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Emotophobia???? I found this at the link listed below. Couldn't find anything about it in the dictionary or google... have never heard of it, but it makes sense. Is it made up (as so many other words are by just adding "phobia"...) or does this really exist??? Either way, thought it was interesting enough to post:

Emotophobia
The definition of emotophobia is an excessive or irrational fear of negative feelings (e.g. avoiding anger and conflict). For many people it is actually the avoidance of these negative consequences, rather than the attainment of positive rewards, that maintains people pleasing behaviours. One might wonder what is wrong with avoiding negative feelings? Well, first of all, the suppression of anger can actually be as damaging to your health as explosive rage. Furthermore, avoiding anger and confrontation makes relationships less genuine. Also, staying far away from people so that they cannot strike at you also keeps you too far away to be embraced by others. In other words, the “safety zone” can become a lonely place. Unfortunately, exposing yourself to these feared emotions is the only way to get over the fear of these negative emotions.

http://www.westwind.mb.ca/resources/Newsletter/sept oct2002.pdf
Westwind Eating Disorder Recovery Centre

Braiker, H. B. (2001). The Disease to Please:
Curing the People-Pleasing Syndrome.
McGraw-Hill: New York.
 
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