Symptoms: Friends of the Fear
Every case of salamanders 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 amphibians – 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 batrachophobes:
- A feeling of uncontrollable anxiety when you think about or are exposed to amphibians
- The feeling that you must do everything possible to avoid amphibians
- 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
Batrachophobic 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 salamanders fear test.
But because the fear is a physical response to patterns of thinking about amphibians and not the actual amphibians almost all people with salamanders 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 Salamanders Fear.
- Obsessive Thoughts
- Difficulty thinking about anything other than the fear
- Really bad images and/or movies of amphibians
- 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 amphibians
- 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 salamanders 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
Or learn more about Salamanders Fear:
DefinitionSALAMANDERS FEAR: (batrachophobia, fear of amphibians, fear of frogs, fear of newts, and fear of salamanders)
1: salamanders fear: a persistent, abnormal, and unwarranted fear of amphibians, despite conscious understanding by the phobic individual and reassurance by others that there is no danger. 2: salamanders fear: an extreme unwarranted fear and/or physical aversion to amphibians.
OTHER NAMES FOR THISActually, the phobia name for Salamanders Fear is called batrachophobia. Different people call it by different names of course:
– Fear Of Amphibians
– Fear Of Newts
– Fear Of Salamanders
– Phobia Of Amphibians
– Phobia Of Newts
– Phobia Of Salamanders
– Amphibians Fear
– Newts Fear
– Salamanders Fear
– Amphibians Phobia
– Newts Phobia
– Salamanders Phobia