The feeling of love and falling in love, which most people have ever experienced in their lives, is perceived as one of the most wonderful experiences. However, there are also people who have a great fear of it , such as people who suffer from philophobia or fear of falling in love.

Falling in love has always existed, in all times it has left hearts broken, and many people have committed all kinds of crazy things. But what happens when someone is in extreme fear of this kind of feeling? Next we will see what is philophobia .

What is philophobia?

Although it may seem like a really rare phobia, more people suffer from it than we think. This curious phobia, such as philophobia, is a disproportionate fear, which generates great anxiety about the possibility of having intimate contact or experiencing a desire that leads to love.

As expected, the person who suffers from this fear of falling in love or experiencing love, uses all kinds of resources and strategies , whether conscious or unconscious, so that this situation cannot take place in their life.

This anxiety disorder can have a great impact on the person suffering from it, as it inevitably affects their social and emotional life. In the most serious cases, the person with philophobia avoids any personal contact , and even isolates himself, ceasing to interact with coworkers, friends and family.

As you can see, this fear has nothing to do with what a person may have that has been hurt or feels betrayed and frustrated with love. It goes far beyond any emotional pain .

Frequent symptoms of philophobia

Although most of us consider love to be one of the most incredible and desirable experiences, for the person suffering from philophobia it can be a serious problem and a terrible experience.

Some of the most characteristic symptoms of the person suffering from philophobia are the following:

  • They avoid showing themselves as they are, with insurmountable barriers.
  • In the presence of a person of the other sex who can attract them, the manifestations of anxiety are evident, presenting excessive sweating, increased heart rate, gastrointestinal disorders, etc. It can be reached by experiencing a panic attack.
  • Shortness of breath, anguish with a strong desire to flee and leave the situation that causes you discomfort.

If you know someone who presents these symptoms in specific situations of intimacy and closeness, typical of love, surely you can identify a case of philophobia.

What is the cause of philophobia?

As with other phobias, there does not have to be a logical reason for this fear to develop .

Although many specialized psychologists have different theories in this regard, such as what can happen in the face of a painful heartbreak or an intense fear of being rejected, they have not been theories that have been proven. Therefore, there is no consensus on what are the causes of philobophy or fear of falling in love.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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