According to Harley Street hypnotherapist, Adam Cox, phobias can affect our relationships all year-round.
“Phobias are an unconscious reaction to a stimulus, not a choice. People don’t choose to be frightened of love, intimacy, rejection or germs. The impact of these fears and phobias can mean people avoid flirting, dating, kissing and even sex and relationships.
We asked Adam which relationship-related phobias he most commonly encounters.
- Aphenphosmphobia – The fear of intimacy. Fear of being touched and love.
- Mysophobia – The fear of germs. It is also rightly termed as Germophobia or Bacteriophobia.
- Androphobia and Gynophobia – The fear of men and women. Usually seen in younger females, but it can also affect adults. This may occur if you have unresolved mother issues.
- Philophobia – The fear of love, which causes sufferers to be frightened of falling in love or developing emotional attachments.
- Monophobia– The fear of being alone
There are many different phobias, some you may know, others may be more obscure. Regardless, phobias exist and can affect a person’s life massively. As Adam says, the good news is that a phobia doesn’t need to control your life. Hypnotherapy aims to identify the root cause of the phobia, help you understand potential triggers, and know how to control the anxiety and fear often associated with the phobia.
Learn more about the different types of phobias.