|Posted by Anna H. on August 15, 2019 at 8:10 AM|
How's it going my gumdrops? In the middle of searching for images to use for future blogs, I happened to discover the gif above.
I thought to myself, "Hmm... I never published a blog specifically about the topic of blood before. This gif would be perfect for a blog about hemophobia. Then, I can archive the blog link for blogs about fears/phobias."
In case you have not already guessed, today's blog is NOT about hemophilia. It is about hemophobia. Hemophobia is the fear or phobia of blood.
The more I thought about hemophobia, I chose to conduct online research about it, hoping to find informative articles about the phobia. Low and behold, there are at least several.
Stumbling upon the website, FearOf.Net, I discovered that it is a website specifically dedicated to a plethora of phobias. When visiting FearOf.Net's main page, there is an Anxiety Test, as well as lists of the Top 10 and Top 100 Phobias. Of course, 4 of mine made the Top 10 List.
Don't be fooled. Just because I am a Horror fan and author, doesn't mean I don't have any phobias of my own. My biggest phobia made Number 1 and must be slayed every time I walk inside and outside the house, throughout spring, summer, and early fall.
To solve any confusions some might already have, being hemophobic is NOT the same as being terrified of needles (trypanophobic). Trypanophobia is more common than hemophobia.
How many people do you know personally enjoy having blood work done and/ shots taken at hospitals/clinics?
Both shots and blood work can be extremely painful. This is especially if you have a ruthless nurse holding a needle in his/her hands just to brutally stab you with it.
Hemophobics typically experience symptoms such as anxiety (duh), nausea, increased heart rate, sweating, and trembling at the sight of blood.
Sudden drops in blood pressure and heart rate leading to pallor or weakness and fainting at the sight of blood are soon to follow.
Some have been caused to have a fear of blood due to traumatic and tragic experiences. Bloody images shown on TV and movies can also contribute to hemophobia.
It goes without saying that genres, sub-genres, and themes that are "near and dear to my heart," so to say (Horror, Thriller, Crime, serial killers, etc.) are mostly to blame for hemophobia. Well, the objective is to frighten audiences, after all. Otherwise, we wouldn't be doing our jobs.
Anyway, if you would like to participate in the poll taking, statistical data, and are more curious about hemophobia specifically, don't be too horrified to LEARN MORE.
So, did I happen to traumatize anyone with the display of blood?
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