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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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level 49
Mar 17, 2014
No fear of clowns? I know a few folks...
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level 53
Aug 28, 2016
Yeah I have clownophobia! They're terrifying!
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level 44
Aug 31, 2016
I couldn't agree more, terrifying of those sneaky clown bastards
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level 39
Sep 18, 2017
coulrophobia
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level 28
Aug 30, 2016
I typed in "clowns" three times thinking I hadn't tried it yet.
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level 44
Sep 10, 2016
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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level 38
May 19, 2017
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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level 38
Jul 19, 2017
@ Waikereiti If that's how clownphobia is formed, then it seems WAY too many people have seen "It."
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level 46
Mar 17, 2014
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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level 63
Mar 17, 2014
Fear Itself!
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level 67
Jan 26, 2015
Yes! I tried that but to no avail . . .
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level 67
Mar 17, 2014
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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level 68
Aug 29, 2016
Exactly what I was about to say.
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level 65
Sep 14, 2016
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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level 10
Dec 1, 2016
but necro means dead which is where necromancers get there name, so... yeah.
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level 22
Mar 17, 2014
accept spider for spiders etc. otherwise good quiz
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level 49
Mar 17, 2014
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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level 50
Mar 17, 2014
i'm part of 4 of these things. spiders, death, darkness and heights. is that too much?
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level 37
Mar 17, 2014
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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level 43
Jan 26, 2015
I don't think anyone is afraid of dying. They're afraid of what happens after they die.
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level 70
Oct 23, 2015
I'm afraid of dying. I kinda like being me and being here. That makes me sound narcissistic, but... yep.
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level 43
Dec 15, 2015
I like spiders.
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level 46
Aug 28, 2016
I like spiders too!
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level 60
Sep 1, 2016
@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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level 34
Oct 8, 2016
Wrong. I'm not afraid of heights at all. Not the slightest.
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level 55
Aug 28, 2016
My husband loves spiders (because he hates flies). I am hardly ever allowed to get rid of any cobwebs!
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level 65
Sep 14, 2016
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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level 44
Sep 20, 2016
@samiamco Ohhhh shooot! You just got owned by Quizmaster himself!
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level 7
Mar 18, 2014
Surprised snakes is not on here. Really am. Im terrified of them
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level 37
Mar 18, 2014
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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level 70
Mar 19, 2014
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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level 37
Mar 22, 2014
I figured there would be a gratuitous snakes on a plane reference coming.
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level 70
Mar 28, 2014
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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level 59
Mar 19, 2014
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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level 44
Sep 10, 2016
The crazy thing is, you more than likely DO have a thousand roaches in the room with you right now.
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level 42
Mar 20, 2014
Please accept enclosed spaces for claustrophobia. Thanks. Great quiz. Hate spiders
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Mar 21, 2014
I thought that fear of clowns would make the list.
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level 42
Mar 25, 2014
I agree. Only two things I fear are clowns and spiders
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level 55
May 14, 2014
I thought agoraphobia was also fear of crowds.
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level 21
Aug 28, 2016
That's the opposite. Agoraphobia is the fear of open spaces.
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level 32
Jul 5, 2017
Interestingly enough Agoraphobia actually covers open spaces crowds and uncontrollable social situations. Its a bizarre mix and I only know about it because I unfortunately have it
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level 32
Jul 17, 2014
I missed three phobias, the ones that i happen to have :D
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level 35
Aug 1, 2014
I think hippopotomonstrosusquippedaliophobia should be on here
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level 55
Aug 29, 2016
Not many people are afraid of long words though, are they? Only really schoolchildren right before a spelling bee.
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level 8
Jan 24, 2015
I am Kabourophobic, scared of lobsters, crabs and any type of large crustacean.
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level 43
Jan 26, 2015
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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level 1
Mar 8, 2015
Top 10 Phobias you never knew existed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ro3p8BREmRY
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level 25
Jun 25, 2015
10/10. 0:52 remaining.. 2nd attempt. I'm scared of throwing up, that's Emetophobia o-o
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level 63
Jun 25, 2015
I wonder if it is possible to have Claustrophobia and Agoraphobia at the same time?
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level 36
Jul 26, 2015
No fear of failure? aha...
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Aug 28, 2016
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level 54
Aug 14, 2015
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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level 21
Aug 28, 2016
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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level 68
Aug 15, 2015
Surely for flying you can accept "planes", right?
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level 44
Sep 10, 2016
But most people with aerophobia aren't afraid of planes, only of flying in them.
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level 27
Aug 16, 2015
Surprised Public speaking is number 1. I thought it would have been fear of heights
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level 34
Sep 26, 2016
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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level 75
Oct 11, 2015
Every source I found lists Snakes. Darkness was ranked 35th.
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level 41
Nov 20, 2015
You forgot about Homophobia ( :
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level 20
Nov 20, 2015
Please accept 'airplanes' or 'aeroplanes' for flying.
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level 50
Mar 2, 2016
Kinda surprised xenophobia or homophobia didn't make the cut. Liberal states ftw I guess :p
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level 49
Aug 28, 2016
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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level 60
Sep 1, 2016
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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level 56
May 19, 2017
Ditto on xenophobia!
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level 9
Apr 15, 2016
Only 31% get the #1... wow
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level 79
May 3, 2016
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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level 16
Jul 23, 2016
I was surprised to not see clowns on there... I know so many people are scared to crap of clowns
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level 37
Aug 28, 2016
I would have thought 'Homophobia' or 'Xenophobia' would have been one there.
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level 21
Aug 28, 2016
People don't normally have homophobia. They're not scared of homosexuals, they're oppressive of them.
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level 59
Aug 28, 2016
Surely trumpophobia must be on the list by now! I certainly am suffering from it.
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level 44
Sep 10, 2016
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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level 65
Sep 14, 2016
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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level 44
Sep 20, 2016
@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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level 46
Aug 28, 2016
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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level 59
Aug 28, 2016
Thunder and lightning, it's getting exciting. Lights up the skyline to show where you are.
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level 55
Aug 28, 2016
I love thunder and lightning.
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level 57
Aug 28, 2016
"If you go to a funeral, you're better off in the casket than doing the eulogy."
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level 55
Aug 28, 2016
I know a person with a phobia of vomiting. For real.
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level 54
Aug 28, 2016
How is anatidaephobia not here?
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level 44
Sep 10, 2016
Haha nice. Gary Larson truly was a strange individual. Also, what about lyttlelongdogophobia?
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level 55
Aug 28, 2016
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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level 63
Aug 28, 2016
They clearly must have lost the records from The Deep South...
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level 68
Aug 28, 2016
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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level 46
Aug 28, 2016
I'm not afraid of heights. I'm afraid of widths. (No one else has brought up Steven Wright.)
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level 32
Aug 29, 2016
Seems to me xenophobia and homophobia may be more common than some of these.
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level 70
Aug 29, 2016
Probably not classified as legitimate phobias by NIMH.
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level 57
Aug 29, 2016
Thought the same thing.
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level 44
Sep 10, 2016
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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level 35
Aug 29, 2016
something i'm afraid of? nightman
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level 38
Sep 1, 2016
I know of a few people petrified of water, particularly being in it.
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Sep 23, 2016
I have a fear of all of them :(
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level 38
Oct 23, 2016
Accept astrophobia for Brontophobia, it's the most common name
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level 72
Jan 29, 2017
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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level 36
Dec 15, 2016
Suprised Monophobia, the fear of being alone isn't on here.
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level 34
Jan 29, 2017
Please consider Spider, Height etc singular terms.
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level 25
Jan 29, 2017
0/10 lets go boys
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level 39
Mar 6, 2017
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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level 38
May 19, 2017
Shouldn't close quarters be accepted for confined spaces.
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level 31
Jul 5, 2017
Thunder and lightning, very very frightening!
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level 67
Jul 13, 2017
i don't see FOMO on this list anywhere? clear sign of an error. but thunder and lightning very very frightening
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level 61
Jul 18, 2017
I see my phobia didn't make the list. Belonephobia: fear of sharp objects. In my case... needles! Great quiz!
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