Decoding the Fear of Blenders
Let’s face it. Blenders are loud. Very loud. The appliance shakes and chops violently, and for some of us this can induce deeply rooted fears that may manifest into a full-blown phobia.
Does your anxiety skyrocket when you use a blender or hear its sound?
Does your heart race like an Indy car when using a blender?
Do you imagine the blender exploding or your fingers being chopped by the blade?
If your answer to all these questions is yes, there’s no need to feel embarrassed. You may suffer from a fear of blenders.
So what is the fear of blenders called? Blenderphobia.
Research this phobia, and you’ll find a half-dozen people in your area with the same dread.
The good news is, like all other phobias, blenderphobia is treatable. Self-help methods are a great place to start. But if that’s not enough to help you overcome the fear, you can progress to professional treatment if necessary.
This article will explore the causes, symptoms, and treatments for blenderphobia. Here’s everything you need to know.
When this author was nine years old, for some unknown reason, I thought I could stop a blender blade from spinning by holding it. Yes, you could call this a late “do not touch the hot oven” experience.
Well, what happened is exactly what you’d think. I mangled the end of my finger. Forty years later, to this day, when I hear a blender whining at high speed, I look at my finger and shake with fear and remorse.
Perhaps your fear of blenders started differently, but with simple education you can work your way through it.
What is blenderphobia? Blenderphobia, which is also called blendaphobia, is an irrational fear of blenders.
People with blenderphobia may not necessarily use the blender themselves. The mere sound of the blender is enough to frighten them.
While many people are simply more careful when using the blender, those with this phobia will often avoid a blender altogether. They may struggle while explaining their feelings. The mere thought of blenders affects them.
Is it normal to be scared of blenders? Even though the fear is irrational, it is understandable. Unlike other fears related to harmless objects, this fear may stem from an actual fear of an injury while operating a blender.
The blades can be intimidating to you because they are sharp and whirl around at incredible speeds. But as long as you don’t put your hand inside the blender, the blades will not harm you.
You can get started by reading the directions and safety precautions on the product. But before we dive into how to manage this phobia, you must look at the causes. To deal with and defeat your phobia, you must first figure out when you developed the fear.
Phobias may arise due to genetic predispositions, or they may develop due to an experience involving the object, in this case, a blender.
The chances of a person developing blenderphobia are higher if their parents or grandparents experienced the same phobia. These individuals can pass on their tendencies to develop mental illnesses and symptoms to their children and grandchildren.
Find out if your parents or grandparents had this phobia. If they didn’t, you can go on to the second most common cause—past trauma or experience.
Try to recall a time when someone was injured in an accident involving a blender during your childhood. Maybe a blender blew up when someone was using it or maybe it cut their hand due to incorrect usage.
Although these two causes are common, if they did not contribute to your phobia, consider the third possible cause.
Did you grow up around someone with blenderphobia? If you constantly saw their fearful behavior around blenders, you may have also subconsciously developed the fear.
Some theories suggest that some fear or phobias can be innate, meaning the sufferers are predisposed to fear certain things that may cause them harm.
Symptoms of Blenderphobia
Blenderphobia has no specific symptoms. However, almost all individuals who suffer from different phobias experience some common symptoms—physical and psychological.
- Cold flashes
- Excessive sweating
- Dry mouth
- Trouble breathing
- Panic attacks
- Feeling detached
- Feeling anxious
- Feeling agitated
- Fear of harm
Depending on the severity of the phobia, people with blenderphobia may have some or all of the symptoms above.
If you suffer with blenderphobia, you might simply avoid this common kitchen implement as a form of treatment. However, it may not be that simple for everyone due to work or home life. If this is the case for you, there are self-help and professional therapy options available to help you cope with your phobia.
What Can You Do to Help Yourself?
Many people will suggest that you go directly to a professional if you have a phobia. However, self-help techniques have proven effective for many. However, if you experience frequent panic attacks and the phobia disrupts your everyday activities, you might wish to bypass these self-help techniques and seek professional help.
Self-reflection involves delving into your fear, trying to understand how it all started, and analyzing how it continues to affect you. Try to tell yourself that you won’t get hurt as long as you take safety precautions.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation
During progressive muscle relaxation, you begin by focusing on your feet, then rhythmically contract and relax your muscles as you work your way up to your head. This technique can be very effective and will calm you down when you are near the object of your fear.
Yoga has been proven to help people with physical and psychological disorders such as anxiety. Since anxiety and fear go hand in hand, yoga will help alleviate these feelings and help you better cope with your phobia.
The ability to imagine may be one of the greatest gifts to humanity. By using your imagination or visualization, you can picture yourself overcoming any particular fear. For example, imagine yourself using a blender effectively in a calm and relaxed manner.
This technique will also allow you to anticipate possible scenarios to allow you to prepare and act accordingly should that situation arise.
Other Self-Help Techniques
None of these techniques guarantee the complete elimination of the phobia, but they can reduce the effect or severity of the symptoms.
Professional Help for the Fear of Blenders
When self-help doesn’t alleviate the symptoms of blenderphobia, the next step may be professional help. Below are two options.
During hypnotherapy, you will achieve an altered state of consciousness, during which you are receptive to suggestions and affirmations.
The hypnotherapist uses guided imagery to help you unlearn the phobia-induced fear response. Considerable evidence suggests that hypnotherapy helps people overcome their fear and phobias.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Our actions are based on our thought patterns, feelings, and beliefs. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) works to help you understand and modify your thoughts and beliefs to alter your behavior. This is a gradual process and may take several sessions, but the effects are long-lasting.
Individuals with a phobia can sometimes struggle to distinguish what is real and what is not. CBT can help them replace irrational thought patterns with more adaptive ones in such situations. It can also replace negative thoughts and emotions with positive ones, helping with the depression, stress, and anxiety that can come with a phobia.
Your therapist may combine CBT with exposure therapy to help you better cope with your fear.
Even though there is no specific treatment for blenderphobia, early diagnosis and treatment can help you overcome the phobia and help you lead a happy, normal life. Starting with self-help in the early stages increases your chance of overcoming the phobia without visiting a professional.
It also helps to let someone close to you know about your fear. This will help you share your feelings without feeling judged. If you are experiencing panic attacks which continue for more than six weeks, seek help right away.