Halloween-what are you most afraid of?

There are many things people are fearful of, but here are the ten most common phobias:

Social phobias

Social phobias are the most common type of fear.

They are considered an anxiety disorder and include excessive self-consciousness in social situations.

Some people can fear being judged so much they avoid specific situations, like eating in front of others.

Up to one in 20 people have a social phobia.

Agoraphobia: fear of open spaces

While it is generally understood to be a fear of open spaces, agoraphobia is a much more complex fear.

It is a serious anxiety disorder than can trap people in their homes or make leading a normal life next to impossible.

Some people with agoraphobia avoid specific places or venues.

Acrophobia: fear of heights

Some people fear heights so badly the escalators at the local shopping centre give them vertigo.

Vertigo is different to the phobia and is the sense of dizziness people can develop.

For others a cliff-top lookout or a tall building makes their head spin.

Pteromerhanophobia: fear of flying

With all the media coverage of air disasters it is understandable many fear being in a plane crash and hence have a fear of flying.

But with more than 100,000 commercial flights around the world each day, the chances of being struck by lightning are higher than dying in a plane crash.

Claustrophobia: fear of enclosed spaces

Sometimes the fear of flying is actually more closely linked to a fear of enclosed spaces.

People with this fear say they feel like the walls are closing on them.

Some theories suggest there is a genetic link to specific phobias as a kind of dormant survival mechanism.

Entomophobia: fear of insects

They are small, they crawl and they often bite, so it is understandable why many people do not like spiders and insects.

But they are a crucial link in the food chain and we cannot live without them.

Ophidiophobia: fear of snakes

Indiana Jones famously quipped “I hate snakes”, and he is not alone.

A fear of all things long and venomous is common to many.

The great thing about snakes is that if you leave them alone they will leave you alone.

Cynophobia: fear of dogs

A fear of dogs is a common phobia, particularly among children and door-to-door sales agents.

The fear can be exacerbated by a negative experience with an animal and can be one of the most difficult phobias to conquer given canines can sense people’s fear.

Astraphobia: fear of storms

It is understandable why the booming sound of thunder can send people’s hearts racing and a fear of storms is common.

Realistically it is lightning that can hurt people, but the chance of that happening is remote.

Trypanophobia: fear of needles

Having a sharp piece of metal stuck in your arm is always an unpleasant thought and many people develop a strong aversion to needles.

But needles are typically worth the pain with them either delivering vaccinations, delivering blood donations or helping to investigate a potential illness — even creating a tattoo.

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I went to see Sabine to manage a bad habit I was personally having with red wine and salty crisps.

I would drink a whole bottle of red wine and a large family packet of crisps up to 3 nights during week, over time this has played a big part of weight gain. It also made me feel grumpy in the mornings whilst getting ready for work and getting the kids ready for school etc.

I wanted to drink less alcohol, eat less junk food and exercise more!

Sabine helped me to stop the autopilot and managed over a few weeks to change this habit. I was surprised to find that without willpower over time I slowly stopped this habit of drinking wine and eating crisps.

We discovered that wine makes me feel relaxed and stimulated at the same time. Sabine helped me to find other tools to achieve these 2 feelings together and she used a weight loss script combined with an enhanced for creativity. This lead me to start walking, jogging and reading again to fill the space of comfort eating and drinking. I found myself easily finding ways to exercise during the working week.

6 weeks later my mindset has changed and even though I still drink socially at weekends, I don’t feel the urge to regularly drink wine and eat crisps during the week.

Also I feel I have a surge of creativity and activity which makes me feel stimulated!
I am going to begin a walking group to help others get back into exercise.

I am really happy with the results Sabine has given me.