Word of the Week: Sciophobia

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Sciophobia

  1. A fear of shadows.
Tree RootsRoot: From the Greek word scia meaning “shade or shadow” and phobos meaning “fear”.

“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows.” – The Shadow (1994 film)

Did you know:

Nearly every horror movie features at least one scene where fear is portrayed in the form of shifting shadows.

Shadows can be scary things.The shadow

It is one of the more common childhood fears and often persists into adulthood. The image of a shadow often conjures negative emotions and ideas. It is the thought of the unknown. It is the darkness where monsters and retribution hide. From the biblical “Yea though I walk through the shadow of death,” to the astrological Lilith – the “dark and un-seeable side of the moon,” it’s no wonder people, and groundhogs, can develop shadow phobia.

Other Idioms that make shadows seem scary

  • Casting a long shadow
    • Something or someone that casts a long shadow has considerable influence on other people or events.
  • Cast a shadow over
    • To dampen,spoil, or ruin something that was hitherto good or positive.
  • A shadow of one’s formal self
    • Someone or something that is now weaker or inferior than previously, often due to negative circumstances.
  • In the shadow of someone
    • receiving little attention because someone else is better known or more skillful.

Symptoms of Sciophobia

When is it a normal fear and when can you consider your fear of shadows true Sciophobia? A groundhog with sciophobiaThe symptoms of phobia vary by person depending on their level of fear. The symptoms typically include extreme anxiety, dread and anything associated with panic such as shortness of breath, rapid breathing, irregular heartbeat, sweating, excessive sweating, nausea, dry mouth, nausea, inability to articulate words or sentences, dry mouth and shaking.

Treatment Options

Note: I am not a doctor and nothing here can be constituted as actual medical advice.

  • Hypnotherapy
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
  • Energy Psychology
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy

This week, your word is Sciophobia

What are you afraid of? When afraid do you run back to your safe spot or stay out and face the sunshine? This week try to confront the shadows in your life.

 Go forth, friends. Words are powerful. Use them well.

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