People can be afraid of many things, from darkness to spiders, to you name it. Some of these fears are totally irrational, others come from our childhoods and creep in well into our adult lives. One of such bizarre fears is megalophobia.
Think of large objects like huge cruise ships, animals, skyscrapers, underwater structures, and even statues. Now imagine how’d they look if they were bigger. If the thought of it makes your hair stand on your arm, you may also have some traits of megalophobia.
And this subreddit named r/Megalophobia puts a test on your fear of large objects because it offers one hell of a collection. “A place to post images of all things large, particularly ones that are “triggers” for those with megalophobia,” says their description and 340k devoted members are nodding their heads. Scroll down and upvote the most triggering images below!
The Kelpies, Scotland, During Thunderstorm
K. Lange 12 hours agothey are beautyful. worth a visit!
This Underwater “Waterfall” Is Giving Me Anxiety
MustardLemon 11 hours agothat moment when you don’t have megalophobia but you do have thalassophobia (fear of deep dark water). Lmao kinda awkward.
Serial pacifist 11 hours agoI love everything about it, the tree, the car, the lady chillin’..
To find out more about megalophobia, which is a fear of large objects, Bored Panda reached out to Francis Merson, a clinical psychologist and founder of the Paris Psychology Centre who happily shared his expertise on the phobia.
“Megalophobia is a fear of anything really, really big – from skyscrapers to jumbo jets,” Francis explained and added that “phobias generally have their roots in our evolutionary history, reflecting phenomena that posed a real danger to our ancestors.”
“The classic examples are phobias of heights, snakes, spiders, etc. And Megalophobia is no exception to this trend,” Francis explained.
This Is Just One Picture
SentimentAndBadJokes 12 hours agoIt took me a minute to realize it was not actually two photos, then another minute to process it.
Astronaut Bruce Mccandless II Floats Untethered Away From The Safety Of The Space Shuttle, With Nothing But His Manned Maneuvering Unit Keeping Him Alive. The First Person In History To Do So
Xottel 11 hours agoWhen you desperately need a time-out from the entire mankind…
It Was Foggy In My Town The Other Day And I Captured This Terrifying Scene
AutisticPat 11 hours agoLooks like a poster for a horror movie.
Francis argues that in a state of nature, “things that are larger are often more dangerous: insects are afraid of lizards, who are afraid of birds, who are afraid of humans, who are afraid of tigers. Large inanimate objects are also heavy and can crush you. In megalophobia, this primal fear of bigness is projected on the large objects of everyday life.”
The clinical psychologist said that if you find yourself “trembling and wanting to run away in the presence of an elephant at the zoo, or at the foot of a mountain, this could potentially be a sign you have megalophobia.”
Mt Fuji As Seen From A Nearby Town
Manasvi Tupe 12 hours agoI wanna live there, damn its beautiful
A Full-Sized School Bus Next To Haul Trucks
Steve Barnett 12 hours agoWent to a mine in Moranbah, Australia. These things are IMMENSE, so are the mining cranes.
Visually, Japanese Spider Crabs Really Are The Stuff Of Nightmares
Steve Barnett 12 hours ago (edited)‘Fortunately facehuggers evolved longer legs, thereby making it harder to be impregnated with a xenomorph.’
When asked how do we know if a person who feels uneasy next to large objects really has megalophobia, Francis said that it manifests as an “intense anxiety that is out of proportion to the actual danger over a period of at least six months.” This is because “megalophobia falls under the category of a Specific Phobia – an intense fear of a specific type of stimulus.” Only if it corresponds to the kind of disproportionate extreme anxiety which lasts for long periods, it can be qualified “as a full-blown mental disorder.”
Roy 12 hours agoThat’s DAM big
Iceberg Passing A House In Greenland
Watching 11 hours agoHoney why is it so dark? Oh there’s another iceberg blocking the windows, give it a few hours.
A Bridge In Vietnam
cerial___killer 11 hours agoThat hand is gonna close like a venus flytrap
Moreover, Francis added that in the case of megalophobia, “you would also have to either be avoiding large objects altogether or tolerating them with extreme distress. And this pattern would need to be causing interference in your everyday life.” Therefore, “feeling a bit queasy when gazing up at the Empire State Building is pretty normal. It’s when large objects freak you out so much that you can’t work, go on vacation, or otherwise function normally that we might begin talking about a Specific Phobia,” the clinical psychologist explained.
This One Is Very Unsettling
Ekaterina S 12 hours agoIs this even real?
KJ 12 hours agoGood luck dragging your snack home dog.
That Small Dot Is Mercury In Front Of Sun. Definitely Unsettling
Steve Barnett 12 hours agoIt’s not unsettling, we need that very large, hot, bright thing. Alas, In the UK we only get to see it a couple of times a year, if lucky.
When asked whether there are treatments for megalophobia, Francis said that “specific phobias generally respond well to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and particularly to a component called Graduated Exposure.” He added that “in the case of Megalophobia, this would involve gradually confronting larger and larger objects, and learning that you can cope at each step along the way.”
We also wondered whether exposure therapy is successful in treating megalophobia. Francis explained that it’s definitely considered as a first-line of treatment for phobias. “This means it’s the treatment with the strongest evidence to suggest it works, with some exposure studies reporting an 80-90% response rate (which is really high).”
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