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Allodoxaphobia (from Greek allo, "different", and dox, "opinion") is the fear of opinions. It is a rare social phobia. The sufferers experience this phobia as a response to their environment (i.e. an online debate in which they feel set back or where their opinion is not accounted for or does not seem to matter at all). Allodoxaphobia is often seen in individuals when they are involved in some discussion and another person starts putting in their opinions, ultimately leading them to fear and take distance from confrontation and arguments. TL;DR: sufferers will avoid getting into conversations and/or not participate in any activity, to avoid conflicts.
If an allodoxaphobe hears someone's opinion(s), he/she may experince following symptoms: nausea, fast heartbeat, rapid and shallow breathing, and angriness. Treatments for this condition may include gaining confidence via slowly involving them in small self-opinionated discussions. The phobia can also be professionally treated with means such as medications, hypnotherapy, counseling, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and psychotherapy.
- Doxophobia – fear of expressing opinions or of receiving praise
- Fear of Opinions Phobia – Allodoxaphobia fearof.net