Most of the world’s mythology revolves around a God or multiple Gods. To fear God(s) is to fear most of mythology.
Zeusophobia is known as the fear of god(s). Though rarely talked about, zeusophobia is quite common in some parts of the world. The name stems from Zeus, the king of the Gods in Greek mythology. Zeusophobia is often caused because of the fear of the unknown. Some people are afraid that there may be a higher entity that can control the lives of people. Others may blame the unfortunate events that happen on this world (hurricanes, terrorist attacks, etc.) on a higher being whom they think is evil. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, cultural upbringing plays a big part on a person’s outlook towards higher beings. Besides gods and religion, those who have zeusophobia may fear things affiliated with god(s), such as religious texts or churches.
When confronted with the thought of there being a higher power, common symptoms of Zeusophobia include:
- Panic Attacks/Extreme Anxiety
- Increased Heart Rate
- Shortness of Breath
- Refusal to Talk about Religion or a Higher Power
- Avoidance of Churches
- Excessive blame of Negative Events on God(s)
Zeusophobia can be very hard to overcome because the fear often stems from cultural upbringing. The best way to overcome zeusophobia is to change your mindset. Reading religious texts from a certain religion and socializing with people who believe in a specific religion are good ways to expose yourself slowly to the concept of a high power/multiple higher powers. If all else fails, therapy is an effective way of treating zeusophobia.