There are plenty of strange phobias that I will never understand (nomophobia? Really??), but here are 5 fears that are perfectly acceptable among adults.

  • Ian MacKenzie, Flickr
    Ian MacKenzie, Flickr

    Fear of Heights

    This is pretty common, and understandable. You fall from a high place, you die. 'Nuff said.

  • Charles Haynes, Flickr
    Charles Haynes, Flickr

    Fear of Snakes

    Even legendary bada** Samuel L. Jackson isn't a fan. They are slimy, quick, can be lethal, and oh yeah, some of them can SWALLOW YOU WHOLE. Next!

  • Tom Trelvik, Flickr
    Tom Trelvik, Flickr

    Fear of Spiders

    No one understands this one more than I do. They are creepy, they appear out of nowhere, and you KNOW you have at some point in your life completely spazzed out after accidentally walking through a spiderweb. Gross.

  • Lisa Jacobs, Flickr
    Lisa Jacobs, Flickr

    Fear of Thunderstorms

    This is included merely because I'm still, maybe, kind of slightly afraid of thunderstorms. It's more of a fear of being struck by lightning and/or a falling tree due to lightning. Either way, they are scary...ever notice how horror movies always include thunderstorms?? YEAH. And even big brave dogs hide behind the couch when there's a loud thunderclap. Whatever, don't judge me.

  • Laurie Cataldo, Townsquare Media
    Laurie Cataldo, Townsquare Media

    Fear Of Turning Into Your Mother

    This is probably scariest of all. (No offense, Mama C, I love you and all, but I'm sure you thought the same about Fran!) You start noticing yourself using phrases your mom uses...the hand gestures...then you find a picture of your mother in her younger days...and realize you look frighteningly similar. can't be...NOOOOOO!!!!!

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