Erotophobia is the medical name for an abnormal and persistent fear of marriage, sexual activity or romantic relationships in general. Erotophobes shun sexual activity, and may also find normal actions such as hugging or kissing threatening. The word derives from the Greek word eros. It is closely linked to a similar disorder, love-shyness.

Symptoms of erotophobia include breathlessness, dizziness, excessive sweating, nausea, dry mouth, shaking, heart palpitations, inability to speak or think clearly, a fear of dying, becoming mad or losing control, a sensation of detachment from reality or a full blown anxiety attack whenever thinking of a relationship.

Erotophobia sometimes develops into a full blown attitude of fear or hatred towards anything even remotely sexual.


Sources: Wikipedia, Panphobia, About.com

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