer.

  20. Jen says:

    3 and 4 all the way. I have an anxiety disorder, which makes large crowds, really challenging. But it’s good, because if something happens, I am usually fairly close to a door!

  21. Cathy says:

    Yea, it causes me to have hydradenitis.

  22. Karrie Keehart says:

    I would tell you number 2 and number 7 if my number 8 wasn’t so loud.

  23. Ann says:

    Wonder why glossophobia didn’t make the cut? I thought loads of folks were afraid of public speaking. I don’t happen to be one of them (any more) which is a good thing because I give talks almost every week. Nope, no fearing of public speaking for me. I save all my neuroses for driving, which by my reckoning is one of those rational fears you talked about.

  24. Becky says:

    Where is the fear of centipedes on this list? Or mice?
    A fuzzy mouse will stop me in my tracks and instantly glue my feet to the floor…. as for the rest of this list, I’m good.

  25. Alisha says:

    Fear of heights FOR SURE. I once was trying to prime myself to jump off a 7 foot rock into a deep river. No big deal, did it as a kid. Irrational adult now. Someone behind me yelled “if you don’t jump I’m gonna come over there and push you!” I panicked, turned, slipped and fell off the rock head first into the river.

    I’m also TERRIFIED of scorpions and simply not a fan of spiders. I don’t squeal but I do kill.

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