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Octophobia– Fear of the figure 8

Fearing certain number is a lot common than you would think. A fear of number eight leads to a fear which can sometimes extend to other phobias. Some may decline to reside in a home that has number 8 on its address or climb stairs totalling eight. Those who possess an abnormal fear of the figure 8 suffer from octophobia. Many experts think that this fear has its roots in superstition.

Those who possess an abnormal fear of the figure 8 suffer from octophobia. Many experts opine that this fear has its roots in superstition.

An octophobic person generally associates his or her fear to a hidden threat and to an inescapable situation. Some also feel a looming danger that is more or less related to the number itself or to its pattern. For some, the figure eight pattern spirals into a never ending curve that can make them dizzy. Surprisingly, most people with this fear believe their phobia is justifiable and that it does not have a cure, whatever the underlying octophobia causes.

Merely glancing at the figure eight rarely draws a strong response from octophobes. But gazing continually on the number and focusing on the loop can make them suffer from intense panic. They may garner a feeling of getting trapped, with no means of an escape.

A person with octophobia symptoms knows that the fear is not rational but they have no control over their fears and as such feel they cannot face the object of fear on their own. It is a situation where professional help is required.

Octophobia is often difficult to manage and treat. Nonetheless, there are some good options available to treat people suffering from this phobia. Psychotherapy is usually beneficial in these people.