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Ophidiophobia

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Emmanuel Lopez

on 23 January 2014

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Transcript of Ophidiophobia

Ophidiophobia
Treatments
There are two helpful treatments to help people who suffer from ophidiophobia. Other than individual counseling, cognitive-behavioral therapy and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) are valid treatment options. Patients may encounter techniques for which they align their thought with reality. The councilors would basically help the patient manage his fear by making him think logically instead of being stuck to his fear with no way out. In an exposure therapy such as EMDR, counsilors might have the patient hold small snakes. Or if the patient still has a great fear of snakes, the patient should expect to start from the bottom by simply looking at pictures of snakes. Then eventually, through this process, the councilor would add more and more encounters with snakes.
Practical Implications
Sociocultural Perspective
The fear of snakes can be, more accurately, defined by the Sociocultural Perspective. Sociocultural influences include faith and media. For example, the Christian faith has made a negative impression about snakes because of the Adam and Eve incident in where, according to the Bible, Satan was the snake who tempted Eve. Therefore, in modern society, church and media view snakes as evil which influence people to have negative feelings, like fear, towards snakes. A person might have Ophidiophobia if he or she is raised to fear snakes. I, for instance, fear snakes because my whole life I have been influenced into thinking that they are dangerous and that they are no good to humanity.
Definition
Ophidiophobia is the fear of snakes.
Yes, I am scared of snakes.
People in society tend to confused ophidiophobia with herpetophobia, which is the fear of reptiles.

Prevalence in Western Society
Ophidiophobia is very common in the western world.
In a recent study, 51 percent of Americans said they have fear of snakes.
Fear of snakes is more prevalent than other fears: fear of heights, public speaking, etc.
People who have ophidiophobia cannot see snakes in pictures and most definitely not in person. The fear of snakes may cause social and health issues to those who suffer from it. The extreme fear of snakes can affect someone's life to the point where he or she would not go out on a family picnic because he or she is afraid of seeing a snake. A more common implication of ophidiophobia may be the cause of someone to cry, scream, or have an anxiety attack. Someone may cry because the fear is so strong that he or she may react as if something dramatic has occurred. In regards to anxiety attacks, people who suffer from ohphidiophobia's heart rate increases when he or she sees a snake.
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