alektorophobia meaning, symptoms & treatment

Alektorophobia is the " Fear of Chickens". It is strange and really rare. It is considered to be a specific phobia as it is a strong fear.

Alektorophobia- cartoon chickens, moving mobile chickens, thinking / talking about chickens, pictures of chickens, dead chickens...anything to do with chickens, screening seeing things like 'cow and chicken ', 'chicken run ' and ' chicken little ' or adverts for it as chicken little has been advertised a lot.

This is not a very common fear but there are those who are terrified of this feathered fowl. When one suffers from alektorophobia, he / she suffers from one of the different levels.
( lowest to highest )
1. Terrified at the sight of a chicken.
2. Terrified at the sight of any chicken,real or not.
3. Terrified on the sound of a chicken even when there isn't one.
4. Become scared when people even say the word chicken.
5. So scared that even can't eat chicken because it reminds of fear.

Boy with level one alektorophobia is walking along with his girlfriend when he sees a chicken.The boy begins to scream in a very high manner and jumps into the arms of his girlfriend.( they do not date after this ).

The origin of the word Alektoro is Greek ( meaning rooster ) and phobia is Greek ( meaning fear ).

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.

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, inability to articulate words or sentences, dry mouth and shaking.

Medicine can be prescribed, but these medications can have side effects and / or withdrawl symptoms 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.

As we know there are numerous types of phobias. The most popular treatment for phobias is to see a psychologist , psychiatrist, hypnotherapist, and / or hypnotist. These types of doctors can try to help the person cope with the phobia or understand what is causing the problem so it can be resolved. Listed below are types of treatment which might be recommended.

HYPNOANALYSIS ( also called hypnotherapy)
Hypnoanalysis(hypnotherapy) is a type of therapy by which a person, with the assistance of a trained specialist , has his / her subconscious mind opened to suggestion for the purpose of changing one or more behaviour patterns. When the subconscious is spoken to directly, it may be possible to find the issue triggering their phobia and introduce new ideas and positive suggestions. These positive suggestions may then be used to help make the changes you desire. Teaching the mind to attach different feelings to their feared item can usually be accomplished in a several sessions. Some people do not like people plaing with their minds. However, hypnoanalysis is considered to be safe and works fast. Hypnoanalysis has been approved as a method of therapy since 1958 by the American Medical Association.

NLP is basically the study and practice of how we create our reality. The basic premise of NLP is that the words we use reflect an inner, subconscious perception of our problems. If these words and perceptions are inaccurate , they will create an underlying problem as long as we continue to use and to think them. Our attitudes are, in a sense, a self-fulfilling prophecy. In this therapy a neuro linguistic therapist will analyze every word and phrase you use in describing your symptoms or concerns about our health. He or she will examine your facial expressions and body movements. After determining problems in your perception, the therapist will help you understand the root cause. The therapist will help you remodel your thoughts and mental associations in order to fix your preconceived notions.These preconceived notions may be keeping you from achieving the success you deserve.

Energy Psychology is a type of therapy that uses various techniques,such as acupressure, yoga, tai chi, prana, qi gong, and energy medicine,which teach people simple steps for making changes in their lives. The techniques stimulate energy points on the surface of the skin which, when paired with specific psychological procedures,can shift the brain's electrochemistry.While this type of therapy is still a controversial area, it appears to be very help with dealing with phobias.

Author Brief Bio-Vanita Gupta is an eminent teacher since last 18 years, teaching science as her main subject and now also running her own coaching institute.
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