Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Novercaphobia: The Fear of Stepmothers

Novercaphobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of stepmothers.  This phobia can be caused by being abused by a step-mother.  It may also be triggered by movies that portray an evil stepmother like The Stepmother (1972). The fear of stepfathers is Vitricophobia.
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 Novercaphobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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