Most common phobias

Can you guess the ten most common phobias?
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animal
Arachnophobia (SPIDERS)
animal
Ophidiophobia (SNAKES)
nature
Acrophobia (HEIGHTS)
people
Agoraphobia (CROWDED AREAS, OPEN SPACES)
animal
Cynophobia (DOGS)
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nature
Astraphobia (THUNDER AND LIGHTNING)
medical
Trypanophobia (INJECTIONS)
people
Social Phobias
transportation
Pteromerhanophobia (FLYING)
nature
Mysophobia (GERMS OR DIRT)
3 Comments
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Level 85
Jan 6, 2014
Wikipedia redirects "trypanophobia" to "fear of needles". I think you should give credit for "needles".
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Level 43
Jan 8, 2014
I agree, I don't think people would have a problem with injections without the needles. Unless they were replaced by snakes, or something else amazing.
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Level 82
Jan 6, 2014
I read before that the #1 and #2 most common fears were public speaking and death, in that order. Are those considered rational fears and thus not phobias? Why wouldn't they be on here? I suppose fear of public speaking would be covered under "social phobias"... though how are you supposed to know that it is included under a big blanket title like that, and wouldn't social phobias be far and away #1? I imagine something like 3/4 or 9/10 people have some social phobia of some kind. Depends on how exactly you define phobia. Significantly fewer have an irrational fear of spiders. And what about claustrophobia? Could that possibly be less common than agoraphobia (which I got typing in "enclosed spaces"- even though it's the opposite)?