Everyone is fearful of something. It is normal to be afraid when you hear a noise in the house while you’re trying to sleep, or feel anxiety when getting ready for a job interview. But for approximately 19 million people in the United States who are living with certain phobias, anxiety or fear doesn’t even come close to describe what they are feeling.
According to Harvard Health, a phobia is “a persistent, excessive, unrealistic fear of an object, person, animal, activity or situation. This means that a person will have an irrational fear of something, even if that thing has done nothing that outwardly appears scary. For example, a person who is afraid of spiders might react with an excessive fear even if the spider is behind glass.
Trypophobia – The fear of holes
The mere sight or thought of holes can set off a panic attack in the Trypophobe. As a result, the individual avoids objects such as coral, sponges, skin, meat, dried honeycombs and pretty much everything that has holes on it. Holes seem disgusting and gross to the sufferer and they will go to extreme lengths to avoid them.
Aerophobia – The fear of flying
This fear affects close to 7% of the world’s population. The mere thought of an upcoming flight can cause intense distress in the sufferer, including nausea, panic attacks, etc.
Mysophobia – The fear of germs