Spectrophobia is a kind of specific phobia involving a morbid fear of mirrors. Catoptrophobia is the fear of mirrors. This phobia is distinct from Eisoptrophobia, which is the fear of your own reflection.

In general, an individual suffering from this phobia has been traumatized in an event where they believe they have seen or heard apparitions or ghosts. The individual could also become traumatized by television shows, nightmares, or horror films. This fear could be the result of a trauma that involved mirrors. It could also be the result of the person’s superstitious fear of being watched through a mirror.

The individual suffering from the phobia can fear the breaking of a mirror bringing extreme bad luck. They can fear the thought of something frightening jumping out of the mirror or seeing something disturbing inside of it other than their own reflection when looking directly at it. Others fear that it is a link to the supernatural world or a gateway into another world. Some also fear their own reflection in the darkness, as it can seem distorted in strange ways.

As with the majority of phobias, this fear could be cured with therapy and/or medication. Some relaxations methods or support groups could also be effective.

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