Thalassophobia is defined as an intense and persistent fear of the sea or of sea travel. It is a clinical phobia that is generally classified under specific phobias; the fear of a single specific panic trigger. Many people will claim to be afraid of water, but that is not the same thing.
We all have the instinct for survival and so we fear anything that might put us at risk. Dangerous waters have the ability to drown us, especially if there are waves. If you can’t swim this also makes it doubly troublesome for you. But both of those things can logically be explained. If you can’t swim then it follows that you will be afraid of swimming.
Conversely, if you can swim and you are in dangerous, risky waters, then it’s also logical that you will be afraid. People who experience Thalassophobia, however, are afraid of deep water whether or not there is a risk involved. To test whether you have this particular brand of phobia, here are several images. If you are triggered by them, you may have this phobia.
1. Are you afraid of deep waters and that your legs can’t find solid ground beneath them? Are you terrified of the thought that there is nothing you can cling onto once you get in the water?
2. Do you find yourself worried or anxious about what might be lurking in the depths? You can’t see what’s happening far beneath and the thought frightens you.
3. All of these living things in the ocean have the chance of coming near you or maybe even worse. Does the thought of unknown sea creatures seem menacing to you?
4. You are aware that there are massive and deadly creatures below the surface of the water. What’s even worse is that it’s possible to be unaware of them and not have any idea that there is something lurking beneath you.
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