Saturday, March 23, 2013

Phobias & manias: necrophobia

This is a word you will probably know as it is recognizable in many languages. Anyhow, let's take a closer look at the word for today which is...


This word refers to a fear of corpses; in Polish we have almost the same word and it is nekrofobia. This is how you pronounce the word NECROPHOBIA.

A few examples from the Internet:
  • Has anyone ever suffered from necrophobia? I've had problems with this when I was younger, but not over the last couple of years or so.
  • Ingmar Bergman himself suffered from necrophobia, making this film in...
  • Larkin suffered from necrophobia and this is thus reflected in poems such as Ambulances where he passionately talks about his underlying...
  • ...the person who suffers from necrophobia will often avoid watching movies or television in...
  • Jack suffers from necrophobia, the fear of death, after his exposure to...
  • He suffers from necrophobia, the irrational fear of death and dead things...           
What are the most common symptoms of necrophobia?
  • a feeling of uncontrollable anxiety (niekontrolowany niepokój) when you think about or are exposed to (narażony na, wystawiony na) death
  • the feeling that you must do everything possible to avoid (unikać) death
  • the inability (niezdolność) to function normally because of your anxiety
  • the knowledge that your fears are unreasonable (nieuzasadnione) or exaggerated (przesadzone) but feeling powerless to control them

My question to you:
How do people develop necrophobia?

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