While fears of heights, snakes and spiders are common, more than one in ten has a more unusual fear – like numbers, trees, or belly buttons
Brits have revealed their most bizarre fears with buttons, balloons – and the colour yellow making the list.
Researchers polled 2,000 adults to reveal the nation’s eclectic mix of phobias, with trypophobia – the fear of small holes – and nlaiguphobia – the fear of tin openers – both featuring.
Nomophobia – the fear of being without your mobile phone – is also a “popular” phobia, as is arachibutyrophobia – the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth.
Heights, spiders, snakes and enclosed spaces topped the list of most common fears, along with dentists, ghosts and the dark.
It also emerged that 77 percent of adults have a phobia of something – with 15 percent admitting to having what might be considered an unusual fear.
A spokesman for craft beer makers, Beavertown, which commissioned the research, said: “It’s no secret that fears like spiders and heights are common.
“But knowing that things like peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth and being without your phone top the UK’s list of fears really is revealing as to what we now find scary.
“And what better time to find out than Halloween?”
Other obscure phobias included the fear of belly buttons (omphalophobia), trees (dendrophobia), and the colour red (erythrophobia).
The study also identified some of the challenges of living with a fear, with 35 percent worried their phobia makes them appear too weak to others.
This might explain why 24 percent of those with a phobia have attempted to keep it secret from loved ones.
For more than a third (36 percent) it has also hindered their ability to socialise.
But 23 percent have sought professional help to overcome a fear.
The study, conducted via OnePoll, found 30 percent of adults consider the Halloween period to be the scariest time of the year.
The spokesman for Beavertown added: “Halloween is our favourite time of the year.
“In fact, we’ve just released a new black lager, Flesh, to join our specials range for a limited time.”
COMMON FEARS IN THE UK:
Being home alone
Being without your mobile phone
The colour yellow
Peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth
The colour red