Every person experiences an intense and captivating emotion, one that can prevent them from living life at the fullest and keep them guarded: fear. Fear can be expressed through a wide-range of phobias, which is why I chose to emphasize this issue by creating an exhibit that illustrates the top ten, most common, phobias around the world. Whether genetic or acquired, phobias are directly related to the brain and my exhibit will allow visitors to learn where each originates, what emotions are invoked and their importance. This was created by typography illustrations and projections, emanating a vibe that captures fear for every visitor to experience.
HOW COMMON ARE PHOBIAS?
In the industrial nations, phobias are the most common kind of anxiety disorder. Over 50 million people in the USA and 10 million in the UK are thought to live with a phobia. They can affect people of any age, sex, and socioeconomic status. The National Institute of Mental Health estimated in 2011 that between 8.7% and 18.1% of Americans of all ages suffer from phobias. A much higher percentage of women suffer from phobias than men. Simple phobias usually start early on in life - during childhood, and often go away by the time the person reaches late teens. Complex phobias generally start later on.