It’s Halloween Time: Here Are Some Of Illinois’ Biggest Fears
I just learned this morning that there are over 400 recognized phobias out there, and that a person can develop a phobia about nearly anything. What's more, you can develop a phobia later in life to something that never bothered you before.
So, you've got that going for you.
Now, as we enter the final couple of weeks of spooky season before the arrival of Halloween, let's take a look at some of the things that cause Illinoisans to freak out over or develop a phobia.
It Turns Out That Not As Many People Have Phobias As You Might Think
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) defines phobia as "an intense, irrational fear of something that poses little or no actual danger. Although adults with phobias may realize that these fears are irrational, even thinking about facing the feared object or situation brings on severe anxiety symptoms."
However, NIMH goes on to say that only 9.1% of the population actually have some sort of phobia. Of all the phobias (and there are plenty) which phobia do you believe is the most common?
If you said "arachnophobia," or the fear of spiders and arachnids, you nailed it. Estimates put arachnophobia at affecting roughly 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men.
In Illinois, Our Biggest Phobia Is Not Bugs, Heights, Or Needles
According to a study on fears released by YourLocalSecurity.com, Illinoisans have a phobia that must make Halloween extra tough because you see plenty of it in October: Blood.
That's right, Illinois residents, along with the residents of 8 other states, have an intense, irrational fear of blood. Since you can't chuck a pumpkin around here without having it land in some Halloween decoration that's been covered in fake blood, October has got to really suck for those with this phobia.
Nationwide, Fear Of Failure Is This Year's Number One Phobia
Fear of failure was the "winner" with 10 states choosing that phobia, followed by Illinois' chief fear, blood. Water, intimacy, spiders, and "the outside" round out the top six.
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