Kinetophobia – Fear of Movement

Kinetophobia is the Fear of Movement and, like all other fears and phobias, can be a cause of significant anxiety and stress for those who suffer from it.

The fear of Movement could be the result of childhood adversity but is more likely to be a learned behaviour as the result of a parent or care-giver having the fear themselves and ‘passing it down’.

The unique meanings that people attribute to early life experiences depends on a whole range of psychological, socio-economic and cultural beliefs each influencing the types of coping strategies that people end up using.

There is no scientific evidence that Kinetophobia is the result of any kind of biological fault or chemical imbalance in spite of the traction that these biomedical models of mental illness are given in the media.

On the contrary, Kinetophobia is much more likely to be the result of the sufferers subjective evaluation (meaning-making) of what happened to them and is therefore a psychosocial phenomenon.

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Kinetophobia Symptoms & Behaviours

The symptoms of Kinetophobia are very similar to other specific phobias and often include the following feelings or behaviours:

Within the Power Threat Meaning Framework, the symptoms of Kinetophobia may be better thought of as threat responses and coping strategies that sufferers adopt in order to cope with the immediate problem.

Unfortunately, when faced with threats such as the Fear of Movement, not everybody adopts threat responses that are ‘adaptive’ to the situation and may frequently choose approaches that end up being more harmful to mental and physical health in the longer term.

Despite this obvious paradox, it is important to recognise that nobody deliberately chooses ‘maladaptive’ coping mechanisms that result in more harm than good.

The reason for this is that at some level, the choice of threat response made complete sense (was coherent) at the time the threat was originally experienced which may have been in childhood at a time when less personal resources were available.

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The CORE CBT Programme for Kinetophobia

The CORE CBT Programme was devised and written by Paul in 2020 and combines all the best elements of CBT with additional knowledge drawn from research in Personal Construct Theory, Attribution Theory, Self-Determination Theory and Social Constructivism.

It is particularly well-suited to anxiety related problems such as Kinetophobia due to the prevalence of cognitive ideation in the creation of phobic responses.

It is a 10 module course normally taken over a 10 week period with weekly hour long counselling sessions (either face-to-face or using Zoom), but can also be followed as a ‘teach yourself’ course for those with more manageable levels of anxiety.

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Want To Find Out More?

If you’d like to find out more about overcoming or recovering from Kinetophobia or the Fear of Movement then why not arrange a free initial consultation with us.

During this consultation we will discuss your particular problems and the potential solutions in a safe and confidential environment without you having to commit to any counselling programmes or sessions going forward.

It is our view that not only do you need to decide whether the Lee Psychology approach suits who you are and what you have been through, but also whether or not you feel you will be able to work effectively with us as individuals.

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Hypnotherapist Joan Lee D. Hyp. MIAEBP

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