Our top 12 fears

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What do we fear the most?  Over the years our fears tend to change slightly, however, the large majority of the things we are afraid of remain consistently the same.  Some things are easy to understand why many people fear (snakes, spiders & mice) while others are more of a  surprise (public speaking).  Here they are in order according to a Gallup Poll taken a few years ago.

  1. Snakes (51% of people)

  2. Snakes

  3. Public Speaking (40% of people)

  4. Public Speaking

  5. Heights (36% of people)

  6. Heights

  7. Being closed in a small space (34% of people)

  8. Claustrophobia

  9. Spiders & Insects (27% of people)

  10. Spiders

  11. Needles & Getting Shots (21% of people)

  12. Shots and Needles

  13. Mice (20% of people)

  14. Mice

  15. Flying on an Airplane (18% of people)

  16. Flying on an Airplane

  17. Dogs (11% of people)

  18. Dogs

  19. Thunder & Lightning (11% of people)

  20. Thunder and Lightning

  21. Crowds (11% of people)

  22. Crowds

  23. Doctor’s Office (9% of people)

  24. Doctor's Office

  25. The Dark (5% of people)

  26. The Dark

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