A new poll has revealed the Irish public’s biggest phobia.
The research collected data from countries around the world on people’s top fears, including which animals give them the Heebie Jeebies and what the most common “unusual phobias” are.
For a country known for the céad míle fáilte, respondents in Ireland said their top fear was agoraphobia, the fear of public spaces or crowds.
However, it was also the most commonly reported phobia globally, with nearly 62 percent of those surveyed globally agreeing.
The most common uncommon phobia, according to Irish data, is ombrophobia – somewhat ironic for the Irish, the fear of rain experienced by 34 percent of people worldwide.
Arachnophobia – the fear of spiders – was voted #1 animal phobia by Irish participants.
Arachnophobia dominates the global rankings by being the top animal phobia in 78 percent of the countries on the list compiled by pet support website All About Cats, which compiles the data based on the frequency of Google searches for phobias worldwide Has.
According to the study, some scientific research suggests that arachnophobia as a survival technique is firmly entrenched in the human psyche, as venomous spiders have been a threat for millions of years.
Megalophobia – the fear of big things like buildings, statues and vehicles – was selected as the most common unusual fear at almost 40 percent.
Megalophobia can also extend to large animals like elephants or whales and large open spaces like stadiums or theaters. People with megalophobia generally fear more than one type of large object.
Xenophobia, the fear of strangers or foreigners, is the second most common phobia in the world, with 19 percent of countries listing it as their most searched phobia.
Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia — the fear of long words — affects 9 percent of people.
Meanwhile, the fear of confined spaces — claustrophobia — was voted the number one fear in 8.33 percent of countries nationally.
https://www.independent.ie/news/ultimate-in-irony-as-survey-pinpoints-irish-peoples-most-common-unusual-fear-41499511.html Ultimate irony as the poll reveals the most common ‘unusual’ fear among Irish people