Fear of Myths

For most of us, myths are fun ways to explain our existence, explain why things came to be, or to demonstrate our creative thinking. This is simply not the case for those with mythophobia…

Mythophobia is known as the fear of myths. However, it is also known as the fear of false statements. Most often, people have this fear because of two reasons. One may be their particular religious beliefs. Some people are afraid that the higher entities portrayed in mythology may be real. These higher powers may have complete control or be evil in mythology, and the person may feel that the entity could harm them in reality. The other reason may be that they were lied to, and are afraid of being lied to again. Those who have mythophobia may refuse to read certain fiction books or see theatrical plays that may contain aspects of mythology if they fear mythology, or may not believe anything that they hear if they are afraid of being lied to.

Those who are afraid of mythology often show symptoms of their fear, such as:

  • Panic Attacks/Extreme Anxiety
  • Increased Heart Rate
  • Problem Discerning Reality from what is Not Real
  • Refusal to Read Books or View Plays that have Mythology in Them

Those who are afraid of being lied to often show symptoms of their fear, such as:

  • Panic Attacks/Extreme Anxiety
  • Increased Heart Rate
  • Refusal to Believe Anything that they Hear

Treating mythophobia is most commonly done by using desensitization. Exposing the person to their fear and proving to them that it is irrational can help them to overcome their fear. Proving that myths are just myths and that you can believe certain things if they come from friends are good starting points. If all else fails, therapy is available.

Sources:

http://www.phobiasource.com/mythophobia-fear-of-myths-or-stories-or-false-statements/

http://common-phobias.com/Mytho/phobia.htm

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