Scared of us? Kerm off it!
FOR some, it is heights, while for others, it is the dark.
But one Swansea mum has a rather less common fear — one of puppets.
The condition, known as automatonophobia, means that when Lindsay Broom comes across children's favourites The Muppets, it's enough to give her palpations.
The mother-of-two, who has felt the same way since she was five-years-old, said: "All it takes is for my husband, Alex, to hum The Muppets theme song and I'm a wreck.
"When I see them, I automatically imagine the puppets' facial features twisting and distorting, I just have to get away from them."
It was when she was 18 that Lindsay realised the extent of her fear, after spotting a furry Muppet toy in a shop.
She said the experience "completely freaked her out".
The condition meant that when her nephew wanted to queue for a Muppets' ride at a theme park in Florida, Lindsay turned and ran.
The 37-year-old's phobia began when she went with her mother to buy a rabbit hutch from an elderly lady, and was momentarily left alone with her 'in a dark room'.
She said: "The elderly woman didn't say a word, but was obviously unwell.
"She sat there groaning and wheezing as an episode of The Muppets was playing on the TV.
"It was the strangest and most terrifying experience of my entire life.
"When mum came back to collect me from the room, I burst into tears."
It's not just Kermit the frog, Miss Piggy or Animal that leaves her upset. Lindsay is also scared of Jim Henson's other creations — such as Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock.
There is no known cure for automatonophobia, although suggested treatments include hypnosis, psychoanalysis therapy and medication.
But Mrs Broom said: "I haven't sought medical advice — the phobia is so specialised that I can't imagine anyone will be able to help me."