The fear of death discussed in the previous article has some other fears associated with it. Among them is phasmophobia, or the fear of ghosts. People that suffer from phasmophobia tend to have a hard time coping with events during the month of October.
Phasmophobia can be defined as the fear of ghosts. The word is derived from the Greek word ‘phasmos,’ which means phantom. People who are young or older can suffer from phasmophobia. The fear usually extends from a fear of the dark or the unknown, but it is usually developed over time by watching movies, reading books, or listening to stories dealing with the supernatural. Thanatophobia (the fear of death) is also a fear that most people have that extends into phasmopobia. People that are afraid of dying may feel that someone affiliated with them who has died or may soon die will come back to haunt them in the realm of the living. Phasmophobia does affect the lives of those inflicted with it, and can cause a person to become too afraid to go outside or sleep when it is too dark. Common symptoms of phasmophobia include:
- Rapid Heart Rate
- Losing control or feeling “crazy”
- Sweating and/or nausea
- Inability to sleep when it is dark/extreme restlessness
- Difficulty distinguishing reality from unreality
- Children may cry or urinate in their fear
Most people do not attempt to receive professional help in relieving themselves of their fear of ghosts because they do not acknowledge its affect on their lives. During the day, ghosts may seem trivial, but they are the cause of terror at night. Confidence is a key factor when attempting to overcome phasmophobia. If a young child is afraid, the adult will need to display confidence. Likewise, an adult needs to believe in only what they know is real. It takes time, but gradual exposure can help to alleviate the effects of phasmophobia.