ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Fear: What Are You Afraid Of?

Updated on March 23, 2018
revmjm profile image

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.

Everybody is afraid of something. Some people are afraid of things others would think they shouldn't be afraid of, such as clowns.

It is normal and good to experience fear to keep us from harm. For instance, it is a good thing to fear swimming with sharks. It is good to fear playing with a loaded gun. It is good to fear running in front of a moving car. Often times, our fears protect us from obvious harm.

Fear is a Response to a Terrifying Experience

Fear is a normal response to physical and emotional danger.

There might be a legitimate reason for every fear. Some fears are brought on because of one terrifying experience. For instance, if a child almost drowns he will have a fear of swimming even as an adult. A person who has survived a terrible car accident may have a fear of driving.

Top 10 Fears Among Teenagers

According to a Gallup Poll, the top ten fears among teenagers include the following:

  1. terrorist attacks
  2. spiders
  3. death
  4. failure
  5. war
  6. criminal violence
  7. gang violence
  8. being alone
  9. the future
  10. nuclear war

It is interesting that only two things appear on the list of things teenagers fear and on the list of things adults are afraid of. They are death and failure.

Top 10 Fears Among Adults

According to queries online, adults are most afraid of the following things:

  1. flying
  2. heights
  3. clowns
  4. intimacy
  5. death
  6. rejection
  7. people
  8. snakes
  9. failure
  10. driving

What the Bible Says About Fear

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

What is a Phobia?

The word phobia comes from a Greek word meaning "aversion," "fear" or "morbid fear."

Phobias exist when people have intense fears of particular things or situations. Usually, fears are greater than the actual danger or harm. However, that doesn't keep people with phobias from feeling like the danger is magnified and very real. Experts estimate that about 5 percent of people in the United States have at least one phobia. They also conclude that women are slightly more likely than men to have phobias.

Phobias can significantly impact everyday life and interfere with normal activities. When people have phobias, they will avoid situations related to their fears. For instance, if a person has a phobia of dogs, he might avoid going where he knows dogs will be. People with a phobia of elevators will step the stair and avoid using an elevator.

All phobias are fears, but not all fears are phobias.

Common Phobias

While there are hundreds of phobias among people, there are some common phobias. They include the following:

  • claustrophobia (fear of enclosed places)
  • acrophobia (fear of heights)
  • arachnophobia (fear of spiders)
  • ophidiophobia (fear of snakes)
  • cynophobia (fear of dogs)
  • Agoraphobia (fear of having a panic attack in public)
  • Mysophobia (fear of germs)

How Phobias Can Be Overcome

Some phobias come into a person's life because of particular personality traits, certain genetic factors he has been born with, or a combination of some past life experiences.

People do not have to live with phobias all their lives. Phobias can be overcome when people slowly facing their fears one small step at a time. Someone who fears dogs may begin by looking at pictures of dogs in books, magazines and on television. Then he can build up enough courage to pet a dog before playing with a dog.

Professional help may be necessary for people who have strong phobias that cripple their lives. Breathing exercises and relaxation techniques can help in some cases.

Do you admit you are afraid of something?

See results


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      3 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Denise, I agree with you that "Face Everything and Rise" is more positive and encouraging. More people should use that acronym more than "False Evidence Appearing Real"

      Thanks so much for your feedback on my article.

    • denise.w.anderson profile image

      Denise W Anderson 

      3 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I like that last acronym, "Face Everything and Rise." That is much more inspirational than the "False Evidence Appearing Real." For me, all of my fears have a real basis due to past traumas I have had. When I get into situations where they surface, they are very real to me, whether or not they are to others. Being able to say to myself, "Face Everything and Rise" will give me the courage to go forward in spite of my fear!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)