What is Dikephobia?
Dikephobia is the irrational and abnormal fear of justice. Those with this phobia will often go to extreme trouble to avoid breaking the rules or the law out of fear of retribution for their actions, and in extreme cases this phobia can exhibit great fear even with regard to the most minor infractions.
Dikephobia is considered a specific phobia, and the term comes from the root word 'dik', which is Greek meaning 'justice' and the word 'phobia' comes from the Greek word ‘phóbos’ meaning 'fear.'
Symptoms of Dikephobia
Extreme Anxiety, Dread
- Shortness of Breath
- Rapid Breathing
- Heart Palpitations
- Excessive Sweating
- Dry Mouth
- Confusion / Inability to Articulate Clearly
- Lack of Focus
- Feelings of Powerlessness
- Obsession with the Subject of the Phobia
- Fear or Feelings of Losing Control
- Avoidance Behavior
Causes of Dikephobia
Dikephobia 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.
Dikephobia, like most phobias, stems from a subconscious overprotection mechanism, and as with many phobias can also be rooted in an unresolved emotional conflict.
Having something to hide or having a criminal record can be triggers for this phobia. People who fear justice can feel anxiety even when faced with TV programs featuring courtrooms or law enforcement. For phobics, there is often a fear of imprisonment or incarceration. The idea of being locked up and controlled can be very off-putting and frightening to them.
Treatments for Dikephobia
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
- Habit Strategies To Relax
- Cognitive Therapy (CT)
- In Vivo Exposure
- Response Prevention
- Group Therapy
- Energy Psychology