Fearing the Hissing: Ophidiopobia
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Fearing the Hissing: Ophidiopobia

Ophidiophobia is known to be the fear of snakes. It comes from two greek words, “ophis” meaning snakes and “phobos”, which is fear in English. All animals have the natural instinct with regards to threat and dangers of the wild. Even humans have some kind of a natural behavior towards snakes, which is perhaps one of the reasons why there is such a thing as ophidiophobia. Of course, there are other exceptions to this kind of theory since many people are not afraid of snakes.

Ophidiophobia is known to be the fear of snakes. It comes from two greek words, “ophis” meaning snakes and “phobos”, which is fear in English.

All animals have the natural instinct with regards to threat and dangers of the wild. Even humans have some kind of a natural behavior towards snakes, which is perhaps one of the reasons why there is such a thing as ophidiophobia. Of course, there are other exceptions to this kind of theory since many people are not afraid of snakes. Another theory that could be related to getting ophidiophobia is when a person experiences a situation with snakes. They might have had bad experiences with them. For instance, one person could be ophidiophobic because he was bitten or perhaps attacked by a snake before. A person with a traumatizing experience with snakes has a higher chance of adopting ophidiophobia. However, an ophidiophobic did not necessarily have a traumatizing experience with snakes to have gotten that kind of fear. They could have associated this from someone else who has experienced the traumatizing situation and perhaps the ophidiophobic would, of course, not want to experience the same thing. Hence, he has developed the fear of snakes.

Having ophidiophobia means a person will always be afraid of snakes. This fear of snakes, fortunately, can actually be overcome, though it can be pretty hard. The most common treatment that psychiatrists use in order to remedy the fear of snakes of their patients is Hypnotherapy. This is the type of procedure wherein the psychiatrists starts the process of which the patient ‘re-programs’ his or her subconscious and then unlearns the fear of snakes in his or her memory. There is also what we call ‘cognitive-behavioral therapy’ wherein patients are encouraged to chant messages that would help them substitute their fear.

One of the things that a person with ophidiophobia should know is that snakes are not always harmful. A person who is scared of snakes must know things about snakes in order to understand them better, and thus decrease their fear. Some snakes are only harmful when they are threatened or when they think they are threatened. Also, they can harm people when they are not handled carefully or the right way. People should learn this in order to understand that snakes are not always scary. It is also better to change the perception that people currently have of snakes. Most people think that snakes are disgusting and very dangerous. If it helps, it could be better if people would think that people are stronger than snakes. Changing the way one views an object may change his or her behavior towards it. That way, ophidiophobia may have a lesser chance of developing.

 

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Comments (5)

Nice one! I am not scared of snakes but if I heard one hiss the hairs on my neck would stand up just like they do when I hear the buzz of a bee or wasp!

I like snakes except venomous ones. Nice topic.

As Indiana Jones would say ,'Snakes. Why'd it have to be snakes?'

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I like snakes, except if it involves proximity. But I'm not afraid, not really. :-)

wow Barbie that was great

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