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    Anthropophobia

    Wondering why there is no information on this particular phobia/mental health issue that I can seem to find on this forum?


    What does anyone here know about this? I was reading up on symptoms (I've been searching for answers for years as to why I have extreme fear of some people/social situations, and eye contact) and this seems like it could be what I've been struggling with my entire adult life.


    Doesn't seem to be too much information on it out there, though.

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    Re: Anthropophobia

    Probably because of the following information I found:
    Article emphasizes the part that it must not be caused by another disorder or medical condition


    What are the symptoms?


    Because anthropophobia isn't a clinical condition, there are no specific clinical symptoms. However, it can be considered under the DSM-5 classification of "specific phobia not otherwise specified." Criteria for this disorder include:

    1. Major anxiety or fear about a certain situation or thing (in this case, a person or people).
    2. The situation nearly always causes anxiety or fear.
    3. The situation or thing is avoided when possible.
    4. The fearful reaction is disproportionately more than the actual danger the situation warrants.
    5. The anxiety lasts six months or more.
    6. The anxiety causes noteworthy distress or hinders daily functioning in some way.
    7. These symptoms aren't caused by another disorder or medical condition.

    Full article link https://www.healthline.com/health/an...hobia#symptoms

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    Re: Anthropophobia


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    Re: Anthropophobia

    Quote Originally Posted by David Baxter View Post
    Why is there so little information of this phobia?

    Wikipedia hardly even says anything on it.

    Are "phobias" a sort of overused, generic sort of misnomer on rather regular issues that people in the West have? Is that in general, why "phobias" are not formally diagnosed? Is that what you are saying?

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    Re: Anthropophobia

    What I'm saying is that the list of phobias people have invented has hundreds of entries, most of which are either completely made up or are so rare that most will not actually be seen in anyone's lifetime.

    And yes, the term "phobia" is greatly overused in general conversation. Some of the more commonly occurring genuine phobias (like agoraphobia) are recognized and treated as valid mental health conditions.

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    Re: Anthropophobia

    Quote Originally Posted by David Baxter View Post
    What I'm saying is that the list of phobias people have invented has hundreds of entries, most of which are either completely made up or are so rare that most will not actually be seen in anyone's lifetime.

    And yes, the term "phobia" is greatly overused in general conversation. Some of the more commonly occurring genuine phobias (like agoraphobia) are recognized and treated as valid mental health conditions.
    Okay. Then, so, "Anthropophobia" could technically just be invalid?

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    Re: Anthropophobia

    Yes. Literally, it just means "fear of people". But what does that actually mean? It could mean many things...

    And how is it supposed to be different from social anxiety disorder? or agoraphobia? or other recognized conditions?

    That's one of the problems with so-called phobias: Most are either so specific that they are ridiculously improbable (e.g., fear of sparrows toes) or so vague that they're just not helpful.

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    Re: Anthropophobia

    Quote Originally Posted by David Baxter View Post
    Yes. Literally, it just means "fear of people". But what does that actually mean? It could mean many things...

    And how is it supposed to be different from social anxiety disorder? or agoraphobia? or other recognized conditions?

    That's one of the problems with so-called phobias: Most are either so specific that they are ridiculously improbable (e.g., fear of sparrows toes) or so vague that they're just not helpful.


    I have a great fear of walking past people in hallways. The whole walking towards one another and eye contact and all that. Some times if I see someone I will turn around. Or sometimes if they see me before I see them turn around on me. What the hell is wrong with me?

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    A lot of time I will just keep my head down do whatever to avoid eye contect. I literally make people physically ill, I can see it in their faces and manuerisims

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    Re: Anthropophobia

    You see what you think you see what you are feeling
    i too hated walking down street when others were on it a crossed over to the other side so i would not have to walk by them or talk to them.

    Your fear is inside you it is not of people it is of yourself and your reaction towards them.

    Social anxiety low self esteem and who cares what the title is just work on oneself to help yourself be more at ease in your surroundings. I tend to isolate but that is my choice and i am happy with that . If you are seeing a therapist work on making the eye contact and not feel the judgement of others.
    Words always stay inside ones soul

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    Re: Anthropophobia

    I find evolutionary psychology helpful sometimes to help normalize my feelings of awkwardness. Humans have mostly lived in small communities/tribes where everyone knew everyone else. Since that is no longer the case, some social stuff is truly comedic material. I have heard stand-up comics doing bits about the social dilemmas involved in walking down hallways at work, being in an elevator, etc.

    Also, as an introvert/neurotic/whatever, I tend to personalize other people's behavior whereas my husband -- the extrovert -- does not. Like just now, I went to pick up my car from my neighbor/mechanic. His wife gives me these blank, almost angry stares. I tend to personalize it (to the point I think of going to a more expensive mechanic), but my husband says she does it to everyone and he has to start the conversation since she won't. I also find it helps to switch mental gears by worrying about something else that is more concrete and task-oriented like things I still need to do.

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