Symptoms: Friends of the Fear
Every case of defeat fear is a little different.
Why? Because the core of the problem – the patterns of thinking, the images, movies, sounds and dialog that are internally associated with failure or defeat – are different in each person.
But while the 'internal representations' as they are called are different from person to person there are a number of symptoms which are common to many kakorrhaphiophobes:
- A feeling of uncontrollable anxiety when you think about or are exposed to failure or defeat
- The feeling that you must do everything possible to avoid failure or defeat
- The inability to function normally because of your anxiety
- Often, the knowledge that your fears are unreasonable or exaggerated but feeling powerless to control them
Kakorrhaphiophobic symptoms can be mental, emotional and physical. The anxiety and fear can go from mild feelings of apprehension to a full-blown panic attack.
Typically, the closer you are to what you’re afraid of, the greater your fear will be. You can test the severity of your problem with this 2-minute online defeat fear test.
But because the fear is a physical response to patterns of thinking about failure or defeat and not the actual failure or defeat almost all people with defeat fear can create a very strong reaction just by using their mind.
> For help chaging these patterns of thinking, read this article How to Overcome Defeat Fear.
- Obsessive Thoughts
- Difficulty thinking about anything other than the fear
- Really bad images and/or movies of failure or defeat
- Feelings of unreality or of being detached from yourself
- Fear of losing control or going crazy
- Fear of fainting
- Anticipatory Anxiety: Persistent worrying about upcoming events that involve failure or defeat
- Terror: A persistent and overwhelming fear of the same
- Desire to Flee: An intense instinct to leave the situation (which is tough when its purely in the mind)
While not generally experienced at the same time as defeat fear episode, we find that overall when they think about their past, most clients have elevated levels of one or more of:
- Anger, Sadness, Fear, Hurt & Guilt
- Dizziness, shaking, palpitations.
- Shortness of breath or smothering sensation
- Palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Trembling or shaking
- Feeling of choking
- Nausea or stomach distress
- Feeling unsteady, dizzy, lightheaded, or faint
- Numbness or tingling sensations
- Hot or cold flashes
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