Water, wind, and fire are everywhere. They are a part of this world we live in, and some people fear them. Imagine how they handle particular situations that require them to interact with these things. These are necessities of life, and I wouldn’t tell you to imagine life without them because there isn’t.
Fear of water, wind, and fire exists, and we can only tell how much a person possessing this kind of fear has to go through every day to battle with this kind of phobia.
“If you have a phobia, you probably realize that your fear is irrational, yet you still can’t control your feelings. Just thinking about the feared object or situation may make you anxious. And when you’re actually exposed to the thing you fear, the terror is automatic and overwhelming.” – Jeanne Segal, Ph.D.
Aquaphobia: Fear Of Water
Aquaphobia is the fear of water. When a person has this kind of phobia, he has an extreme reaction to interaction with water. He hates going to the beach, river, lake or any form of water. He doesn’t enjoy swimming and other activities that involve water like boating or diving.
Aquaphobia is an uncontrollable fear that can go as far as reacting unreasonably just by being splashed by water. Also, remember not to throw a person with aquaphobia in the pool because you might not intend to pose any danger, but the person with this kind of phobia may feel otherwise resulting in hating you forever.
The fear of water comes from the fear of drowning. A person with this kind of phobia may imagine losing his breath while underwater, and it isn’t a pleasant feeling for anyone.
Aditi Subramaniam, Ph.D., has this to say about fear: “Is it really possible that most of our fears are learned? Some amount of fear is required for our survival, but most of even those essential fears appear to set in only a little later in life, and by observation of fearful behaviors in adults.”
Ancraophobia: Fear Of Wind
It may sound ridiculous when you think about it, but some people fear the wind or the air. How can they be afraid of something so important? We live because we breathe, and without the air, we’ll most likely be dead.
Ancraophobia is not inborn. Any fear can never be innate. It is a cause of our past bad experiences that have left a significant impression on how we view things. The fear of the wind may be from a traumatic experience that involved the wind. A person might have experienced an unforgettable near-death experience related to it, and as a precaution, the mind tries to avoid that from happening again.
A person with ancraophobia may display an illogical reaction to windy places or change in the weather. He may hate storms and other phenomena related to strong winds.
Pyrophobia: Fear Of Fire
Pyrophobia is the irrational fear of fire. A person with this kind of phobia may demonstrate a senseless reaction even to a controlled light such as the fireplace, bonfire, or even a lit candle. A person with pyrophobia fears burning. We all fear the pain of burning, but for people with this phobia, they think of it and fear it every time they see and realize that there is fire. It could be from a traumatic experience from childhood that has triggered this kind of fear.
There’s one character from a world-wide known TV series Game of Thrones named Sandor Clegane or more popularly known as “The Hound” who has an extreme fear of fire. He is a mighty warrior feared by many, but when he comes in front of the fire, he quivers and backs off like a scared little boy.
In the late part of the story, people will learn that he had a traumatic incident where his brother burned his face in the fireplace leaving him a scar. Ever since then, fire reminds him of that horrible experience.
The most common phobias are the fear of pain or dying. Some are so extreme and ridiculous that they may leave us thinking about how they could have such phobias to water, wind, and fire. To think these are elements of life, but we may learn that sometime in their lives, these elements have posed a threat to their existence that’s why their fears were born.
To end, Susan Block, LMFT, reminds those who have phobias: “If you feel irrational fear or phobia has become extreme and interferes with day-to-day living, you should consider professional assistance. There might be a relatively easy fix or the need to utilize a number of techniques to break the cycle.”