31 Phobias: #9 Fear of Electricity
The Fear of Electricity
The fear of electricity is called Electrophobia. There is a 'wide line' when "the fear of electricity" is involved. There's being overly cautious and there's terribily horrified. So horrified that an electrophobic can't even turn on a light switch for fear of being shocked or worse - electrocuted!
Electrophobia is a common (specific) phobia and like most other common phobias it was developed because of a traumatic experience. Either being shocked or seeing someone else being shocked, possibly electrocuted, can trigger a person to develop Electrophobia.
A common trigger that causes a person to become an Electrophobic is lightning. For some reason, some people are so terrified of it that they are considered to may be suffering from Astraphobia. Astraphobics, however, are able to turn on and off light switches, cook on an electric stove, operate electrical appliances; whereas a person with an extreme case of Electrophobia, such tasks are impossible. Some sufferers can't even look at a picture of a lightning bolt - let alone sit through a lightning storm.
Another common cause that triggers someone into developing Electrophobia, or at least become overly cautious of it, is the fear of being shocked/electrocuted while bathing, showering, even swimming in pools.
I know all about this all too well.
The most common people develop Electrophobia is by sticking something (usually a wire) into an electrical outlet. Everybody remembers being shocked, it's a dramatic experience. This can cause a person to develop Electrophobia or to be overly cautious, but for most of us it's a lesson well learned.
How to Cure Electrophobia
It's not often a person gets cured from suffering Electrophobia (if at all), even though people who suffer from Astraphobia have a much higher chance of getting cured.
Electrophobia can cause severe social problems that can affect your daily life. Losing friends and jobs are just a few of the problems Electrophobics faces. If an Electrophobic doesn't seek help soon they may have to resort to desperate measures just to survive.
© 2014 James Timothy Peters