Friday, January 6, 2012

Catagelophobia: The Fear of Being Ridiculed

Catagelophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of being ridiculed or being “put down” by someone.  This phobia is usually the result of having low self-esteem.  Catagelophobia is also known as Katagelophobia.

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?


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