Phobiaholic! How To Overcome Pneumatiphobia which is the Fear of The Dead or Spirits

We continue our series on various kinds of phobia which we have tagged “Phobiaholic’. So if you are among those who are drunk with fear of what they don’t understand, this column is for you. Whether you are afraid of things or not, this column is essential for you to understand the kinds of phobia that exist and how to overcome they. You could use the knowledge you gained here to be of assistance to some else. You may never know when or where. Just read this.

We began this new series with Nomophobia which is the fear of not being with your phone or not having network on your phone.

Today we look at Pneumatiphobia which is the Fear of The Dead or Spirits. Read it!

 

How To Overcome Pneumatiphobia which is the Fear of The Dead or Spirits.

Pneumatiphobia is the fear of dead spirits. It is not just some minor fear, we’re talking about. It’s so intense, in fact, that it disrupts the sufferer’s life.

Pneumatiphobia is the fear of spirits. The origin of the word pneumat is Greek (meaning spirit) and phobia is Greek (meaning fear). Accoding to Edward Bozman, Pneumatiphobia is also known as Pneumatiphobia or Pneumatophobia and related to Spectrophobia (fear of specters or ghosts), Phasmophobia (fear of ghosts), Demonophobia and Daemonophobia (which both mean fear of demons), Bogyphobia (fear of the bogeyman), Satanophobia (fear of Satan, Satanic control or devils), Hadephobia, Stygiophobia and Stigiophobia (which all mean fear of Hell), and Wiccaphobia (fear of witches or witchcraft).

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Anyone who has ever tried to conquer the irrational fear like pneumatiphobia knows just how difficult the effort can be. Indeed, the seeming impossibility of it all leads many a sufferer to give up, allowing their phobic tendencies to take over their lives.

The good news for these individuals is that pneumatiphobia can be overcome if it is approached in the right way. Following are five effective strategies for putting this unwanted fear to rest once and for all so that those afflicted with it can reclaim their lives.

Strategy #1 for Overcoming Pneumatiphobia or the Fear of The Dead or Spirits: Face your fear head on. – Realize that there is nothing to be embarrassed about. Thousands of others face what you are facing every single day. You are not alone in this pneumatiphobia battle. For this strategy to be most effective, it is best to gradually build up your exposure. Then spend some time in the presence of the very thing that fuels your pneumatiphobia. Start slow and small and gradually work your way up. Practice and repetition are the keys to this strategy working.

Strategy #2 for Overcoming Pneumatiphobia or the Fear of The Dead or Spirits: Don’t let panic or setbacks paralyze you. – Everyone has a bad day now and then. The important thing is not to let yours debilitate you from moving forward. Although such days may make it feel like you’re not making any progress, they’re deceitful. On such occasions, step back and assess how far you’ve come with your pneumatiphobia. If you’re being honest with yourself, chances are you’ll see some real results. Eliminate all doubt and keep telling yourself, “If I’ve come this far, I can keep going. I will prevail.” And then go, go, go starting now, or at the very latest tomorrow.

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Strategy #3 for Overcoming Pneumatiphobia or the Fear of The Dead or Spirits: Keep a big picture perspective. – As Entrepreneur magazine points out, this strategy is all about understanding “what opportunities you have to lose.” You’re afraid of the dead or spirits but what is allowing your fear of The Dead or Spirits to have a stranglehold over you causing you to miss out on? Don’t live with regrets or put off embracing major changes until it’s too late.

Strategy #4 for Overcoming Pneumatiphobia or the Fear of The Dead or Spirits: “Treat fear as a call to action.” – As an extension of strategy #3, Inc. magazine recommends reframing your notion of your fear of the dead or spirits. Rather than thinking of it as a crippling aspect of your personality that you just have to keep living with, consider it a wake-up call—as a motivator to start claiming the life you’ve always wanted. “Write down a specific plan of the exact steps that you’ll take,” the publication recommends.
Strategy #5 for Overcoming Pneumatiphobia or the Fear of The Dead or Spirits: “Rewire your brain.”Entrepreneur magazine offers this directive as “one of the surest ways to overcome your fears and develop the courage that is needed to get to where you want to go.” Easier said than done though. That’s where the assistance of a professional can come in handy. But one-on-one counseling sessions are so expensive, you’re telling yourself. Fortunately, there are affordable alternatives. Hypnotherapy has proven itself to be a very effective means of permanently rewiring the brain against pneumatiphobia. And the good news is that thanks to today’s technology, hypnosis can be performed extremely cost-effectively from the comfort and convenience of your own home.

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Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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