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Metathesiophobia or metaphobia (from Greek meta, "change") is the fear of changes. Sufferer of this fear may not want anything different from what they already have. These individuals may have a comfort zone that they do not wish to disrupt by bringing anything unfamiliar into their lives.
The fear is developed due to pampering, coddling, and overall psychological weakness. If an individual grew up in the home of someone who had this fear, then that person may likely develop this fear as well.
Individuals with this fear may have severe social anxiety because they are too mentally weak to accept people over long periods of time. They may even bully, assault, or cause greivous bodily harm to others if their comfort is disrupted. People trapped in a high-concentration area of Metathesiophobes may feel highly rejected and may attempt to assault or maim said people.
Since suicidal behavior or thoughts may occur as a result, involuntary commitment, heavy antipsychotics, and even lobotomy may be required. Despite these measures, many people end up committing suicide, which is the possible reason why many metathesiophobes are ignored. Many mental health experts advocate quitting on metathesiophobes, stating that they are severely mentally ill.