Uranophobia Fear of paradise

Unophobia is the irrational fear of the mystical idea of ​​a paradise or a heaven and not being worthy of it .

As is reasonable, this fear stems from the fear of dying and not having done enough to deserve to go to heaven.

By extension, it also refers to the simple fear of death.

Since the origin of the human race, man has feared his death, and this experience has led him to develop myths and religions, many of which have an idea of ​​where man will go when he dies.

In general, there is usually an idyllic place for those who have done the right thing, and another nightmare for those who have done the wrong thing.

This latent threat that life is over and that there is nothing more or that what follows is not pleasant is based on the fear of the unknown, the unexplored. That is why urophy is also linked to irrational fear of infinite space and the physical sky.

For its immensity and all that it can hide.

It is this type of generalized phobia, which means that its effects are felt at any time of the day, without a stimulus that provokes, as it does with simple phobias (such as the fear of dogs). For this reason, it can be highly disabling or limiting for the victim.

In this article, we will discuss uranophobia in detail, in order to clearly understand its symptoms, the possible associated causes, and how to reduce its symptoms. The course of this condition and guidelines for differential diagnosis with other similar phobias will also be discussed.


Like other phobias, uranophobia is characterized by a marked and persistent, excessive and unreasonable fear, which occurs in the presence of situations or problems related to death , life after death or the vastness of space.

It is said that a fear is accused when the subject himself is able to express it and understands that it exists.

It is not considered a phobia if the person is not able to distinguish the reason for their fear.

It is considered, in turn, persistent when it is maintained without major variation over time (months or years).

This indicates that fear is excessive when it exceeds the expected quota depending on the context, age and culture.

For example, fear of death is common in almost all human beings, but at a level that does not prevent them from living life to the fullest.

In the same way, the fear of not ascending to heaven is common among many believers .

Fear of space or the vastness of the physical sky is rare, so a little more than a slight expression will be considered excessive.

In most cases, however, the assessment of who suffers from it will be taken into account.

If fear is excessive for this person, it should be taken as such.

Finally, fear is considered irrational when it has nothing to do with reason or the arguments against it.

For example, the subject with uranophobia can be sure that he is healthy, that he is young and lives in an environment without violence and without good medical care, and yet he continues to feel a deep fear of dying.

The same would happen if you try to convince the subject of spiritual goodness and deserve according to his belief system, or if he has been given to read books to dispel myths about the dangers of space. Adults generally recognize that their fear is irrational, while in children it is not common.

Another of the most important symptoms is that exposure to situations or subjects (including thoughts) associated with death, life after death or the vastness of space always or almost always causes an automatic anxiety reaction.

A panic attack or panic attack can also occur.

The person may also be afraid of these stimuli for the very fear of feeling anxious or having a panic attack.

And since one of the symptoms of a panic attack is the fear of death, it can intensify the effects of uranophobia and this, in turn, spirals more and more panic attack.

When the person has panic attacks constantly in the presence of phobic stimuli, he can also diagnose the disease without agoraphobia, if there are no symptoms of agoraphobia, and if necessary agoraphobia.

Agoraphobia can occur due to the relationship between outer space and open spaces.

In children, phobic anxiety can manifest as fits of anger, tantrums, inhibitions, or freezing behaviors and seeking emotional protection.

In the case of children or those under 18 years of age, it is indicated that the urophy must have been present for at least six months .

Finally, uranophobia leads the subject to avoidance behaviors to control anxiety and fear. One of the most common forms of avoidance is not sleeping, for fear of not waking up or dying while sleeping.

Therefore, this phobia can be associated with different forms of insomnia .

It is also common for the subject to avoid talking about death, participating in vigils and affinities, looking at the sky or reading about life after death.

These avoidance behaviors and anxiety itself reduce the quality of life of the person and affect interpersonal relationships or generate significant discomfort.


There is not much literature on the causes of uranophobia, but most agree that they can affect situations similar to other phobias.

For example, a past traumatic experience, such as an accident, a near-death experience, or a very strong religious upbringing.

It is possible, for example, that the subject has been systematically threatened to go to hell or not to win heaven for small behaviors of moral relevance during his childhood, either on the part of parents, school or religious tutors.

This led him to believe that nothing he does will be enough to get him to heaven when he dies .

You may have experienced the death of one or more loved ones in a brief or highly emotional period of vulnerability, or they may have suffered a serious illness or received an invasive medical procedure, suggesting that life is fragile.

At other times, the phobia can develop through learning or modeling, for example when an important family member also suffers from uranophobia or similar phobia, such as thanatophobia (fear of death), the fear of being buried alive. (fear of being buried alive) or stiglophobia (fear of hell).

Another cause is that the person had an unexpected anxiety attack, which triggered a general fear of death or any other form of uranophobia.

The previous presence of any other similar or associated phobia also predisposes the person to have this specific phobia.

Finally, there will be cases in which the person will not be able to remember the origin of their fear or the person will be moved according to logic.

For example, the person could have been sexually assaulted and from there, while traveling, began to fear heaven as a place to live after death.

In case it is generally recommended that the person cannot remember the cause of his phobia, remember when he began to avoid these stimuli and describe the context of his life at that time.

This could provide an imprecise but useful picture for understanding the genesis of irrational fear.


Like other phobias in the situation, uranophobia usually has two more frequent onset ages: in the second childhood and in the middle of the third decade of life.

When urophyla begins in childhood and is well followed, it is very likely that it will be eliminated; but the same does not happen in adulthood .

If urophilia originates in childhood and reaches adulthood intact, the chances of eliminating its symptoms with psychotherapy are very low. They can be reduced or learned to control, but difficult to eliminate.

If it begins in adulthood and starts early, it can be eliminated, but to a lesser extent than in childhood.

Similarly, when uranophobia has a traumatic experience or a panic attack, the symptoms are generally more severe and more difficult to treat , as well as requiring special attention for the symptoms of panic attacks or integration of the traumatic experience.

Finally, when the subject lives with one or more people who have the same or similar or related phobia, and have not considered their symptoms, they are less likely to completely eliminate the presence of the phobia. The same if the cause is still valid.

For example, parents keep threatening not to go to heaven.


One of the hardest things to diagnose about a specific phobia is that there are so many of them, and among them there are so many similarities that they can be easily confused. Unophobia is no exception.

Below is a list of phobias that can be confused with uranophobia and their differences.


This refers as much to the possibility of being immortal as to any other form of eternal life (for example, the afterlife that many religions promise). It also has to do with the fear of the very idea of ​​eternity.

As you can see, it is closely related to uranophobia, but it differs in that I uranophobic am not specifically afraid of living forever, but I do not wait for the place: the paradise that the religion that he believes promises.

Or fear space for its immensity, but not for its characteristic of being eternal.


It is generally associated with hypochondria, or the belief that you have diseases that you do not have, and necrophobia, which is the irrational fear of things that are dead or associated with death (eg urns).

Thanatophobic may also fear the death of their relatives.

The thanatophobia of uranophobia differs from that of the first: the fear of death is what happens unexpectedly or before the person can do the minimum necessary to reach heaven or the paradise promised by their religion.

In thanatophobia, on the other hand, fear is simply the idea of ​​death or death.


They can be associated with sin and enosiophobia, which are the fear of sin and the commission of an unforgivable sin, respectively.

It is necessary to distinguish these four phobias in the first two refer to the fear of hell, while the hell of uranophobia as such does not fear, but does not go to heaven.

And in the last two, the fear of sin does not come from the fear of not being able to go to heaven, which is what the urophanophobic fears.

  • Astrophobia is the irrational fear of celestial space or the night sky full of stars . And antiphobia is the fear of looking up. The first differs from uranophobia, which does not cause an immense fear of the celestial space, but its only presence, and the second, the anabolic one, is more related to vertigo.

As you can see, there are many phobias that bear similarities to uranophobia, and it is important to note that if the criteria are met for more than one you should understand that both are present.

Otherwise, we must choose the one that best explains the person’s situation.


The treatment of uranophobia does not differ from that of other phobias and may include the use of psychotropic drugs, depending on the assessment of the specialist and the will or interest of the patient.

The use of psychotropic medications is usually justified by the presence of panic attacks or the intensity of the phobic anxiety.

In the field of psychotherapy, the use of behavioral or cognitive therapy is very common.

In behavioral therapy, the goal is to expose the person to the feared situation.

But this can be done from different approaches. One of the most used, due to its effectiveness and respect for the patient’s rhythms, is systematic desensitization.

This behavior modification technique consists of gradually exposing the patient to higher levels of the feared situation, while becoming less sensitive to fear.

Usually you start with imagined situations, then go from afar, and then live up close.

To do this, the patient develops a list of situations in which his phobia occurs and evaluates them from highest to lowest anxiety.

On this basis, desensitization is carried out.

For example, a patient with uranophobia will be exposed first to imagining the sky, then to seeing maps with graphic representations, then to talking about the subject, etc.

Cognitive therapy focuses on restructuring the distorted thoughts that cause or maintain the phobia .

For example, the person can make a selective abstraction (see only a part of reality) analyzing their behavior within their faith system, which leads them to conclude that it is wrong.

Other cognitive distortions that could occur are polarized thinking (“Never in heaven”), overgeneralization (“I am a bad Christian today, every time I am”), disqualifying the positive (“I helped this beggar, but not so much as I could ”), the catastrophe (“ if I sleep, I can die ”), and so on.

Since the phobia is irrational, these thought distortions are easily maintained.

Therefore, psychotherapeutic care is necessary to achieve a truly positive outcome.

Self-care can work in mild cases and, despite everything, expert advice is recommended to prevent it from developing negatively.

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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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