Video testing whether you have scopophobia has people ‘about to cry’
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An online test to see if you have a certain type of phobia is driving people absolutely wild with fear.
Still, it’s pretty spooky nonetheless, which is exactly the point.
But, you’re probably wondering – what is scopophobia?
Well, it’s a particular type of phobia that relates to being watched or looked at.
So, if you’re against being observed – to be honest, aren’t we all? – then you might be a scopophobic person.
Those who suffer from the phobia might get a feeling of anxiety when being watched, or feel a real sense of danger, or a need to get out of the situation as soon as possible.
It can have a real effect on your life, too.
For example, those who are severely affected might just start avoiding situations or changing the way they go about their lives to avoid certain situations.
There’s no specific reason why you would or wouldn’t have this phobia, but if you’ve watched the video, you might already have a good idea of what we’re on about here.
You might suffer symptoms such as feelings of dread, sweating, shaking, shortness of breath, palpitations, nausea or dizziness, and a whole host of others.
So, it can be a serious business.
Underneath that video on TikTok, it seems as if plenty of people are now just discovering their hidden scopophobia.
One person commented: “I definitely have scopophobia I’m literally about to cry.”
Another said: “Yes humans have a natural fear of being watched at night, it [sic] a primal fear but how intensely it affects your life is what makes it a phobia.”
A third simply wrote: “Who is not scared of that?”
A fourth agreed: “Doesn’t everyone have a fear of shadowy people hiding in your room?”
It’s a fair point, given that the video is loads of terrifying-looking creatures leering out of the darkness towards you.
Again, we’re keen to stress that it’s not at all scientific, it’s designed to scare you.
There’s probably nothing at all watching you from within the shadows while you sleep.
Nothing creeping up and glancing through your windows as you try to settle down of an evening.