What is Bolshephobia?

Bolshephobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of Bolsheviks. By extension, Bolshephobia becomes a fear of dictatorship.

Bolshevism was founded by Vladimir Lenin as one of the original Russian revolutionary parties. The Bolshevik party eventually triumphed and became the communist party. The Bolsheviks seized power country-wide during the October Revolution in 1917, founding the Soviet Union.

The root word 'bolshinstvo' is Russian meaning 'majority' or 'one of the majority and the word 'phobia' comes from the Greek word ‘phóbos’ meaning 'fear.'

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Symptoms of Bolshephobia

  • 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 Bolshephobia

Bolshephobia is a specific (or “isolated”) phobia, centered on non-social key factors. Isolated phobias tend to have some previous trauma (often in childhood and often physically injurious) as a root cause; a fear of bees may stem from an injury in childhood, for instance.

Upbringing can also play a role, such as parental warnings about a direct threat (such as “snakes can bite and kill you”) which is especially notable in cases where a threat is more imminent. (An allergy to bees or peanut butter, for instance, would naturally reinforce a real medical concern.)

It is thought that genetics and hereditary factors may play a role in specific phobias, especially those related to a danger of injury. (A primal “fight or flight” reflex may be more easily triggered in those with a genetic predisposition, for instance.)

By contrast, social phobias (like a fear of body odor or touch) are less well understood, are driven by social anxiety and are broadly labeled as “social anxiety disorder”.

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.

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

Fear of communism and/or dictatorships are triggers for this phobia. The Cold War was a primary cause of fear in the USA after World War Two, showcased during the Cuban Missile Crisis under JKF in the early 1960s. As a result, “baby boomers” commonly have underlying concerns about communism which may lead to Bolshephobia.

Additionally, people who have escaped from communism or whose family had some direct conflict with communist countries, governments or people, etc., may be at greater risk. This naturally includes those living in countries that were once communist nations.

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Treatments for Bolshephobia

  • 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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