Hippopotomonstroses

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Fears và phobias are very real & the human mind is capable of developing them towards virtually anything or any situation. The fear of long words phobia or Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is often considered a jocular or fictional phobia; however, that is not the case & long words phobia is actually very real and does exist.

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People suffering from Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia tend khổng lồ experience a great khuyễn mãi giảm giá of anxiety when faced with long words. It is indeed ironical that the scientific name given khổng lồ this phobia is such a long one. Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia can actually be broken down into several parts: Hippo- is ‘horse’ in Greek và potam-os is river. Thus the first part of the word refers lớn a water horse also otherwise known as Hippopotamus. The Oxford Dictionary uses the word: Hippopotamine to lớn refer to “something very large”. The word “monstr” is the Latin origin of a ‘monstrous being’ or something that is huge or terrifying & sesquippedalio is derived from Latin sesquippedali meaning ‘measuring a foot và a half long’. Phobos stands for morbid fear.

Causes of Fear of Long Words Phobia

Most specific phobias, including the fear of long words phobia, are caused by an event that is recorded by parts of the brain (namely the amygdala and hippocampus) as dangerous or deadly. The toàn thân then reacts as if the same event is bound lớn happen repeatedly. A person with severe Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is literally held a prisoner by his feelings of anxiety và panic he experiences at the thought or sight of long words.

No one is born with this phobia. Most people have sầu simply learned it from an unpleasant episode. In fact; many individuals vì not even remember how the fear started.

School going children (or in some cases, working adults) might have experienced being laughed at or having been embarrassed (or found themselves shaking, trembling etc) when reading/pronouncing long words. The mind then continues to create the same response without any basis. For a person suffering from Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia, the mind develops negative images, bad movie-lượt thích stills at the thought or sight of long words.

Symptoms of Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia

Each individual is different & so are his/her symptoms of Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia.

Typically, the symptoms of long words phobia can be characterized as mental, emotional or physical. Many individuals feel extremely anxious or have a full blown panic attachồng at the sight or thought of long words.


Physical symptoms include shaking, crying, running away, trembling, feeling nauseated, experiencing headaches, rapid or accelerated heartbeat và shallow breathing etc.

The person is likely to feel dread & terror; his mind creates very bad pictures such as embarrassing oneself, passing out etc when faced with long words.

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Often the patient understands that his fear is irrational and unsupported; however, he is unable to lớn control himself and is powerless lớn rationalize.

Treating and overcoming the fear of long words phobia

The good news is that Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia can be overcome. Drugs & medicines must be the last resort as these simply mask the symptoms of anxiety experienced due to the phobia. The solution to lớn overcoming the fear of long words is khổng lồ mainly reGọi & evaluate the factors that have sầu led to lớn the phobia in the first place.

Therapists can also help evaluate these factors to lớn come up with a treatment plan. The individual is then encouraged to lớn expose self lớn long words gradually: beginning with just seeing the word, then progressing to thinking about long words và finally saying them. Such gradual exposure helps lessen the panic until the individual is completely comfortable & can face long words confidently.

Using self help methods lượt thích deep breathing, relaxing and meditating etc are also recommended while dealing with this phobia. Talk therapy, cognitive sầu behavior therapy & behavior therapy are some other important & effective therapies for treating Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia.


What vị you Điện thoại tư vấn someone who is afraid of unknown words?

I work with a woman who is afraid of words she doesn’t know or recognize.

Believe sầu it or not!!!!


My lord, why is this a thing, I have sầu not drawn but wrote all the phobias in My Journal, I almost skipped this one.


Am I the only one that finds it funny that the word for the fear of long words is an extremely long word?


Everyone who is afraid of this fear is afraid of the word itself because the word is incredibly long so why did scientists name the word Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia if the word is one of the longest words in history.


I think it IS the longest word in the English language.I’d love sầu khổng lồ find out who “named” it, in order khổng lồ know who lớn dedicate this month’s “a**holes of history” award khổng lồ.