Tart Phobia – Believe it or not there are people in the world who are afraid of “tart” flavor. They’re afflicted with what is called acerophobia. There are a couple reasons for people developing acerophobia– generally speaking it’s considered to be a mix of external traumatizing events and genetics. These people can’t eat pickles or lemons or anything that has that high level of acidity.
There are phobias for pretty much everything in the world. It’s estimated that one out of ten people has some sort of irrational, crippling fear of something — but food? Yup. There are plenty of people in the world who have intense fears of food, both in its cooked and raw state.
Cibophobia is the name for the fear of food. It can run the gamut from being afraid of gaining weight to being afraid of vomiting. There are people who are afraid of cooking, people afraid of trying new foods and even people afraid of vomiting.
What do you do when you have a phobia? How do you over it? According to Psychology Today there are six principles phobics need to keep in mind:
- First principle: In order to overcome a phobia, the affected person has to spend time publicly trying to do things that everyone else can do effortlessly.
- Second principle: Practicing to overcome a phobia takes time, sometimes a lot of time. And repetition.
- Third principle: The things phobics are afraid of are not so awful when they do happen.
- Fourth principle: You can judge progress by what you can do, not how you feel.
- Fifth principle: Phobics run into “stuck points” from time to time. Using an aide or a helper makes all the difference.
- Sixth principle: Sometimes the very things phobics are afraid of give them the most satisfaction when they are no longer afraid.