Cryophobia might appear more obvious once you consider the root of this particular phobia. When you look at the prefix “cryo" you might immediately know that this old Greek word refers to low temperature, icy cold, frost, and freezing. Perhaps you've heard of celebrities who have stipulated that their bodies be cryogenically frozen after death in case scientists of the future figure out a way to regenerate life and cure what it is that killed the individual.
It is doubtful that someone with cryophobia would choose a postmortem plan like that since they have such an intense aversion to frigid temperatures. By its very definition, the irrational fear in this particular phobia is directed toward extreme cold, frost, or ice. Someone with it will go to almost any lengths to avoid such conditions. It’s somewhat similar to Frigophobia, which is the fear of being or becoming too cold.
The difference seems to be that cryophobia refers more to extreme cold, ice, or frost rather than just the fear of becoming too cold or encountering cold objects which frigophobics suffer from. Just think of cryophobia as pertaining more to extremely low temperatures where ice, snow, and frost are likely to involved. But either way, it is cold temperatures that are at the root of both phobias. If you do have to be in extremely cold weather, it really helps to know how to dress using the layering system for severely cold weather.
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