Symptoms: Friends of the Fear
Every case of fear of making decisions 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 decision making – 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 decidophobes:
- A feeling of uncontrollable anxiety when you think about or are exposed to decision making
- The feeling that you must do everything possible to avoid decision making
- 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
Decidophobic 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 making decisions test.
But because the fear is a physical response to patterns of thinking about decision making and not the actual decision making almost all people with fear of making decisions 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 Making Decisions.
- Obsessive Thoughts
- Difficulty thinking about anything other than the fear
- Really bad images and/or movies of decision making
- 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 decision making
- 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 making decisions 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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DefinitionFEAR OF MAKING DECISIONS: (decidophobia and fear of making decisions)
1: fear of making decisions: a persistent, abnormal, and unwarranted fear of decision making, despite conscious understanding by the phobic individual and reassurance by others that there is no danger. 2: fear of making decisions: an extreme unwarranted fear and/or physical aversion to decision making.
OTHER NAMES FOR THISActually, the phobia name for Fear of Making Decisions is called decidophobia. Different people call it by different names of course:
– Fear Of Making Decisions
– Fear Of Decision Making
– Fear Of Decision
– Phobia Of Making Decisions
– Phobia Of Decision Making
– Phobia Of Decision
– Making Decisions Fear
– Decision Making Fear
– Decision Fear
– Making Decisions Phobia
– Decision Making Phobia
– Decision Phobia