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8 Common Phobias And What They Say About Your Personality

by Kate Taylor
Kate is a writer who laughs at her own jokes and likes to pour too much hot sauce on her food.

“What’s your deepest, darkest fear?”

It isn’t exactly the type of question that qualifies as small talk. After all, people usually don’t like to openly discuss or think about the things that keep them up at night.

However, if you really wanted to get to know someone, learning abut their phobias might actually teach you a lot of about their personality.

For example, people with thalassophobia are afraid of the ocean. The fear in itself is interesting, but what it says about the person who has it can go even deeper. They might be afraid of trying new things, the unknown, or even had a traumatizing experience that gave them negative associations with deep water.

Other phobias can reveal interesting things about the sufferer’s personality, too. In fact, many people have fears of common things.

Read on to learn about what your phobia suggests about your personality.

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Which Sight Scares You The Most?

Which Sight Scares You The Most?
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Maybe you’re fully aware that you are deathly afraid of snakes or crowds.

Or, maybe your fear is a little more suppressed, and one of the above images reminds you. I know that I always forget how terrified I am of shots until I get into a doctor’s office.

1. Spiders

1. Spiders
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Arachnophobia, or the fear of spiders, is an extremely common fear to have — and it’s not hard to see why.

Psychology Today reports that up to 1 in 3 women share this fear. However, it is prevalent among men and people from plenty of different cultures and backgrounds, too.

It is thought that people who fear spiders have an especially high disgust emotion. This emotional reaction is an evolutionary trait that helps us avoid contact with animals that are dangerous or spread disease.

So, your fear of spiders might make you more evolved in this capacity for awareness and danger.

2. Snakes

2. Snakes
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Snakes are another creepy-crawly creature that will send plenty of people running.

As you are probably aware, snakes are more or less always portrayed negatively throughout history and even in the Bible.

According to Science Daily, fear of snakes may stem from our exposure to snakes being evil in literature and pop culture. Therefore, as someone who fears snakes, you might be well-read, or have a higher memory retention than most people.

3. Heights

3. Heights
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A fear of heights is another fear that many people share in different capacities.

Psychology Today suggests that the feeling of being disoriented or out of balance can be extremely disturbing, and being high up can activate these types of feelings.

Moreover, this reaction might also be related to having dreams about flying.

Flying dreams are associated with feeling elated and in control, but being at a high point in reality without the opportunity to escape (or fly) can trigger some very scary thoughts.

People who fear heights might be detailed-oriented perfectionists who hate losing control.

4. Flying

4. Flying
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A fear of flying is similarly associated with a fear of heights. Still, it is slightly different.

It is widely known that it is far more dangerous to get in a car than it is a plane, but that doesn’t stop lots of people from sharing this fear.

Psychology Today explains that people with a fear of flying are very imaginative and can’t discount the possibility of something going wrong unless it’s impossible.

5. Thunder And Lightning

5. Thunder And Lightning
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We can all probably think of a time when the loud sound of thunder and a flash of lightning startled us.

For many, this is a fear that we grow out of. Those who never do suffer from astraphobia. Those who have it are predisposed to fear and anxiety but also known for being agreeable, kind souls.

If you’re afraid of thunderstorms, you’re probably a warmhearted, maternal person with a tendency to worry.

6. Injections

6. Injections
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Shots aren’t the type of thing that most people enjoy. However, most sit down in the doctor’s chair without much fuss because it helps your health in the long run.

If you’re one of the people who are irrationally afraid of needles and injections, you might just be more in touch with your inner cave person.

Getting a needled jabbed into us can remind us of stab wounds, something we are wired to be deathly afraid of — and with good reason!

People who are afraid of needles are deeply intuitive and in touch with their instincts.

7. Germs

7. Germs
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Sometimes, the things we don’t see are what scare us the most, and germs are a great example of this scary unknown.

People who are especially concerned with germs and bacteria may share some obsessive-compulsive traits.

On the bright side, you are definitely clean and organized, with deep-seated desire to keep everything in its place.

8. Crowds

8. Crowds
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Being afraid of large crowds is one facet of agoraphobia, a social anxiety disorder.

A large crowd of people or place that is crowded, like a mall or concert, can be scary for anyone. If your fear prevents you from going places or doing certain things, it counts as a phobia.

People who suffer from a fear of crowds are usually also homebodies or introverts who would rather hang out alone or in small groups.

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