Phobias are one of the most common disorders. It is estimated that around 4 out of every 100 people develop a phobia in their lifetime. 10 million of these people reside in the UK alone and a large amount of them are women. Is the reason for this external or are women genetically predisposed to have higher chances of this disorder?
As you have probably heard, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day which either fills you with joy or, let’s say dread. If you hate romcoms, going on dates and soppy love ballads you will hate Valentine’s Day or you could have a bigger problem on your hands. Keep reading to find out if you have a Valentine’s related phobia.
Top 10 Strangest Phobias
All phobias are irrational. Those with phobias cannot help thinking they are in danger whenever confronted with their fear even if it is harmless for example a puppy will not pose any real threat to anyone. However, there are some phobias that seem ridiculous but are very real. Here are some of the strangest phobias we know of.
Religion for many can be a comfort. However, some people argue that religion is based on fear for the purpose of controlling people to a certain extent. While this is arguable, there are cases where religious fears have struck individuals. These fears can arise from either taking religious scriptures literally or arising doubts about their faith. The following phobias are not exclusive to a religion, they simply are seen mostly in religions.
Anxiety and panic attacks are common accomplices of a phobia. Learning different methods to relax is necessary if you want to cure your phobia. If your mind is calm, it cannot feel fear and anxiety as they are contradicting emotions. It is important to note that you should not depend on these methods to cure your phobia. They are only temporary solutions and you should contact a specialist to guide you through the process.
Here are 6 ways to relax. Feel free to try out as many as you want. You may find one that works best for you. Some will only be able to be applied in a certain location such as your home so having two or three that you know of will be beneficial.
The Misconceptions of Phobias
Phobias are a well-known disorder and yet many people don’t understand them or how destructive they can be. Some chalk it up to a dramatic trait that loves to exaggerate or that they were just born with the fear installed in them. Here is a list of misconceptions you might have heard about phobias.
The public loves to see stories of the strangest phobias and love it when the person with the phobia is faced with the thing or situation that causes them distress. Although for the rest it can seem light-hearted amusement, phobias can seriously affect people’s lives in many ways. Eventually, it would take its toll emotionally. Here are the most common ways those with phobias are affected emotionally.
Phobias are usually acquired through a negative experience or learnt from family members. So, can certain phobias become common cultures? Cultures are based on people who have similar ways of thinking and share beliefs. When boiled down, phobias are a form of beliefs our minds make to prevent us from danger. It’s not exactly easy to find phobias that pertain to any one culture. Still, here are some examples of notable differences in phobias in some cultures.
Valentine’s day is coming up and if you haven’t got your beau a present yet, you should do soon. I’m not going to help you decide what you should get them, rather, what not to get them. Better safe than starting the occasion by giving your Valentine something they’re terrified of, and unintentionally giving them- a panic attack!
The 10 Most Common Phobias
The number of people with at least one phobia is increasing but they all fit into 3 types. Specific phobias, agoraphobia and social phobias. Even if you haven’t experienced having a phobia for yourself you will have witnessed them through your friends or family. So, what are the most common Phobias? Keep reading to find out!
Adam Cox is the founder of Phobia Guru, Hypnoslimming and Addiction Experts. Based in Harley Street.