Bibliophobia – Fear of Books

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Bibliophobia is an irrational and persistent fear or hatred associated with books.  This Symptoms of Bibliophobiaphobia can be associated with learning disabilities, or an inbuilt extreme dislike for schools.



Bad experiences with books & difficulty in reading out aloud in front of a class often act as triggers for bibliophobia.

School going children may prefer sitting at back benches of a classroom or even bunk classes.

Bibliophobia causes problems while in school, in social life and also at work. It can limit the number of opportunities available and can become life limiting.

Know Bibliophobia Causes

A traumatic event or a painful experience in the past, especially in childhood, can lead to cause this phobia. Books on witchcraft that appear evil and scary to a phobic can also cause this phobia.

Besides this, a number of conditions experienced as a child tend to create bibliophobia. These can include undiagnosed learning disabilities such as dyslexia causing fear of silent or loud reading.

Masked illiteracy may possibly make one convey an intense aversion to reading, where an inability to read may surface before others.

More than the discovery about one’s illiteracy, the humility associated with being not literate can all the more make such people fear or hate books.


Identify Bibliophobia Symptoms

A person who is bibliophobic may find it very difficult and discomforting when required or compelled to read. It may be a fear about the story or simply the task of reading from the book.

Some of the bibliophobia symptoms
  • Profuse sweating
  • Panic
  • Confusion
  • Unable to think clearly
  • Rapid breathing
  • Fast heart rate
  • Most with bibliophobia, if requested to read aloud, are often unable to. They may even express intense emotion such as crying. Additionally, people with this phobia may try to persuade others to read any essential information.
Bibliophobia Treatment

An effective treatment for this phobia resides in desensitization therapy. People with fear of books are exposed briefly & in a gradual fashion, to books. This method helps them overcome their fear.

With such ongoing bibliophobia treatment, the patient gathers enough confidence to touch books, view book images & ultimately, handle books. This is accomplished at a comfortable pace that suits the affected person.

Finally, the patient demonstrates good level of comfort reading books (in a normal pattern) and slowly overcomes the fear.
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