Fear of Stickers - PittakionophobiaHelp & Treatment

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The fear of stickers is a little-recognised phobia that affects countless numbers of people all over the world. Like all phobias, it is essentially an anxiety disorder.

Simply put, those with this particular phobia experience varying degrees of anxiety when faced with stickers or sticky labels—whether those stickers are attached to fruit such as apples, bananas or kiwis, on plastic items, household appliances or on clothing, it makes little difference.

This is a phobia that can make even the most courageous person shiver with fear.


Perhaps the main reason that this particular phobia is so little acknowledged is because people suffering from this irrational fear have often developed a sense of abnormality or shame, wrongly believing that only they have this particular issue.

Because of this, those who are afraid of stickers or of sticky labels often feel foolish, becoming reluctant to talk about it to others and so it remains largely hidden.

Indeed, in my clinical practice I have treated only a handful of people for this particular phobia. Most were clients who had been successfully treated for other conditions and who mentioned, almost in passing, that they also suffered from the fear of stickers. Once disclosed, however, it is a relatively simple procedure to effectively and permanently remove this phobia.

Now I don't have to be scared...

The real problem, of course, is that most of those suffering from the fear of stickers simply do not know that effective treatment is available.

Symptoms of a sticker phobia are similar to those of other phobias: increased heart rate, palpitations, dry mouth, shortness of breath and even feelings of dizziness or nausea when exposed to the rationally benign stimulus of stickers or sticky labels. This can happen in such places as shops and supermarkets, concerts, or anywhere else where there are stickers.

Pittakionophobia - Fear of Stickers

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So hidden is this phobia that when I began treating it, there appeared to be no commonly accepted name for the fear of stickers or of sticky labels. It simply did not appear on any phobia list.

Because of this, I coined a neologism—or new word—for this phobia, based on proper linguistic rules: Pittakionophobia.

The word 'phobia' comes from the Greek word meaning 'fear' and the rule is that any preffix attached to it should also be of Greek origin. (Though some phobia names contain preffixes derived from Latin, this is linguistically incorrect and has been brought about simply because the doctors who coined the name of the phobia were more familiar with Latin than they were with Greek!)

The value of having a correct name for the irrational fear of stickers and of sticky labels is that those suffering from this phobia may well find real relief in discovering that there is indeed a name for their secret fear and so may feel less abnormal and unique. Having a correct name for any condition that disturbs us is a major step forward in becoming empowered to seek proper treatment for it.

The name I offered was 'pittakionophobia'.

Initially, this may seem like a bit of a mouthful, but it really isn't. It is simply pronounced: pit-ak-ee-ono-phobia.

'Pittakion' is the Greek word for label or ticket (in Latin it's 'pittacium') and so, combined with 'phobia' 'pittakionophobia' is the irrational fear of stickers or of labels. Interestingly, since I coined the name, it has become part of our vocabulary, and I have been told that there is even a Facebook support group for this phobia!

Causes of PittakionophobiaWhere does It Come From?

The actual causes of pittakionophobia almost always lie in the individual's past.

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Because of some past experience, the individual's subconscious mind has linked the sight or thought of stickers or sticky labels with danger and anxiety.

Most often, this has happened in childhood or in the early years of adolescence, though in some cases it may have occurred later in life.

Such an experience may have happened directly, as a result of a traumatic experience involving a sticker - having one stuck to some part of the body, for example - or indirectly because of another person's negative experience that was witnessed by the person who would then develop the phobia.

Treatment of Sticker Phobia

The good news is that real and effective relief is available.

With advanced transformational hypnotherapy, it is possible to reach back and uncover the origin of this phobia.

Once this is accomplished, we can simply neutralize the incorrect belief that has been installed in the subconscious that stickers or sticky labels mean danger and that it needs to trigger anxiety.

In its place we can establish feelings of calm and relaxation when encountering or thinking about stickers or sticky labels, completely eliminating pittakionophobia.

The simple fact is that you were not born with this phobia and you do not have to continue to live your life around this fear.

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If you - or someone you care about - are afraid of stickers; if you suffer from the fear of stickers or are afraid of sticky labels then there really is something you can do about it.

Through the medium of correctly applied advanced hypnotherapy you truly can be liberated from the unnecessary fear of stickers or the fear of sticky labels - pittakionophobia - and stop being afraid of stickers for good.

You can say goodbye to your sticker phobia rapidly and easily—and you'll be enormously glad you did!



With over 30 years of hypnosis experience, Peter has an in-depth understanding of how to guide and help people reach and realise their own potential. Using a life-time of experience, together with advanced therapeutic skills, he can help you overcome fear of stickers once and for all.

Call Peter now on 0121 449 0659 or mobile 07910 245 159 and get the help you need to overcome your pittakionophobia. There is no need to be afaid or scared of stickers or sticky labels—end sticker phobia and enjoy your life.

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