What Is Asymmetriphobia?
Asymmetriphobia is a fear of anything which is not symmetrical, mismatched things, lopsided things or anything which has a lack of symmetry. While it is not one of the most widely recognised phobias, it is as much a phobia for sufferers as any other phobia which can cause problems for those suffering as well as those close to the sufferer. Also, while a lot of people prefer things to be symmetrical, a preference for symmetrical things is not the same as a phobia of asymmetrical things.
How is it caused?
As with all phobias, there doesn’t always have to be one specific cause although there is often a trigger for those predisposed to such a fear. For example, if someone has a fear of thunder, it may be pinpointed to a time when they remember a certain event which they associate with thunder. Thus for asymmetriphobia, genetic predisposition may be a factor but also previous events and experiences will most likely be the underlying cause of a phobia. Perhaps, for example, a sufferer may have been critisised for not having things symmetrical themselves or they could have had a bad experience which they associate with, perhaps, a picture or an item which was asymmetrical and has then subconsciously associated asymmetry with fear.
Symptoms and Diagnosis
It is possible to have strong preferences towards symmetry but this does not necessarily constitute a fear or phobia, however, it is possible to develop into a phobia. Phobias tend to have similar symptoms, regardless of the thing that is feared. It is likely that the sufferer will panic at such things and, in some extreme cases, even at the mention of the word. Symptoms often include shaking, panicking, nausea and breathing difficulties.
There are diagnostic tests which can be done online at home although it would be recommended that someone experiencing such symptoms consult a medical professional who could make an accurate diagnosis and discuss treatment if necessary.
The usual treatments for asymmetriphobia (as well as other phobias) would be through a psychologist, psychiatrist or hypnotherapist. There may be drugs, etc. which can calm or reduce the symptoms but, as fears are cognitive, the actual problem can not be overcome with drugs. Treatment may involve taking the sufferer back in their mind to discover when and from where the fear emerged and attempt to resolve any surrounding issues. While other treatments may concentrate more on reducing or controlling the fear, sometimes with exposure to the feared subject, rather than actually trying to “cure” it.