Symptoms: Friends of the Fear
Every case of fear of fire 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 fire or flames – 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 arsonphobes:
- A feeling of uncontrollable anxiety when you think about or are exposed to fire or flames
- The feeling that you must do everything possible to avoid fire or flames
- 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
Arsonphobic 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 fear of fire test.
But because the fear is a physical response to patterns of thinking about fire or flames and not the actual fire or flames almost all people with fear of fire can create a very strong reaction just by using their mind.
> For help chaging these patterns of thinking, read this article How to Overcome Fear of Fire.
- Obsessive Thoughts
- Difficulty thinking about anything other than the fear
- Really bad images and/or movies of fire or flames
- 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 fire or flames
- 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 fear of fire 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
Or learn more about Fear of Fire:
DefinitionFEAR OF FIRE: (arsonophobia, pyrophobia, fear of fire, and fear of flames)
1: fear of fire: a persistent, abnormal, and unwarranted fear of fire or flames, despite conscious understanding by the phobic individual and reassurance by others that there is no danger. 2: fear of fire: an extreme unwarranted fear and/or physical aversion to fire or flames.
OTHER NAMES FOR THISActually, the phobia name for Fear of Fire is called arsonphobia. Different people call it by different names of course:
– Fear Of Fire
– Phobia Of Fire
– Fire Fear
– Fire Phobia
– Fear Of Flames
– Fear Of Flame
– Phobia Of Flames
– Phobia Of Flame
– Flames Fear
– Flame Fear
– Flames Phobia
– Flame Phobia