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31 Phobias: #9 Fear of Electricity

Updated on January 9, 2016
Electrophobia - The fear of electricity
Electrophobia - The fear of electricity | Source


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.

Developing Electrophobia

Common Experiences

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.

Curing Electrophobia

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


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      James Timothy Peters 3 years ago from Hammond, Indiana

      I also make sure that no appliance is plugged in when I take a shower/bath. It freaks me out just thinking about it. I, too, don't believe I have a phobia, I do, however, believe that I'm overly cautious.

      Thank you for the comment.

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      galleryofgrace 3 years ago from Virginia

      I do have a fear of electricity but never considered it a phobia. For example if my son is rewiring a ceiling fan or a ceiling light fixture. I go completely out of room until he's done. I have more of a phobia of the combination of water and electricity. Someone once wanted to use an electric curling iron on my hair while it was still wet. I refused! No way !