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We all have fears. Some are the spectacular phobia kind, things like spiders and heights. And other fears come from all the media we consume, the narratives of abduction and murder that dominate television and movies.


And still others are a bit more realistic. These tend to be the one's that really make us shiver.

Of course, everybody has that one fear that seems to rise above the rest. For some reason, it seems more plausible and more catastrophic than the others all at the same time.

Curious to hear what the top fears out there are, Redditor THE_FALL1N_1 asked:

"What genuinely scares you to the core?"

Many people opted to share the more outlandish possible catastrophes. These weren't very likely, but their spectacular horrors made up for that.

Avoidance of Suffering

"Being tortured I think. I feel a healthy amount of fear towards death. Like I am not thinking or worrying about it everyday, but I try not to get in risky situations either."

"BUT The thought of someone provoking me an immense amount of physical pain with the whole purpose of making me suffer just scares the sh** out of me."

-- SalvadorCastellanos

Like a Plague

"A swarm of flying cockroaches." -- Affectionate-Sock-62

"I'm in Texas, so imagining our Texas-sized roaches flying en masse is pretty scary." -- 3-DMan

"Fu** that I'm scared of even one roach!" -- Rocket-Tree

"Minor"

"Nuclear confrontation. Even at a minor scale." -- edgeofsanity76

"With nuclear bombs there is no 'minor' scale" -- ron_sheeran

"This, absolutely. There're now more countries with nuclear weaponry than ever and we're 100 seconds to midnight." -- GlebRyabov

Other people feared suddenness. They just couldn't fathom the idea of it all ending like a bolt out of a clear blue sky.

Just Happens

"That everything can change in a second."

"Just over a year ago my dad went for a walk, had a heart attack and died straight away. He was in great shape. there was no warning and he was only 50. Everything changed that day."

-- TpotCharlie

A Common Choice

"Brain aneurysms! You could just be going about your day and bam! All over" -- indistrustofmerits

"One of our colleagues today was rushed to the hospital for an aneurysm. Apparantly it's non operable and she has 48 hours left. It really puts things in perspective." -- meltedsnake

Never Good

"Phone calls late at night or at awkward times when people normally don't call. Those are never good calls." -- spockgiirl

And others went with the very realistic, existential threats out there. These had a lot to do with time passing and a thousand moments of bad luck all adding up.

The Withering

"I'm not afraid to die. I'm scared of getting old, and losing control over my body and mind. That is far scarier to me than having it all end" -- Silas-Alec

Eroding at the End

"Having a long-term illness that is a burden on my family and wipes us out financially." -- irishamerican

"My grandmother has become that kind if burden and she doesn't care and intentionally makes life impossible for my family. We will probably be sending her to live with my POS aunt because of how they both are behaving."

"My family might lose our house because of everything we are going through. My grandmother needs to be out of the picture. She's not even a good person and she brought her illness on herself, so I have no pity." -- LaunchesKayaks

To Be Loved

"As a 36 year old man with no kids and having never been married, dying alone. Getting old never having known what it feels like to have someone who chose you scares the hell out of me."

-- ramboy18

What If It's Just Not Enough

"Doing everything right financially, saving for retirement, investing, paying down my mortgage, etc. and everything crashing. As a millennial I have already been through 3 major recessions, I'd prefer to not ad a depression onto that."

-- Fu**Chiefs_Raiders

Just in case you were feeling safe, secure, and confident about the future, hopefully this list didn't upturn it all.

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