Androphobia: A fear of men.
A person with Androphobia will not want to date or even speak to any man. They might feel uncomfortable around them, but they are afraid of them anyway. If you have ever experienced this condition, then you probably know what it feels like when someone is scared of you because they don’t understand your feelings or situation. You might think that it’s just a feeling, but it isn’t.
It’s actually very real and if you experience this condition, then you’ll know what I’m talking about.
People with Androphobia tend to avoid all male company at all times. Some people may try to change their mind, but most won’t bother trying since they’re too afraid of being rejected by them. Others might even become hostile towards them, which would result in them getting angry and verbally abusing them. But there are some people who do not show any signs of hostility towards them, but still prefer to avoid their presence altogether.
These people are called social phobics and they will usually only interact with other socially awkward people instead of making friends with anyone else.
Some people who suffer from Androphobia will go out of their way to avoid situations where they could possibly meet a man. This can restrict their lives quite a bit as they will not go out at all if they think that there might be men around. In extreme cases, some have even chosen to lock themselves inside their homes for weeks, or even months at a time.
The fear in itself is irrational, and people with this condition know this. A person with Androphobia will most likely understand that men are not out to get them, but the fear is still there. The reason for this fear is due to a traumatic experience that happened in the past with a man, or even a general distaste for the male species.
Most people who suffer from Androphobia are not satisfied with their lifestyle, but they feel that it is necessary in order to feel safe and secure. Avoiding men has probably become second nature to them at this point. Even though they know that most men are not harmful and would probably never hurt them, their fear is still there. For some reason, the fear is stronger than all logic and reasoning.
If you know someone who suffers from Androphobia, do not try to confront them about their fears, especially if they have not done so themselves. This could make the situation much worse. Just be there for them when they need someone to listen to them, or if they need help with something. The key is to let them take the lead and never force anything on them.
The disorder is very serious and should be handled with care. Be supportive, and they will eventually come to you when they are ready to get help.
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