Venustraphobia (A complete guide)

Venustraphobia
Shweta Chhabra

Shweta Chhabra is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with an M.phil in Clinical Psychology. She has worked in hospitals and has vast experience in working with adolescents and addicted patients. Her therapeutic expertise is in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy and Mindfulness.

This article will give a brief idea about Venustraphobia. Then it will focus on the causes and symptoms of Venustraphobia. Then it will highlight the treatment of Venustraphobia, both psychotherapies, and medications.

VENUSTRAPHOBIA:

Venustraphobia refers to the irrational fear of beautiful women, it is also known as caligynephobia. Almost all the men like attractive and beautiful women but for some seeing and being around beautiful women is a major cause of anxiety and sometimes full-blown panic attacks can occur. It may end up in hospitalization as well although it depends on the seriousness of the issue and person to person. Venustraphobia is derived from Greek where ‘venus’ means Greek Goddess which symbolizes women and ‘Phobos’ means fear.

Phobias are a type of anxiety disorder that can disturb a person’s life miserably. It includes panic like condition in which people suffering from this disorder experience a high amount of anxiety or panic-like condition from the mere thought of beautiful women.

People suffering from Venustraphobia make conscious efforts in order to stay away from places where they might end up seeing beautiful women. For example, people might avoid going to watch movies, malls, pubs and night clubs. In short, they just try and avoid almost all the places where there are chances of seeing or meeting beautiful women.

Venustraphobia (A complete guide)

CAUSES OF VENUSTRAPHOBIA:

There is no particular cause that has been found so far for Venustraphobia, but environmental factors and genetic factors are responsible for it as it is for almost all other phobias. 

If a person’s family history has had some anxiety or phobic disorder or as a matter of fact any mental disorder, it is more likely for the individual to develop Venustraphobia.

Environmental factors might include childhood experiences and trauma, although all the phobias are not derived from traumas only, this can be an example of being shy. This type of phobia is almost inherited and the person may develop a certain kind of personality that is sensitive, restrictive, anxious and fearful.

If in case the phobia has been developed by the trauma then there are chances that in the past the individual must have faced humiliation, rejection or insulted by a beautiful woman which must have unknowingly generalized the situation with the fact that all the beautiful women are the same and thus develops phobia. 

Venustraphobia (A complete guide)

SYMPTOMS OF VENUSTRAPHOBIA:

The symptoms depend on the severity of the phobia and the most common symptom would be panic attacks. 

Some of the common symptoms are:

  • Severe anxiety with a mere thought or sight of beautiful women 
  • Muscle tension, body aches
  • Breathlessness, choking sensations
  • High blood pressure
  • Sweating, nausea, fainting
  • Dizziness, restlessness, nervousness
  • Lack of concentration
  • Avoidance of places where chances are higher in the presence of  beautiful women

There are chances that a person suffering from Venustraphobia makes a conscious choice of where to go and where not to go. These individuals have high chances of developing OCD as well.

Venustraphobia (A complete guide)

TREATMENT FOR VENUSTRAPHOBIA:

There is no particular treatment that has been found for this phobia but a mixture of treatments that have been found helpful for the people suffering from phobia and anxiety can be helpful for Venustraphobia as well.

Psychotherapies:

  • Talk Therapy:

Talk therapy seems very simple and easy but it’s quite opposite. A person is about to talk about his weaknesses, it’s not easy at all. But it sure does wonders to the client as once he lets out all the emotions, it becomes easy for him to focus on the bright side of life.

  • Exposure Therapy:

Although exposure therapy is one of the best therapy for anxiety and phobias it’s a bit tricky in this case. In this case, the therapist might start with the imagination of beautiful women, then the therapist may try to show the client pictures and videos of beautiful women and how kind they are, then finally making them meet a beautiful woman until his anxiety provokes. This way the individual slowly desensitizes with the fear.

  • Relaxation Therapy:

Relaxation Therapy, on the other hand, can be very helpful with these patients as it helps in calming down the racing of thoughts. JPMR helps a person in focusing on his breathing and his one muscle at a time, which helps the client in letting go of the negative thoughts of being forgotten and the focus stays on himself only. This helps in the long run with acceptance.

  • Mindfulness:

Mindfulness might be a good choice for the patients with the fear of beautiful women, as the main purpose of mindfulness is to accept everything and being in the present. It makes sure that a person’s senses are widened and opened. This will again help the client with acceptance.

  • CBT:

CBT is one of the best Therapy which focuses and challenges the negative automatic thoughts and it has proven to be helpful with all kinds of anxiety and phobias and it can be helpful with Venustraphobia as well. 

Venustraphobia (A complete guide)

Medications:

  • Antidepressants:

These medicines are not only used for the patients suffering from depression or have a comorbidity of depression, but it also helps with the patients suffering from anxiety and phobias as well.

  • Anti-anxiety medicines:

These medicines help the client in controlling the symptoms of anxiety but it cannot cure the phobia. To get a cure from phobia one has to mix the treatment of medications with psychotherapy. Although one must not take any medication without consulting with the Doctor.

Venustraphobia (A complete guide)

CONCLUSION:

beautiful women in a place is very scary and that fear can be felt when we try to go in a maze and get stuck in it, people suffering from Venustraphobia goes through this fear even with the thought of such places.

This blog has briefly been described Venustraphobia. Then it has focused on the causes and symptoms of Venustraphobia. Then it has highlighted the treatment of Venustraphobia, both psychotherapies, and medications.

Please feel free to comment or leave a suggestion below. We would really appreciate it.

FAQ:

What is Venustraphobia the fear of?

Venustraphobia is the fear of beautiful women.

What is the fear of virgins called?

Fear of virgins is known as Parthenophobia.

CITATIONS:

fearof.net

Venustraphobia (A complete guide)