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Philophobia is the fear of love, being in love, or falling in love. The risk is usually when a person has confronted any emotional turmoil relating to love in the past but also can be chronic phobia. This affects the quality of life and pushes a person away from commitment. The worst aspect of fear of being in love and falling in love is that it keeps a person in solitude. It can also evolve out of religious and cultural beliefs that prohibit love.
Even sufferers may like to be in the relationship, but it would be afraid that the partner may do any bad things on them, like being selfish, violent, getting in fights or even killing them, so they would not trust them.
The fear can be treated using cognitive-behavioral therapy, talk therapy, and medications. If none of these work, Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) would be the most effective mode of treating philophobia.
- Misophobia – fear of hate, opposite of love