Laughing is healthy, drug free and again, do it! Another unique disease that not many people know, the fear of disease or gelotophobia laughing. People with gelotophobia not just embarrassed, laughing already transformed into a scary thing. Contradiction at all with the late artist Surip Mbah a very famous because of laughter.
Gelotophobia comes from the Greek word ''gelo'' meaning laughing and ''Phobos'' which means fear, so that ''gelotophobia'' has a meaning, too afraid to laugh or embarrassed laugh. Type of phobia was first discussed in Spain at the International Summer School and Symposium on Humor and Laughter. As for the theory, research and applications conducted by the University of Granada.
In a study published in Scientific Journal of Humor, researchers from the University of Zurich, Switzerland conducted a survey of people around 73 countries and found several people who do have a disease of shame or even fear of laughing.
"Someone might laugh for many reasons. But the people who have diseases or gelotophobia embarrassed laugh it scared the various responses and reactions that appear to the social environment when he laughed. He has a fear that too much to laugh," says Victor Rubio, a psychologist from the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain as quoted Health24.
Studies done by distributing questionnaires that disudah translated into 42 languages around the country. The questionnaire was then distributed to approximately 22,160 people to see if they gelotophobia disease.
According to the researchers, a person has symptoms gelotophobia different, including the fear of uncomfortable reaction from the neighborhood, afraid to give a joke and to avoid situations joke. The fear of the reaction makes it uncomfortable not confident, while those who are reluctant to spend a joke for fear of being considered funny by the surroundings.
A gelotophobia also afraid when others are laughing, that means they''re laughing at him. For that, they prefer to avoid situations that trigger the occurrence of laughter or in a way not to react when other people laugh, laughing.
Based on the results of the survey researchers, the phenomena and the disease proved gelotopgobia many experienced people in the countries Turkmenistan and Cambodia. They have a fear of reaction from the surrounding uncomfortable when they laugh. While the people in Iraq, Egypt and Jordan have a tendency to avoid situations laughing.
Meanwhile, a handful of people (8.5%) in Spain and Finland claimed afraid when others are laughing it means laughing at himself. But the researchers found more cases occurred in Thailand, which is nearly about 80 percent of people experiencing gelotophobia for fear of ridicule others.
Laughter is the right of every person, but when the laughter has become a disease, such rights be taken away. And laughter is one of the drug stress, where the laughter of hormones that trigger such oxcytocin pleasure, dopamine and serotonin systems will facilitate the flow in and make the body become relaxed.
Fear of laughter can only be cured with the courage from within himself, so beranikanlah himself to laugh, if it is laughable.