Kenophobia, the uncontrollable fear of empty spaces: what it is, causes and symptoms

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Have you ever heard of Kenophobia? It is the uncontrollable fear of empty spaces, let's find out what are the causes and symptoms

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Have you ever found yourself in a large empty space that you have a panic attack or feel particularly uncomfortable? It could be kenophobia, the terror of empty spaces.

People who suffer from it fear large spaces that are not crowded and devoid of reference points, both internal and external, feeling a strong sense of anguish at times even just thinking about it. 


Kenophobia: what it is


Kenophobia is the fear of empty spaces, which can be both external and internal. The person who suffers from it may feel upset by finding himself, for example, in the middle of a huge prairie, but also inside a totally empty room. 

Kenofobia: cause

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What are the causes of kenophobia? They are not clear but, as with other phobias, it could be due to trauma suffered in childhood or a family history of specific anxiety disorders or phobias. 

Kenophobia: symptoms

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The symptoms of kenophobia can be different, more or less serious depending on the person who suffers from it. Here are some of the most popular: 

  • Extreme anxiety
  • Fear
  • Panic
  • Shortness of breath or rapid breathing
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Excessive sweating
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Inability to articulate words or phrases
  • Tremors
  • Headache
  • Fear of losing control

Cenophobia: cure

According to reports Psychtimes, it is possible to cure kenophobia through multiple treatments, for example by resorting to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). In any case, if you suffer from important symptoms attributable to this phobia, contact professionals who can recommend a tailor-made path. 

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SOURCES: Psychtimes

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