Ten Irrational Fears

Sometimes, we find ourselves struggling with fears that seem irrational and unreasonable. To make you feel better about your phobias, we have come up with the top 10 unreasonable fears people get on a daily basis and different ways to deal with them.


Glossophobia – The fear of public speaking

It’s estimated that 75% of people have a fear of public speaking. This fear is seen as a setback to most people as they suffer mostly from a weak and quivering tone of voice, as well as rapid heartbeats. Practising before giving a speech is one way to calm the anxiety.


Paruresis – The fear of urinating in public places with people around

This is believed to be the second highest-ranking fear after the fear of public speaking. A person who has pee-phobia faces problems urinating in crowded places. This type of fear can be overcome with graduated exposure to public bathrooms.


Mysophobia – The fear of germs

People with mysophobia have a fear of getting contaminated with germs, which leads to the skin being overexposed to chemicals such as soap and hand sanitizer. Mysophobia could be treated with drug therapy or by being exposed to places and events where a person fears germs.


Gamophobia – The fear of commitment

Gamophobia is the fear of being committed to someone by marriage. It is different from getting cold feet. Commitment phobia is triggered by factors like genes. Talk therapy is recommended to overcome this fear.


Acrophobia – The fear of heights

The fear of heights is a widely common phobia; 1 in every 20 grownups struggles with the fear of heights. Acrophobia is usually triggered by thoughts such as losing balance or getting dizzy and falling off. Drugs can help ease this fear as well as constant commitment to exposure.


Sedatephobia – The fear of silence

People with sedatephobia find it scary to experience sitting in a room in silence. If exposed to silence, phobic people experience panic attacks and rapid heartbeats. Talking about this fear to a family member or a loved one can help reduce the anxiety.


Nosocomephobia – The fear of hospitals

The fear of hospitals usually stems from traumatic events happening in hospitals such as the loss of a loved one. People with nosocomephobia refuse to visit hospitals even when they are severely ill. Self-help techniques are a way to treat this fear.


Monophobia – The fear of being alone
Although a lot of people don’t find it pleasing to be alone, some suffer from a phobia of being alone. People with a fear of loneliness experience higher levels of anxiety and need to be around people almost all the time. This kind of fear is known for leading to drug and alcohol addictions. Self-talk, stress-relief and relaxation techniques help reduce monophobia.

Coulrophobia – The fear of clowns

According to coulrophobiafacts.com, “scientists and doctors now agree that it is the result of not knowing who lies behind the excessive makeup, red nose and hair color.” People with fear of clowns experience feelings of panic and unease; however, this can be overcome by gradual contact with clowns.


Myrmecophobia – The fear of ants

People who fear ants usually experience the need to cry in the presence of one. This kind of phobia can be triggered by fears such as ant bites that might lead to sickness and death. A trained healthcare provider can help treat myrmecophobic people with counselling sessions.