Can We Guess Your Biggest Phobia?



Though phobias are a pretty common thing the psychology behind it is quite an interesting one. It is said that most of the phobias stem from childhood. It happens because a person subconsciously remembers a potentially dangerous event from childhood and applies it to all such similar events even if it is not a dangerous one. Though the entire picture of phobias is still not clear and researchers are constantly coming up with new reasons for it. Several pieces of research are also going on in finding therapies or solutions for it.

One of the most effective therapies is to put people in situations that they are phobic off. Obviously care is being taken to not make it a real dangerous situation. As the therapies progress the subjects realize by themselves that their fear was irrational. After the realization, they get used to it and get completely normal.

There are several multitudes of phobias so much so that you could find people phobic from almost anything. Let us discuss a few of the most common phobias.

Arachnophobia – Arachnophobia is the fear of the spiders. It is one of the most common phobias.

Ophidiophobia – It is the fear of snakes and one of the most common herpetophobias which is the fear of reptiles.

Acrophobia – It is the fear of height and falling down. It is also one of the most common phobias.

Agoraphobia – It is basically the fear of open or crowded spaces. People suffering from it get anxious when they are in places that they consider unsafe and cannot escape from it easily. It is a bit rare and people with this condition generally fear moving outside like in malls or open markets.

Phobias are very common but the good part is that it is generally curable. We should not get too much involved in it and must ignore it as much as possible.

“I don’t know any homophobic people. That suggests fear.

The people I know who hate gay folks are:
illiterate, nescient, uneducated, uninstructed, unlearned, unschooled, untaught, backward, benighted, primitive, unenlightened, blockheaded, dense, doltish, hebetudinous, obtuse, stupid, thickheaded, thick-witted

But not homophobic.”
― Darnell Lamont Walker

“Usually the term phobia refers to the psychological fear of the human mind from something that poses a threat. But when a species starts using the term fear against a biological portion of itself, there is nothing more demeaning than this.”
― Abhijit Naskar, The Islamophobic Civilization: Voyage of Acceptance

“By [anticipatory anxiety] I mean that the patient reacts to an event with a fearful expectation of its recurrence. However, fear tends to make happen precisely that which one fears, and so does anticipatory anxiety. Thus a vicious circle is established. A symptom evokes a phobia and the phobia provokes the symptom. The recurrence of the symptom then reinforces the phobia. The patient is caught in a cocoon. […] [Obsessive-compulsives] fear the potential effects or the potential cause of the strange thoughts.

The phobic pattern of flight from fear is paralleled by the obsessive-compulsive pattern. Obsessive-compulsive neurotics also display fear. But theirs is not ‘fear of fear’ but rather fear of themselves, and their response is to fight against obsessions and compulsions. But the more the patients fight, the stronger their symptoms become. In other words, alongside the circle formation built up by anticipatory anxiety in phobic cases, there is another feedback mechanism which we encounter in the obsessive-compulsive neurotic. Pressure induces counter-pressure, and counter-pressure, in turn, increases pressure. If one succeeds in making the patient stop fighting his obsessions and compulsions — and this may well be accomplished by paradoxical intention — these symptoms soon diminish and finally atrophy.”
― Viktor E. Frankl, The Will to Meaning: Foundations and Applications of Logotherapy

“Start the Quiz”

  • Question of

    Would you say that it’s easy to startle you?

    • If I’m focusing intensely on something, yes.
    • Not really
    • Yes
    • Not any more than anyone else!
  • Question of

    Horror movies are great for exploiting people’s fears. Which of these horror films would you never ever watch?

    • The Night of the Living Dead
    • The Uninvited
    • Pitch Black
    • Arachnophobia
  • Question of

    When you walk into someone’s home, what is the first thing you notice?

    • I check out the room’s furniture.
    • I look at all the little knickknacks in the room.
    • I look around at the colors of the room.
    • I check to see if the room is cluttered.
  • Question of

    Which of these activities is the last thing you do before going to bed?

    • I brush my teeth.
    • I lock my doors.
    • I plug in a light.
    • I curl up in bed.
  • Question of

    Let’s take a trip! Would you say that you’re a good flier?

    • Nope
    • It depends on how long the trip is.
    • I’m no better than anyone else.
    • Sure am
  • Question of

    Ahh! You just stepped in some gum on the street! How would you react?

    • I probably only got a little itty bit on my shoes, so it would be easy to remove.
    • I get frustrated.
    • I get frustrated and try to get the gum off by scraping my shoe against the sidewalk.
    • I’d try not to grimace as I try to get my shoe clean by using a stick or something.
  • Question of

    When you go out to eat with friends or family, do you bring your own utensils?

    • No
    • No, but I bring my own straw.
    • Yes
    • It depends on where we’re going.
  • Question of

    You’re working in an office, and your colleague comes in with a nasty cold. How do you handle it?

    • Nothing
    • It depends on how nasty we’re talking.
    • I sterilize everything before trying to convince them to go home.
    • I take extra vitamins and rest up to make sure I don’t catch it.
  • Question of

    How long has your longest romance been?

    • 3 years
    • 2 months
    • 13 years
    • 27 years
  • Question of

    If you were to throw a party, what would be the hardest part to plan?

    • The entertainment
    • The date
    • The catering
    • The decor
  • Question of

    While you are out to eat with friends, you discover a hair in your food. What happens next?

    • I’d lose my appetite.
    • I’d request an entirely different dish after sending my food back to the kitchen.
    • I’d pick around it.
    • I’d send the meal back to the kitchen and ask to be comped for the meal.
  • Question of

    Of the below, what Halloween costume would scare you the most?

    • Zombie
    • Ghost
    • Nun or priest
    • Werewolf
  • Question of

    How often do you deep clean your house?

    • Once every three months
    • Once a year
    • Twice a year
    • Every weekend
  • Question of

    Do you find it difficult to focus on one thing?

    • Not at all
    • It depends on the topic.
    • Sometimes
    • Yes
  • Question of

    If a child came to you for help after scraping their knee, what would you do?

    • I freak out on the inside while helping them out.
    • I bandage their knee.
    • I look for their parents.
    • I soothe the child while bandaging them up.

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