Look away or face your fears: survey reveals what people in Bedford are most scared of

Do clowns make you shiver?
Do clowns make you shiver?

If spiders send a shiver down your back, you are not alone - arachnophobia has been revealed as the most common fear in our region.

A new survey has shown as many as 43 per cent of people living in the East of England admit to being afraid of spiders.

Fear factor: A bird eating spider at Bugtopia Zoo, Rutland Water

Fear factor: A bird eating spider at Bugtopia Zoo, Rutland Water

But elsewhere, the eight-legged creatures are not the most sweat-inducing horrors. In London, the clear winner of the fear factor are clowns.

The results, from money-saving website www.vouchercloud.com, show the top fears in other regions include thunder and lightning, in Wales; death,in the South East; pets and animals in the North West; and being overweight in the South West.

Managing director Matthew Wood said: “It’s interesting to see what the biggest fears are around the UK, and how some regions are similar whilst some are a little unexpected.

“It’s OK to be afraid of something, whether it’s considered rational or irrational – it’s something personal to you. Don’t let anyone pressure you in to facing up to your fears in a bid to get over it, but we’d always recommend trying to overcome your fears at one point or another, purely so it doesn’t have an impact on your life and isn’t passed on to your children, should you have any.”

He added: “Whilst you may not think that you’re showing fear, children pick up on all sorts and always copy those within their immediate group.”

The team at www.vouchercloud.com undertook the study as part of ongoing research in to what Britons are most scared of. 2,187 Britons aged 18 and over were quizzed about their biggest fears and how this affected their day-to-day living.

Initially all respondents were asked ‘Do you feel that your fears are rational or irrational?’ to which two thirds of respondents 65% of respondents feel that their fears were ‘rational’, and 35% feel that their fears are ‘irrational’.

All respondents were then asked ‘Have you opened up to your friends and family about your fears?’ The majority of respondents, 54%, admitted that ‘no’ their friends and family were unaware of their fears, with a further 72% revealing it was because it just hadn’t come up in conversation or come to light in front of them.

Following on from this, respondents were asked whether or not they felt their fears made any sort of impact on their day-to-day living. The most common responses were either ‘yes, because it could happen anytime, anywhere’ (37%) or ‘no – it’s not something you come across day-to-day’ (31%).

In order to determine the biggest fears throughout the UK, respondents were provided with a list of possible fears and told to select all that they applied. Once all of the results were collated and split per region, each regions biggest fear are as follows;

According to the poll, 51% of respondents have no idea why they’re scared of what they’re scared of, whilst a further 28% believe that they had some form of traumatic experience when they were a child which has caused their fear.