Porphyrophobia- Fear of the color purple

The color purple is often considered a sign of royalty. This is the color kings wear and a color that invokes subjects to show honor and respect. For all the accolades due this color there are some who have a profound fear of purple. Their phobia is described as Porphyrophobia.

The fear of virtually any color is linked to negative associations. The fear can develop as a result of observation or personal experience, but it often goes back to either a conscious or subconscious, but highly negative association between the color purple and something that left a lasting negative impression.

The fear can be expressed in relation to the color itself or the color in association with a certain shape or object.
The visual cue to this fear is when an individual visibly tenses in the presence of something that is purple in color. They may actually run away from the color or they may stand immobilized and can resort to tears.

Other symptoms include air hunger, heart palpitations, trembling, panic attacks, nausea, urge to flee, loss of control over emotions, loss of control over actions.

Seeking out the help of a qualified therapist will likely trace the real causes for the fear. The fear often starts in childhood and is generally linked to believing something that was either misstated or based on a lie – real or unintentional.