What is Eosophobia?

Eosophobia is the fear of dawn or daylight.

Eosophobia is considered a specific phobia, though strong social phobia components are often in play. This fear is related to Heliophobia (fear of the sun or sunlight) and Phengophobia (fear of daylight, sunlight or sunshine), and is often considered synonymous with these terms.

The root word 'eoso' is Greek meaning 'dawn' and the word 'phobia' comes from the Greek word ‘phóbos’ meaning 'fear.'

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Symptoms of Eosophobia

  • 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 Eosophobia

Eosophobia 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.

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

Causes of this phobia are believed to commonly stem from other fears. For instance, strong social fears can lead to a preference for darkness in order to avoid other people. Fear of open spaces (Agoraphobia) is another associated fear in this manner.

Fear of bright lights or daylight may also stem from a simple sensitivity to bright light, making days physically stressful except on cloudy days.

An extreme variant of Eosophobia is the psychotic belief that one is a vampire, though this belief and/or behavior likely stems from the causes listed already, and the belief is simply an extreme manifestation of social avoidance, etc. Such strong beliefs may certainly carry a psychosomatic component, where experience of daylight is actually painful.

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Treatments for Eosophobia

  • 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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