Barophobia is the Fear of Gravity or the fear of falling.
Most frequently it is associated with the idea of falling from high places and so may be easily confused with Acrophobia, the fear of heights.
There are some research theories based on evolutionary ideas (for example ‘Evolved Navigation Theory’ – Jackson and Cormack, 2008) that we have an innate fear of heights as these represent dangers to ourselves (in terms of survival) and as a result our perception of high places is over-emphasised (we see high places as higher than they actually are) resulting in these types of phobic reaction.
There are also many psychologists who believe that these types of fears are ‘learned’ rather than have a genetic foundation.
As with most human behaviour, the most likely explanation is that Barophobia is a combination of both genetic and learned components.
Whilst the feared object or situation may seem, to other people, to be ridiculous or silly, the person who suffers from the phobia knows only too well that the Anxiety that they experience is real enough.
We completely understand this here at TranceForm Psychology and will treat you and your Barophobia seriously.
For many years Psychologists have been aware that our minds (our cognition or thinking processes) are more than capable of producing a real biological reaction to any given situation and so as long as the phobic person “believes” that the object or situation they fear represents danger to them, then they will experience real fear.
The majority of people who do suffer with Barophobia understand that their fear is “irrational” but continue to experience it regardless of this knowledge.
This is why simply being told to “snap out of it” rarely produces a solution!
Symptoms of Barophobia
The symptoms of Barophobia are very similar to other specific phobias and will often include:
- Avoidance of high places
- Feelings of Panic, Dread or Terror
- Inability to Relax
- Feelings of vertigo
- Problems Concentrating
- Being quick tempered
- Feelings of dizziness
- Difficulties in becoming motivated
- Prickly sensations like pins and needles
- Aches & Pains
- Fatigued Muscles
- Dry and Sticky mouth
- Sweating Excessively
- Migraines and Headaches
- Poor Quality of Sleep
Barophobia Symptoms are generally automatic and uncontrollable and can seem to take over a person’s thoughts which frequently leads to extreme measures being taken to avoid the feared object or situation, what are known as “Safety” or “Avoidance” behaviours.
Unfortunately, for the sufferer, these safety behaviours have a paradoxical effect and actually reinforce the phobia rather than solve it!
Barophobia may be the result of negative emotional experiences that can be either directly or indirectly linked to the object or situational fear.
Over time, the symptoms often become “normalised” and “accepted” as a limiting belief in that person’s life – “I’ve learnt to live with it.”
In just as many cases, Barophobia may have become worse over time as more and more sophisticated safety behaviours and routines are developed.
The good news is that the vast majority of people who suffer from Barophobia will find a course of Psychotherapy helps enormously.
Almost every phobia responds well to psychological interventions.
Psychological Therapy for Barophobia
Tranceform Psychology can offer a range of different psychological therapy solutions for Barophobia which you can read about below.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Barophobia
If you’re committed to overcoming your Barophobia problems then we highly recommend following our Tranceformental CBT 10 session programme.
The Tranceformental programme is a highly successful & pragmatic mental health counselling course, run over 10 sessions, that will teach you everything you need to know to understand your problem, identify how unhelpful thinking and limiting beliefs might be reinforcing the issue, and then show you how to make any changes to your unhelpful thinking styles or maladaptive safety behaviours that you may have developed as part of your coping strategies.
The programme is also available as an online self-help CBT programme.
Our Tranceformental CBT programme is an evidence-based, research supported approach used by mental health practitioners around the World.
Alternative Therapies for Barophobia
Although our preferred form of mental health counselling for Barophobia is Tranceformental CBT we also offer alternative psychotherapies for those who might prefer a different approach.
General Counselling which is less structured but still provides a safe and non-judgmental environment to discuss issues which is therapeutic in its own right.
Free Initial Consultations for Barophobia
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial consultation to discuss your Barophobia prior to commencing any treatment plans.
The consultation is free and lasts around 50 minutes.
During this consultation we will discuss the various therapy options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
Initial consultations are also available as part of our online therapy service.
At Tranceform Psychology we recognise the importance of the therapeutic relationship in helping people to bring about effective change, so its important to be able to ‘meet’ to discuss any therapy treatments BEFORE proceeding.
Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking work with us, including both the financial and personal implications.
Overcome Barophobia with Our Online Self-Help CBT Programme – Only £99!
Self-help CBT has been shown to be highly effective for anxiety-related problems such as Barophobia and can be carried out in the comfort of your own home.
Structured over TEN, in-depth modules, our Online Self-Help CBT course will teach you everything you need to know to change the way you think about and experience your problems without having to visit a therapist.
Click Self-Help CBT for Barophobia to find out more.