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What's Your Phobia?

Updated June 6, 2020 294.6k votes 23.9k voters 251.0k views36 items

List RulesVote up your crippling fears

This is a list of the most common phobias, ranked by people who find these things incapacitating. These popular fears can paralyze you or are incontrollable - no matter what logic tells you. Do you have any of these? Common phobias include aracnophobia (fear of spiders), acrophobia (fear of heights), and aviophobia (fear of flying), though there is no end to the number of things people can be afraid of. If your phobia isn't listed, add it, or press rerank to make your own list of the things you find most threatening. Let's find out the most common phobia. Vote and add! If you just want to vote on things that scare you, but aren't phobias, check out this list.
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  • 1
    8,649
    5,436

    Arachnophobia

    Fear of spiders
  • 2
    9,780
    4,064

    Thalassophobia

    Fear of deep water
  • 3
    7,659
    5,785

    Claustrophobia

    Fear of enclosed spaces
  • 4
    7,574
    6,128

    Acrophobia

    Extreme or irrational fear of heights
  • 5
    5,880
    4,743

    Pnigophobia

    Fear of suffocating
  • 6
    6,412
    6,071

    Necrophobia

    Fear of death
  • 7
    2,062
    1,340

    Cleithrophobia

    Fear of Being Trapped
  • 8
    5,846
    5,409

    Galeophobia

    Fear of sharks
  • 9
    6,147
    6,064

    Glossophobia

    Fear of public speaking
  • 10
    5,352
    4,847

    Atelophobia

    Fear of not being good enough or imperfect
  • 11
    5,057
    6,014

    Achluophobia

    Fear of the dark
  • 12
    5,399
    5,960

    Entomophobia

    Fear of insects
  • 13
    1,517
    1,628

    Thanatophobia

    Fear of dying
  • 14
    5,070
    6,965

    Ophidiophobia

    Fear of snakes
  • 15
    4,466
    4,571

    Pisanthrophobia

    Fear of trusting people due to bad past experiences
  • 16
    2,478
    3,285

    Nuclearphobia

    Fear of nuclear war
  • 17
    4,192
    7,436

    Trypanophobia

    Fear of Needles
  • 18
    2,950
    3,978

    Katsaridaphobia

    Fear of cockroaches
  • 19
    851
    949

    Autophobia

    Fear of abandonment
  • 20
    3,856
    5,734

    Katagelophobia

    Fear of being ridiculed
  • 21
    2,705
    6,907

    Aviophobia

    Fear of flying
  • 22
    4,307
    6,694

    Coulrophobia

    Fear of clowns
  • 23
    2,369
    6,982

    Agoraphobia

    Fear of wide open spaces
  • 24
    2,081
    7,819

    Dentophobia

    Fear of the dentist
  • 25
    210
    284

    Trypophobia

    Fear or disgust of closely packed holes