Which of the Most Common Fears do You Have?
Steve M. Nash put together this list based on the number of searches for each fear on the internet.
Surprisingly, fear of public speaking comes in second, not first as is commonly thought.
I invite you to print this out and tick off each one that you may have.
Here’s the list:
“Summary of Most Common Fears
- Fear of flying
- Fear of public speaking
- Fear of heights
- Fear of the dark
- Fear of intimacy
- Fear of death, dying
- Fear of failure
- Fear of rejection
- Fear of spiders
- Fear of commitment
- Fear of flowers
- Fear of driving
- Fear of dogs
- Fear of dentists
- Fear of snakes
- Fear of needles
- Fear of being alone
- Fear of water
- Fear of god
- Fear of abandonment
- Fear of long words
- Fear of clowns
- Fear of falling
- Fear of change
- Fear of germs
- Fear of music
- Fear of doctors
- Fear of crowds
- Fear of being touched
- Fear of open spaces
- Fear of engulfment
- Fear of girls
- Fear of thunder
- Fear of looking at lists of fears?”
That last one shows Steve has a sense of humour.
Wikipedia’s list of fears is much more exhaustive: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_phobias
As we might expect, some folks have fears that are so intense, it freezes them or disables them in some aspect of their lives.
Some may have only slight sensitivities or anxieties or apprehensions that cause only minor discomfort. Instead of debilitating fear, they may worry or fret, fuss or stew.
The challenge is that even these slight sensitivities or worries can cause an ongoing, below the surface, unconscious stress. And stress, as you may have heard, is not a good thing for our health.
Question: Would it not be great to have no fears, to be “fearless?”
How can we lessen the debilitating effects of our fears, once we recognize them?
I am told hypnosis can work.
As for the public speaking fear, Toastmasters has worked for many.
I now belong to this fine non-profit organization that helps individuals overcome fear of public speaking. I can attest to the power of positive input.
Toastmasters founder Ralph Smedley hit a bulls-eye when he created a system of giving lots of positive feedback to individuals. It works.
Wikipedia: “Ralph C. Smedley (February 22, 1878 – September 11, 1965) was the founder of Toastmasters International, an international speaking organization with more than 313,000 members in 126 countries and more than individual 14,650 clubs.”
Soon after joining, it became evident that Toastmasters was about way more than overcoming fear of public speaking.
Leadership skills are another added benefit as well as increased self-confidence.
Check out your local chapter here:
I belong to Oak Bay Toastmasters. If you are in the Victoria area, feel free to visit. You will be most warmly welcomed. http://oakbaytoastmasters.ca/
Here’s to releasing our fears.
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