Friday, February 3, 2012

Xenoglossophobia: The Fear of Foreign Languages

Xenoglossophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of foreign languages.  This phobia is common and affects Americans more than anyone else. Those who suffer from Xenoglossophobia become upset and anxious when they are confronted with a language they don’t understand.
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 Xenoglossophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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