Sunday, May 15, 2011

Katagelophobia: The Fear of Ridicule

Katagelophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of ridicule.  No one likes to be ridiculed, but those with this phobia will isolate themselves and avoid any situation that might cause them to be ridiculed.

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 Katagelophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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