Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Chiraptophobia: The Fear of Being Touched

Chiraptophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of being touched.  This phobia has a significant impact on family, social and work relationships.  Those who suffer from this phobia avoid hugging, shaking hands or anything else that involves contact with another person.  Chiraptophobia is most commonly caused by physical and/or sexual abuse.

A phobia is a strong, persistent fear of situations, objects, activities or persons.  The main symptom is an excessive and unreasonable desire to avoid the feared subject. Other phobia symptoms include shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea, and an overall feeling of dread.  Phobias are the most common form of anxiety disorders.

Do you suffer from Chiraptophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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