Are you a Scaredy-Cat or a Nervous Nellie?

Top 5 Things Adults Fear The Most

Halloween can be scary for kids, but what are adults afraid of? Clowns? Freddy Krueger? Flying monkeys from The Wizard of Oz?

The following is what truly haunts our minds based on recent surveys:

Fear of Flying

This mode of transportation ranks highest on the fear factor list, but relax: the odds of being killed on a single airline flight are one in 29.4 million. That’s reassuring…isn’t it? (FYI: 25 million Americans share the fear of flying or aerophobia.)

Public Speaking

Experts advise picturing your audience naked if you experience this type of stress. Glossophobia is often linked to traumatic experiences or fearful events that occurred during childhood up to early adulthood. So wipe off those sweaty palms, calm that pounding heart, and speak away!

Fear of Heights

Five percent of the general population have acrophobia. Individuals who suffer from this generally avoid tall buildings, Ferris wheels, and roller coasters.

The Dark

According to specialists, it’s not the darkness itself – scotophobia – that is frightening; it’s the fear of being unable to spot threats that may be lurking nearby. In one survey, nearly 40% of respondents were afraid to walk around the house with the lights off, and 10% wouldn’t even get out of bed to use the bathroom in the middle of the night.


You have no problem fawning over your beloved pet, but you have trouble sharing your hopes and dreams with a mate. Don’t let aphenphosmphobia (the fear of being touched) and philophobia (the fear of love) get in the way of a good relationship.

Note: Cedar Lake Cellars welcomes all those experiencing oenophobia – a fear of wine – with open arms.

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