31 Phobias: #10 The Fear of Automobiles
The Fear of Automobiles
The fear of automobiles is a rather new phobia. It's been around since, well...since the invention of the automobile. Some extreme cases of Motorphobia the sufferer can't even be around parked cars. With these extreme cases, some therapists would have to visit the sufferer at their residence because the Motorphobia has gotten so bad the sufferer wouldn't leave their home.
Motorphobia doesn't have to be that extreme to interfere with daily routines. Most Motorphobiacs have a difficult time using public transportation. It's because they can't concentrate on what's going on around them because they can't stop looking out the window and paying attention to other cars. Forget about driving themselves, that's next to impossible. Some Motorphobiacs are barely able to walk let alone ride a bicycle - that is, if there's no automobiles driving around.
It's a wonder how phobias develop in the first place. It could be hereditary, a child mimicking a parents personal fear, therefore growing up into adulthood with the fear. Or it can just develop to certain people - depending on the individual. Experts really don't know.
Most people who suffer with Motorphobia have had a traumatic experience; such as a horrible automobile accident. Some may have lost a loved one due to an automobile accident and now has a terrible fear of driving or even riding in an automobile.
Oddly though, most Motorphobiacs can ride in a boat...strange.
Dealing with Motorphobia
As a person goes without therapy and tries to deal with Motorphobia on their own, things could possibly get worse. Once a person has a difficult time driving themself for fear of getting into an automobile accident, daily routines start getting harder and harder to accomplish.
Once the fear gets so controlling that the Motorphobiac cannot even leave their home, therapy is desperately needed.
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