Top 10 Fears and Phobias That Really Scare People

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Things that scare people.

Whether you jump at the sight of a spider or work up a sweat at the mere mention of getting on an airplane, fears and phobias abound. About 19.2 million American adults ages 18 and over, or some 8.7 percent of people in this age group in a given year, have some type of specific phobia, or extreme fear. Here are some of the worst.

 

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Scientists Try to Unravel the Secrets Behind Nightmares

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Falling is a common theme in nightmares

Losing a loved one, being chased by a monster or running hopelessly late for a vital appointment – it’s all the stuff of nightmares.  And for some of us, it’s a show of horrors that unfolds most times we go to sleep.  Others claim never to be troubled by dreams of any sort.

 

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Smell Of Fear Is Real

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Being terrified is infectious

The smell of fear really does exist, according to a new study, which also suggests that being terrified is infectious.  The study, conducted by Dr Bettina Pause and colleagues at the University of Dusseldorf in Germany, suggests that people subconsciously detect whether others are scared by picking up chemicals they release from their bodies.

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Nomophobia – A Whole New Reason to Panic

Nomophobia - A Whole New Reason to Panic

Anxiety is the affliction of life in the modern world. Now add to the stress list: “nomophobia”, the fear of being out of mobile phone contact.

Researchers in Britain have carried out a study and found that nomophobia is plaguing our 24/7 life — running out of battery or credit, losing one’s handset and not having network coverage “affects 53 per cent of mobile users”.


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