What is pistanthrophobia?
Pistanthrophobia is a phobia of getting hurt by someone in a romantic relationship.
A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder that presents as persistent, irrational, and excessive fear about a person, activity, situation, animal, or object.
Often, there’s no real threat or danger, but to avoid any anxiety and distress, someone with a phobia will avoid the triggering person, object, or activity at all costs.
Phobias, regardless of the type, can disrupt daily routines, strain relationships, limit the ability to work, and reduce self-esteem.
There’s not much research specifically on pistanthrophobia. Rather, it’s considered a specific phobia: a unique phobia related to a specific situation or thing.
Specific phobias are quite common. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 12.5 percent of AmericansTrusted Source will experience a specific phobia in their lifetime.
“Pistanthrophobia is the fear trusting others and is often the result of experiencing a serious disappointment or painful ending to a prior relationship,” says Dana McNeil, a licensed marriage and family therapist.
As a result of the trauma, McNeil says the person with this phobia possesses a fear of getting hurt again and avoids being in another relationship as a way to guard against future similar painful experiences.
But when you avoid relationships, you also end up keeping yourself from experiencing the positive aspects of one.
When this happens, McNeil says you’re unable to have a future relationship that may help you gain perspective or understanding as to why the prior relationship may not have been a good fit to begin with.
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