Decoding Megalophobia – The Fear of Large Objects
Have you ever been terrified when standing at the base of an extremely large building? Or does a rock that is exceptionally large freak you out, and you don’t completely understand why?
Do you find yourself running in the opposite direction from field trips that involve visiting skyscrapers? If yes, then you may suffer from Megalophobia.
Does even the thought of large objects break you into a sweat? You probably can’t even figure out how to explain this to anyone without sounding stupid.
It may not be easy to live with a fear like this. However, that isn’t an excuse for giving up. All you need to do is have faith in yourself and reassure yourself that you can get through this. The very first step to doing so is to understand why it exists in the first place.
What Causes the Fear of Large Objects?
In most phobias, we find the root cause to be a traumatic experience from your past. Megalophobia is no exception. Understanding where your phobia comes from will go a long way in actually overcoming it. Due to this one particular event in your past, you may feel anxious or tend to freak out whenever you’re around large buildings or monuments.
Something as historical and scenic as the Statue of Liberty may make you feel like running away from New York City altogether. It is important that you face the root cause of this and not spend all your time running away from it.
Megalophobia traces back to the Greek word ‘megalos’- which means big or great, and phobia, which means fear. It is all in the name in English too, Megalophobia.
Almost every phobia article tells you that phobias are nothing more than an irrational fear. And while that is true, that doesn’t help you feel better at all, does it? The fear may be irrational, but to you, it will feel very real. However, fear can only be classified as a phobia if it starts to hinder your everyday life. Your daily activities, such as going for a jog, going to work, or even something as simple as grocery shopping, could be hindered by that obnoxiously large building that they built downtown.
You would find yourself getting anxious while driving past a skyscraper or underneath a massive bridge. That big ol’ cruise ship that everyone wants to go on a date on? You would do anything to avoid going there, wouldn’t you?
Symptoms of Megalophobia
Megalophobia, not unlike any other phobia, is a mental disorder. And hence, it can result in various symptoms. These symptoms can be both of a physical nature and a psychological nature. Below listed are some of the symptoms suffered by people who have Megalophobia. Why don’t you see for yourself whether or not you relate?
One of the most common and most dreadful psychological symptoms you may feel is anxiety. Today, individuals tend to take anxiety very lightly, but if you are someone actively going through it, you know just how serious it is. You may start to get panic attacks when you’re near passing by a skyscraper or even the Eiffel Tower. Even the most romantic proposal on the Eiffel tower may seem daunting not because of the proposal but because of the size of the Tower itself. The panic could get to you and then build up inside you making it very difficult for you to go about your day-to-day activities. In short, the psychological symptoms of Megalophobia include panic and paranoia, unending anxiety, and a deep feeling of dread near large objects.
One of the most common symptoms seen in most phobic people is nausea. You tend to panic, and then your entire system goes for a total whirlwind and makes you want to throw up. You may also feel a minor ache in your chest or feel your pulse rising, but make sure you do not panic. Among other physical symptoms, you may feel dizzy, lightheaded, and may even start to sweat profusely when you see or even think of anything large.
People may not take you seriously yet, but once you feel it getting worse and start to recognize the symptoms, it may be time to finally accept that you need to do something about your phobia. It may just be time to consider getting help.
Self Help – What can I Do to Help Myself Tackle Megalophobia
Self-help usually isn’t as easy as it sounds. Helping yourself has proven to be much tougher than helping others. People usually tend to mess up at the first step itself. The first step to helping yourself solve an issue is to accept that there is an issue in the first place.
Somewhere deep down you know by now that freaking out every single time you see something big isn’t normal. Still, you may have trouble accepting that there is something medically wrong with you that now needs your attention.
Avoiding a problem and hoping it goes away isn’t self-help. You need to have the guts to face it and then conquer it. The human mind will believe what it hears repeatedly. Tell yourself it’s okay.
Reassure yourself that no matter how much it freaks you out, you can take the route to work that cuts through that massive skyscraper downtown. Allow yourself to believe that nothing will happen to you if you choose to drive on that huge bridge which will no doubt cut your commute time in half. Tell yourself it’s fine.
Expose yourself to the stuff that may freak you out. Slowly but surely, plan a trip to the closest monument around you and then go and visit it. If you allow yourself to have some faith in yourself, you can conquer just about anything, even Megalophobia.
Professional Help for Fear of Large Objects
Self-help techniques not working as well as you had hoped? It may be time to consider seeking out some professional help.
Going to see a therapist would be advisable. He would be perfect to advise you on what treatment method would be best to help you conquer your fears. There may not be any definitive method to treat Megalophobia, but there is an entire ocean of choices you could choose from.
Coping with Megalophobia
With the right treatment plan, you will slowly see your fears and anxiety slowly begin to diminish.
Now all of the above-mentioned neat tricks in no way guarantee a full recovery from any phobia. But it will teach you to get control over your fear. Learning to control and overcome our Megalophobia will go a long way in helping you lead a normal life. Now, you will no longer be the awkward kid who got spooked by the Statue of lLiberty. You can finally move on from such incidents that have held you captive in the past.