Hello my name is Rachel and I’m megalophobic…
Hello, my name is Rachel, and I’m megalophobic. I have a mild-ish case of this phobia, which is defined as a fear of large objects. Most sufferers of megalophobia are afraid of ships, planes, and statues, things that can move or look like they “should” move (so no buildings, usually). I don’t share the fear of ships and planes, I’m only afraid of large lifelike things–statues of people and animals (my fear also extends to full-body taxidermy animals). My case is not so severe. I can look at these things without crying, screaming, or running away, they just make me very, very uncomfortable and I feel jumpy and nervous in their presence. I’m also okay with looking at their pictures online. The largest statue I think I could feel comfortable around is Michelangelo’s David, which is around 17 ft tall, with the pedestal. To give you a better idea about megalophobia, here are some things that trigger this fear:
Things that have triggered my megalophobia:
- Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.
- Jefferson Monument, Washington D.C.
- Any taxidermy animal that’s bigger than a deer (especially full-body elephants, giraffes, polar bears, gorillas, buffalo, elk, whales, rhinos, etc.)
- Dinosaur fossils, especially tyrannosauruses, triceratops, stegosauruses, and pterodactyls, if they’re suspended on the ceiling over my head
- A large statue of the Egyptian god Horus in Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum.
- Any oversized flags with peoples’ faces on them.
Things that I haven’t seen personally, but know would trigger my megalophobia:
- Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota
- Statue of Liberty
- Yet-to-completed Crazy Horse Monument, South Dakota
- Wat Pho Reclining Buddha
- Mother Russia
- Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer
- Amida Buddha
- Spirit of Houston (if they ever build it)
- Yan Huang Statues
Things that are common fears for sufferers of megalophobia, but do not scare me:
- Large ships
- Wind turbines
- Huge trees
- Oversized kites
- Monster trucks or any other large hauling trucks
- Any structures not normally shaped (i.e., Disney’s Epcot globe)
- Any structures that are made to look like oversized “normal” objects (like the “shoe” house, the store that looks like a giant guitar, etc.)
- Large expanses of water or earth
- Large murals
- Big animals (I’m only afraid of “big” animals if they’re taxidermied. If they’re alive or just plain ol’ dead, I’m fine with them)
- Cathedrals or any other building with abnormally high ceilings
I hate my megalophobia. I think it’s a pointless phobia, and kind of embarrassing, too. Believe me, I would “get over it” if I could. I’ve been trying some self-administered “exposure” therapy, and so far, I think I’ve been getting a little bit better…I’m at least not going to cry if I see a big statue.
This is a very “out-there” kind of phobia, and I’ve never met anyone with it. If you’re a sufferer, please please please comment/contact me. I’m really interested in hearing about other megalophobics’ experiences.
UPDATE 8/12/2011: It’s great to see everyone’s responses to this post…it definitely is a comforting feeling to know you’re not alone with this fear! Thank you all for commenting on this, and I hope you’re all doing well with your particular phobia. Keep the comments coming so we can hopefully get the word out to more megalophobics that they’re not alone. (Also, I can’t believe I didn’t notice the typo in the title! Duh! Thanks for pointing it out, guys.)
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