“A phobia is an intense fear of something that, in reality, poses little or no actual danger”.
“Fear is an adaptive human response. It serves a protective purpose, activating the automatic “fight-or-flight” response.
If you have a phobia, you probably realize that your fear is unreasonable, yet you still can’t control your feelings. Just thinking about the feared object or situation may make you anxious. And when you’re actually exposed to the thing you fear, the terror is automatic and overwhelming.
The other day, I walked into my friends bathroom and as I turned on the lights, perched right there on the wall, like it had been waiting for me was a cockroach. Now to some of you this might be nothing but to me it’s, it’s …. Words fail me. I stood there literally shaking. Goosebumps had formed on both arms and I felt like I was going to hurl at any moment. It’s safe to say I panicked. After what seemed like 5hrs, I quickly turned off the lights, shut the door and locked it like that would stop the cockroach from crawling out if it wanted to. I didn’t go back to that toilet the whole day.
I thought my reaction was a bit silly/extreme until I gisted a friend who said I probably have “Katsaridaphobia“.. Say what now?!!! Off to Google to look it up. Not only did I find that such was real, i found other terms that define all the phobias (not just fears) I have and the physical/emotional symptoms.
Physical signs and symptoms of a phobia
Emotional signs and symptoms of a phobia
Personally, I have a phobia for…
- Heights – Acrophobia
- Flying – Aviophobia (maybe I’ll tag this one fear)
- Closed spaces – Claustrophobia
- Cockroaches (esp the flying ones, creepy crawly insects and wasps) Katsaridaphobia, Herpetophobia, and Spheksophobia respectively.
So I kept reading and got to “how to overcome your phobias “. It involved making a list of my phobias, arranging them according to least scary to the most scary, working my way through these phobias and then practicing. I lost interest as soon as I read the working my way through my phobias. Am I supposed to stare at roaches or imagine them till I start getting comfy? Or am I to stand on the balcony of the 10th floor all in the name of practice? Certainly not me. So till better ways of overcoming these phobias are found, I guess I’m stuck with goosebumps and panick attacks anytime im faced with my phobias. Bummer.
What are your fears and phobias? Have you overcome them? How? Please share.
You can find a list of phobias Here.