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Cacophobia Phobia Of Ugly Things Or Ugly People
Having an aversion, extreme dislike or fear of anyone or anything extremely unattractive. It’s easy to poke fun at people with unusual disorders but it cannot be helped. Phobias can lead to anxiety and depression.
What is a phobia?
First of all we need to look at the definition of phobia. Most people are confused or at least misinformed about what a phobia is. We understand it is a clinical mental disturbance but the actual definition is mostly inaccurate across the Internet.
Having a fear of something is indeed a phobia but you can also have an abnormal dislike of something or abhorrence to a thing and that can also be a phobia. You don’t have to necessarily be afraid of something to have a phobia.
Society has taken the “fear” portion of the definition and overused it.
If you hate something to the point it consumes your life, you may have a phobia.
If something makes you extremely uncomfortable to the point you can’t look at it or must leave the room or premises then you quite likely have a phobia. You aren’t afraid, you don’t have thoughts of that object or person attacking you or bringing you harm, it simply makes you anxious.
Fear is only part of the disorder and some do not experience fear at all.
There are people who have a real problem with physical flaws or serious imperfections in another human, animal or object. Some of them have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and want things to be put to right but not all have OCD.
These people have trouble talking to someone who has a wart on their nose, a birthmark that covers part of their face or even a rash. Some abhor obese people and can’t stand the sight of them.
If your phobia is only of over-weight humans, then you might have cacomorphobia: an obsession with obesity, which is a different phobia.
There are varying degrees of the disorder: some can handle a small imperfection but there are some patients who have a problem with the slightest feature that is out of place. A bad haircut may drive them to distraction until it has grown out or the person has it repaired.
This is one of the most hidden phobias due to the stigma attached to it. Telling anyone you have abhorrence to anyone who is unattractive or imperfect isn’t a good idea. You get all sorts of mean comments as though you can help it or do it on purpose.
People don’t have this phobia to be cruel or to poke fun at those with disabilities or afflictions. Most of them keep this phobia to themselves and don’t mention it out loud to anyone. They are themselves a victim.
Recluse-avoiding the public
Some have it so bad they won’t leave the house. Seeing someone who is very unattractive makes them feel extremely uncomfortable, they may become nauseous, have heart palpitations, so they avoid situations where they might be exposed to these people.
Some even have an anxiety attack when exposed to someone or something they find unappealing.
Sometimes Cacophobics can be helped by exposing them to people with the imperfections that bother them the most.
For example: if a man has trouble looking at pictures in a magazine of children with a cleft lip he can be introduced to a person with this deformity giving him more exposure. This needs to be done with the supervision of a psychiatrist or psychologist who knows how to treat people with this phobia.
He gets to know someone on a personal level and may become more used to seeing people in this condition; hopefully, after several sessions he will feel more comfortable being around them. The next time he sees children in a television advertisement he may be able to overlook it without quickly changing the channel or covering his eyes.
It’s their fault they are ugly
It’s easier to overcome cacophobia if the maladies can’t be helped but harder for them to get past ones they feel is the person’s fault such as obesity, facial piercings or warts on the nose. Granted they didn’t purposely grow a wart but it is easily removed by a physician or over the counter medications so a Cacophobic may feel they could improve their situation if they wanted to.
Look in the mirror
You may think these people exclusively hold judgment for other people but they are just as critical of their own looks. Cacophobics routinely look for flaws in the mirror and are some of the ones who seek a plastic surgeon for the most minor of imperfections.
A laugh line to us appears as a huge wrinkle to them.
Of course there are people who are addicted to plastic surgery and not necessarily a person with Cacophobia. That is another psychological disorder altogether.