Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Papaphobia: The Fear of the Pope or Roman Catholic Church

Papaphobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of the pope or of the Roman Catholic Church.  This fear usually begins during childhood or after the first encounter.  Over time the fear goes away in most people, but for some this fear only intensifies and it becomes Papaphobia.
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 Papaphobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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