Different experiences in life bring about different opinions and different outlooks. It is important to remember that everyone is different and no one should be judged because of situations they may have gone through. Sometimes, traumatic experiences can lead to a lifetime of hurt and shame. The development of the phobia, Gynophobia, or the fear of women, can be one such outcome to a traumatic experience.
Gynophobia has been linked in history to the Amazon women in classical Athens, and medieval witch hunts. In the mid 20th century, Gynophobia was considered as the driving force of homosexuality. However, gynophobia is not to be confused with caligynephobia which is the fear of beautiful women in particular.
Symptoms of Gynophobia
- Rapid heartbeat
- Feeling of dread
Causes of Gynophobia
This fear also encompasses a feeling of hatred towards women. Men who suffer with this phobia may have experienced several different types of traumatic experiences. Maybe when they were young, they had a physical encounter with a woman that could have been sexual or violent. Maybe they witnessed a severely negative incident where a woman abused a man. Different causes and roots to this phobia lead to different levels and outcomes of Gynophobia.
Gynophobia usually appears in men who do not regularly interact with women. Men with this fear cannot acceptably socially interact with women in everyday situations due to this fear. It is not uncommon for men to experience shyness or even feelings of ill will (in cases of disdain) towards women because of this phobia. Men can also feel inferior to women because of a traumatic experience from their past when coping with gynophobia. But there is hope. You can begin to live a healthy lifestyle with the right treatment.
Treatment of Gynophobia
There are a variety of treatment options for overcoming Gynophobia. The first step is to reach out to your doctor and have them refer you to the best mental health professional. You want to ensure that you are getting the treatment you need that is best suited for you. This mental health therapist may suggest different forms of counseling or psychotherapy, depending on the level of your fear. In severe situations, medication can be prescribed, but it is not 100 percent guaranteed to relieving or “curing” your phobia. You may also choose to use behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy or exposure therapy to help get rid of your gynophobia. Whichever method you choose, know that you are on the path to rediscovering your life.