One may come across this word phobia which means extreme fear. Catagelophobia is something more renounced practically than theoretically. Catagelophobia means abnormal fear of getting ridiculed, publicly, personally or on certain occasions. We all have been through this, just bring into picture the first year of undergraduate degree college where you had to face a tough time with being ragged or bullied by seniors. This is so factual and happening in our day to day life.
This phobia is traced to root from childhood, where the kid grows in an environment that is bereft of any affection or love, and the child develops a low self-esteem. Gradually these incidences stack up as a lasting memory that begrudges hatred towards the people or situation. Every circumstance similar to the past seems to lead you into more fear and this turns into an interminable cycle with no solution. The only way to overcome this and breach the cycle of fear is to deal with it.
Bible says in Proverbs 1:33 “But all who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm.” God wants us to know that His perfect love can cast away all fears 1 John 4:18 ” Such love has no fear because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.” If you believe you can get over this fear, worry less and trust yourself first and submit the rest to God.
Dr Mr and Mrs Wesley