Wassup LHers!!! Hope we are good? No monday blues for me, I feel energetic and cool. Today, I will be talking about phobia. If you are close to me, it means you know I’m scared of the dark. I developed phobia for dark because of what I heard and watched. People always say creepy things happen in the dark and I noticed that in movies too, bad things occur at night. People are raped, robbed, kidnapped and even killed in the dark when no one is watching. I may be wrong but that’s what I have observed and this has really affected me psychologically. Whenever I go out and It’s getting dark, I begin to panic, I will be so uncomfortable until I get home. I know it’s not good but I am working on it. I also have a phobia for blood. I see blood and I scream or begin to shake. People always say as a lady I need to brace myself because I will be a mother someday but mehn…
There are reasons why people develop phobia(s) and this could be as a result of evolutionary and behavioral theories. There are over a hundred phobias but I will be mentioning the common ones and their treatments.
Fear of spider – Arachnophobia
Fear of snake – Ophidophobia
Fear of death – Thanatophobia
Fear of blood – Hemophobia/Hematophobia
Fear of dogs – Cynophobia
Fear of flying – Pteromerhanophobia
Fear of dark – Nychophobia
Fear of height – Acrophobia
Fear of germs & dirt – Mysophobia
Fear of dolls – Coulrophobia/Pediophobia
Fear of mice – Musophobia/Murophobia/Suriphobia
Treatment for Phobias
Flooding/Face your fears, one step at a time therapy: Exposure to a fearful situation or experience gradually and repeatedly can help overcome fears.
Relaxation Techniques: Regular breathing relaxation exercises can help fight fears.
Challenge negative thoughts: Learning to challenge unhelpful thoughts is an important step in overcoming fears.
Many of these phobias are treatable and can be overcome if the appropriate therapy is used. Although some phobias are never completely cured, therapy can help many people learn to function effectively.
What are your fears?