Megalophobia is the fear of large objects. The object in question can run the gamut from large ships to airplanes and large animals to towering sculptures. It is different for everyone and there is treatment available to help you deal with this phobia.
If you suffer from megalophobia, you may only be afraid of life-like large objects. This may include large animals such as whales or elephants or large trees like sequoias or redwoods. Your phobia may be reserved for massive man-made objects like ships and blimps or stationary objects such as big sculptures and statues.
Having these phobias can greatly limit your social interactions. It’s imperative that you understand your phobia and get the help you need to overcome it. Let’s take a look at the reality behind the illusion.
This phobia of large objects is usually associated with objects that are larger than the actual object they are representing. It might be a larger-than-life sculpture of a person from history or an animal that does not fit the typical size we associate with the species. For people with megalophobia, these abnormal sizes create a genuine feeling of fear where others may only be in awe at the size.
It is likely that in the days before modern navigational systems, many of those ships were simply run aground or dashed against the rocks. Still, the rumors persisted, though many believed that the giant squid was just a myth. The first photos of a live giant squid were finally obtained in 2004. In the 1950s, comic books and science fiction were huge trends, particularly among teenage boys.
While Freudian psychoanalysis and behaviorism were strong in the ’50s, humanism was beginning to take hold during that time. Experimental treatments were also not as heavily regulated as they are today. Many psychologists believed that experimentation was necessary in order to further the body of research and knowledge surrounding phobias.
Today, of course, treatment is highly regulated and tends to fall into one of a few recognized categories. The most common is cognitive behavioral therapy, in which the client is encouraged to replace phobic thoughts with more rational ones.