Fear of being touched

The fear of being touched (also known as aphephobia, haphephobia, haphophobia, hapnophobia, haptephobia, and haptophobiacn|date=October 2007) is a rare specific phobia that involves the fear of touching or of being touched. It is an acute exaggeration of the normal tendencies to protect one's personal space, expressed as a fear of contamination or of the invasion, and extending even to people whom its sufferers know well. [cite book|title=An Excess of Phobias and Manias|author=John G. Robertson|pages=95|date=2003|publisher=Senior Scribe Publications|id=ISBN 096309193X] cite book|title=How Humans Relate: A New Interpersonal Theory|author=John Birtchnell|pages=142|date=1996|publisher=Psychology Press|id=ISBN 0863774326]

Sometimes the fear is restricted specifically, or predominantly, to being touched by people of the opposite sex. In women, this is often associated with a fear of sexual assault. Dorais reports that many boys who have been the victims of sexual abuse have a fear of being touched, quoting one victim who describes being touched as something that "burns like fire", causing him to freeze up or to lash out. [cite book|title=Don't Tell: The Sexual Abuse of Boys|author=Michel Dorais|pages=84|date=2002|publisher=McGill-Queen's Press — MQUP|id=ISBN 0773522611]

References


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Touched (Buffy episode) — Infobox Television episode Title=Touched Series=Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season=7 Episode=20 Airdate=May 6 2003 Production=7ABB21 Writer=Rebecca Rand Kirshner Director=David Solomon Guests=Anthony Stewart Head (Giles) Eliza Dushku (Faith) D.B.… …   Wikipedia

  • Ethereal being — Water nymph by John Collier, 1923. Ethereal beings, according to some belief systems and occult theories, are mystic entities that usually are not made of ordinary matter. Despite the fact that they are believed to be essentially incorporeal,… …   Wikipedia

  • List of phobias — This article is about the suffix phobia. For the class of psychological disorders, see Phobia. Contents 1 Psychological conditions 1.1 Animal phobias …   Wikipedia

  • -phobia — The English suffixes phobia, phobic, phobe ( of Greek origin: φόβος/φοβία ) occur in technical usage in psychiatry to construct words that describe irrational, disabling fear as a mental disorder (e.g., agoraphobia), in chemistry to describe… …   Wikipedia

  • haphephobia — A morbid dislike or fear of being touched. [G. haphe, touch, + phobos, fear] * * * haph·e·pho·bia .haf ə fō bē ə n a morbid fear of being touched * * * haphe·pho·bia (haf″e foґbe ə) [Gr. haphē touch + phobia] irrational fear of… …   Medical dictionary

  • Genophobia — is the physical or psychological fear of sexual relations or sexual intercourse. The word comes from the Greek terms genos, meaning “offspring,” and phobos, meaning “fear.” Genophobia can also be called coitophobia. This word is also formed from… …   Wikipedia

  • aichmophobia — Morbid fear of being touched by the finger or any slender pointed object. [G. aichme, a point, + phobos, fear] * * * aich·mo·pho·bia .āk mə fō bē ə, mō n a morbid fear of sharp or pointed objects (as a needle or a pointing finger) * * *… …   Medical dictionary

  • David and Lisa — Directed by Frank Perry Written by Eleanor Perry Theodore Isaac Rubin (novel) …   Wikipedia

  • Keiichi Morisato — Infobox character name = Keiichi Morisato series = Oh My Goddess! color = #ccccff caption = Keiichi Morisato first = Chapter 1 creator = Kosuke Fujishima lbl1 = Seiyū lbl2 = Voice actress data1 = Masami Kikuchi data2 = English Scott Simpson (OVA) …   Wikipedia

  • aichurophobia — The fear of being touched by a pointed object …   Grandiloquent dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.