I have heard it said many times that "everyone has a phobia", an irrational, overwhelming fear of something. Phobias can be anywhere from mildly inconvenient to completely debilitating.
Common phobias include:
- fear of spiders
- fear of snakes
- fear of flying
- fear of public speaking
- thinking clowns are really, really, creepy
Uncommon phobias include
- Amathophobia- Fear of dust.
- Euphobia- Fear of hearing good news.
An extensive list of other phobias found here.
An internet search or walk through almost any bookstore will show you that there is certainly no shortage of available books, videos, self-help programs and therapies aimed at helping people overcome their phobias, whatever they may be.
While phobias are obviously quite common,
Has it ever been proven that literally everyone has a phobia?
Have there been any studies done on rate or prevalence?