Taurophobia- Fear of bulls

Bulls are a symbol of power and aggression. They are temperamental and very strong animals that are used in bull fights for entertainment because of their aggression.

Even just looking at a bull can cause intense fear. These animals are heavily muscled, with large pointed horns, and sometimes flared nostrils and when provoked would charge at the offender. Most people fear being trampled or gored by the bull’s horn and this fear has several roots in history.

Some causes of fear include: The Running of the Bulls at Pamplona has killed 15 people since it started in 1924. For 3 minutes, huge bulls are released as a crowd of people try to avoid them. These people want to prove that they are more supreme over bulls and at the price of losing one’s life at times. Also, bull riding in rodeos has also caused a lot of injury like having spinal cord and brain injuries in an attempt to stay on the back of a bucking bull for 8 seconds for money or fame.

Symptoms of Taurophobia include symptoms of panic attacks such as palpitations, restlessness, trembling when they think of rodeos, or even watch cartoons with bulls as characters. They usually respond to psychotherapy and anti-anxiety meds may be given to relieve anxiety at times.