When we are faced with crisis situations of this magnitude, we get anxious and excessively worry that our sense of safety and security is threatened. We become fearful for ourselves and for our loved ones.
Firstly, let me state that I'm TERRIFIED of Bees and Wasps. Whilst I recognize that this fear (phobia?) of mine is, to some degree, irrational, I've lived with it for forty odd years and gotten used to it. It is what it is, you know?
Sure, you may know you have aviatophobia (fear of flying) or claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces), but what about all those other angst-inducing scenarios and situations that crop up when you're living life on the road?
How to answer to fear is different in every case. What is important is that we do not automatically react to fear by either doing the thing that scares us or not doing it. Fear is just a warning light, there to alert us that we need to inquire more deeply into ourselves.
Some people find holes -- and images of holes -- deeply upsetting, even terrifying. These people suffer from a common but little-known phobia known as trypophobia. As with most irrational fears, the origins of trypophobia are unknown.
My dad and I share a real fear of snakes. In fact, he still tells the story about how disappointed he was in himself as a young boy because in order to get a Boy Scout merit badge, he had to hold a snake... and he just couldn't bring himself to do it.
So what are the most common irrational fears and phobias? Terrorism? Cancer? Commitment? Nope. According to research studies of the U.S. population, the top fears and phobias are closely tied to the kinds of threats our ancestors had to worry about.