5 Facts about fear that might make you feel better at night

5 Facts about fear that might make you feel better at night

CultureNovember 06, 2017


Americans are 260 times more likely to be struck and killed by lightning than to be a victim of a refugee terrorist attack. They’re also 6.9 million times more likely to die from cancer or heart disease.
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Arachnophobia, the fear of spiders, affects women four times more than men (48 percent versus 12 percent), yet only 6.6 people on average die from spider bites each year in America.
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Urbach-Wiethe disease is an unusual genetic disorder that destroys both sides of the amygdala (where fear is processed). Very few cases of “completely fearless individuals” have been recorded since its discovery in 1929.
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A 2016 survey of teens by USA Today found that the five most common fears of their age group are: government corruption, terrorist attacks, not having money, being a victim of terror and government restrictions on firearms

[Addtional Sources: NSC-NCHS statistics, Current Biology, PEW Research]