Whether a spider leads to you barricading yourself in another room, or you can’t stand being trapped in huge crowds, you can take comfort in the fact that most people you meet have a phobia of some kind.
And a fair amount of fears actually affect people day-to-day – even in the office. A common phobia is around cleanliness. You may notice colleagues with anti-bacterial gel on their desks, or maybe refusing to use someone else’s telephone headset or keyboard. There are some people who have a phobia of getting ill, and with reports on how quickly germs spread throughout an office, it’s understandable that you might want to wipe down door handles if there’s flu going around.
And what about the common fear of visiting a dentist? While Little Shop of Horrors may have put some people off their appointments, the same way Jaws put holidaymakers off swimming in the sea, dental professionals are only there to help you. After all, good oral health is an important part of your overall wellbeing – poor oral health is linked to heart disease, strokes and can aggravate some lung conditions.
So if you do have a fear of the dentist, perhaps the best thing you can do is shut your eyes and remember that it’s actually for your own good!
So what other phobias have a hold of you or your employees?