Fear of intimacy can ruin relationships. People crave connection and may learn it is safer to keep others an an emotional arm’s length. Keeping people at an arm’s length is counterproductive and can lead to destructive attachment or intimacy disorders. Find out how to get back on your feet again after rejection.
An intimacy disorder is a mental health condition whereby a person has difficulty establishing close or intimate relationships with other people. Intimacy disorders are believed to be caused by both genetic and environmental factors. If a person has an intimacy disorder, they probably struggle with letting their guard down and being vulnerable with another person.
The fear of intimacy is sometimes referred to as aphenphosmphobia, which is the fear of being touched. Philophobia is the fear of emotional attachment or falling in love. For many people, intimacy problems can be traced back to experiences in their formative years such as abandonment or neglect by a parent, losing a parent, or suffering abuse at the hands of a parent. People who are wounded develop trust issues. Attachment issues result from a person having their heart broken and being scared of ever putting themselves in a position of being hurt again.
Intimacy is at the core of a close, personal relationship. It is an emotional connection reserved for one’s ‘special person.’ There are many types of intimacy:
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