Walloonphobia- Fear of the Walloons

Walloons are a group of people who share similar ideals primarily made up of poets, composers, and politicians and are predominantly found in Europe. Although they have a specific language culture, they are not a recognized nationality. They are the French-speaking inhabitants in Belgium, separate to the Flemish speaking inhabitants of the same country.

Some have this irrational fear of this group of people because of a misunderstanding of their culture and heritage. It may be possible that this fear resulted from a personal encounter with a Walloon in the past that contributed to the fear and later passed on to friends or family members. We must remember that these Walloons are an intelligent group of people that contribute to the cultural expansion.

Symptoms of this fear include most significantly avoidance of Walloons. They may also exhibit signs or symptoms of anxiety when faced with them such as trembling, palpitations, sweating, nausea, shortness of breath and they will make every excuse in the book to get away from them. They will also disregard the social contributions that this group of talented people have made.

Treatment includes behavioral therapy. Patients are taught not to fear Walloons but instead should appreciate them and reconcile the cultural differences. If severe symptoms occur and contact with the Walloons is unavoidable, anti-anxiety medications may be given.