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More than 4 in 5 of the public suffer from a phobia according to the results of a recent national survey of 1071 people, with over a quarter of people admitting to their phobia affecting their life daily.

According to a recent national public survey, aimed at investigating phobias, 82% of people consider themselves to have one or more phobias, with 27% of people claiming that their phobia affects their day to day life.

Research commissioned by a UK based celebrity hypnotherapist has delved into a large cross-section of the British public’s fears, and found that 41% of people regularly feel anxious, and that a fifth of people who have phobias deal with them by ‘confronting’ that which they fear, compared to 65% of people who claim to avoid the issues that affect them.

Of the 531 males surveyed, 70% claimed to have one or more phobias, compared to 86.7% of females in response to the same question.

Joseph Clough, of is a hypnotherapist who has a vast amount of experience in helping people ‘offset’ their phobias. He has worked with a number of high-profile celebrities, with issues ranging from confidence and anxiety issues to helping people plan and achieve their goals, be it sports based, financial or personal. He has helped thousands of people over the years, is a Master Practitioner of NLP and still regularly teaches NLP trainings.

The most common phobia throughout Britain according to the survey; and held by 28% of people is the fear of heights, less commonly referred to as acoraphobia.

The top 10 phobias are listed below, along with the percentage of people who admitted to being affected by the issue, and the given name of the issue:

1. Heights – 28.3% – Acoraphobia
2. Spiders – 22.2% – Arachnophobia
3. Social situations – 18.5%– Social Phobia
4. Confined space – 17.6% - Claustrophobia
5. Crowds of People – 15.7% - Enochlophobia
6. Flying – 10.2% - Aviophobia
7. Speaking in public – 9.3% - Glossophobia
8. Dying – 8.3% - Thantophobia
9. Germs – 6.5% - Mysophobia
10. Strangers – 5.6% - Xenophobia

Another noteworthy phobia was the fear of vomit, or emetophobia, which was shared by 5.4% of the population.

When asked “If somebody were to be able to successfully cure your phobia in under 10 minutes, would you take the time to let them?” 67% of people responded positively, affirming that they would take that opportunity. 48% of the participants who declined stated that they were embarrassed about their phobia.

Joseph Clough said,

“A phobia is our body’s sub-consciously roundabout way of trying to protect us, in the same way that muscles do not stretch past a certain point to prevent us from what our brain perceives to be likely injury,”

He continued,

“It is extremely rare that I come across a phobia that cannot be offset in a short period of time, sometimes as quickly as less than 5 minutes. It is a mix of hypnotism and neuro-linguistic application that enables me to help my clients, be it an issue such as a lack of confidence, or a huge fear of spiders.”

Joseph Clough is happy to talk about all aspects of hypnotherapy, NLP and celebrity culture. He is an expert in his field, and has provided expert comment previously for glossy magazines.

Joseph has recently released a self help programme in both e-book and audio format entitled ‘Being Your Potential’, which is aimed at helping people overcome negativity and realise their full potential financially and personally. The self help book market is worth hundreds of millions of pounds to the UK. If interested in his programme for review, please contact me for free download. It can be found at



Case studies have been sourced, and we have a handful of people of both genders and varying ages (16 and over) who are affected greatly by their uncommon phobias, happy to speak to the media and who are keen to have somebody work with them to offset their phobias. We are hoping that Joseph can work with them, if they are happy to be filmed. We can obviously provide this evidence if you are interested, or hold off if you would be interested in featuring the treatment. I was keen to not select people who have overly common phobias, as I think it makes for a more newsworthy story. We can gain a quote from one of these ASAP if you are interested in the story. Please contact me if this is the case.

For further information or to arrange an interview with Joseph Clough, please contact Rich Leigh, 10 Yetis Public Relations Agency on 01452 527 898 or

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