Entomophobia: an extreme and persistent fear of insects.

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Entomophobia: an extreme and persistent fear of insects.

Entomophobia is an extreme and chronic dread of insects. It’s a type of specific phobia, which refers to a fear that focuses on a certain thing. One of the most prevalent types of special phobia is insect phobia. A phobia is characterized by being overwhelming and causing significant worry over time. It’s one form of specific phobia, meaning that individuals who have it will go to great lengths to avoid any contact with the feared object and will experience panic if they believe they are in danger of being exposed to one.

Extreme and persistent fear of insects

The word ‘Entomophobia’ comes from two Greek words: 『 en 』, meaning ‘in’ and 『 tom 』, which means ‘the body’. Therefore Entomophobia can be translated as the fear of being inside the body of an insect. This makes sense because insects can cause dangerous diseases such as typhus and malaria through their bites or larvae production in food products. So it makes sense that there is a fear of these creatures.

Being afraid of insects may be an evolutionary response to germs or parasites like ticks, fleas or lice. Such parasites can spread diseases like Lyme disease, malaria, and typhus (Rickettsia) which are serious threats to our health. Though this fear occurs in almost all cultures, it seems to be more prevalent in western cultures.

Causes of Entomophobia:

According to the sources available, phobias are quite common these days. They are usually triggered by a specific incident, however, may develop gradually. Any negative experience with insects is likely to trigger the development of an insect phobia. This can be the sight of a bug crawling on someone’s skin, witnessing some insect being squashed, or even watching an insect infestation in someone’s house. Some small children are also known to develop Entomophobia after they receive shots that contain some form of medicine (typically antibiotics).

One possible cause of Entomophobia is the fact that some insects may carry diseases that can be transmitted through their bites or larvae production in food products. Because of this, Entomophobia is sometimes referred to as an evolutionary response to germs and parasites such as ticks, fleas, and lice.

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Symptoms of Entomophobia: The symptoms of Entomophobia vary from person to person, depending on the severity of the fear. Some people with Entomophobia might only avoid large insects while some others may even stay away from small objects which resemble insects like ladybugs and butterflies. The following are the most common symptoms:

Fear or anxiety when it comes into that that insects can be carriers of many types of diseases, such as the aforementioned type of typhus and malaria.

This may cause some people to fear all insects simply because they believe there is a chance for them to spread illness through their bites, larvae, or contamination.

Learning about the lifecycle of insects will help you see that not all are bad. Many people, in fact, consider bees to be a lucky symbol in many parts of the world because they bring flowers and beauty to our lives — not sickness! People who have entomophobia or insect phobia may even fear wasps, which are beneficial creatures to the environment.

 

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