Alright, confession time: one of my best friends is scared of moths. I know, it was a shock for me too. I found this out about two and a half years ago when I sent this friend (let’s call her Sarah because that is her name) pictures of a poplar hawk moth I’d caught. In hindsight, maybe I should have checked first.
Like all phobias, it can be really difficult for those of us without it to understand what the problem is so I asked Sarah exactly what she doesn’t like:
“I don’t like them cause they freak me out irl when they fly in my face and they’re fuzzy and look like death and just looking at them gives me shivers
That any good for your blog?”
Although we often refer to it as lepidopterophobia (the irrational fear of all Lepidoptera), its true form is actually very rare. Many people are terrified of moths but have no problem at all with butterflies, leading to mottephobia (the irrational fear of moths) being increasingly common.
The picture that started it all.
“Specific phobias” are an intense and persistent fear of a certain object or situation, most of which are thought to develop in childhood as a result of a traumatic experiences and/or genetic predisposition, and usually go away by adulthood. In the case of a lot of common fears, such as arachnophobia or cynophobia (fear of spiders and dogs, respectively), it is thought that they might be an evolutionary adaptation to things which were once dangerous for us, even if they aren’t any more. Both of these factors make sense for fears of things which can hurt you, bees and wasps for example, but what possible harm can moths do?
According to some sources, it seems Sarah is not alone, the fear is mostly linked to movement. Some find the unpredictable fluttering flight patterns unsettling, feeling uncomfortable when a butterfly or moth flies near them in case it lands on them or brushes against their skin. These fears are multiplied when the insects are swarming in groups, something which must make lepdiopterophobes who live in monarch butterfly migratory “highways” somewhat uncomfortable. At the end of the day, it seems to be the unpredictability which is especially fear-provoking, which ties in with the fear of the unknown. This still doesn’t answer why more people are scared of moths than butterflies and it doesn’t seem that clear. My best guess is that is has something to do with the fact that we mostly encounter moths by night as they try to get into our houses – a distinctly creepy scenario.
Although it is important to be understanding of people with true mottephobia, there is a greater issue here: that of irrational disgust and dislike of interests, without the excusable irrational fear and panic of a phobia. A third of fear of British animals in UK adults was of “fear-relevant animals” (snakes etc.) and invertebrates. Not of fear relevant invertebrates like wasps and bees, or even disease relevant invertebrates like mosquitos and cockroaches, just “invertebrates”. The paper even lists slugs and worms as given examples of feared invertebrates, suggesting that the disgust the great British public feels about “creepy crawlies” is entirely without logical reason.
To a certain extent it can be argued that fears develop because of a lack of exposure: students from urban areas on field trips to wildland areas were recorded as frequently expressing a fear and disgust of insects, as well as snakes, plants, and “getting lost”. Fear of the unknown is considered by some researchers to be “the fundamental fear”; what you don’t know can, in fact, hurt you. To link this back to mottephobia, if the only exposure you have to moths is them flapping in your face on summer evenings, I can see why it would be annoying, even distressing and how that could develop into a fully blown phobia.
Even by the BBC’s standards this was a weird one
The idea for this article was sparked by an episode of Doctor Who back in November where the Doctor and her companions ended up in an anti-zone between universes infested with flesh moths: enormous carnivorous moths which are attracted to light and movement and could strip the flesh from prey in moments. Look, don’t ask me, ask the BBC.In order to reduce and remove specific phobias, exposure therapy is used to gradually reduce the amount of fear associated with a trigger. But how are people supposed to ‘grow out’ of their childhood fears if the media constantly feeds us negative images of insects?
Now whilst some moths do, as Sarah said, “look like death” (I’m looking at
Acheronita atropos, the Death’s Head Hawk Moth with its distinctive skull-shaped marking
you, Death’s Head Hawk Moth), there are many more which are beautiful and play incredibly important roles in their ecosystems – one of the best well known being the obligate mutualism between yuccas and yucca moths. Maybe the fact we never see these moths represented in the media but are regularly exposed to butterflies in a positive context also contributes to the difference in attitudes.
The truly beautiful, and somewhat butterfly-like, atlas moth (Attacus atlas) defies all preconceptions about moths’ small and dowdy nature.
Sometimes we have a tendency, as people who know about and spend time with insects, to find the level of disgust the British public feel towards invertebrates frustrating. That’s fair enough, but what scares people, scares them, and there’s nothing we can do except try to support those with true phobias and educate those who just don’t understand.
And whatever you do, don’t send mottephobes pictures of hawk moths!
- Overcome Your Fear Of Moths
- Hypnotherapy can help you
- The Fear Of Moths – Hypnotherapy And NLP Will Help You
- The Way They Look And The Way They Move
- How Are You Going To Cure My Phobia Of Moths?
- What Is The NLP Fast Phobia Cure
- Causes of fear of flowers
- Symptoms of Anthophobia
- Overcoming the fear of flowers
- Flower Fear
- Moth Phobia
- Trusted, Effective Treatment for Moth Phobia.
- How Do You Get Started?
- How the Program Works: Getting Over Moth Phobia
- It’s Time to Vanquish Your Moth Phobia: Treatment & Cure
- Where Your Moth Phobia Comes From
- Diagnosing Your Phobia
- Pills and Medication
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The Fear Of Moths – Hypnotherapy And NLP Will Help You
Some people think that you have to go back and find the cause of this fear. You don’t. Being afraid of moths is a conditioned response. True, you ‘learnt’ it when you were younger, but what has happened is that your brain has made an automated ‘pattern’ of behaviour with regard to these creatures, and now what you get is a kind of mental knee-jerk response when you see a moth, or imagine one, or both.
The Way They Look And The Way They Move
People who are terrified of these insects tend to find them disgusting and repellent to look at. Moreover, it is the seemingly almost random movement of them, and that they seem to have no sense of direction that terrifies someone with this particular phobia. Usually there is a terror that a moth will fly into them, or perhaps that one will get tangled in their hair….
How Are You Going To Cure My Phobia Of Moths?
Well, we favour the proven direct reconditioning techniques and approaches found in the fields of hypnotherapy and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming). We don’t have to talk to you about where the fear comes from, we just work quickly and effectively to neutralise the conditioned response. Typically, as with most of these so-called ‘simple’ phobias, we find that it takes just one or two sessions to resolve.
What Is The NLP Fast Phobia Cure
Well firstly it is only one of the techniques that can be used to stop you being so scared of moths. It tends to be very reliable and that’s why we use it. The method involves getting you to relax and disassociate from the fear. Then, whilst disassociated we use combinations of hypnosis and conditioning techniques to build new associations, or conditioned responses, to moths. In practice it involves us helping you to recall times when you felt wonderful and then mapping these feelings over to thoughts of what you were scared of. Don’t worry, it won’t actually make you like moths (unless you want to, and that would be very unusual), the fast phobia cure tends to simply neutralise the fear.
What is Mottephobia?
Mottephobia is the fear of moths. The origin of the word motte is German (meaning moth) and phobia is Greek (meaning fear). Mottephobia is considered to be a specific phobia, which is discussed on the home page.
What are the causes?
It is generally accepted that phobias arise from a combination of external events (i.e. traumatic events) and internal predispositions (i.e. heredity or genetics). Many specific phobias can be traced back to a specific triggering event, usually a traumatic experience at an early age. Social phobias and agoraphobia have more complex causes that are not entirely known at this time. It is believed that heredity, genetics, and brain chemistry combine with life-experiences to play a major role in the development of phobias. (Wikipedia – phobia).
What are the symptoms?
As with any phobia, the symptoms 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.
Can I take medicine?
Medicine can be prescribed, but please note that these medications can have side effects and/or withdrawal systems that can be severe. It is also important to note that medicines do not cure phobias, at best they only temporarily suppress the systems. However, there are treatments for phobias, which include counseling, hypnotherapy, psychotherapy, and Neuro-Linguistic programming. Please click on the tab at the top of the page called “Treatments” to find out more information on these types of treatments.
The extreme, often irrational fear of flowers is called Anthophobia. The word Anthophobia is a combination of two Greek words namely anthos meaning flowers and phobos meaning fear or deep aversion.
Often the excessive fear of flowers is confused with the fear of nature. However, Anthophobia is different in that; the sufferer is mainly only afraid of flowers and not of trees or plants. The majority of Anthophobic individuals however still tend to stay away from nature, especially from flowering plants and trees. But they usually remain morbidly afraid of flowers only. As such, the phobia of flowers is rare and affects only a few people from around the world.
Causes of fear of flowers
- Like most fears, the extreme fear of flowers is a learnt experience. Repeated events related to flowers, such as bees or wasps stinging a child (owing to flowers in the garden) can make the child learn negative things about flowers. This creates negative thinking patterns in the child’s mind. Just like a child will be afraid of touching a hot object after having burnt its hands, the fear of flowers gets permanently etched on the child’s mind.
- Flowers are often associated with funerals. A child who has lost a family member can suddenly develop an excessive fear of flowers due to such traumatic events. Sometimes, the mere presence of flowers while watching a horror movie could lead to a permanent fear of flowers.
- Some cases of Anthophobia are inexplicable; a person develops the fear suddenly and forgets the root cause of why it arose in the first place. The irresistible fear then becomes a part of the individual’s personality and, like a reflex action, one simply cannot control it.
- People with severe seasonal allergies could also develop Anthophobia due to the extreme symptoms they cause in him/her.
- Other mental disorders/anxieties, physical illnesses and deficiencies can also cause the fear of flowers phobia.
Symptoms of Anthophobia
Anthophobia can cause various symptoms including
- A full blown panic attack at the sight or thought of flowers. This includes racing heart, sweaty palms, rapid/accelerated breathing, shivering, shaking, etc. These symptoms might arise at the thought, and not just the sight of flowers.
- A fear of impending doom, thoughts of death or dying or feeling completely powerless over a situation are some other emotional symptoms associated with Anthophobia.
Friends and family members are often unsympathetic towards the individual and this could give rise to feelings of isolation or depression in him/her. Sometimes, the phobic might avoid outings, picnics, visits to gardens, or even funerals and weddings/ parties where flowers are usually present. This could cause him/her to be ridiculed or laughed at.
Overcoming the fear of flowers
Since different people are affected differently by the fear of flowers phobia, the treatment options also vary. If the fear of flowers is affecting one’s day to day life, one must certainly seek help of an experienced psychotherapist. Today, many treatment options are available including cognitive behavior therapy and gradual exposure or systematic desensitization therapies. The latter includes putting the phobic in close proximity of flowers to help him/her control the anxiety and desensitize one once and for all. Some cases can be helped simply by talking to a therapist or through group therapy sessions where other phobics express their fears and the ways in which they are coping with them.
If seasonal allergies are causing one’s phobia, one can get prescription strength medications to alleviate those symptoms. Anxiety reducing drugs are also available to reduce the panic attacks experienced due to one’s Anthophobia. These should be used sparingly.
Hypnotherapy is another option which can help one get to the bottom of the Anthophobia and overcome it once and for all.
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Did you know? Elizabeth I of England suffered from anthophobia, the flower fear, roses in particular.
Fear of flowers or flower fear is defined as an abnormal and persistent fear of flowers. People suffering from flower fear experience undue anxiety even though they realize they face no threat from flowers. There is no specific flower which causes this fear, any genus or species of flowers can instill fear. So can any flower part, such as a petal or stem.
Fear of flowers is termed “Anthophobia,” a word derived from the Greek words- “anthos”, meaning flower and “phobos”, meaning fear. Flower fear is also known as Anthrophobia.
Anthophobia is an intense fear of flowers that poses little or no actual danger. While adults with anthophobia realize that these fears are irrational, they often find that facing, or even thinking about facing, the feared situation brings on a panic attack or severe anxiety.
Symptoms of Flower Fear
Typical symptoms of flower fear include breathlessness, dizziness, excessive sweating, nausea, dry mouth, feeling sick, heart palpitations, inability to speak or think clearly, a fear of dying, becoming mad or losing control, a sensation of detachment from reality or a full blown anxiety attack, although different people experience flower fear in their own way and may have different symptoms as such.
What is the cause of Flower Fear?
Like all fears and phobias, flower fear is created by the unconscious mind as a protective mechanism. At some point in your past, there was likely an event linking flowers and emotional trauma.
Whilst the original catalyst may have been a real-life scare of some kind, the condition can also be triggered by myriad, benign events like movies, TV, or perhaps seeing someone else experiencing trauma may also lead to flower fear.
But so long as the negative association is powerful enough, the unconscious mind thinks: “Ahh, this whole thing is very dangerous. How do I keep myself from getting in this kind of situation again? I know, I’ll attach terrible feelings to flowers, that way I’ll steer clear in future and so be safe.” This is how flower fear is generated. Attaching emotions to situations is one of the primary ways that humans learn. Sometimes we just get the wiring wrong.
The actual flower fear manifests itself in different ways. Some sufferers experience it almost all the time, others just in response to direct stimuli.
Anthophobia does not describe the typical nature-hater. Of course, there are those out there that would prefer to be far away from nature and plants. However, some people take this hatred to the extreme. It turns into a morbid fear. Anthophobia is the phobia of flowers.
As is previously stated, phobias are a morbid and irrational fear to any one stimulus, in this case, flowers. Now, this phobia could also describe many different types of flowers. However, this is different from the fear of plants in general, which is known as Botanophobia.
What are the symptoms of Anthophobia?
While the symptoms of anything; disease, mental illness, etc., affect everyone differently, people who have phobias generally exert the same symptoms. While there are no symptoms caused from a phobia directly, the fear and mental status of the person when the stimulus presents itself cause very specific effects.
Anthophobia symptoms present in both physical and mental forms. Overall, Anthophobia’s biggest symptom is an irrational and excessive fear or feeling of dread whenever flowers are present.
In severe cases, the presence of flowers may cause an onset of a full blown panic attack. These are what really include both physical and mental symptoms. Physical symptoms include rapid heart beat, tingling or numbness in the extremities, excessive sweating, chills, chest pain, nausea, loss of speech, and difficulty breathing. Mental symptoms, on the other hand, include general fear or anxiety, a sense of impending doom, terror, or feeling as though one has completely lost control of themselves or the situation.
Anthophobia sufferers may also feel weak, faint, or dizzy whenever they are around flowers, see flowers, smell flowers, etc.
What are the causes of Anthophobia?
Anthophobia, or any other type of phobia, is most often caused from past trauma. A person may have experienced trauma directly because of the flowers themselves. However, flowers may have also been present at the time of trauma, perhaps seeing a horror movie as a child. In this case, a strong, although incorrect, association is made between flowers and fear.
Furthermore, many people suffer from pollen and/or flower allergies. These people have physical symptoms that are completely unrelated to fear, but that may be very severe. Of course, anything that is potentially threatening to a person’s health will be viewed as a feared object. Situations like this may lead to a legitimate flower phobia.
However, trauma and ill health effects are not the only causes of Anthophobia. Phobias can be caused by any number of mental health problems, physical health problems, traumatic events, etc.
How does one treat Anthophobia?
Just as is the case with symptoms and causes, treatment will effect everyone differently. No one treatment is perfect for everyone, so it is extremely important to determine the most effective for the unique individual.
However, some general treatments are common for phobia sufferers. For instance, various forms of therapy may do the trick. Simply talking with a professional may help dive into the root of the problem. Hypnosis or other forms of verbal therapy are also helpful. One other form of therapy, known either as shock therapy or exposure therapy, work by putting the person within close proximity to flowers in order to desensitize them and lower their level of fear.
For others, such as people with allergies, common medications can help alleviate some of the ill health effects and, therefore, lower the fear level. Medications are also available to help alleviate anxiety and other symptoms of fear or panic attacks.
To summarize, Anthophobia is the phobia of flowers. This can be caused by a variety of factors and comes, depending on the individual and level of severity, with many different symptoms. Most importantly, again, many treatments are available, but not all will work for every individual.
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You’ve got to ‘re-wire’ your unconscious mind – and with our help its easier than you may think. Consciously, you know your moth phobia doesn’t make logical sense. If it did everyone would have it. The fear persists because it is subconsciously linked to a mental trigger which sets off a whole range of powerful negative emotions – fear leading the charge of course – at even the slightest thought of moths. Its become an automatic response.
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Where Your Moth Phobia Comes From
In most cases, Moth Phobia (although not always) is triggered by an extremely negative encounter from the past. In some cases, the mind has seemingly, without basis, created the fear. The answer if to uncover the deep-down source and replace those negative connections with positive ones. Individuals utmost at risk are:
• Individuals who are predisposed to feelings of worry and anxiety
• Someone considered to be ‘easily upset’
• One who is dealing with adrenal insufficiency
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Diagnosing Your Phobia
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- By simply thinking about Moths, do you become woozy?
- Does it trigger a dry mouth and clammy hands?
- Does your heart begin to race?
- Do your legs turn to rubber?
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Pills and Medication
We feel drugs and medication for Moth Phobia aren’t the best approach, but make sure you always follow a doctor’s advice when taking or stopping any prescription. A pill can sometimes act as a quick fix and may seem to help briefly but will not allow you to be free of the fear.
There hasn’t been a medication created specifically for treatment of Moth Phobia, just general broad-application meds – and with all the undetermined possible side effects, it is difficult to rationalize taking a prescription as the answer.
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