Sedatephobia ?

Have you heard the term sedatephobia ? This is an intense fear of SILENCE , and comes from the Greek word ‘sedate’, meaning silence.

Technological developments have created a noisy and visually stimulating world, in which an increasing number of people are developing a fear of silence. Counsellors are treating more people for this fear, which was fairly rare until the arrival of television.

Sedatephobia can have its roots in some sort of childhood trauma, especially that which involved isolation. Some individuals have become so accustomed to constant media stimulation, that they become afraid of being alone with their own thoughts.

If one has a guilty conscience, for some reason, this discomfort grows in silence. God can choose silence to reveal to us areas of our lives where we need his healing and forgiveness.

It is very quiet here, at the edge of North America.

My husband has a television, but I prefer to connect to the world through WordPress.

The beauty of living in such a quiet spot is that it is easy to listen for God’s still, quiet voice when he speaks to us. God longs to comfort and heal us.

Pictured is our window after a major storm.

58 thoughts on “Sedatephobia ?

  1. Wow, this is really hard to relate to! It’s like a kind of sick joke (coming from somebody with misophonia), haha!

    Oh my god, I am completely the opposite of sedatephobia. I LONG to live in a peaceful place, I’ve never experienced it. Silence always relaxes me, it’s so comforting!

    Thanks for this interesting post.

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      1. ESPECIALLY silverware rattling! πŸ˜¨πŸ˜†.

        That sounds very peaceful indeed! I think I may eventually live by the sea somewhere if I get the chance :).

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      2. Sounds like the research paid off πŸ˜„. It’s very comforting to think of another noise-hater managing to find the peaceful environment they need πŸ™‚.

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      3. Thanks, Robin. It is relaxing. I find artificial light difficult too, especially fluorescent light. We have large windows to let natural light in. So I am a noise-hater and artificial -light hater, and scratchy fabrics bother me too.
        Thanks for commenting. πŸ€—

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      4. Oh man, those are all such typical autism/hypersensitivity issues!

        I too have the same thing with light, not as bad as others. But absolutely with fabrics! I am SUCH an itchy person and it can create such irritation!! Everything I have is 100% cottonβ€” bedding and clothes πŸ™‚. πŸ’™

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      5. Yeah, me too! I’ve seen this one mentioned a lot of times and I never really have an issue with itβ€” but I’ve just realised it’s because all my clothes don’t have annoying labels to begin with! The few times they have, I’ve always cut them off :D.

        I also wear pyjama long-sleeve t shirts as normal tops, and they’re softer :D. I love Marks and Spencer, they really take all of this into account with their cotton clothes 😁. I found some good stylish plain ones :).

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  2. My most peaceful and enjoyable summer was when I taught English for a university in a small town in the mountains in Brazil. Everything closed by 8pm except restaurants. It was quiet and relaxing.

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  3. I never hear of sedatophobia before. Although I do not live in a very quiet spot ( city life) I do love silence and enjoy time when it is quiet. I do not enjoy too much noise. I had a colleague who used to just have the TV on all the time during the day when she was home as she just liked the noise. When I went over to her place once I could not manage to have that constant noise and felt relieved to leave.

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    1. Hi ! It is nice to have silence and quiet because they calm the nervous system. But the cultural pleasures and conveniences of city life are invigorating too. I look at the weather app. on my phone and enjoy seeing the amount of sunshine you have where you live. Thanks for commenting. πŸ€—

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  4. I don’t think I can blend that one into my vocabulary but if I am ever on Jeopardy, I will wow them. Silence is probably under appreciated. There are few people I am comfortable in silence, they are my closest family. I find I love the sounds of wind and cool air, and when I am outside I never listen to music. I think when I am alone walking and away from the distractions of indoors, is when I think and listen best to that silent voice.

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  5. I have never heard the word before either. But like you I love silence. So many people can’t pray unless they have worship music cranked up to the highest volume. That just makes me feel as though my brain is being scrambled and I can’t concentrate on anything. Sometimes I feel like screaming. So at church prayer meetings, I go to the nursery (no babies on Wednesday nights) and sit in relative silence to pray. I have often watched people walking down the street with some gadget or another plugged into their ears if they aren’t using their phones, and I think they must not be able to stand their own thoughts. I don’t have a cell phone or any of those other gadgets and my computer is a desktop, so it can’t go with me when I go out. Suits me fine. I do have a TV, but no cable, so only use it for DVDs when I feel like watching something. Then I keep the volume quite low.

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  6. Good morning Sally,
    A really interesting post and an absolute truth in the modern world although it is a word that I have never come across, people are I feel becoming more anxious about many things but silence is definitely one of them worth mentioning.
    After my Grandfather passed away I spent a great deal of time on my own and I used to enjoy going to the park and sitting on the swings, the sense and feelings of freedom that I had I have hardly ever been able to recapture.
    Silence is a wonderful thing if we use it for the right reasons and contemplation can be therapeutic.
    I hope that you have a wonderful and blessed start to the week.
    I am very much reminded of the verse ” Be still and know that I am God”, I really do love this verse for both its simplicity and powerful message and my life has been greatly blessed because of my knowledge of God.

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  7. β™‘ Goddess prefers Conversation EveryOne; it’s Crystal Clear Clarity that “God” prefers “TV” “silence” to Productive Chats with His Wife

    …β™‘β™‘β™‘…

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  8. Hi Diane – Thank you for your insights. I really agree with you that people who are constantly distracting themselves, especially with gadgets plugged into their ears, can’t stand their own thoughts. There are, unfortunately, many people who feel this way.
    One of the greatest blessings that we could ever receive is to be comfortable with our own thoughts, in silence.
    God is always desiring to speak with us, and to encourage us into closer relationship with him.
    In silence and stillness we can truly say to God : “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening”. πŸ€—

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  9. We lived in a very lively area and when we moved to our new house, it was too quiet and we got uncomfortable. We’re used to hearing human voices in the evenings. Nevertheless, we got used to it. Silence is an important and wonderful gift of God that we hardly appreciate.

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  10. Sally, this was really interesting. I didn’t know about this, but I get it. Yes, this generation since TV, the internet, social media, smart phones, etc. seems to thrive on constant noise, which I believe is of the devil, because he wants us continually distracted and to have our minds consumed with the noise of this world so that we don’t listen to God. I love the silence, on the other hand. Our home is quiet most of the time, but then we don’t have small children unless our grandchildren are over for a visit, and we gave up our TV 12 years ago. We do love music, on the other hand, and we do love to play the hymns. But, most of our days are pretty quiet, which I need for hearing from God so that I can write what he gives me to write each day.

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  11. Interesting to know. Sometimes silence kills and sometimes it let you connect with yourself. I love peace and divine silence. Thank you for posting. Lovely blog! πŸ™‚

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  12. I don’t think I have this condition but yeah. I keep the TV on when I sleep a lot of times. I guess I don’t want to be alone with my thoughts. I can put some goofy show on and laugh myself to sleep but I know it isn’t good in the long run. I’m definitely a modern man. Haha. Great post!

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  13. I feel sorry for anyone who is afraid of silence. That is so sad. It’s when things are mostly “silent” that we hear the quiet things like, wind chimes, birds, wind, etc. Then, we notice with our eyes the beauty of God’s creation. Blessings, Sally!

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  14. I was watching a video about an Orthodox monastery. The abbot was talking about how the most difficult thing for the novices to deal with is the total silence all around. It’s not just the lack of background noise (could I please walk into a waiting room without a t.v. blaring?) it is also that lack of any noise from traffic, from people walking by, etc.The monastery is in a remote location and the quiet drives away many novices.

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    1. Hi Melissa ! That is really interesting ! πŸ€—
      I went to Assisi, Italy, and stayed with a group of pilgrims at a monastery which had been turned into a hotel.
      For some reason, I expected it to be nice and quiet in there, but the stones of the monastery magnified sound, and so, with all the pilgrims talking, it was noisy.
      I appreciate silence so much. Do you like silence too ?

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      1. I do like silence. I find the more I practice it the more I enjoy it and begin looking for ways to cut out more noise.

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  15. I love silence and always sought the opportunity to be alone. For that, I was always thought of as ‘different’. The difference, though, is that God had a chance to talk with me. And, for that, I am forever grateful . . .

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