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Bibliophobia is the fear or hatred of books. This phobia is usually confined to certain book themes, like about witchcraft. People with learning disabilities like dyslexia commonly suffer from this phobia. Unlike most phobias, bibliophobia is not an irrational fear. In some cases, this phobia is not directly connected to the fear of reading aloud in school or work.[1]


Like most phobias, bibliophobia is triggered by a past negative experience, like from early childhood. Some people with learning disabilities can have hard time reading books, ever aloud or silently, triggering fear of reading.[2]

An example of the other cause of this phobia is reading about evil or frightening stuff, such as witchcraft.


People who is bibliophobic would often be very difficult or unable to read books. When forced to read may make sufferers cry or even panic. Symptoms of bibliophobia include confusion, sweating, shaking, rapid breathing, rapid heartrate, and unable to think straight.[2]


A traditional method of treatment by mental health professionals is identifying the causes of the phobia, and then patient and doctor will work together to cope with fear by first reading in the office, and then alone at home.

For those who suffer panic, bibliophobia can be treated using panic away method, which is used to calm the unconscious mind.[3]

Desensitization therapy is another effective treatment method of bibliophobia. This involves gradually gluing them to books, helping to overcome fear by increasing confidence about books.[2]

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  1. ^ "Bibliophobia- Fear of books". Phobia Source. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Bibliophobia – Fear of Books, Causes, Symptoms & Treatment". Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Bibliophobia Treatment - Overcoming the Fear of Books Phobia". Stop Anxiety And Panic Attacks Retrieved 2 July 2014.