The Most Common Phobias

Don't like spiders and snakes? Join the club!
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2009 3:07 PM CDT
Keeper John Mostyn lets a diamond python wrap itself around his head at Sydney Wildlife World, Oct. 1, 2009.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – In honor of Halloween, LiveScience reveals the most common phobias. If you still need a costume, you'll scare the most people by playing on their evolutionarily sensible fear of creatures with venomous fangs. The top terrors:

  1. Snakes
  2. Spiders and other "creepy crawlies"
  3. Places that are difficult to escape, such as elevators
  4. Other people
  5. Heights

  1. The dark
  2. Bad weather, especially thunder and lightning
  3. Flying
  4. Dogs
  5. The dentist
(Read more phobias stories.)