The sound of air forced through a pine tree, the ambitious wave of standing grain in the line of fire, the howl of Jack Frost raging against the cold, kites struggling against the forces of wind, the surf pounding in the presence of such a force. These are the reminders of wind, and they are loved for their additions to our senses. Yet some people hate them for the fear they can instill. The fear is known as either Ancraophobia or Anemophobia.
While some find comfort in the passing of breeze over the skin on a warm day there are those that find a sense of chill extending the length of their spine in the same conditions. The sounds and sights of wind presence can cause an incredible amount of fear in certain individuals.
What Causes Ancraophobia?
Because wind can affect numerous senses the wind can also serve as a reminder of profoundly negative situations involving wind. A gust of wind can blow a vehicle off the road, push a tree onto a house or cause debris to strike an individual.
The sound of wind can cause an individual to recall frightening moments in the middle of the night as a child when the wind would howl and they felt completely alone.
The fear can extend from one family member to another when someone very impressionable begins to believe that the irrational fear demonstrated by a family member is the correct response to wind.
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As with most phobias the fear begins when a person accepts a negative experience as the truth about an object, place or person. When lies are accepted as truth the response is always going to be out of proportion.
Symptoms of Ancraophobia
When an Ancraophobe detects the presence of wind they may either hide in their basement or feel compelled to watch from their window in an effort to assure themselves that no harm is coming to their property. This tends to be a very stressful time for the Ancraophobe.
Other symptoms may also include…
- Air hunger
- Feelings of control loss
- High anxiety
- Panic attacks
- An urge to flee or hide
The thought of a wind storm is equal in the mind of a phobic personality to a cataclysmic event. They may not respond well to the insistence of others that there is really nothing to fear. This is when outside help may prove helpful.
How to Overcome Ancraophobia
When the phobic person is in a rational frame of mind they may find discussing their fears with a therapist to be a bold step forward in finding and accepting suggestions on how to treat and deal with their fears – not just once, but in each instance in which the fear creeps up again.
Someone once said that you never really get over the fear, but your response can be altered so the fear doesn’t disable you from enjoying life to the fullest.
The fear of wind is also referred to as:
- Wind fear