nyctophobia


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nyctophobia

[‚nik·tə′fō·bē·ə]
(psychology)
An abnormal fear of night and darkness.
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Sugai stresses that when a child psychiatrist or psychologist encounters children with nyctophobia and other abnormal fears, one must also assess the family-'whether there are other family members, like parents or siblings, who are perpetuating fear in the home, such as an abusive parent or an older sibling.
It refers to fear of darkness, a fear that is sometimes known as nyctophobia (or fear of the night).
Some of her works include Paula, Lorraine, Shelly and Caroline (2010), a multi screened dance installation inspired by a research into physiological effects of trauma, and Darkness (2010), a live installation based on nyctophobia (abnormal fear of the dark).
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According to Bess and Nina, when fear of the dark reaches a degree that is severe enough to be considered pathological, it is called nyctophobia or achluophobia, one of the most common phobias in both children and young adults.