What is Erythrophobia?
Erythrophobia is the fear of blushing. A person who suffers from this phobia will avoid speaking in front of other people, socialising, or even going out because they fear a moment of embarrassment that leads to blushing. Most of the time, individuals with erythrophobia are concerned about how people will subsequently judge them. They seldom feel secure and lack levels of self-esteem.
Symptoms of Erythrophobia:
Erythrophobia symptoms are generally similar to the symptoms of other phobias, which may include:
- a feeling that you are about to choke
- social awkwardness
- rapid heartbeat and palpitations
- sense of threat and anxiety
- Standard Treatment
Erythrophobia, as a form of phobia and social anxiety disorder, is often treated by SSRI or selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor medication like Zoloft and Prozac. It is widely suggested that taking these kinds of drugs will address the symptoms but not the cause.
Hypnosis as a form of treatment for Erythrophobia
Some individuals with erythrophobia have been successfully treated using hypnosis or hypnotherapy. For instance, in a case study conducted a few years ago, a college student who was suffering from erythrophobia re-established her sense of well being and diminished her fear of blushing by using both paradoxical intention and self-hypnosis. Please see the references below for more information about this study.
My Erythrophobia Hypnotherapy Program
My program consists of three to five sessions. Three sessions are recommended normally. Some see satisfactory improvement after one session. The following aspects will be included in the program: guided imagery, Ego State Therapy, and desensitization.
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Samson, Jonathan, MD. “Erythrophobia Treatment, Causes and Symptoms (Fear of Blushing) Definition.” FeelGoodTime RSS. N.p., 18 Aug. 2012. Web. 26 May 2014. <http://feelgoodtime.net/erythrophobia-treatment-causes-and-symptoms-fear-of-blushing-definition/>.
Bögels, Susan M., Lynn Alden, Deborah C. Beidel, Lee Anna Clark, Daniel S. Pine, Murray B. Stein, and Marisol Voncken. “Social Anxiety Disorder: Questions and Answers for the DSM-V.” Depression and Anxiety 27.2 (2010): 168-89. Web.
Stephenson, Kathy. “Case Study: Hypnotherapy to Banish Blushing.” Positive Th Nov. 2007: n. pag. Positive Health Online. Web. <http://www.positivehealth.com/article/case-studies/case-study-hypnotherapy-to-banish-blushing>.