Sunday, January 15, 2012

Cleptophobia: The Fear of Stealing

Cleptophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of stealing.  It can also mean the abnormal and persistent fear of being robbed which is also known as Harpaxophobia. These phobias often occur together.  Cleptophobia is often caused by a negative or traumatic experience. Recovering thieves may develop this phobia because they are afraid they will fall back into their old ways. They may become almost paranoid that they are going to steal something. As with the fear of being robbed, if a person has been robbed before they become extremely fearful that it will happen again and this fear eventually turns into a phobia.  This phobia is also known as Kleptophobia.

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


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