Caliginephobia: Fear of beautiful women



The word caliginephobia comes from the root of the Greek words kalos and gyne, which means ” beautiful woman .”

This phobia is also known as ” venustrophobia ” or ” lycee complex ” and is the clinical term for an exaggerated or irrational fear of beautiful women, or who have a certain type of beauty or who represent certain attractive features.

Like all phobias, this is created by the individual’s mind, normally as a defense mechanism, this phobia affects people who see beautiful women, there is another more generic phobia that is the fear of any woman known as gynephobia.


At some point in her past, some circumstance happened that, somehow, linked the beauty of the woman with an emotional trauma. It could be a circumstance suffered in person or have been observed.

In addition, this type of phobia could be a manifestation of a neurosis well known as social anxiety disorder.

People with this syndrome feel different levels of emotional distress or distress in social situations, particularly those related to strangers or large groups.

Exactly what triggers this discomfort may be different for each person.


Some symptoms recognized as common include: shortness of breath, rapid breathing, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea and a general feeling of fear …

However, each person has different psychology as well as physical conditions and therefore, affected people can experience it in different ways and with different symptoms.

Generally, a person can experience this type of phobia due to personal trauma or as part of a larger topic, such as social anxiety disorder .

People with phobias like these can find routine social interactions uncomfortable and distressing. Fortunately, there are many resources both on and off the internet offering support for victims of this not uncommon problem.

Many people are anxious around strangers , especially those they find attractive or do not want to impress.

For a person who suffers from this phobia, anxiety centers on attractive women; it is especially common when romantic feelings are involved.

Anyone can experience occasional anxiety or discomfort in these types of situations, but for people with acute social phobias, it can be a regular occurrence.

If someone is prevented from enjoying social events due to anxiety, he or she should consider therapeutic measures.


Luckily, caliginephobic people can find professional solutions therapeutic and support groups.

Websites focused on social phobias advise sufferers to avoid caffeine and maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen.

These are good techniques for reducing stress and general anxiety.

The meditation or spiritual approach can offer a different perspective on the problem , to equal the sense of humor.

A therapist or counselor may be able to determine why beautiful women cause this reaction; In the absence of professional help, a friend or family member can lend an understanding ear.


Venustraphobia is the excessive, abnormal, persistent and inexplicable fear of beautiful women , this phobia is also called as caliginephobia.

This phobia is suffered by men.

Being with a beautiful woman may not mean an act of cruelty, since many men like the company of a beautiful lady , however, there are men who this treatment of beautiful women is a challenge and not precisely because they feel intimidated but scared.

he treatment for venustraphobia , as well as the one applied for most phobias, consists of the person facing the fear by gradually exposing himself to it, that is, it begins with a low stimulus so that progressively as it increases beauty standards are reached to a high stimulus and in this way reduce or eradicate the phobia in its entirety.

Psychotherapy is also an option, since it allows through a cognitive-behavioral base destined to modify the behaviors generated by excessive fear, to improve or reduce symptoms; They are the basis of the treatment of phobia in children and adolescents.

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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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