Monday, April 27, 2009

Anuptaphobia: The Fear of Staying Single

Anuptaphobia is the fear of staying single or marrying the wrong person in life. It is one of the few phobias that have two different forms, which means it has two sets of symptoms and consequences.

The fear of staying single can cause a person to be with anyone that pays attention to them even if they treat them badly or they will stay in an abusive relationship because their fear of being alone is greater than the fear of being abused.

The second form, the fear of marrying the wrong person can cause the person the inability to commit. They are always looking for the “right” person even if that person is right in front of them. No one will ever be good enough to commit to.

The symptoms of Anuptaphobia vary widely because of the two different forms. They may avoid weddings because they cause them extreme anxiety or they may have a high interest in weddings because they hope to meet their life partner there. They may also have a distorted focus. Nothing in life is more important than finding the right partner so all other things are put on the back burner.

There are many people who don’t take this phobia seriously. They believe that the person should just deal with it. Anyone with a true phobia is highly aware that “just dealing with it” is easier said than done. All phobias are very serious and should be treated as soon as possible to prevent serious consequences.


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