Sinistrophobia is the fear of the left handed, or objects at the left side of the body
Sinistrophobia is usually (but not always) caused by an intense negative experience from the past. But the mind can also create that fear seemingly without basis and has persisted because the subconscious has attached the idea of things to the left or left-handed to all those negative emotions. It was once believed that left handed people were warlocks and witches and has the root sinister “evil” where satanists often talk about the “left-handed path.
Symptoms may include Dizziness, shaking, palpitations, shortness of breath or smothering sensation, palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate, chest pain or discomfort, trembling or shaking, feeling of choking, sweating, nausea or stomach distress, feeling unsteady, dizzy, lightheaded, or faint, nnumbness or tingling sensations, hot or cold flashes.
Exposure therapy is eventually successful in many people with phobias, but it means finding a therapist who can be trusted to lead a sinistrophobe through some extremely difficult situations. Using additional cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques can also help. Where a therapist assists a client in realizing that their thoughts about left-handedness are distorted and teach them to think more realistically. He or she may also teach deep breathing or relaxation exercises to help reduce the fear.
Talk Therapy practice consists of a small team focussed completely on dealing with serious fears and phobias. Behavioral therapy involves one-to-one sessions with a therapist trained in treating phobias. The principle of this approach involves exposure and a gradual desensitization to sinistrophobia. During the sessions, the phobic will learn to tolerate the anxiety triggered by exposure with the help of relaxation techniques.