Agrizoophobia | Fear of Wild Animals
What is Agrizoophobia?
Agrizoophobia is an irrational fear of wild animals. Agrizoophobia is more common among individuals born in urban areas. Not limited to a zoo environment, any area where wildlife is possible becomes a potential source of anxiety.
The origin of the word is from two Greek roots; “agri” meaning “field” and “zoo” meaning “animal”.
Agrizoophobics have an intense fear of animals regardless of whether they pose any real danger.
Symptoms of Agrizoophobia
Extreme Anxiety, Dread
Shortness of Breath
Confusion / Inability to Articulate Clearly
Lack of Focus
Feelings of Powerlessness
Obsession with the Subject of the Phobia
Fear or Feelings of Losing Control
Causes of Agrizoophobia
Agrizoophobics 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.
Agrizoophobia, like most phobias, stems from a subconscious overprotection mechanism, and as with many phobias can also be rooted in an unresolved emotional conflict.
Treatments for Agrizoophobia
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
Habit Strategies To Relax
Cognitive Therapy (CT)
In Vivo Exposure