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Most Common Phobias

Name the 10 most common phobias in the United States, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
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  • Quiz by Quizmaster - Mar 17, 2014
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(74)
Fear of a Black Planet (with apologies to Chuck D).
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Mar 17, 2014
(65)
Publenemophobia? :-D
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Sep 14, 2016
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No snakes ? That's even more surprising than rodents imo. Snakes are so much more dangerous than spiders... I thought of shyness but not of glossophobia or sociophobia in particular.
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Mar 17, 2014
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It depends on the snake and the spider. I welcome most snakes to my garden unless they are venomous. I can tolerate spiders except the black widow and brown recluse, both of which have been in my house or garage. Brown recluse are a real problem in this area. Most of us put out those sticky mouse traps to catch them, especially near our beds since the spiders mostly come out at night. A friend was bitten by one a couple of weeks ago at his house and has a huge area decaying around the bite and he is still really sick. Give me a nice garter snake any day.
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Aug 29, 2016
(57)
I was sure fear of exercise would be top (boom!)
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Mar 17, 2014
(49)
No fear of clowns? I know a few folks...
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Mar 17, 2014
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Yeah I have clownophobia! They're terrifying!
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Aug 28, 2016
(43)
I couldn't agree more, terrifying of those sneaky clown bastards
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Aug 31, 2016
(28)
I typed in "clowns" three times thinking I hadn't tried it yet.
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Aug 30, 2016
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What is it with people being afraid of clowns?! I'm sorry, I try to be sensitive to others but I just don't get this one. They're FUNNY! I remember going to a traveling clown show called Aga-Boom when I was 12. I believe the clowns were from Eastern Europe somewhere. Anyway I laughed my head off! And at the circus they've always cracked me up. Their mischief and crazy slapstick antics, and sometimes the way they move, sneaking dramatically around on tiptoes and making huge exaggerated gestures and playing tricks--they're hilarious! And that's exactly what they're meant to be.
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Sep 10, 2016
(34)
You've had a good experience to form your opinion of them, now if someone's impression was formed under different circumstances (watching 'It' say).....
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May 19, 2017
(46)
Other common fears - - Lactochronophobia - fear of drinking milk past its expiration date - Monsantophobia - fear of genetically altered vegetables - Quizzophobia - fear of sub-average JetPunk scores
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Mar 17, 2014
(61)
Fear Itself!
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Mar 17, 2014
(67)
Yes! I tried that but to no avail . . .
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Jan 26, 2015
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I think that the fear of death is more thanatophobia, which is the fear of dying. Necrophobia is the fear of dead or dying people/things, not personal death.
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Mar 17, 2014
(67)
Exactly what I was about to say.
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Aug 29, 2016
(65)
I thought maybe necrophobia would be the fear of necrotising faciitis, or perhaps fear of necromancers, or maybe even fear of the Necronomicon (it is, after all, kind of long).
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Sep 14, 2016
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but necro means dead which is where necromancers get there name, so... yeah.
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Dec 1, 2016
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accept spider for spiders etc. otherwise good quiz
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Mar 17, 2014
(49)
Wow, that was hard, and I only got 7. There were a whole lot of things--snakes, rats, dogs, blood, germs, guns--that seemed like good guesses but didn't make the list.
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Mar 17, 2014
(48)
i'm part of 4 of these things. spiders, death, darkness and heights. is that too much?
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Mar 17, 2014
(37)
Well, pretty much everyone is afraid of death. No one really likes spiders, and being up high in a really tall place and having the fear of falling would scare pretty much anyone. I wouldn't say everyone is scared of the dark; I would say they are scared of what can be hiding in the dark. So you share some of the same fears as several million people in the US.
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Mar 17, 2014
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I don't think anyone is afraid of dying. They're afraid of what happens after they die.
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Jan 26, 2015
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I'm afraid of dying. I kinda like being me and being here. That makes me sound narcissistic, but... yep.
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Oct 23, 2015
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I like spiders.
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Dec 15, 2015
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I like spiders too!
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Aug 28, 2016
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@vineyard: I see it as more of a fear of the ending of the positive processes that make up your life, a fear of oblivion rather than post-mortal events. Apparently, uranophobia or ouranophobia is the fear of the afterlife, but I don't think the study distinguishes.
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Sep 1, 2016
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Wrong. I'm not afraid of heights at all. Not the slightest.
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Oct 8, 2016
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My husband loves spiders (because he hates flies). I am hardly ever allowed to get rid of any cobwebs!
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Aug 28, 2016
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Cobwebs aren't made by spiders; you're thinking of spider webs. Cobwebs is just dust, and as spiders are self-respecting, clean creatures, they'd want nothing to do with cobwebs!
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Sep 14, 2016
https://www.google.com/search?q=define+cobweb
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Sep 14, 2016
(44)
@samiamco Ohhhh shooot! You just got owned by Quizmaster himself!
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Sep 20, 2016
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Surprised snakes is not on here. Really am. Im terrified of them
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Mar 18, 2014
(37)
If snakes were on here, it would have cued the obvious comment if someone had missed it of "Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?"
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Mar 18, 2014
(69)
Fear of flying makes the list so if you took those snakes and put them on a plane, you'd be bound to scare somebody.
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Mar 19, 2014
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I figured there would be a gratuitous snakes on a plane reference coming.
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Mar 22, 2014
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And as a big fan of gratuitousness you decided to one-up that comment in that respect when you found it?
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Mar 28, 2014
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No fear of snakes, rats or big, giant roaches? I'd rather speak in front of a thousand people that have a thousand roaches in the same room as me. Ugh.
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Mar 19, 2014
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The crazy thing is, you more than likely DO have a thousand roaches in the room with you right now.
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Sep 10, 2016
(42)
Please accept enclosed spaces for claustrophobia. Thanks. Great quiz. Hate spiders
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Mar 20, 2014
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I thought that fear of clowns would make the list.
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Mar 21, 2014
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I agree. Only two things I fear are clowns and spiders
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Mar 25, 2014
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I thought agoraphobia was also fear of crowds.
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May 14, 2014
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That's the opposite. Agoraphobia is the fear of open spaces.
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Aug 28, 2016
(32)
I missed three phobias, the ones that i happen to have :D
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Jul 17, 2014
(35)
I think hippopotomonstrosusquippedaliophobia should be on here
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Aug 1, 2014
(55)
Not many people are afraid of long words though, are they? Only really schoolchildren right before a spelling bee.
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Aug 29, 2016
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I am Kabourophobic, scared of lobsters, crabs and any type of large crustacean.
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Jan 24, 2015
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um, fear of open spaces and enclosed spaces should be allowed, cause I can't spell any of the phobias. I tried spelling claustrophobia but couldnt lol
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Jan 26, 2015
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Top 10 Phobias you never knew existed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ro3p8BREmRY
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Mar 8, 2015
(25)
10/10. 0:52 remaining.. 2nd attempt. I'm scared of throwing up, that's Emetophobia o-o
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Jun 25, 2015
(62)
I wonder if it is possible to have Claustrophobia and Agoraphobia at the same time?
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Jun 25, 2015
(34)
No fear of failure? aha...
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Jul 26, 2015
(21)
+1
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Aug 28, 2016
(54)
Vote to allow 'airplanes' for flying. I mean I guess it's not specific to airplanes, but what else is there that people are going to be afraid of flying in? Helicopters?
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Aug 14, 2015
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I'd be more scared in a chopper than an aeroplane if I had a fear of flying given I would be able to see down.
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Aug 28, 2016
(68)
Surely for flying you can accept "planes", right?
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Aug 15, 2015
(44)
But most people with aerophobia aren't afraid of planes, only of flying in them.
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Sep 10, 2016
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Surprised Public speaking is number 1. I thought it would have been fear of heights
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Aug 16, 2015
(34)
I'm not. Heights don't scare me at all, however public speaking terrifies me. It is the bane of my existence
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Sep 26, 2016
(72)
Every source I found lists Snakes. Darkness was ranked 35th.
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Oct 11, 2015
(42)
You forgot about Homophobia ( :
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Nov 20, 2015
(20)
Please accept 'airplanes' or 'aeroplanes' for flying.
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Nov 20, 2015
(50)
Kinda surprised xenophobia or homophobia didn't make the cut. Liberal states ftw I guess :p
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Mar 2, 2016
(49)
I guessed homo- and islamo- phobias. Pleased to see them absent, but I wonder if the survey would be the same after a few months of Trump scaring people into hating...... sorry.
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Aug 28, 2016
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This might interest you. Despite ending in -phobia, the term Islamophobia is fairly misleading, etymologically, and the study probably wouldn't have ranked it.
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Sep 1, 2016
(33)
Ditto on xenophobia!
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May 19, 2017
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Only 31% get the #1... wow
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Apr 15, 2016
(79)
I typed "humans" and did not get credit for people. Also typed airplanes, and though this is certainly not exactly the same as flying--it certainly is the right line of thinking, just poor semantics. Consider adding those acceptable answers perhaps?
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May 3, 2016
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I was surprised to not see clowns on there... I know so many people are scared to crap of clowns
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Jul 23, 2016
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I would have thought 'Homophobia' or 'Xenophobia' would have been one there.
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Aug 28, 2016
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People don't normally have homophobia. They're not scared of homosexuals, they're oppressive of them.
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Aug 28, 2016
(58)
Surely trumpophobia must be on the list by now! I certainly am suffering from it.
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Aug 28, 2016
(44)
It really is sad that so many people are afraid of someone who loves America. The country really has been fundamentally transformed.
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Sep 10, 2016
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Let me give you a list of other people who "love(d) America": David Duke, Senator Joseph McCarthy, Scott Roeder, Jim David Adkisson, Paul Jennings Hill, Steven L. Anderson, James Manning, Dylann Roof, Eric Rudolph. Feel free to Google any of them with whom you are not familiar.
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Sep 14, 2016
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@samiamco Hey! Well, I'm certainly no fan of Donald Trump, but personally, I'm afraid of logical fallacies, and you're REALLY terrifying me with that red herring :)
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Sep 20, 2016
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I was expecting clowns to feature! I'm glad homophobia wasn't there. It's not a phobia like flying or spiders, it just makes you an intolerant asshole.
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Aug 28, 2016
(58)
Thunder and lightning, it's getting exciting. Lights up the skyline to show where you are.
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Aug 28, 2016
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I love thunder and lightning.
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Aug 28, 2016
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"If you go to a funeral, you're better off in the casket than doing the eulogy."
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Aug 28, 2016
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I know a person with a phobia of vomiting. For real.
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Aug 28, 2016
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How is anatidaephobia not here?
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Aug 28, 2016
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Haha nice. Gary Larson truly was a strange individual. Also, what about lyttlelongdogophobia?
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Sep 10, 2016
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I just thought of my mother in law, she has almost all of them and then some. I don't think she is afraid of death or spiders though.
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Aug 28, 2016
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They clearly must have lost the records from The Deep South...
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Aug 28, 2016
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I would have thought "fear of commitment" would have made the list from all the comments I hear from single people.
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Aug 28, 2016
(46)
I'm not afraid of heights. I'm afraid of widths. (No one else has brought up Steven Wright.)
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Aug 28, 2016
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Seems to me xenophobia and homophobia may be more common than some of these.
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Aug 29, 2016
(69)
Probably not classified as legitimate phobias by NIMH.
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Aug 29, 2016
(55)
Thought the same thing.
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Aug 29, 2016
(44)
Xenophobia and homophobia have never been legitimate fears. The vast, vast majority of people who are smeared as xenophobes and homophobes by liberals who have no logical argument to defend their crazy ideas and are thus forced to engage in kindergarten-style cop-out name-calling are not actually AFRAID of anyone. They just don't agree with the aforementioned crazy ideas, like forcing small businesses to hire and/or comply with homosexuals in every way against their beliefs, or allowing millions of illegal aliens across U.S. borders without so much as a background check at a time when multiple ISIS attacks have already occurred here.
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Sep 10, 2016
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something i'm afraid of? nightman
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Aug 29, 2016
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I know of a few people petrified of water, particularly being in it.
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Sep 1, 2016
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I have a fear of all of them :(
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Sep 23, 2016
(37)
Accept astrophobia for Brontophobia, it's the most common name
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Oct 23, 2016
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I'd never heard of brontophobia. I would have guessed it is a fear of dinosaurs, but after thinking about it I remember the name brontosaurus means "thunder lizard". If I'd had another ten minutes I might have gotten it. :)
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Jan 29, 2017
(35)
Suprised Monophobia, the fear of being alone isn't on here.
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Dec 15, 2016
(33)
Please consider Spider, Height etc singular terms.
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Jan 29, 2017
(25)
0/10 lets go boys
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Jan 29, 2017
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Agoraphobia isn't technically 'fear of open spaces'. It is 'fear of being trapped in a public places where escape is difficult or impossible without embarrassment'. But feel free to leave it as open spaces as it's what most people know it as. Just wanted to put it in the comments for people to see
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Mar 6, 2017
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Shouldn't close quarters be accepted for confined spaces.
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May 19, 2017
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