British women’s weirdest fears revealed

British women’s weirdest everyday fears include car parks, karaoke, photographs of themselves – and OCTOPUSES, it emerged today.

Research shows ladies in the UK have traditional phobias such as spiders and mice – but also rollercoasters and public loos.

Ladies’ everyday fears include wasps, dentists, old embarrassing photos of themselves – and even octopuses.

Interestingly, research found spiders are the most common everyday fear for both sexes, while being trapped in a lift and even flushing airplane toilets were also included.

Men proved more affected by heights and the dreaded thought of crying in public was more prominent for them.

The research into the little scares experienced by British men and women, conducted by energy firm OVO, saw women cite basements and moths among their fears, while the thought of using public toilets led many to feel unease.

Other things to have a lady on edge included dogs off the lead, while being pulled to the stage for karaoke or the dread of getting singled out during a stand up comedian’s act is something us Brits are horrified at the thought of.

People who stare too much, the tube and opening the monthly bills were among the other fears that emerged for the average modern woman.

Justin Haines, of OVO, said: “Everyone is unique so there are inevitably many different aspects in life, both big and small, that can worry or scare someone.

“There’s luckily a huge support network out there to help people overcome fears, from the common to the more unusual, ensuring these worries don’t impact on everyday life.

”Talking fears through with friends, family or even just a friendly face and voice at the end of the phone can often help put tensions at ease.”

The study also found the prospect of ageing, thought of breaking up with their current partner and thunder and lightning among the top 40 fears for the country’s men and women.

While an unease around pigeons and a fear of beards narrowly missed finishing in the top 40 fears for women.

Financial worries or the thought of redundancy plagued men while constant worry over their hairline and whether it’s receding is a top 10 fear for Britain’s men.

The thought of speaking in public sends a shiver down the spine of many chaps, while holding a baby, plane take-offs and landings and having to step up and be best man at a wedding were other fears inside their top 40, along with the mother-in law.

Huge blokes at the gym and, strangely, mannequins narrowly missed out on the top 40 little scares for men.

The results also showed the average person experiences two scares a week in some form, while one in six people studied said they spent more time afraid than they should.

Brits deemed taking their driving test as the scariest situation they’ve had to face in life, while becoming a parent, going on a first date, asking the boss for a pay rise and meeting their partner’s parents for the first time also have us holding our nerve.

More than a quarter also said that thinking about life admin and the complexities of energy bills and switching suppliers worried them.

Justin Haines of OVO added: ”There are lots of little things that can make us uneasy. Despite being extremely money savvy, a large percentage of Brit consumers tend to think that switching energy suppliers is a scary process with 62% reporting to have never switched supplier or tariff.

1. Spiders
2. Going underwater
3. Being trapped in a lift
4. Underground tunnels
5. Being pulled up for karaoke
6. Heights
7. Wasps
8. Debt
9. Being singled out during stand-up comedy
10. The dentist
11. Ageing
12. Being lonely
13. Take-off/landing in a plane
14. Basements
15. Rough sea
16. Energy bills / prices
17. The dark
18. Rollercoasters
19. Mice
20. Moths
21. Driving in a storm
22. Dogs off the lead
23. Vomit
24. Motorways
25. The tube
26. Blood
27. People who stare
28. Thunder and lightning
29. Masks
30. Breaking up with partner
31. Multi-storey car parks
32. Public toilets
33. Being home alone
34. Octopus
35. Psychics/mediums
36. Flushing toilets on planes
37. Birds of prey
38. Simulation rides
39. Old embarrassing photos of yourself
40. Attics

1. Spiders
2. Going underwater
3. Heights
4. Failure
5. Public speaking
6. Lifelong injury
7. The dentist
8. Balding/receding
9. Debt
10. Wasps
11. Ageing
12. Underground tunnels
13. Being singled out during stand-up comedy
14. Energy bills / prices
15. Take-off/landing in a plane
16. Bankruptcy
17. Being trapped in a lift
18. Rough sea
19. Breaking up with partner
20. Vomit
21. The tube
22. Crying in public
23. The dark
24. Being best man
25. Driving in a storm
26. Blood
27. Basements
28. Holding a baby
29. Mice
30. Moths
31. Clowns
32. Getting married
33. Daughter getting a boyfriend
34. Thunder and lightning
35. Public toilets
36. Seeing an ex-girlfriend
37. Birds of prey
38. Ghosts
39. Psychics / mediums
40. The mother-in-law


1. Taking your driving test
2. Becoming a parent for the first time
3. Going on a first date
4. Asking the boss for a pay rise
5. Meeting your partner’s parents for the first time

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