Do you ever wonder why many people afraid of the basement?
The Arabic word of the basement is the Serdab, and it means the place where secrets of the unseen creature.
1.) Basements are dark
We are afraid of the dark because we are heavily dependent on sight as our primary source of information. Blind a human being and he will be virtually helpless. But there are animals, potential predators of humans, that have no problems with sneaking up on us in the dark and kill us. Therefore being afraid of the dark is a survival mechanism which makes us avoid situations where we are potentially in danger.
2.) Basements have few exits
Basements have usually only one or two exits and virtually no windows, which means they are potential traps. Humans have exceptional cognitive abilities but are physically inferior to a lot of predators. Which means if they are not in groups or armed they will typically avoid confrontation, i.e. they will flee. Fleeing from an area with few exits is problematic, so avoiding such situations through fear is another survival mechanism. Ever seen a horror movie where someone is hunted through a house and runs to the basement or first floor and you instinctively go “No! Don’t go there!”? I guess that’s exactly the same reaction.
While basements are not dangerous and we intellectually know that, we still are animals and have instincts. For some it’s just a thought lurking in the back of their head, for some it’s a phobia and therefore a real problem. But nothing a good psychotherapist can’t help you with.
It is also a not balanced place to be as it is less in O2 MORE CO2, COLD, DARK, sometimes have more electromagnetic fields
and also more infrasound from the furnace and hot water tanks and these factors can induce a paranormal activity and make people afraid
Some of the phobias are listed below
Cenophobia or Centophobia – Fear of empty rooms
Claustrophobia – Fear of small places
Cleithrophobia, Cleisiophobia, or Cleithrophobia – Fear of being locked in an enclosed place.
Hygrophobia – Fear of dampness
Herpetophobia – Fear of creepy crawly things.
Kenophobia – Fear of voids or empty spaces.
Lygophobia – Being in a dark or gloomy place.
Musophobia, Murophobia or Suriphobia-Fear of mice
Nyctophobia – Fear of the dark, or night
Pneumatiphobia – Fear of spirits.
Pnigophobia or Pnigerophobia – Fear of being smothered or choking
Scelerophobia – Fear of being harmed by wicked persons
Sciophobia or Sciaphobia – Fear of shadows
Spectrophobia – Fear of ghosts
Stenophobia – Being in a thin or narrow place.
Taphephobia – Fear of being buried alive.
There’s also the issue of what basements, caves and going down a flight of stairs, in general, have come to represent from a mythological standpoint.
If you haven’t already, then you should read some of Joseph Campbell’s work on the subject. You can find a lot of this symbolism used in art, religion, literature etc that have been passed to us through the generations.
So, what do we do when we go into the basement? We probably go down the stairs into a place we seldom visit and have no regular business in. Unless we have a home office or a rec room there. Also, if we do then we probably have less fear about doing so. It’s a symbolic descent into the “underworld”, there’s very little to no natural light, symbolizing a journey into our subconscious and as such triggers our baser nature.
In his book “On Writing” Stephen King says something quite interesting: “There is a muse, but he’s not going to come fluttering down into your writing room and scatter creative fairy dust all over your typewriter or computer. He lives in the ground. He’s a basement kind of guy. You have to descend to his level, and once you get down there you have to furnish an apartment for him to live in. You have to do all the grunt labor, in other words, while the muse sits and smokes cigars and admires his bowling trophies and pretends to ignore you.
Do you think it’s fair? I think it’s fair. He may not be much to look at, that muse-guy, and he may not be much of a conversationalist, but he’s got inspiration. It’s right that you should do all the work and burn all the midnight oil because the guy with the cigar and the little wings has got a bag of magic. There’s stuff in there that can change your life. Believe me, I know.”