symptoms and characteristics of expectation phobia

Phobias are a type of anxiety-based psychological disturbance characterized by the generation of a state of extreme and irrational fear and loss of control over the body in the person who suffers from it. The trigger for this exacerbated fear can be objects, animals or everyday situations, as long as they do not represent an objective danger.

In each of its manifestations, phobias generate great discomfort in the person and gradually undermine their self-esteem, their personal autonomy and in general their physical and psychological health. However, it is not always easy for the person who suffers from a phobia to realize that he has developed such a psychopathology.

In case of macrophobia, or phobia of long waits, this line which separates the pathological, on the one hand, from the reasonable discomfort generated by a negative experience, on the other hand, is particularly blurred. We will therefore discuss in this article this phenomenon under its two aspects: the phobic disorder, and the tendency to feel bad if we do not make good use of the time and avoid waiting at all costs.

What is macrophobia?

The intense fear of long waits is known as macrophobia. This fear must be persistent, generalized, irrational and unjustified before any situation where the person has to wait longer or shorter.

It is a little known and yet little studied phobia, which is not surprising considering that there are a wide variety of phobias; and this is partly why it is difficult to tell the difference between a tendency to impatience, on the one hand, and macrophobia, on the other.

As a disorder, macrophobia can be caused by the experience of a traumatic event on the part of the person, who has helplessly experienced a very distressing or stressful event associated with the experience of having to wait. However, In general, phobias do not have a single cause and do not necessarily derive from a specific experience.being rather multicausal.

Symptoms and characteristics of macrophobia

These are the main characteristics of macrophobia, the symptoms associated with phobias in general (in most cases only the triggering situation varies).

1. Anxiety

Research conducted in this regard indicates that macrophobia it usually occurs in people who are anxious, insecure, or impatient.

This psychological profile is conducive to despair and eventually losing control in the face of an expectant situation in one’s daily life, at any time, in any place and in any circumstance.

2. Irrational fear

Like any other phobia that can be diagnosed as such, macrophobia is characterized by the generation of an irrational fear of waiting situations, that is, any time in life where one has to wait for a relatively long period of time.

This phobia can be triggered, for example, in a hospital waiting room; in any government building where one has to wait a turn or in any other situation of daily life in which a waiting situation occurs.

3. Ease of suffering other psychological effects

The majority of phobias end up generating a noticeable psychological affectation in the person who suffers from them and often they may develop not only one psychological disorder, but more than one, and these are interdependent and act together.

For example, if a person tends to be anxious on a daily basis and develops a case of macrophobia, they may also end up developing an addiction.

4. Physical damage

The psychological affectation mentioned above increases gradually over time, which can lead to physical problems of all kinds in the person who presents the macrophobia.

These physical alterations are linked to the intense fatigue that the person may end up feeling, with general fatigue, insomnia, headachessweating while expecting and a wide variety of physical symptoms that can be more or less severe.

5. Social impact

As also happens in most phobias, macrophobia is usually also linked to an alteration in the social life of the person, since his fear of being in waiting situations where there are also other people can make him change his social habits.

This is why it is so important contact a psychology professional when we feel that we can present this type of alteration, because with your help we will be able to overcome it successfully.

What to do with these symptoms?

To be diagnosed, macrophobia must present, like all phobias, a series of well-differentiated symptoms that indicate without fear of being mistaken that we are facing this type of disorder. This diagnosis can only be made by health professionals, and in any case the person is not diagnosed with the concept of “macrophobia” but with a specific phobia.

In the event that a person has symptoms that may be associated with an anxiety disorder, it is important to properly assess whether they are suffering from a case of macrophobia or if they are simply impatient (perhaps due to another psychopathology which is not part of the category of phobias). The good news is that phobic disorders respond very well to psychological therapyand with professional support it is possible to overcome them in a few months.

What does impatience have to do with it?

As we have seen, it is not easy to identify macrophobia; one could even say that there are certain social dynamics that lead us to experience expectations in a negative way, reinforcing impatience. In a society where many people feel guilty or distressed if they don’t invest every minute of their day wisely, psychologically managing an expectation can be quite a challenge.

Thus, there are several aspects that can cause us to feel anxiety if we have to wait, for example:

  • Tendency to procrastinate and leave tasks to the last minute
  • Excessive perfectionism applied to work
  • work addiction
  • Stress at work
  • Conciliation problems Tendency to compare our lives with others

Would you like to benefit from professional psychological help?

If you want to learn how to overcome psychological problems such as phobias or anxiety disorders in general, contact me.

My number is Ignacio Garcia Vicente and I am an expert psychologist in anxiety problems; I attend in person and online.

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