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Doraphobia- Fear of fur or skins of animals

Fur has been one of the favorite among fashion models and designers. It has also been used for a variety of purposes and is prized for its warmth and softness. Some people fail to appreciate the texture and properties of fur, and they take pains to avoid it in their daily lives. When a distaste to fur becomes a phobia, it is called Doraphobia. It can usually develop when a person feels angry due to the fact that an animal was skinned for its fur especially animal rights activist who believe that fur is a symbol of consumerism and a status of unenlightenment.

Doraphobia may happen because someone is repulsed by the look and smell of fur, and the feeling of touching fur. To some, fur is ugly and off-putting. It can also remind the phobic person of the animal’s traits and behavior. Taxidermy is the art of stuffing dead animals in order to make them appear alive. To some people with Doraphobia, the sight of taxidermy is dreadful and upsetting. They will avoid museums and other places where the use of taxidermy is common.

Animal attacks can trigger Doraphobia. Some people who have suffered mauling cannot bear to be around fur that triggers their traumatic memories. Symptoms can range from dizziness, nausea and tremors.

Treating this phobia may require therapy and anti-depressants. If the fear of fur is triggered by past trauma, it may take time to resolve issues related to fur and move forward.