What is Allodoxaphobia?

An uncommon phobia, the allodoxaphobic fears hearing opinions from other people. The phobia is distinguished from a simple dislike of the opinions of others by the severity of symptoms.

The word Allodoxaphobia can be considered a derivative of Doxaphobia, though these words have contradictory meanings. Where Doxaphobia stands for the fear of expressing opinions, Allodoxaphobia is the extreme or irrational fear of hearing other people’s opinions.

The word Allodoxaphobia comes from Greek ‘allo’ meaning different and ‘dox’ meaning opinion.

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Symptoms of Allodoxaphobia

  • Afraid of Listening to or Reading Feedback or Opinions Regardless of Venue.

  • Fear of Being Judged
  • Fear of Embarrassment
  • Fear of Offending Others
  • Intense Fear of Strangers
  • Fear of Being Noticed
  • Fear of Physical Symptoms
  • Avoidance Behavior
  • Intense Need to Escape
  • Extreme Irritability
  • Extreme Anxiety
  • Expecting Bad Outcomes
  • Fear of Losing Control
  • Fear of Death
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Chest Pains
  • Gastrointestinal Distress
  • Nausea or Diarrhea
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Choking Sensations
  • Excessive Sweating
  • Confusion or Lack of Focus
  • Chills or Heat Flush
  • Feeling Faint or Dizzy
  • trembling or shaking
  • Tingling Sensations
  • Headaches

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Causes of Allodoxaphobia

Allodoxaphobia is a social anxiety disorder. Social phobias result in avoidance of social situations due to fear of being embarrassed in public.

Social phobia affects men and women equally. Extreme social anxieties often start in childhood or adolescence and may be accompanied by other anxiety disorders or depression.

The origins of social anxiety disorders are not as well understood as specific (or “isolated”) phobias, where a direct fear of injury from some specific animal, thing or situation forms a clear basis for the fear. Even so, hereditary factors may be present, such as a genetic tendency to be “high strung” or nervous, etc.

In all kinds of phobias, external experiences and / or reports can further reinforce or develop the fear, such as seeing a family member or friend who is affected. In extreme cases, indirect exposures can be as remote as overhearing a reference in conversation, seeing something in the news, on TV, or in the movies.

Allodoxaphobia, like most phobias, stems from a subconscious overprotection mechanism, and as with many phobias can also be rooted in an unresolved emotional conflict.

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Treatments for Allodoxaphobia

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)

  • Habit Strategies To Relax
  • Cognitive Therapy (CT)
  • In Vivo Exposure
  • Response Prevention
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Energy Psychology
  • Medication
  • Meditation

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