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Defeating Phobia of Being Watched in Various Conditions

phobia of being watched

Have you ever felt a phobia of being watched? There are many phobias that people fear from different types of phobias.

Scopophobia is an excessive fear of being watched. People with scopophobia find social interaction extremely stressful because they think people are judging them.

Some people who are involved in scopophobia avoid socializing altogether, this can prevent them from enjoying their life activities or impacting their work or social life.

Exposure therapy and CBT can help people manage their stress and participate fully in social situations.

Fear of being watched by a duck:

If you are afraid that the duck is watching you then this is Anatidaephobia.

Anatidaephobia is the irrational fear of somewhere, the duck or goose is watching you. People who experience this phobia may not worry that the duck will attack them. Instead, their fear is centered around the idea that the duck is watching them, constantly.

Also by inanimate objects:

Pediophobia is the fear of inanimate objects that appear human and objects may include doll-like figurines, mannequins, wax figures, or ventriloquist dummies. It is a type of specific phobia, and symptoms include panic attacks, difficulty sleeping, when in the presence of dolls or doll-like objects

Sometimes this can be the result of being watched way too much when you were way too young. Because when you are younger, people pay more attention to you.

Fear of being watched by cameras:

The intense fear of being watched is characterized as Scopophobia or camera phobia. But even if you are not excessively afraid of cameras, according to the Harvard Business Review, humans are hardwired to kick into fight-or-flight mode when they are being watched.

Some people are afraid of cameras because they do not like to appear in front of cameras.

Fear of being watched through windows at night:

Scopophobia or Ophthalmophobia is an anxiety disorder characterized by a morbid fear of being seen in public and stared at by others. This fear is also categorized as a fear of being watched through a window. However, you have probably never caught someone in the act of staring at you through the window. Imagination can also cause such fear.

By a chicken?

Alektorophobia is the term for the phobia of chicken. Like other phobias, people may not worry that a chicken is an attack on them, they just feel shame, fear,  etc. Alketorophobia is an instance, of uncontrolled fear of chickens. People with Alketorophobia have excessive fear around the hen or roosters.

Even While eating:

Deipnophobia is categorized as a phobia but is also a form of social anxiety disorder which is the fear of being stared while eating. 

The condition can be difficult and it is not easy to deal with it every day, the choice you have, the decision you make.


If you have an anxiety disorder like scopophobia, there are some symptoms of scopophobia, including:

  • Panic attack
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Dry mouth
  • Sweeting or shaking
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Restlessness
  • Excessive worry
  • Blushing

These are the most common symptoms. If these symptoms are found in you it is quite possible that you have such a fear. 


Cognitive therapy or expoure therapy may help you to overcome scopophobia and develop your coping skills. All the phobias which include fear of being watched can be treated with these two therapy methods. Keep in mind that these therapies can only help you to face your fear.

You will still feel afraid when exposed to these situations. 

Your doctor may prescribe the medication to deal with the symptoms. During the treatment of scopophobia, you can practice relaxation techniques or reach out to someone in your family or friends who can bring you some immediate relief.

Final Words:

It could be possible that you have scopophobia or things like this which makes you feel afraid when you realize that someone is watching you, Maybe a person, government, duck, or even a little chicken. 

It also could be possible that you are an introvert and the best thing to do at that time is to let your thinking away from yoru mind. Clean your mind from unnecessary thoughts and you will feel good and strong. 

Make sure to check out the psychology section of our sites for more information. 

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