What was it for you? Maybe you were afraid of your closet, thunderstorms, or the neighbor down the street who was so old he might still owe Fred Flinstone a few bucks? For me, I distinctly remember going to the circus as a small child and bursting into tears when approached by a clown. Often, childhood fears go the way of our favorite blankies.
Almost half of adults prefer to have the lights on when home alone Image: Getty Sign up to FREE email alerts from Mirror - daily news Subscribe We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights Thank you for subscribingWe have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email It's said we're born with just two innate fears. One of falling and one of loud noises. After a cosy old nine months floating in utero, this is perhaps to be expected. Anything else we're phobic of as adults is owing to experience. Freaking out when we see a spider or a clown - while understandable - simply isn't in our DNA.
It's Not Just You: Lots of Adults Are Afraid Of the Dark
American Academy of Sleep Medicine Summary: Sleep researchers are shedding light on a contributing factor to insomnia maybe hard to admit -- an adult fear of the dark. A pilot study reports that nearly half of the students reporting poor sleep also were found with objective measurement to have a phobia of the dark. Researchers said traditional insomnia treatments might not work for these patients, and suggest they be adapted to account for the dark-related phobia. Researchers confirmed this objectively by measuring blink responses to sudden noise bursts in light and dark surroundings.
Fear of darkness in adults By M. Farouk Radwan, MSc. Fear of darkness in adults What causes fear of darkness in adults? In a previous article i said that fears and phobias are caused by traumatic experiences that happen to people earlier in their lives. But why would an adult still fears darkness even though nothing ever attacked him in darkness?