Men and women are very different. This includes development, interaction with others, preferences and biological makeup. Men have a larger infusion of the hormone testosterone and many men love to live a life of adventure. This isn’t to say that women don’t enjoy adventure as well, but by and large men tend toward this dynamic more often than not. While most women view men as a natural compliment there are some who fear men. When it grows into a phobia it is known as Hominophobia.
Understanding the fear from the perspective of one who does not have the fear has its benefits in empathy potential. Understanding the fear from the perspective of one who has the fear may help in the location of relief.
What Causes Hominophobia?
If you live with this fear you may struggle with how to manage based on your own understanding of men. You may simply view them as more powerful physically and struggle to relate to them because you are not the same. This can be true for both men and women who struggle with Hominophobia.
It is possible that a previous encounter with a man who was abusive or otherwise violent has convinced you that men are not safe to interact with and that they are more to be feared than respected and loved. This personal, yet unfortunate interaction also provides an inaccurate picture of men in general.
If your mom, grandmother or aunt lived through violence at the hand of a man you may have been led to believe at an early age that men are fearsome and to be avoided.
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No matter where the fear originated it can serve to encourage a significant gap between you and men.
Symptoms of Hominophobia
One of the primary symptoms in this fear scenario is social anxiety. An individual with this fear will stay away from locations where they are likely to encounter men. The individual may not mind interaction with female friends, but the notion of being around men will elicit a strong and quite negative emotional response.
Other symptoms may also include…
- Air hunger
- Sense of control loss
- Elevated heart rate
- Panic attack
- Urge to flee
While this fear may not be understood by those who observe it you need to know it is a recognized fear and that there is help for the condition.
How to Overcome Hominophobia
This fear is often based on either a misunderstanding or personal experience. In either case a therapist can provide tools to help locate the original incident that launched the fear and why the original incident may not paint the entire picture.
The role of therapy is designed to help you think through your fear logically and understand a better role for your personal response.
Having Hominophobia or any other fear does not make you abnormal – it is simply your personal response to a negative experience. Typically when those issues can be addressed the fear decreases, and further help from a therapist can help teach you a better way to respond to future fear triggers.
The fear of men is also referred to as:
- Man fear