Rain: what is it and how to experience pleasure in the rain

In colloquial language, it is known as pluviofilia to love the rain. It is not a specialized term, that is, it does not refer to a formal clinical category; however, it has been commonly used to describe a range of interests and hobbies related to rain.

What is rainfall? In this article we will see.

    What is the rain?

    In ancient Greek, the word “philos” means “love” and the suffix “ia” means “quality”. For this reason, “philia” (“philia” in Spanish) means the quality of the feeling of love for a given situation, object or practice. These are experiences contrary to phobias, in which an intense fear of specific situations prevails.

    For its part, “pluvio” comes from “pluvial” which means “from the rain or in relation to it”. Having said that, we can see that “rainfall” is love, tenderness or particular attraction for the rain and all that concerns it.

    It should be clarified that this is not a pathological behavior. In fact, there are still many types of “affiliates”, few of which have become specific diagnostic criteria (eg, paraphilias). For the majority, hobbies considered as pathological are diagnosed with the suffix “mania” (Like kleptomania); and not with that of “filia”.

    In this sense, the special and intense enjoyment of rain does not in itself pose a threat and does not require treatment. Does this mean that the rain cannot cause discomfort? Rush (like other Affiliates) may or may not be accompanied by diagnosable or non-diagnosable experiences of discomfort. It may even be accompanied by little flexibility, discomfort or a relaxed mood in situations where the weather is more uncomfortable (eg sunny). But in itself, the rain it is not a clinical picture and does not necessarily cause discomfort clinically significant.

      5 characteristics of precipitation

      Since it is a particular fondness for rain and everything that goes with it, the general characteristic of rain is the inclination for all circumstances that allows you to enjoy the rain sensorially. For example, through sight, touch or smell. It is based on the thought that rain is a beautiful and pleasant phenomenon, Contrary to what we often think.

      1. Window hobby

      Rain does not necessarily imply a particular interest in being in the rain. It can also be nice to watch it from a window. For example, people who assume they are pluvifilicas say that they like to watch the raindrops fall, or to count them and look for the one that falls first. In this way, staying near a window in rainy weather can be an important part for those who appreciate it intensely.

      2. Preference for cloudy skies

      Contrary to popular belief, some people’s mood is favorable or even improves with gray skies and cloudy weather. Simply put, it can cause more discomfort in hot, very sunny weather. In the rain the gray sky is perceived as a beautiful natural phenomenon and watching it is appreciated.

      3. Soaking taste

      Often people avoid getting wet in the rain. If we go out on a rainy day, we are prepared with umbrellas, raincoats, boots, a car, etc.

      Motivated by the risk of getting sick or getting dirty, or simply not wanting to get wet, we usually tend to worry when we see rain. This is not the case with precipitation. Far from avoiding it, the experience of being in the rain can convey a sense of freedom and security; even the possibility of cooling is still recognized. Feeling the body wet in the rain is pleasant in this case.

      4. Devotion to the sound of the rain

      The ear is another of the senses that can easily be stimulated by rain. In fact, even without the presence of rain, the sound of rain is generally pleasant, so it is often used for relaxation or concentration.

      There are several theories as to why the latter works. On the one hand, it may be because hearing the sound of the rain in the comfort of our home transmits us a sense of protection and protection. On the other hand, it may be because the intensity and variability of the sounds that make both drops and thunder fall are in themselves comfortable. In rain phobia, they may prefer these sounds to any other, and people may spend several hours listening to them.

      5. Enjoy the smell that remains after the rain

      Finally, the sense of smell also makes it possible to take advantage of the rainy moments. Or rather, the moments and smells that the rain leaves when it ends. The smell of the streets while it is raining and after it is raining can be very pleasant, comfortable and even refreshing. There are even perfumes that have tried to imitate in certain shades of the aroma of rain.

      Bibliographical references:

      • Trinitat, M. (2015). 7 signs that you are a pluviophile. Accessed July 26, 2018. Available at https://thoughtcatalog.com/mica-trinidad/2015/03/7-signs-youre-a-pluviophile/.

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