Dancing is a universal theme in all cultures around the world. There are even several moments in our lives where we are expected to dance (i.e. prom, weddings, etc.) and a refusal to participate is often seen as abnormal social behavior. Chorophobia is a complete fear of dancing, often so severe that a person will become uncomfortable even if people around them are dancing.

Symptoms of Chorophobia

Symptoms are brought on in situations where a person may feel pressured to dance or where dancing is occurring. These symptoms are often worsened when the individual is directly asked to join in or is being teased for their lack of participation.

  • Shortness of breath
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Panic attack
  • Excessive sweating
  • Complete avoidance of social situations
  • Hyperventilation

Treatment of Chorophobia

Chorophobia is difficult to understand for most people and, unfortunately, usually results in the teasing of the afflicted person for their abnormal social behavior. There is hope, though, as treatment methods have been successful in most cases and can be done individually or with professional help.

There are several different ways that can aid you in overcoming your chorophobia. On a personal level, self-help methods can be explored and have shown great success if there is a strong motivation for change. Those with chorophobia are encouraged to explore their fear and understand which aspect of dancing causes them to be uncomfortable. By tracing back the phobia to its origin, a person may be able to isolate the problem and work specifically on the issue. If the person fears embarrassment, visiting a private dance instructor for one-on-one lessons is highly recommended to become more familiar with the act of dancing. Professional treatments are likely to help you explore your fear and can help you create coping strategies to better deal with uncomfortable situations.

There is nothing specifically “wrong” with having chorophobia but if you feel that your fears are holding you back, there are several different treatment options available. If you or a loved one is tired of living with chorophobia, it is never too late to seek treatment to overcome the fear. Both self-help and professional methods have shown great success in curing the phobia. Do some Internet research to find the best methods available to you and be back on your feet in no time.

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