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'''Spectrophobia''' (derived from [[Latin]]: ''spectrum'', n. specio, an appearance, form, image of a thing; an apparition, spectre) or '''catoptrophobia''' (from Greek κάτοπτρον ''kátoptron'', "mirror") is a kind of [[specific phobia]] involving an abnormal and persistent fear of [[mirror]]s, sometimesand relatedan anxiety about seeing one's own face reflected inthem.<ref>{{cite book |last1=Ferenczi |first1=Sandor |title=Further Contributions to the fearTheory and Technique of [[ghosts]]Psycho-Analysis or|date=1994 the|publisher=Karnac undead.Books This|isbn=9781855750869 phobia|url=https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=EN-eCP-fgO0C&pg=PA365&dq=%22spectrophobia+%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi6_sWkq6XkAhWKa8AKHSZyBcUQ6AEIRDAE#v=onepage&q=%22spectrophobia%20%22&f=false is|accessdate=28 distinctAugust from2019 eisoptrophobia,|language=en}}</ref> whichIt is thesometimes [[Fearrelated processing into the brain|fear]] of one's[[ghosts]] ownor reflectionthe undead.{{cn|date=August 2019}}
 
This phobia is distinct from eisoptrophobia, which is the [[Fear processing in the brain|fear]] of one's own reflection.
==Causes==
Generally, an individual that deals with spectrophobia has been traumatized in an event where they believe they have seen or heard apparitions or ghosts. The individual could also become traumatized by horror films, television shows, or by nightmares. This fear could be the result of a trauma involving mirrors. It could also be the result of the person's superstitious fear of being watched through the mirror.
 
Sufferers of spectrophobia can fear the breaking of a mirror bringing extreme bad luck.{{cn|date=August 2019}} They can fear the thought of something frightening jumping out of the mirror or seeing something disturbing inside of it next to their own reflection when looking directly at it.{{cn|date=August 2019}} Others fear that it is a link to the preternatural world or a gateway into another world, and may fear being pulled into the mirror by some preternatural force.{{cn|date=August 2019}} Some also fear their own reflection in the darkness, as it can appear distorted in strange ways or their reflection may frighten them.{{cn|date=August Some people may also fear being pulled into the mirror by some preternatural force.2019}}
===Fear===
Sufferers of spectrophobia can fear the breaking of a mirror bringing extreme bad luck. They can fear the thought of something frightening jumping out of the mirror or seeing something disturbing inside of it next to their own reflection when looking directly at it. Others fear that it is a link to the preternatural world or a gateway into another world. Some also fear their own reflection in the darkness, as it can appear distorted in strange ways or their reflection may frighten them. Some people may also fear being pulled into the mirror by some preternatural force.
 
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