I was just talking to a friend yesterday about reasonable and unreasonable fears. Then this morning on my homepage was an article about fears and how likely they were to happen. So be it Friday the 13th why not delve into fears. These are the statistics the article had:
The Scenario: Being struck by lightning The Odds: 1 in 240,000
The Scenario: Dying in a tornado The Odds: 1 in 5 million
The Scenario: Dying from a bee, hornet, or wasp sting The Odds: 1 in 5.33 million
The Scenario: Being bitten by a venomous snake The Odds: 1 in 37,250
The Scenario: Being attacked by a shark The Odds: 1 in 11.5 million
The Scenario: Being attacked by a bear The Odds: 1 in 36 million
So it looks like if you are afraid of snakes, probably a reasonable fear. And you should probably stay out of lightning storms. But it doesn't seem to have statistics for the things I'm afraid of. What are the chances of someone attacking you in your sleep? What are the chances of stopping breathing because it's really dark? What are the chances of someone else breathing up all your air? What are those statistics? Reasonable or unreasonable, what are your phobias???