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Sexual Phobias - Part I

You must be familiar with phobias that deal with heights, snakes, insects, water...etc. However have you heard of phobias about sex? Can a pleasurable experienced be feared for life? Here is the list of sexual phobias that are prominent among many people.

Erotophobia : It is the fear of sexual love or sexual questions. Erotophobes are less likely to talk about sex, have more negative reactions to sexually explicit material, and have sex less frequently. Researchers state that people suffering from such a phobia have a correlation between less consistent use of contraception and a lack of knowledge about human sexuality. Each year this surprisingly common phobia pushes countless people to needless distress.

The main cause for such a fear is created by the unconscious mind as a protective mechanism. It may be the result of your past history. There may be an event linking sexual love or sexual questions and emotional trauma. At the same time, the original activator may have been a real-life scare of some kind, the condition can also be triggered by benign events like movies, TV, or perhaps seeing someone else experience trauma.

The most common symptoms of Erotophobia include shortness of breath, rapid breathing, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea, and overall feelings of dread. However, the symptoms may vary from person to person.


Story first published: Wednesday, June 20, 2007, 17:24 [IST]

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