Logophobia refers to the condition of having an abnormal, extreme, and persistent fear of words.
There can be many subtle versions of logophobia, such as:
- fear of words
- fear of Greek words
- fear of difficult-sounding words
- fear of language itself
- fear of the Word (in the Christian sense)
- fear of the spoken word
- fear of abstractions
- fear of truth, order, or any transcendent reality
- fear of giving out one's name.
More general information about extreme fears such as Logophobia:
Extreme fears (phobias) such as logophobia can lead to a variety of disturbing symptoms such as breathlessness, difficulty in thinking or speaking clearly, dizziness, a dry mouth, a fear of dying, a fear of "going mad" or losing control, a sense of feeling sick, the inability to concentate, inability to make decisions that are usually simple, nausea, palpitations, shaking, sweating profusely, or a severe anxiety attack. Not all sufferers are affected by all possible symptoms, and some individuals may also have other reactions.
Even though many adult sufferers of logophobia (and/or other fears/phobias) are aware that their fears are unreasonable, many still experience severe anxiety even when just thinking about the subject or situation they fear. However, phobias such as logophobia are known and are a relatively common form of anxiety disorder that may be treated conventionally using cognitive behavioral therapy including exposure and fear reduction techniques. Drugs may also be offered, typically anti-anxiety or anti-depressants - particularly during the early stages of treatment. Other forms of treatment offered may include hypnotherapy, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or other similar therapies.
Note that the list of phobias in this section is not complete. There are very many more phobias, including some some obscure fears, that have specific names. See a list of phobias for more of these terms.