Catagelophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of being ridiculed. Those with this phobia have low self-esteem and can’t cope at all with being ridiculed. It may begin in early childhood and progress from there. This phobia is closely related to Agoraphobia, the fear of crowds and Gelotophobia, the fear of being laughed at.
A phobia is a strong, persistent fear of situations, objects, activities or persons. The main symptom is an excessive and unreasonable desire to avoid the feared subject. Other phobia symptoms include shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea, and an overall feeling of dread. Phobias are the most common form of anxiety disorders.
Do you suffer from Catagelophobia? Please share your story. How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?