According to the dictionary, the definition of a phobia is a “persistent, abnormal, and irrational fear of a specific thing or situation that compels one to avoid it, despite the awareness and reassurance that it is not dangerous.” The word phobia is from the Greek “phobos” meaning “fear.” Did you know all that? I’m all about educating my readers!!
I have a mild version of Astraphobia. I’m afraid of thunder and lightning.
While I’m not a psychiatrist, I won’t call it a true phobia because I don’t become so terrified that I can’t function. But, I do some of the things that are considered symptoms of Astraphobia. If it's an overnight storm I hide under the covers. During daytime storms, I close the blinds and attempt to block out sounds of the storm (at home and at work). Deep in my mind, I know I’m going to be fine but I am still
When I was a little kid, if there was a storm my Mom had to come and sleep with me. I was too afraid to be by myself. She’d cram herself into my twin bed and stay with me until she was sure I fell back asleep. If I couldn’t fall asleep she’d stay until it was over. That poor woman. I’m not sure how she managed to get up and go to work on the days after that happened.
I’m not so scared that I avoid going outside during storms but I’d rather not. I do freak out when I’m driving and see a large flash of lightening. I don’t want to see that!
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