Androphobia Fear of men

Within the world of phobias, there are some less known, but no less frequent, as is the case of androphobia . The word androphobia comes from adro ( which means man or male ) and fobi ( which means fear ).

WHAT IS ANDROPHOBIA? DEFINITION

This is a deep anxiety disorder that creates a constant, intense, and abnormal fear of men. Not only women suffer from this condition, men can also suffer from this irrational fear.

People afflicted by this situation generally know that they suffer from irrational fear, they do not like to express their feelings for fear of rejection by society and they usually excuse themselves by avoiding situations in which they have to deal with a man.

Those who suffer from androphobia avoid closeness situations, use all their creativity to create a list of different excuses, little by little they distance themselves from social gatherings , appointments and any encounter that may have any sexual connotation .

CAUSES AND EFFECTS OF ANDORPHOBIA

The possible causes of this pathology can originate in a traumatic event at an early age with a man or a child It is linked to negative thoughts and memories of events that have damaged the physical or emotional integrity of a person , whose main protagonist, obviously, has been a  man.

We could be talking about rape, psychological and physical abuse , a bad relationship with the father figure … and it can even occur for cultural reasons ( when the woman is brought up to be submissive and obedient ) and some mental disorders can also cause this problem.

The person is aware that all men are not a real threat, but still cannot help feeling stressed.

People with this fear may feel very nervous when they are in the close presence of men or when having a conversation with them, so they prefer to avoid them.

These situations can even occur with family members or male friends, and it hinders the daily personal, work and social life of the affected individual .

Over time, their quality of life will disintegrate and, little by little, they will see their possibilities of climbing positions at work, for example, or establishing affective bonds with people outside their close environment die.

Emotions will break down and social phobia will appear, giving way to bad habits such as drug addiction or alcoholism.

Although some get married, most of those affected with Androphobia prefer solitude and singleness; a decision that can be highly damaging. 

Although it is true that the willingness to enter into a relationship or not is something very personal, the individual must be prevented from using loneliness as an escape route for their concerns.

In those moments is when more understanding, affection and accompaniment needs. It should not be forgotten that a severe picture of depression , for whatever reason, can lead to suicide attempts .

It is not about alarming, but about understanding that there are traumas that simply should not be underestimated.

MAIN SYMPTOMS OF FEAR OF MEN

Symptoms can appear progressively and their intensity varies from person to person depending on their level of fear. In androphobia can be experienced:

  • Mental or cognitive symptoms : we would be talking about thoughts, negative internal dialogues. succession of mental images associated with episodes of failure, abandonment, deception, mistreatment or rejection. All this creates a defensive attitude towards the man , believing that they want to take advantage of the situation.
  • Physical symptoms : Shortness of breath, rapid breathing, irregular heartbeat, excessive sweating, nausea, dry mouth, difficulty articulating words or phrases, tremors, chills, flushing .
  • Emotional symptoms :  insecurity, shame, anguish, anxiety, sadness, depression, aggressiveness, fear of ridicule .
  • Behavioral symptoms : wanting to escape or flee and avoid situations that generate fear in advance , difficulties in maintaining a conversation, postponing or canceling meetings.

TREATMENT AND CURE OF ANDROPHOBIA

Among the treatment options we can find professional psychological services ( psychiatrists and psychologists ). In some cases, medication is used as part of treatment programs.

There are also books and materials that can help the affected person to control or overcome fear. It is important to note that each patient will be treated with an adequate and personalized method for their condition.

HOW TO OVERCOME A PHOBIA OF MEN

The 5 points that we list below will help you to be able to appease this social phobia:

  • If a loved one suffers from Androphobia , we must bear in mind that it is a curable condition. First, it is important to discipline yourself to adjust to your fear.
  • Group therapy or individual talk therapy sessions can also help you overcome your fear of men.
  • Androphobia can be overwhelming, but there is always help. Any number of counselors can help us in controlling or even overcoming phobias.
  • You have to find someone to talk to and not be ashamed. Many people go through the same thing.
  • When facing a man, breathing techniques should be tried to relax and think that this is an inordinate fear, that it is not real.
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Alexa Clark specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has experience in listening and welcoming in Individual Therapy and Couples Therapy. It meets demands such as generalized anxiety, professional, love and family conflicts, stress, depression, sexual dysfunction, grief, and adolescents from 15 years of age. Over the years, She felt the need to conduct the psychotherapy sessions with subtlety since She understands that the psychologist acts as a facilitator of self-understanding and self-acceptance, valuing each person's respect, uniqueness, and acceptance.

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