Decoding Megalophobia – The Fear of Large Objects
Have you ever been terrified when standing at the base of a large building? Does a rock that is exceptionally large freak you out, but you don’t understand why?
Do you find yourself faking sick from school on field trips days that involve visiting skyscrapers? If yes, then you may suffer from megalophobia.
Does even the thought of a large object break you into a sweat? You probably can’t even figure out how to explain this to someone without sounding like a fool.
It may not be easy to live with a fear like this, but don’t give up. Think positively and reassure yourself that you can get through this. The very first step is to understand why your fear exists in the first place.
What Causes the Fear of Large Objects?
In most phobias, the root cause is generally found to be a traumatic experience from your past. Megalophobia is no exception. Understanding where your phobia comes from will go a long way in overcoming it. Due to this one particular event in your past, you may feel anxious or suffer panic whenever you’re around large buildings or monuments. As a matter of fact, even the name of the phobia itself can shed some light on your fear. Megalophobia traces back to the Greek word megalos, which means big or great, and phobia, which means fear.
Something as historical and scenic as the Statue of Liberty may make you feel like running away from New York City altogether. But you can’t avoid the objects of your fear indefinitely. It’s important that you face the root cause rather than practice avoidance.
Almost every phobia article will tell 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 feels 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.
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 physical or psychological in nature. Listed below 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 experience panic attacks when you’re near a skyscraper or say perhaps, the Eiffel Tower. The panic builds up inside you making it very difficult to go about your day-to-day activities. In short, the psychological symptoms of megalophobia include panic and paranoia, excessive anxiety, and a deep feeling of dread near large objects.
One of the most common physical symptoms seen in most phobic people is nausea. You may also feel a minor ache in your chest or feel your pulse rising. 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.
Once you start to recognize the symptoms, it may be time to accept that you need to do something about your phobia. It may 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 can sometimes be more difficult than helping others. But the first step to helping yourself solve an issue like this is to accept that there is an issue in the first place.
Somewhere deep down you know by now that panicking every single time you see something big isn’t normal. Still, you may have trouble accepting that there is something medically wrong that needs your attention.
Avoiding a problem and hoping it goes away isn’t self-help. You need to have the courage 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 you’ll be fine.
Expose yourself to those things that you fear. Slowly but surely, plan a trip to the closest monument, and then go visit it. If you allow yourself to have some confidence in yourself, you can conquer just about anything, including 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. Therapy would be advisable. A therapist can 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 are options you could choose from.
Coping with Megalophobia
With the right treatment plan, you will see your fears and anxiety gradually begin to diminish.
Now, all of the above-mentioned methods can’t guarantee a full recovery from any phobia. But they will teach you how to cope with your fear.
Learning to control and overcome your megalophobia will go a long way in helping you lead a normal life. You’ll no longer be the awkward kid who got spooked by the Statue of Liberty. You can finally move on from such incidents that have held you captive in the past.
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