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31 Phobias: #2 the Fear of Being Watched

Updated on June 12, 2021
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Scopophobia or Paranoia?

It can be a very scary thought, the idea of somebody actually watching you; your every move; everywhere you go and anybody you talk to. It's enough to make some people to never want to leave their home again. Being alone isn't quite as easy (and personal) as it use to be. From micro cams to mini listening devices to hackers actually hacking into personal computers and watching their victims through their very own web cam. There are easy-to-follow programs and applications (usually at a very high cost) that can help these cyber-criminals tap into your cell phones, home security systems and even baby-cam devices.


There are those who take this to the extreme. Living a life under fear of being under surveillance, getting scanned or even watched can drive most to complete paranoia. People who think that someone may be keeping "tabs" on, or even "spied on", they may be suffering from plain paranoia. However, if a person has a fear of being seen or possibly stared at, they my be suffering from Scopophobia..

Facts about Voyeurism

Observing Others

Voyeurism is Quite Common

Do you have a little voyeurism in you?

According to Wikipedia, when it came to voyeurism, they claimed that one study proved that "instances of it can be found in the Bible". Voyeurism is nothing new, it's been around for quite a long time.

Television shows such as "Big Brother" & "Survivor", is a type of voyeurism. However, in these televised situations the person(s) know they are being watched. But in more serious cases of voyeurism, the observed has no idea they are being watched. Even while performing their more private & sometimes most intimate moments (ex: showering, using the toilet, lovemaking, &c.)

Facts on Voyeurism

Is Voyeurism a Disease?

Voyeurism is a Psychosexual Disorder

So yes, voyeurism is a disease

To put it simply, voyeurism is psychosexual disorder that gives the person some sort of sexual gratification by watching others. Especially observing those in their most private & intimate moments. Most voyeurs find pleasure by video taping their victims, even while their victims are doing their normal, everyday errands. In extreme cases, a voyeur will watch their victims family, including the wife, husband and even their children.

Types of Voyeurism

Different Strokes for Different Folks

Whenever the word "voyeur"is heard, right away people begin to think that somebody must be going around the neighborhood peeping in peoples windows. This is where the term "Peeping Tom" originated from. However, this isn't always the case.

I'm not saying that this doesn't happen, I'm just saying that more times than not a voyeur has one specific individual in mind.

Peeping in windows isn't the only method a voyeur can use. Unfortunately, due to modern day technology, voyeurs can now tap into your cell phones and listen in on your conversations. Voyeurs can hear conversations that involve financial transactions, addresses to friends & family and even take note on locations where you may be alone.

Then there's the web cam. I'm sure you've heard stories about people hacking into computers and watching people doing normal, everyday things around the house. Personally, I find this totally outrageous - but at the same time, totally preventable.

Most web cam models can be an instant target for voyeurs, however, most of these web cam girls are college educated and know how to prevent voyeurs and possible stalkers from getting to close to them.

Nowadays, most people have laptops that are equipped with web cams. These web cams are located at the top of the video screen simply for convenience. The web cam located at the top and makes it simpler for the viewers to see each other. However, most people fail to turn off their computer and leaving the laptop open. This is not only good for dust and other particles to get into your keyboard, but it also makes it possible for hackers to turn on your web cam without your knowledge. Most web cams on laptops will turn on a red light indicating that the web cam is in operation. Hackers can now turn on your web cam without having the red light indicator notifying you that it's in use.

Then there's the desktop computer. Remember those? Yeah, they're still around and in good proper use. The web cams that are usually used with desktop computers, literally have web cams attached to the top of the computer screen. To prevent a hacker trying to take a peek at you, simply cover it with a hat.
Problem solved.


When Voyeurism becomes Extreme

Stalking is a Serious Offense

After a while, when the voyeur gets to a point where nothing else seems important to them, they may start stalking their victim. This can be quite bothersome & dangerous if these situations go unreported to the proper authorities. Most "voyeurs-turned-stalkers" are usually married men, but there are married women that can carry out the same psychosexual disorder behavior as well. And these stalkers can/will get so infatuated and obsessed with this person, that they are willing to lose everything they possess in order to be as close to that person as possible at all times. This includes money, their job, their home and even their family.

Hackers have all kinds of amazing tools and resources.
Hackers have all kinds of amazing tools and resources.

Being Spied On

Who's watching who? Who's watching you?


Is our government spying on us...? Of course they are and and we should expect them to. I'm against the United States spying on its own citizens, but on the other hand I can't really blame them. There are thousands upon thousands (possibly millions) of illegal immigrants that constantly cross the United States border, and not just through Mexico either. Canada has now been a major entry point for illegal immigrants to cross into the United States.

There are those who take this paranoia to the extreme. Many of these people may become violent. They take their privacy very seriously. Some may become so extreme that they have been known to barricade themselves in their house or bedroom.

Scopophobia, Scoptophobia, or Ophthalmophobia

Scopophobia, scoptophobia, or ophthalmophobia is the fear of being stared at or even being seen. Suffers can range from complete shyness to over whelming fear. It's also been known that few can even become quite aggressive.

Like most phobias, the source and origins of this fear is completely unknown. The reason a person who fears being watched/stared at violently erupts could be anything from very low self esteem, an extremely guilty conscious or even a dysfunctional and/or abusive childhood. It's just not known.

Being Watched?

Do you acknowledge and live in fear feeling that you're being watched?

See results

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2014 James Timothy Peters


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