Fear of Birds

fear of birdsOrnithophobia’ means ‘fear of birds’. But like any phobia, this doesn’t simply mean you might feel uneasy around a flapping bird or a species that aggressively protects its young.

People suffering from ornithophobia may experience severe anxiety symptoms even at the mention of birds or the idea that they may come into contact with them. And these aren’t just dangerous or potentially aggressive birds; pigeons are actually the most commonly feared birds. Domesticated birds can also be a source of fear and dread for someone suffering from ornithophobia.

Ornithophobia is frequently listed among the most common animal phobias, so if you are suffering from a fear of birds, you are not alone.

Do I have ornithophobia?

If you have ornithophobia, you probably experience at least a few of these symptoms if you see a bird, or even if you hear about or are planning to go to a place where there are birds:

    • Trembling
    • Heart palpitations
    • Feeling faint
    • Trying to flee
    • Sweating
    • Dizziness
    • Unable to move
    • Crying
    • Temporary, partial vision or hearing problems
    • Leg weakness
    • Nausea
    • Feeling as if you’re going to lose control, go mad, or die 

What are the negative effects of ornithophobia?

People who suffer from ornithophobia find themselves avoiding situations where they may come into contact with birds. Of course, this is far from simple, since there are birds in just about every environment or location in the world. This causes some people with ornithophobia to stay in their homes as much as possible, and perhaps to not even open their windows. In extreme cases, a person with ornithophobia will refuse to leave their home at all.

What causes ornithophobia?

Ornithophobia is often rooted in your past, especially your childhood. Here are some common causes:

  • A bad experience with a bird. For example, getting pecked by a bird that was protecting its young.
  • A traumatic-seeming encounter with a bird. For example, if a bird flew into your childhood home and the adults present panicked.
  •  Learned behaviour. If a parent or someone else close to you when you were a child had ornithophobia, you might have developed it, as well, because it seemed to be the logical or only way to react to birds.
  • Fear of disease. This is why pigeons are among the most-feared birds: They have a reputation for being disease-ridden (even though it’s actually rare for them to transmit disease to humans).

How to cure ornithophobia?

Treatment for ornithophobia typically involves ongoing talk therapies but The Thrive programme uses techniques derived from traditional therapeutic models, as well as other science backed techniques and processes, for a unique way to help you understand your condition, change your perception of it, and overcome it.

Over the course of 6 Thrive training sessions, we’ll explore not only your ornithophobia, but also how your mind deals with it. We’ll find a way to change what you’re telling yourself, so that you can change your life.

The Thrive programme has helped people around the world. You can read some powerful testimonials here.

Like Andi, who says the Thrive programme ‘can help anyone with even a tiny phobia or lack of confidence issue. It will unlock a belief in yourself you never knew you had. You really can achieve anything you want in life, there is absolutely nothing stopping you – only YOU if you choose to let yourself be a barrier’.

Or this mum of a Thriver, who attended sessions and was also able to benefit from them: ‘I cope with negative thoughts much more effectively and have learnt to focus more on what I want to achieve in life rather than dwelling on reasons why not to attempt something!’

You dont have to live with fear. Give Karen a call to discuss how Thrive can help you. Ph: 0409 777 116 to set up your first Thrive session.

Email: karen@tarot.net.au 
Phone: 0409 777 116


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