What is Angrophobia?

The term Angrophobia refers specifically to the fear of becoming angry rather than the fear of others becoming angry. For those who struggle to express negative emotions in a healthy way, becoming angry can be frightening.

Being angry is a normal reaction for most, helping one cope with feelings of rage or frustration. Angrophobics find anger frightening because of the possibility of loss of control, embarrassment and the possibility of actual physical consequences such as injury.

The origin of Angrophobia is from the Middle English word 'anger' and the Greek word 'phobia' meaning 'fear.'

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Symptoms of Angrophobia

  • Fear of Being Judged

  • Fear of Embarrassment
  • Fear of Offending Others
  • Intense Fear of Strangers
  • Fear of Being Noticed
  • Fear of Physical Symptoms
  • Intense Need to Escape
  • Expecting Bad Outcomes
  • Fear of Death
  • Extreme Anxiety, Dread
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Rapid Breathing
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Excessive Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Dry Mouth
  • Confusion / Inability to Articulate Clearly
  • Lack of Focus
  • Irritability
  • Shaking
  • Feelings of Powerlessness
  • Obsession with the Subject of the Phobia
  • Fear or Feelings of Losing Control
  • Avoidance Behavior
  • Headaches

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Causes of Angrophobia

Angrophobia is a social anxiety disorder. Social phobias result in avoidance of social situations due to fear of being embarrassed in public. Social phobia affects men and women equally. Extreme social anxieties often start in childhood or adolescence and may be accompanied by other anxiety disorders or depression.

The origins of social anxiety disorders are not as well understood as specific (or “isolated”) phobias, where a direct fear of injury from some specific animal, thing or situation forms a clear basis for the fear. Even so, hereditary factors may be present, such as a genetic tendency to be “high strung” or nervous, etc.

In all kinds of phobias, external experiences and / or reports can further reinforce or develop the fear, such as seeing a family member or friend who is affected. In extreme cases, indirect exposures can be as remote as overhearing a reference in conversation, seeing something in the news, on TV, or in the movies.

Angrophobia, like most phobias, stems from a subconscious overprotection mechanism, and as with many phobias can also be rooted in an unresolved emotional conflict.

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Treatments for Angrophobia

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)

  • Habit Strategies To Relax
  • Cognitive Therapy (CT)
  • In Vivo Exposure
  • Response Prevention
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Energy Psychology
  • Medication
  • Meditation

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