Homiclophobia (fear of fog): symptoms, causes and treatment

Homiclophobia, or nebulaphobia, is the persistent and intense fear of fog. This is a specific type of phobia that can be linked to the media transmission of dangerous situations, where fog recurs. It can also be caused by previous and unpleasant experiences related to this phenomenon of nature.

Below we will see what homiclophobia is, what are some of its main features as well as its possible causes and treatment.

    Homiclophobia: persistent in the fog

    Homiclophobia, also known as nebulaphobia, is the persistent and intense fear of fog. In the case of fear caused by exposure to a stimulus from nature, homiclophobia it can be considered a type-specific phobia in the natural environment.

    As with other type-specific phobias, homiclophobia is characterized by a particular fear that is easily distinguished from others. In this sense, unlike a social type phobia, the specific phobia usually does not extend to many stimuli beyond the primary trigger, in this case the fog.

    However, B (2005) tells us that the development of a phobia specific to a certain stimulus increases the chances of developing another phobia to a very similar stimulus. Likewise, increases the likelihood of being afraid of various stimuli, Although not necessarily phobic.

    Finally, homiclophobia can be part of a larger clinical picture, for example of a social phobia or a picture of generalized anxiety. In other words, it can manifest itself as one more element surrounding a wide range of stressful experiences with different stimuli, an issue that is important to consider for its definition.

    Before explaining some of its possible causes, let’s start by briefly describing the natural phenomenon of fog.

    What is fog?

    Generally speaking, fog is the result of snow forming at low altitudes, close to the ground. Likewise, the fog it can generate as a result of the steam emanating from the ground, By an accumulation of water at a temperature higher than the ambient air.

    Thus, the fog is not in itself a potentially harmful or risky element for any organism. However, depending on the circumstances you encounter, the fog can represent a stimulus that triggers an alarm or even excessive fear.


    As with all phobias, this fear is felt persistently and irrational, Which means that it cannot be explained by the cultural codes of the environment in which we live.

    The exaggerated experience of fear results in a momentary image of anxiety, with its corresponding physiological response: dizziness, hyperventilation, heart agitation, excessive sweating, among others. In a case of more acute anxiety experience, homiclophobia can also cause a panic attack.

      Possible causes

      As with other specific types of phobias, homiclophobia is a phenomenon with multiple causes. In the specific case of persistent fear in the fog, one of the triggers may be prolonged exposure to media or movies where risky situations frequently occur in the dark and also in fog. This can generate imaginations that ultimately favor the association between fog and impending danger.

      On the other hand, phobias can be caused or intensified by actual (unimagined), past or present exposure to dangerous situations where the stimulus is involved.

      For example, fog is a natural phenomenon that occurs in many places with frequent traffic. A large part of the roads connecting the big cities, Fog is one of the most common elements.

      Depending on the time of year, the height and the specific area where it occurs, the density of the fog may be higher or lower, and this can drastically affect the driver’s vision. Likewise, and although harmless in itself, fog is one of the most natural phenomena associated with road accidents. Such previous experience may be related to the development of this phobia.


      The general treatment of phobias can use different strategies. One is to encourage the creation of new associations on the stimulus that is perceived to be harmful. Another is approach it gradually, using brief approaches that increase over time. It is also possible to strengthen emotional coping patterns in stressful situations.

      In the particular case of homiclophobia, it is important to delimit whether it comes from a real or imagined experience of imminent danger linked to the fog. In the case of a truly lived experience, another strategy is to avoid exposing yourself alone in the fog, in the car or on foot, as well as to seek alternatives to this exposure.

      Conversely, if it is an imaginary danger, it is important to explore other elements related to foggy situations and to know if it is a more complex or extensive fear. .

      Bibliographical references:

      • Afraid of Stuff (2016). Fear of fog. Flex Mag. Accessed September 4, 2018.Available at http://www.fearofstuff.com/nature/fear-of-fog/
      • Homichlophobia (2007). Common-Phobias.com. Accessed August 4, 2018.Available at http://common-phobias.com/Homichlo/phobia.htm
      • Bados, A. (2005). Specific phobias. Faculty of Psychology, University of Barcelona. Accessed September 4, 2018.Available at http://diposit.ub.edu/dspace/bitstream/2445/360/1/113.pdf.

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