Monday, October 22, 2012

Selenophobia: The Fear of the Moon

“…spooky effects have been ascribed to the phases of the moon….But when the statistics are redone properly, the correlation with lunar phase always evaporates….Yet many sensible people—including police officers and emergency room staff—continue to believe otherwise.” – Steven Strogatz

Selenophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of the moon.  I feel like the main cause of this phobia comes from the belief that there is a correlation between the phases of the moon and insanity, along with other beliefs that certain things are caused by the phases of the moon.  I’ve heard all my life that if there was a full moon then someone was going to have a baby.  Horror movies tend to play off of this too, which increases the fear in those with Selenophobia.
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 Selenophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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