Here's a Top 10 list as compiled by the Gallup Poll, chronicling Americans' most common fears. So, next time your heart starts pounding when you think of the inconsequential, like financial ruin, remember there are plenty of other scarier things out there.
Fear No. 10: Water
Why it's scary: You can drown.
Fear No. 9: Storms
Why they're scary: Lightning. And you can drown.
Fear No. 8: Public transportation
Why it's scary: Planes, trains, buses - watch the news
Fear No. 7: Crowds
Why they're scary: The pushing, the trampling, the mob mentality
Fear No. 6: Tunnels and bridges
Why they're scary: Fear of collapse
Fear No. 5: Spiders
Why they're scary: Just plain creepy
Fear No. 4: Heights
Why they're scary: You can fall.
Fear No. 3: Confined spaces
Why they're scary: Coffin complex, we presume.
Fear No. 2: Snakes
Why they're scary: Just plain creepy - and slithery
Fear No. 1: Public speaking
Why it's scary: Is this thing on?
Hint, and Doubly Pointed Hint: What should you be doing about Fear No. 1?
(Source: Gallup Organization)