Autophobia

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Autophobia is the specific phobia of isolation; a morbid fear of being egotistical, or a dread of being alone or isolated.[1] Sufferers need not be physically alone, but believe that they are being ignored, unloved, threatened by intruders, and so on.[2]

Autophobia also is used in its literal text to mean, "by oneself", an uncontrollable fear of oneself or ones potential capabilities.[citation needed] It is sometimes associated with self-hatred, or loathing. Autophobia may be a symptom of other psychological disorders or it may predispose a person to developing other psychological disorders.

Symptoms[edit]

People who suffer from autophobia may show symptoms but may not be fully aware that they suffer from it. Some symptoms of autophobia may include:

  • An uncontrollable anxiety of when one thinks of, or is exposed to, being alone.
  • A feeling that one must do everything he/she can to not be alone.
  • Inability to function or cope with being alone.
  • A need to have others close by.
  • Feelings of being unattached, fear of losing oneself, or losing one's own mind.[3]

Causes[edit]

Autophobia can be caused by the sufferer feeling abandoned by a close individual, such as a spouse or relative. The feelings of grief and loneliness that this causes become increasingly hard for the sufferer to move beyond over time.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gould, Dr. George Milbry (1910). The Practitioner's Medical Dictionary (2nd ed.). Philadelphia: P. Blackiston's Son & Co. p. 100. 
  2. ^ "MedicineNet". Retrieved 19 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Autophobia: Sympotoms & Diagnosis". Change that is right now. Retrieved 4/7/2013. 
  4. ^ Admin of Remedies Point. "Autophobia: Fear of being alone". Remedies Point. Retrieved 4/11/13.