Hi. It’s Jenny at AnxietyBoss.com. Our question today is from Amy in San Carlos, California. The idea of infinity scares me beyond belief. Is this normal?
The fear of infinity is called apeirophobia. In short, the fear of affinity is the anxiety that’s experienced when coming to terms with the possibility of endlessness. Whether this fear pertains to a never-ending existence, an endless universe, or even a bottomless pit, this feeling stems from the anxiety over what ifs or the belief that one is insignificant.
This fear may also stem from the fear of the unknown which may also be linked to the fear of death. People with apeirophobia often find that the concept of space and the study of astronomy cause an intense fear of even a panic attack.
Other symptoms of apeirophobia may be a constant feeling of inevitable doom or a feeling of disconnection from reality; moreover, this fear may be due to personal life conflictions such as feelings of lack of control and lack of self-trust.
However, if this fear becomes so intense that it begins to interfere with your day-to-day activities, then you may find that speaking to a doctor will serve as very helpful in overcoming your phobia.