Saturday, September 28, 2013

Scoptophobia: The Fear of Being Seen or Stared At

Scoptophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of being seen or stared at.  Those who are insecure are greatly affected by this phobia.  They’re afraid that if someone looks at them long enough they will see all of their flaws. Some people just get nervous if they are stared at for too long. Scoptophobia is also known as Scopophobia and Ophthalmophobia. 
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 Scoptophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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