do you know this common phobia during the holiday season?
A symbol of joy and celebration for some, the cause of this phobia you may be suffering from is particularly worrying for others. Explanations with clinical psychologist Jonathan Benelbaz.
Antophobia (fear of flowers), octophobia (fear of the number eight), xanthophobia (fear of the color yellow): perhaps there are as many phobias as there are individuals on this planet. But during this holiday season, one of them is particularly widespread: the placomophobia. Or the fear… of champagne corks. Or rather their brutal expulsion when a bottle is opened. But what are you hiding?
What is a phobia?
To find out, we must first define what a phobia is. “There are two ways to design it, explains Jonathan Benelbaz. “It can be a morbid fear, often linked to a painful memory. For example that of the dogs when we have already pulled. So we react to a stimulus that reminds us of this episode.”
But, sometimes, something”more complex and more abstract” can hide behind: “This is the consequences. Imagine, to put it in an image, that you hurt yourself in a particular place during your life. Then you heal and hurt yourself again, somewhere else. But this new wound raises the pain of the old one, from which I may not have fully recovered.” In short, one injury can hide another. And fear too.
What hides the fear of champagne corks?
But then what can placomusophobia betray, relying on this theory of consequences? “Of course it depends on each person. Sometimes maybe out of fear of losing control. Or what surpasses us. But a psychoanalyst could potentially say that it represents our own fear of aggression. It may seem far-fetched, but it is lead.”
And how to overcome this fear? “The strongest path is that of humor. And more particularly the automockering. We have to welcome it while explaining to those around us that it really scares us. But that’s not all. Nothing prevents you, for example, from consulting: “Beyond psychoanalytic therapy, which is likely to explore what’s behind this fear, there are now several behavioral therapies that allow you to confront it squarely. In the same way that a person who is afraid of elevators is gradually encouraged to take one, one can imagine that a person is gradually invited to open a bottle himself. Which is no reason, of course, to ruin yourself by ditching vintage champagnes: “It can quickly get expensive, I recommend sparkling wine instead!”
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