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What's Your Phobia?

Updated June 6, 2020 317.7k votes 23.5k voters 249.3k 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
    Arachnophobia
    9,323
    5,881

    Arachnophobia

    Fear of spiders
  • 2
    Thalassophobia
    10,509
    4,408

    Thalassophobia

    Fear of deep water
  • 3
    Claustrophobia
    8,240
    6,256

    Claustrophobia

    Fear of enclosed spaces
  • 4
    Acrophobia
    8,165
    6,611

    Acrophobia

    Extreme or irrational fear of heights
  • 5
    Pnigophobia
    6,371
    5,134

    Pnigophobia

    Fear of suffocating
  • 6
    Necrophobia
    6,928
    6,559

    Necrophobia

    Fear of death
  • 7
    Cleithrophobia
    2,207
    1,440

    Cleithrophobia

    Fear of Being Trapped
  • 8
    Galeophobia
    6,279
    5,879

    Galeophobia

    Fear of sharks
  • 9
    Glossophobia
    6,661
    6,554

    Glossophobia

    Fear of public speaking
  • 10
    Atelophobia
    5,814
    5,250

    Atelophobia

    Fear of not being good enough or imperfect
  • 11
    Thanatophobia
    1,624
    1,741

    Thanatophobia

    Fear of dying
  • 12
    Entomophobia
    5,830
    6,452

    Entomophobia

    Fear of insects
  • 13
    Achluophobia
    5,498
    6,484

    Achluophobia

    Fear of the dark
  • 14
    Ophidiophobia
    5,497
    7,537

    Ophidiophobia

    Fear of snakes
  • 15
    Pisanthrophobia
    4,841
    4,921

    Pisanthrophobia

    Fear of trusting people due to bad past experiences
  • 16
    Nuclearphobia
    2,649
    3,486

    Nuclearphobia

    Fear of nuclear war
  • 17
    Trypanophobia
    4,551
    8,052

    Trypanophobia

    Fear of Needles
  • 18
    Katsaridaphobia
    3,189
    4,281

    Katsaridaphobia

    Fear of cockroaches
  • 19
    Autophobia
    804
    911

    Autophobia

    Fear of abandonment
  • 20
    Aviophobia
    2,940
    7,466

    Aviophobia

    Fear of flying
  • 21
    Coulrophobia
    4,667
    7,271

    Coulrophobia

    Fear of clowns
  • 22
    Katagelophobia
    4,212
    6,218

    Katagelophobia

    Fear of being ridiculed
  • 23
    Agoraphobia
    2,559
    7,585

    Agoraphobia

    Fear of wide open spaces
  • 24
    Trypophobia
    132
    168

    Trypophobia

    Fear or disgust of closely packed holes
  • 25
    Dentophobia
    2,250
    8,478

    Dentophobia

    Fear of the dentist