Fear of Elevators, Is it Real?

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There’s not an official name for it, but elevator phobias are absolutely real. Where do these phobias come from? Is there a way for people to overcome their fears? Check it out!

Where Elevator Phobias Might Originate

It’s different for each person, but there are some common elevator phobia origins. They include the following.

  1. Agoraphobia – This is when someone fears being stuck somewhere that is nearly impossible to escape from. Individuals with agoraphobia could fear the elevator because it closes them in and they begin to panic that they won’t be able to get out again.
  2. Claustrophobia – This is when someone fears being in enclosed spaces. Elevators are typically small in size, making people feel tightly enclosed when they are in them.
  3. Previous Experiences – Whether someone had a previous experience with an actual elevator, or the enclosed space of the elevator makes him or her relive a past trauma, previous experiences could cause fear in someone when riding an elevator.
  4. Hollywood – Even though everyone understands a movie is just a movie, those that include frightening elevator scenes can tell the subconscious that elevators are scary, leading someone to avoid riding in them.

How to Overcome an Elevator Phobia

One of the best ways to overcome many phobias is to understand the thing or situation one is afraid of. Someone might speak with an elevator maintenance worker to learn how the elevator works, then observe it for a time or two before trying to take a ride. If you have tenants who have anxiety surrounding elevators, it may be helpful to call in your elevator maintenance company.

If the phobia is quite extreme, a psychologist may be able to provide more insight on getting over a fear of elevators. If someone lives or works somewhere that an elevator is necessary on a regular basis, this might be a great option.

Learning More

As a property manager, you want to keep your tenants happy. Gaining a deeper understanding of the ups and downs of elevators will allow you to answer their questions and alleviate some of their stress. If you are interested in learning more about how elevators work or how to stay safe, contact the professionals at Southern Elevator. Call 336-436-9174 or email us today!

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