Melanophobia- Fear of the color black

The color black is usually a symbol for mourning and is a symbol for something dark or evil. Fear of the color black is called melanophobia. This fear can surface for many reasons, it can be due to memories and emotions that resurface when this color is seen. Color black can be perceived sometimes as grieving, plagues or death. Black can also represent as darkness for other people. Those who fear the dark may also fear the color black.

Sometimes this fear can have a racist factor. Some may fear blacks because of a bad experience or encounter with someone who is black. Some may associate black with dirt and this fear of getting dirty contributes to this phobia.

Persons may have the feeling of uncontrollable anxiety when you think about or are exposed to black, the feeling that they must do everything possible to avoid black, the inability to function normally because of their anxiety. Often, the knowledge that your fears are unreasonable or exaggerated should be realized but most feel powerless and they can’t control them.

Persons usually need a therapist that can aid in exposure therapy, relaxation techniques and someone who can aid the phobic person to understand his/her condition.