Trophophobia: Fear of moving



Trophophobia is linked to constantly making changes , many of them involve the need to change either attitudes, skills or any personality trait, even moving or moving from the place where you are currently living.

Certainly, moving or making any kind of change in life is usually a bit scary and stressful , perhaps it generates fear to face a new challenge, since it is natural to feel fear for what is unknown or what has never been experienced.

However, when fear becomes very strong to the point of making the person completely insecure to make changes in his life to the point of completely blocking this person, we are talking about a very particular phobia that is called trophobia.


Totophobia , to begin to describe it, is the uncontrollable feeling of fear or great fear of having changes either in a home, in current position ( work, school, university, car among others ), in place, in company, relationships such as dating, friendships among others that require making changes or moving, trophobia is defined as a persistent , abnormal and unjustified emotion of fear of making changes.

Like many other phobias, it is a fear that arises in certain situations that the human being may face, which in this case is to move or make changes; Totophobia becomes something harmful when it limits the person to do what they want , this means that a person who has trophobia and wants to achieve a change of job, residence or of another nature will be extremely limited because he suffers from this phobia or fear of work .

Those who suffer from this phobia have a great fear of changing their home, making important changes in their environment or area of ​​development.

The removals usually tend to generate moments of great stress either because they should get a means of transport to move belongings or because they must choose a means of transport in which the goods are not damaged to be mobilized, time to that the move must be made, among other multiple factors that can generate great stress situations; Generally, people with trophobia tend to develop an irrational attachment to what they consider to be their place of belonging, and they report feeling uncomfortable and suffering a lot from the possibility of having to make a move.


People who suffer from this type of trophobia , it is common for them to manifest these types of symptoms:

Extremely irrational , exaggerated and unreasonable fear of moving around.

  • Severe anxiety in the face of change.
  • Excessive sweating
  • Problems controlling muscles or actions.
  • Accelerated heart rate, as well as having an accelerated respiratory rate .


Surely the first concern that arises in people who find out that they have this type of phobia is to know if they have any treatment ; The truth is that to overcome trophobia , it is necessary to have a treatment or therapeutic accompaniment and for this there are a number of important psychological therapies, neurolinguistic programming techniques or NLP and ontological coaching to treat this type of phobia.

The ontological coach is a professional who is able to intervene and observe the way in which fear harasses the person and based on that, he will take advantages not only of fear, but also of the personality of the individual to be treated.

Basically, this type of assessment focuses on how human beings construct their interpretations of their own existence that are reflected through emotions, use of language and the form of body expression.

There are other treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which helps change the thoughts that cause fear; Other methods such as exposure-based treatment involve imagining part of the phobia starting from a less feared stimulus to a highly feared stimulus; This allows you to gradually expose the fear you may experience to real life fear so that you can overcome your phobia.


Individual success often depends on the decisions made , some of these decisions may be correct and others may feel correct, which can generate feelings of insecurity in people precisely because they are not sure of what may
derive from the situation. in the future.

Change opportunities usually generate this type of confusion in people, especially in situations where various job options are offered even when the person already has a permanent job and earns a monthly salary.

Resistance arises when doubts arise as to whether the new job will offer the same benefits that the current job offers , also to know if the work environment will be more comfortable or can be somewhat hostile, all these doubts make the person who has Trophophobia clings to their current situation ( understand as current situation everything that the person has at the moment).

Trophophobia can lead the person who suffers from it to remain static in the face of certain opportunities for change and advancement that can bring improvements to the life of those who suffer from this phobia, causing it to remain stagnant, either in a job, in a place of residence or a relationship that does not make any sense caused by this totally absurd panic at the possibility of some kind of change manifesting itself.


It is very exciting to start something totally new from scratch, where there is no basis for the place or situation to which you are going

However, it is important to first identify what it is that we are afraid of in order to begin to dismember little by little that which paralyzes us and does not allow us to move forward.

There may be a mixture of situations within that feeling of fear , such as fear of failure or fear of not feeling up to the challenge that is presented, fear of regret, fear of feeling criticized by the people in your life. environment.

But if you focus on fear, you will never have the opportunity to get out of there, and this responds to the fact that the mind is constantly projecting and materializing previously thought situations in your life , in such a way that each time you remember and allow yourself to be invaded by it. fear, your mind will automatically be focused on what terrifies you, preventing you from seeing the situation clearly and allowing yourself to achieve your goals.

Focusing the mind on fear then is not exactly what is desired, much less what is being sought, many of the therapies that seek to treat trophobia focus on the person beginning to accept first of all that they have a fear and Once this is achieved and identified, the next phase is to focus the mind on the positive aspects that change can bring for that person, be it a change in attitudes and skills, a change of residence among other situations that involve movements or changes, in this way, in addition to gradually eradicating trophobia , the person is allowed to evolve towards the aspects that generate change or progress in a state of well-being.


Changes are inevitable , however many times we have the tendency to postpone them or we look for some way to avoid them; What many times we are not able to understand is that changes are part of life itself, they are happening at all times, only that sometimes they happen progressively and we do not realize it .

Our lives are in a continuous process of renewal, reinvention and change; Changes bring fear because they imply detachment and leave situations behind in order to allow us to live new experiences and give us the opportunity to face the unknown.

It can be said that there are two types of changes , some occur gradually, the changes that occur slowly are those that occur without us realizing it and this responds as a natural consequence of life itself and our process of growth and maturity. These changes occur day by day. An example is when we age; However, other types of changes occur in life, these are those that occur in a totally unexpected way that bring us surprises due to their demands and lead us to live a totally new and unknown experience that leads us to feel fear or insecurity.

To face the changes it is necessary that you have faith in yourself , you must bear in mind that you are capable of facing any situation with confidence and full security .

Allow yourself to experience the change and the benefits it can bring you, there are a number of tools in you that will allow you to cope with any situation.

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Alexa Clark specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has experience in listening and welcoming in Individual Therapy and Couples Therapy. It meets demands such as generalized anxiety, professional, love and family conflicts, stress, depression, sexual dysfunction, grief, and adolescents from 15 years of age. Over the years, She felt the need to conduct the psychotherapy sessions with subtlety since She understands that the psychologist acts as a facilitator of self-understanding and self-acceptance, valuing each person's respect, uniqueness, and acceptance.

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