Thursday, February 2, 2012

Gynophobia: The Fear of Women

Gynophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of women.  This phobia has been linked to the Amazon women in classical Athens and medieval witch hunts.  It was also once thought to be the cause of homosexuality in the 20th century.  This phobia is similar to Caligynephobia, which is more specifically the fear of beautiful women.  Gynophobia is also known as Gynephobia.
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 Gynophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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