We Texans are pretty tough, resilient people. We have a reputation for being quite fearless. But are we? Come to find out Texans have been spending a significant amount of time online, trying to find cures for some of our "phobias".

A phobia is defined as "an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something." So, beyond the standard, everyday anxiety one might feel.

I'll be real honest here - there are very few things that scare me (thus the name Fearless). However, I am scared of my wife. That's a given. I'm afraid of my boss when he walks in and says "we gotta talk."

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But it appears that there is an actual list of the top 10 things that most terrify us. So let the countdown begin. Here are the top ten phobias for which we in the Lone Star State have been spending our time searching for explanations or cures.

Ranking of Phobias / Searches in the Last 12 Months

  • 10 - Coulrophobia - fear of clowns - 19,080
  • 9 - Trypanophobia - fear of needles - 20,640
  • 8 - Megalophobia - fear of large objects - 45,720
  • 7 - Scopophobia - fear of being stared at - 46,560
  • 6 - Arachnophobia - fear of spiders - 76,800
  • 5 - Acrophobia - fear of heights - 81,600
  • 4 - Claustrophobia - fear of closed spaces - 119,640
  • 3 - Emetophobia - fear of vomiting - 122,640
  • 2 - Thalassophobia - fear of the ocean - 232,800
  • 1 - Trypophobia - fear of clustered patterns of irregular holes - 726,000
    Source: BetCarolina.com

The only one that might get me to raise my eyebrows is #9, as I recently went to take my flu shot. I'll admit it, I flinched. As to the rest, I was unaware they even had a name. What are you afraid of?

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