Fear Of Elevators

Dealing With A Fear Of Elevators

Almost everyone has a fear of or phobia about something, although a fear of elevators may seem to be a bit on the unusual side. It's probably safe to say however, that more people have a fear of elevators that one might think, in part because as phobias go, there are a number of things involved.

When we have a fear of the dark it's usually due to a fear of unseen things that may be lurking nearby, a fear of spiders is based on their being creepy-crawly things with fangs and venom, creatures that will come after you, though most of them would happily go in the other direction given half a chance.

Just why would people have a fear of elevators? Elevators, when you look at them, seem perfectly harmless, a mode of transportation that is probably safer than the automobile. If you have a fear of elevators however, you don't think of yourself being transported, usually quite efficiently, from one place to another. You imagine being in a tight enclosed space, with a low ceiling, crowded with people, not all of whom may have your best interest in mind, traveling at high speed to a height you would rather not go to, or plummeting at a high speed, to a place where you will feel safe, if the elevator can stop in time.

Many Fears Can Be Involved - A fear of elevators then can take many forms, a fear of being trapped or stuck, a fear of being in cramped quarters, a fear of crowds, a fear of height, or a fear of falling, a fear of darkness should the lights go out, or maybe all of the above. Just having one of these phobias could be enough to keep one from entering an elevator. Imagine the feelings of someone who works or lives in a high rise building, and who has one or more of these phobias. The stairs may be an option when one is talking about 3 or 4 floors, but not when one is talking 70. Walking up and down 70 flights of stairs every day could be good for you, or could cause a heart attack if you're not in the best of shape.

One Floor At A Time - There are ways to treat this somewhat complicated phobia, and they can be are well worth trying when taking the stairs simply isn't an option. As is the case with most phobias, treatment often lies in confronting the problem, sometimes with professional help, or involves therapy directed towards trying to uncover the source of your fears. Once a person understands why he or she fears something, and that the reasons for the fear are at least somewhat groundless, the fear is often diminished or disappears completely. Rather than consult with a psychiatrist about your fear of elevators, not a bad idea but possibly an expensive one, it may be just as helpful to confront the problem, one floor at a time.

Taking an elevator up and down one floor at a time may look a little funny at a distance, You might be accused of being lazy, or ironically, accused of being in love with taking the elevator! Why else would one, who is apparently in good health, repeatedly take the elevator up and down for just one floor?

Eventually however, you'll progress to two floors at a time, then three, and so on. Before long, you'll be a frequent flier. Your fear of elevators may not go away completely, and there are bound to be a few relapses, like the time the power actually does go out for 5 minutes while you're in the elevator, and you find yourself trapped with a group of people who are on a garlic eating binge. But as with most things, persistence and perseverance will eventually pay off.