Autophobia is the specific phobia of isolation; a morbid fear of being egotistical, or a dread of being alone or isolated. Sufferers need not be physically alone, but believe that they are being ignored, unloved, threatened by intruders, and so on.
Autophobia also is used in its literal text to mean, "by oneself", an uncontrollable fear of oneself or ones potential capabilities. 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.
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.
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.
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