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In The Dread of Woman (1932), Karen Horney proposed that gynophobia may be partially due to a boy's fear that his genital is inadequate in relation to the mother. She also remarked that she was surprised at the lack of explicit recognition of gynophobia, after she allegedly found ample historical, clinical, mythological, and anthropological evidence of gynophobia.[13]


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The author of The Fear of Women, Wolfgang Lederer, makes the argument in his book that gynophobia is partially the result of men and women allegedly having different attitudes toward societally-based morality. He argues that women were mostly absent and also sometimes explicitly excluded from the meaningful aspects of the creation of society. He further argues that this contributes to what he sees as historically-universal female hostility toward societal goals such as justice, goals which exist outside practical and immediate interpersonal affairs. Wolfgang argues that this is not just his idea, but projected into religion through all historical communities that have both a father-deity and a mother-deity, where, he argues, the mother-deity is always morally indifferent.

Gynophobia might at first seem like nothing more than an odd personality quirk. However, a phobia of women has the potential to grow into a major obstacle in your life. You should see your doctor if your gynophobia is causing you anxiety that:

You can ask your doctor to screen you for gynophobia. They will talk with you about your symptoms, and ask you to recall your medical, psychiatric, and social histories. Your doctor will also examine you to rule out any physical problems that might be triggering your anxiety. If they think you have gynophobia or other anxiety disorders, your doctor will refer you to a mental healthcare provider for specific treatment.

The majority of people with gynophobia receive their treatment in the form of therapy sessions. Gynophobia is treated primarily with psychotherapy, which is also called talk therapy. Exposure therapy and behavioral therapy are the two most common forms of psychotherapy used to treat gynophobia. Medication may also be used as part of the treatment plan for gynophobia.

Usually, psychotherapy alone is very good at treating gynophobia. However, it can sometimes be helpful to use medications designed to decrease your feelings of anxiety or panic attacks associated with gynophobia. Such mediations should only be used at the start of treatment to help speed up your recovery.

There are five classifications of specific phobia: animal, natural environment, blood-injection-injury, situational, and other. Phobias outside of the first four categories, like gynophobia, can be triggered by specific objects or situations. These phobias may develop in childhood or later in life (American Psychiatric Association, 2013).

Phobias cause overwhelming fear or unwarranted reactions to specific triggers. With gynophobia, seeing women or interacting with feminine-inspired imagery can cause panic attacks and other anxiety symptoms.

This may include childhood-related abuse perpetrated by a female. Though a person or group may have caused the trauma, gynophobia is an abnormal fear of all women or female-related stimuli, as opposed to fearing a specific someone.

In children, gynophobia may cause crying, tantrums, clinging to parents, or freezing. Fear-related episodes should occur for at least six months in children before being considered a phobia (American Psychiatric Association, 2013).

Fear of women can become a phobia in the clinical sense when you overreact to the situation. Like any phobia, gynophobia can cause immediate fear or anxiety at the thought or action of being around women.

Living with a phobia can impact your daily life. You might not go places, see people, or participate in activities because of fear and anxiety. With gynophobia, for example, you could go a day without eating to avoid grocery shopping around women.

If you live with gynophobia and feel overwhelmed or cannot leave your home for treatment, you can seek support 24/7 by calling the SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline: 877-726-4727 or the NAMI Helpline: 800-950-6264.

Proper steps should take to overcome this phobia. It is also essential to treat children who are suffering from gynophobia. If assistance is required, seek it. If needed, you can seek professional help from United We Care, an online mental health well-being and therapy platform that offers professional advice on combating emotional and mental challenges.

The APA classifies gynophobia as a social anxiety disorder (formerly known as a social phobia), in which a person feels strong anxiety about social interactions and fears being humiliated, rejected or embarrassed in social situations. In the case of gynophobia, the sufferer feels this anxiety specifically around women. Men are more likely to have gynophobia, but women can also be gynophobic, and the condition can be present in both adults and children.

Social phobias, including gynophobia, have both physical and psychological symptoms. They can be mild, moderate, severe, and even disabling. The physical symptoms are a reaction to fear. They come from the release of adrenaline produced during the instinctive fight-or-flight response.

Doctors generally recommend treating social phobias when they interfere with your ability to function normally, including at work, in school, and in personal relationships and situations. The most effective gynophobia treatments are forms of psychotherapy:

An abnormal fear or hatred of women is known as gynophobia. The one who is suffering from this phobia have experienced real fear and it represents a danger to them. Their fear is irrational and their anxiety is excessive.

The exact cause of gynophobia is not clearly understood, like other phobias. Gynophobia is extremely influenced by experience and environment factors. Any negative or traumatic experience involving a female often plays a major role in the outbreak of this phobia.

The cases of gynophobia should be addressed especially promptly in childrens. Sometimes children grow their fears bigger. But gynophobia can significantly harm a child's ability to function when they age, child fear should be addressed with a doctor immediately.

Majority of people with gynophobia receive their treatment in the form of therapy sessions. It is primarily treated with psychotherapy or talk therapy. Exposure therapy and behavioural theory are common forms of psychotherapy used to treat gynophobia.

Usually, psychotherapy is a best option to treat gynophobia. Sometimes the use of medications is more helpful to decrease the feeling of anxiety or panic attacks associated with gynophobia. This kind of medication should only be used at the initial stage of treatment to speed up the recovery.

This phobia can be rooted in a number of different experiences or situations, such as a bad relationship with a mother figure or past trauma. For some people, gynophobia is simply a result of social anxiety or shyness around women.

It is a condition that has been observed way back into human history and also goes by other names, such as feminophobia and venustaphobia. A specific kind of gynophobia, called caligynephobia, also exists, which is the fear of beautiful women!

Gynophobia is medically classified under social anxiety disorders, which are subtypes of anxiety disorders brought about by contact with people. As a type of anxiety disorder, gynophobia manifests both physical and psychological symptoms, such as:

-Feelings of apprehension toward the thought of having to interact with women. Men suffering from gynophobia will avoid contact with women as much as possible and their initial reaction, when confronted by a woman, is to flee.

-Avoiding eye contact as well as verbal and physical contact with women. This also includes the abhorrence of sexual intercourse with the opposite sex. Men with gynophobia experience difficulty speaking with women face to face.

These past experiences aggregate to form a learned kind of fear, which makes a person with gynophobia not only fear but also disdain, mistrust, or even hate having contact with women. [Check out: How to build trust in a relationship and make it last]

Some people are more likely to develop this condition than others. Those who are most likely to develop gynophobia are young people, usually before the age of 10. It usually starts to develop in early childhood.

Someone with a personality or temperament that is overly sensitive, negative, or inhibited can also develop gynophobia. Because this fear is not rational or regular, this type of personality contributes to developing a fear of women.

The most obvious effect of gynophobia is difficulty forming deep relationships, such as intimate friendships and romantic relationships with women. People with gynophobia have too poor an opinion of women to create any kind of normal relationship with them.

People with this fear often avoid all women because it is easier than dealing with the exact thing triggering their fear. However, the fear can actually stem from a specific kind of woman or one of her attributes. [Suffering from minor gynophobia? Check out: Get over the fear of approaching women in three moves]

It might seem like there is nothing you can do about gynophobia because it seems like a quirky personality disorder. But the fear of women can be a significant problem in your life. Here are some signs that you should see a doctor:

Finally, sometimes medications are needed to deal with gynophobia, but only on an infrequent and short-term basis. Usually, they are medications to help deal with the intense anxiety that someone feels around women.

Gynophobia is part environmental narrative game and part FPS. The walking simulator portions are used to tell the main story and it mostly does so to decent effect without spelling everything out for you. You play as a man who suffers from a literal phobia of women. He also has a deep fear of spiders and his fear is compared to arachnophobia so that his gynophobia is not conflated with misogyny. His fear of spiders is showcased by having a loud heartbeat sound effect play as the MC walks towards a spider on the ground. 041b061a72


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