Over the course of our lifetime, an estimated 3% of the world’s population will be affected by phobias. These overwhelming fears can greatly affect someone’s quality of life and can make certain situations unbearable. But oftentimes many people have fears that have not crossed over into phobias and exist for good reason. If we didn’t feel fear, human beings wouldn’t survive for long. Fear keeps us cautious and aware and keeps us away from violent or dangerous situations or things. Without fear, we may blindly walk into traffic or eat a strange, poisonous mushroom. While we are no longer spending our days running from deadly creatures and huddling in caves, fear still plays a large part in keeping us healthy and safe.
So what are some of the most common fears people have? What is almost guaranteed to make the average person jump back or twitch with nervousness? Read on to find out ten of the common fears among humans.
The fear of public speaking has spawned an entire business of tutorials, classes and books trying to help people tame their fear. Public speaking is not only a normal fear (since it’s really the fear of making a fool of yourself in public), it’s also a fear that gets in the way of people advancing their careers, gaining better grades and speaking out on your own behalf or for friends.
Public speaking is required at many points in peoples’ lives and not being able to stand up at your best friends’ wedding or to give an important presentation at work can really throw a wrench in your plans.
Of course, you can take advantage of the myriad options that are now available to help people overcome this fear.