What is Eurotophobia?
Eurotophobia is the irrational and persistent fear of female genitalia and applies to both men and women. For those who are romantically interested in women, this phobia is naturally debilitating.
This phobia is not to be confused with the generalized fear of women (Gynophobia / Feminophobia), although it could lead to or be a component of such a fear.
Eurotophobia is considered a specific phobia and it is also related to Kolpophobia (fear of genitals, particularly female).
The root word 'euroos' is Greek meaning 'flowing well' and the word 'phobia' comes from the Greek word ‘phóbos’ meaning 'fear.'
Symptoms of Eurotophobia
Extreme Anxiety, Dread
- Shortness of Breath
- Rapid Breathing
- Heart Palpitations
- Excessive Sweating
- Dry Mouth
- Confusion / Inability to Articulate Clearly
- Lack of Focus
- Feelings of Powerlessness
- Obsession with the Subject of the Phobia
- Fear or Feelings of Losing Control
- Avoidance Behavior
Causes of Eurotophobia
Eurotophobia is a specific (or “isolated”) phobia, centered on non-social key factors. Isolated phobias tend to have some previous trauma (often in childhood and often physically injurious) as a root cause; a fear of bees may stem from an injury in childhood, for instance.
Upbringing can also play a role, such as parental warnings about a direct threat (such as “snakes can bite and kill you”) which is especially notable in cases where a threat is more imminent. (An allergy to bees or peanut butter, for instance, would naturally reinforce a real medical concern.)
It is thought that genetics and hereditary factors may play a role in specific phobias, especially those related to a danger of injury. (A primal “fight or flight” reflex may be more easily triggered in those with a genetic predisposition, for instance.)
By contrast, social phobias (like a fear of body odor or touch) are less well-understood, are driven by social anxiety, and are broadly labeled as “social anxiety disorder”.
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.
Eurotophobia, like most phobias, stems from a subconscious overprotection mechanism, and as with many phobias can also be rooted in an unresolved emotional conflict.
Fear of genitalia can form as the result of sexual repression during upbringing, but specific trauma or difficulties are not required for this phobia to develop.
Cultural mores such as genital mutilation may also play a role, including self-mutilation. This is more commonly found in African cultures where the practice is known as female circumcision.
Treatments for Eurotophobia
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
- Habit Strategies To Relax
- Cognitive Therapy (CT)
- In Vivo Exposure
- Response Prevention
- Group Therapy
- Energy Psychology