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Peccatophobia – Fear of sinning or imaginary crimes

What is Peccatophobia?
Peccatophobia is the concern of sinning or wrongdoing. The origin of the phrase pecca is Latin (meaning to sin or commit a crime) and phobia is Greek (meaning fear). Peccatophobia is considered to be a particular phobia, which is discussed on the house page. Peccatophobia is also called Peccatiphobia and related to Hamartophobia (fear of sinning) and Enissophobia/Enosiophobia (which each mean worry of criticism or committing a sin).

What are the causes?
It is mostly accepted that phobias arise from a mix of external events (i.e. traumatic events) and internal predispositions (i.e. heredity or genetics). Many specific phobias will be traced back to a particular triggering event, often a traumatic expertise at an early age. Social phobias and agoraphobia have more complex causes that are not entirely identified at this time. It is believed that heredity, genetics, and mind chemistry combine with life-experiences to play a significant role within the development of phobias.

What are the symptoms?
As with any phobia, the symptoms vary by person depending on their level of fear. The symptoms usually include extreme anxiety, dread and anything related to panic comparable to shortness of breath, rapid breathing, irregular heartbeat, sweating, extreme sweating, nausea, dry mouth, nausea, incapability to articulate words or sentences, dry mouth and shaking.