There are many kinds of seemingly irrational fears and phobias prevalent in the world. What might be laughing matter to people, is not so to a phobic. Anatidaephobia is one such phobia. A person suffering from this condition feels that somewhere in the world, a duck or a goose is watching him/her (not attacking or touching, simply watching the individual).
The word Anatidaephobia is derived from Greek word ‘Anatidae’ which means ducks, geese or other water fowls, and phobos is Greek for dread/fear.
The fear of ducks phobia can be a debilitating anxiety condition, wherein, no matter what one is doing or where s/he is in the world, they feel the constant presence of a duck or goose.
Causes of Anatidaephobia
Anatidaephobia or the fear of ducks might have sprung due to a negative or traumatic incident related to ducks or geese. Such birds are known to have violent tendencies and are often known to attack people without any provocation. Often, they swoop down to steal food or simply take a nip.
A child might have directly or indirectly experienced such an episode. S/he might have experienced the flapping sound made by the bird’s large wings. This then causes it to feel vulnerable or fearful around ducks. Most cases of childhood phobias get resolved over time. However, in few cases, they persist into adulthood.
Symptoms of fear of ducks phobia
While normal people might smile or laugh at the thought of being scared by a duck, to an Anatidaephobic, this fear is persistent and weighs constantly on the mind. Sometimes, the phobia is so extreme that it might even affect one’s day to day life. S/he might refuse to leave the home on account of encountering a duck.
Physical symptoms of fear of ducks phobia include:
- Trembling or shaking
- Dry mouth, difficulty swallowing or feeling like choking
- Paralyzing fear that causes the phobic to stay rooted or frozen.
- Alternatively, one tries to scream, or flee.
- Some phobics fear they will lose control totally: fainting, dizziness, crying or embarrassing oneself etc
- Chest pains, gastrointestinal distress are other signs of this phobia
Thoughts of death, dying, feeling like being trapped are other psychological symptoms of this phobia.
Thus, the fear of ducks phobia can take over one’s life completely as one refuses to leave their home on account of encountering a duck. They may go to great lengths to avoid traveling to areas that are known to have geese or ducks.
Diagnosing and overcoming Anatidaephobia
In majority of the cases, people suffering from Anatidaephobia self diagnose their condition and are aware that their fear is irrational. Still they are unable to control it. Many refuse to approach a doctor as a result of which their phobia might persist for years.
It is important to talk to your primary health care provider particularly if the aforementioned anxiety symptoms are interfering with your day-to-day life. Your doctor can then recommend a mental health professional or one of the following therapies that are known to be highly effective in treating and overcoming the fear of ducks phobia for good.
- NLP or Neuro Linguistic programming – This therapy is based on the principle that most phobias are ‘learnt or programmed behavior’ of the brain. NLP seeks to re-program the mind to completely to eliminate the fear once and for all.
- Hypnotherapy- This is another proven and safe therapy that delves deep into the Anatidaephobic’s mind to determine the root cause of phobia.
- Other self help therapies- Therapists also encourage phobics to practice mind body techniques like meditation, deep breathing, and writing down positive thoughts to rationalize negative ones to overcome the fear of ducks.
It is important that family and friends support the individual instead of teasing/laughing at them or doing other things to entice their Anatidaephobia.
I just read comments about these creepy ducks. My friend might have a phobia of ducks but I like them in a killer way.
Urt Mally says
Over 20 years ago we were celebrating a friend’s birthday and one of us purchased a duck birthday balloon for him. We spent the evening making fun of the balloon, and my one friend kept yelling “shut up, duck.” It became our inside joke and we cherished that evening even after years past and the duck balloon was ultimately lost. However this past year the four of us have collectively been getting horrible senses that a duck, similar to the one on that balloon, is now always watching us. We are now in constant contact via a group text, despite two of us living in NJ, one in LA, and one in Las Vegas. We are irrationally convinced we angered the balloon duck and now must pay the price, and are planning a reunion so maybe we can heal. I’ve heard of this phobia, but for the four of us to be stricken by it is perplexing.
For me, it’s not ducks, but specifically geese. They’re the devil’s creation, I tell you.
Amen and amen! I hate those birds!
I watched this disease tear apart my mom while I was growing up. It’s horrible to see someone you love so controlled, so fearful and anxiety stricken over the simple idea that a duck is looking at her. Mind you, the duck doesn’t have to be in her line of sight. It could be simply out there, somewhere – looking at her. Damn duck. I love you mom.
I have a psycho duck. Every day the duck attacks my doggies and steal their food! But since they are old but wise, they manage to draw our attention. I think this duck has a history with the color red. She hates everything of that color! Initially, it’s name was Quack-Quack but with time it changed to Mogambo.
After playing the horror game “Anatidaephobia”, I got Anatidaephobia. When I sleep at night, I always feel that the red light-spot somewhere is Hell Duck’s eyes.
Dave harmer says
When I was young, I was walking home from work. Every day, I pass a duck farm owned by a creepy old man. I rounded the corner and a duck came out of fricking nowhere. It waddled up to me and with its mighty beak, pounced on me with the force of a lion on crack. I’ll never forget that day. But it doesn’t stop there! I had fears of that duck for about a week, but I soon got over it. One night, a couple of weeks after the incident, I was getting ready for bed. I had just gotten under the covers when it heard it. A pecking sound at the window. I slowly turn my head to look at where the sound was coming from. I gasped in horror as I stared face to face with Satan himself. The duck came back to haunt me! I screamed at the top of my lungs, but I was paralyzed with fear. The duck stared at me for what felt like years. I feel like he could see into my soul. And then everything went black. I woke up in the morning, and I automatically looked at the window. The duck wasn’t there. For the next few weeks, I had horrible nightmares about that duck. I even started waking up screaming and in cold sweats. I lost my job because I couldn’t concentrate. I couldn’t take it anymore, so I moved away from that town. I was doing fine in my new house, and I thought it was really over. But exactly one year after the terrifying experience, it happened again. The duck came back. I was walking home from my new job, and I rounded the corner. I stopped in my tracks and stood face to face with the same duck. This time I came prepared. I started carrying a gun, so I did the only thing I really thought would solve the problem. I shot the damn duck’s brains out. I went home satisfied, and no duck had ever bothered me again. And now I have a really cool stuffed duck sitting above my fireplace. Moral of the story: you have a problem you can’t solve? Shoot its brains out.
Why is this so well written.
I’ve only seen one when I was little and it did not attack at all. And it was at one of my school field trips.
On Top says
So, if this actual phobia encompasses you, you should try eating some duck. Just have a few duck meals over the course of a month and you’ll realize that we, humans, do the killing. So if there should be anyone with a phobia, it should be ducks.
The problem is that ducks don’t taste good.
What?! It’s the most delicious fowl!
Geese are terrible creatures. I was minding my own business as a small child and one bit me on the butt. Now I have actual panic attacks when I even hear them honk.
It’s been years since I’ve seen one, but do they have teeth? I forgot. Also I think I scared it away a little bit because it was at the end of the day.
They do not have teeth, that are swans and geese. If you have a fear of ducks, you should have a fear of swans and geese too.
Ducks are really scary to me because when i was a kid a duck attacked me and i have 4 stitches on my head.
it’s funny seeing other people comment about the evil features of a duck (beady eyes etc.)
hey i have that fear
Zeus LaVa says
don’t we all
I’m rationally – irrationally afraid of geese because I’m afraid of going by one as it might attack me, but I’ve never been attacked. I’m also scared of peacocks, but not peafowl. Just stay away from the nest, and the peafowl has no care in the world. Still geese they give me the heebie jeebies.
Guest with a quest says
I was attacked by a goose when I was a kid, but I thought it was entertaining. It was like being attacked by a toothless declawed cat. I can however see the trauma if you’re a very little kid. I like this word tho and will be using on friends and coworkers. Like; I can’t go (wherever) alone because…. I foresee much entertainment in this :)
Detoothing and declawing of cats is super inhumane.
Far Sider says
I see what you did there…
i love ducks why are you afraid of ’em? they’re flipping cute
joe mcivor (@joemcivor2) says
being afraid of something isn’t the same as having a phobia about it .Phobias are irrational as the sufferer usually knows too well..The stuff about possibly being bitten by a duck in childhood as a rational explanation for what is an irrational response is not helpful .
Imagine this : your half asleep and delusional you have a white blanket on the box by your bed . The room is pitch dark, and did I mention your delusional? The blanket resembles a duck curled up , and some how this is what you see: a duck opens the door and waddles in , so innocent and cute, the fact that ducks are somewhat violent is in the back of your mind. The ducklays on. You box and curls up one eye open , watching you since you are delusional and half asleep ,you get the idea that this duck is the devil and will kill you in your sleep
paul ernst says
I have an irrational love of ducks. I have never owned one.
a person says
I agree with you, comrade.
Don Hernan says
Somewhere in the distance a duck quacks
Is awesome says
It’s a duck. DUCK!! Hahaha, get it? But they arn’t everywhere. Not in my house. Only in lakes. My tip: Stay away from lakes and ponds.
Is awesome says
I’m doing this for public speaking. Thanx a lot for the website!
This phobia contains me. At night I lay paralyzed in bed for the fear that somewhere, somehow, a duck is watching me. I can still see their beady eyes through my 3 layers of blinds and my thick black wool curtains. They’re in my closet, in my bed, walking on my ceiling and in my head. They are everywhere there is no escaping.
Is awesome says
No they aren’t, but I understand.
Guest with a quest says
Thanks Anna, loved it!
irrelivent person101 says
a kid on my bus saw this post and now says that everyone needs our lord and savior Anna… help him
Georgeous Goldilocks says
Those bloodthirsty beasts, also known as.. Ducks…
i know right, never trust a duck. (aka i got that reference ;) )
Oh, you know, the usual–demons I might kill, runes I need to learn, people who’ve annoyed me recently, people who’ve annoyed me not so recently, ducks.
WELCOME MY FELLOW NEPHILIM
I love this so much. Ducks are bloodthirsty little beasts, eating mallard pie.
Liliana Kemna says
I went through all of the comments making sure that someone made this reference.
They scare me so much that whenever I get the chance I grab a shotgun and shoot a pile of them. Then I cook them up and eat them. Makes me feel much better!
Elisabeth Hornfeck says
This helped me. I’m terrified of ducks and every time I see one I run away. I thought I was the only one with this unusual phobia but now I’m really glad to hear I’m not alone!
You’re right, we are never alone. The Ducks are always there. Always watching. No amount of coverage over your windows will help. Somehow, they are watching.
Jimothey Fransisco says
scary!!! When I see a duck i run and lock all my doors. But what if it gets in. Glad Im not alone
I have that major phobia. Stupid ducks.
I sincerely apologize for anyone that has this horrible disease. You are in my prayers.