Phobias are an integral part of our society. Whether it is acrophobia, fear of heights, arachnophobia, fear of spiders or hemophobia, fear of blood, a phobia can quickly become a real handicap in the life of the victim.
Fear or phobia?
For some time now, the word phobia has become very common and is often used to express a fear of an object or situation. However, phobia is not a simple fear, but an irrational fear felt in front of an object or a situation. Indeed, fear in itself is not a bad thing it allows us to be cautious in front of certain situations and thus favors the survival of the human race.
Irrational fear of the dark.
Achluophobia is the irrational fear of the dark. The person momentarily deprived of his sense of sight have been guided by his imagination. Thus, the slightest noise can be misinterpreted by the brain. Achluophobia is a phobia that is very common among children under 6 years old, but some adults still suffer from this phobia. It will be difficult or impossible for someone suffering from achluophobia to sleep in the dark.
Causes and treatments
Achluophobia can be due to a trauma. Thus, if you have been the victim of an aggression at night, you may unconsciously perceive the night or the darkness as a dangerous situation. Moreover, the night and the darkness has often been perceived as the world of ghosts, thieves, bandits, or simply the villains. It is possible to follow a behavioral and cognitive therapy in order to understand this fear and then be able to treat it healthily. Phobias can easily prevent us from living our life to the fullest and enjoying the wonders the world has to offer, if you think you have achluophobia we advise you to consult in order to understand its origin.