Thursday, February 16, 2012

Heresyphobia: The Fear of Challenges to the Official Doctrine or of Radical Deviation

Heresyphobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of challenges to the official doctrine or of radical deviation.  Those who suffer from this phobia feel that if they turn away from the doctrine of their religion that they may be excommunicated from the church or spend an eternity in hell.  Heresyphobia is also known as Hereiophobia.
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 Heresyphobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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