While most of us will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with a loved one, single folks will mill around either ignoring it or sitting lazily in a couch watching Netflix while indulging on a tub of popcorn or ice cream.
Valentine is not actually life threatening, there are some poor saps that just might not make it, especially if you suffer from any of the following love-related phobias…
People who have commitment issues, commitment phobia or relationship anxiety generally have a serious problem in staying in a relationship for the long-term. While they still experience love like anyone else, the feelings can be more intense and scary than they are for most people. These feelings drive increased anxiety, which builds upon itself and snowballs as the relationship progresses — and the expectation of a commitment looms larger.
People with a commitment phobia long and want a long-term connection with another person, but their overwhelming anxiety prevents them from staying in any relationship for too long. If pressed for a commitment, they are far more likely to leave the relationship than to make the commitment. Or they may initially agree to the commitment, then back down days or weeks later, because of their overwhelming anxiety and fears.
Metrophobia is is the fear of poetry. Many people first develop this phobia in school when overzealous teachers encourage them to rank poems according to artificial scales, break them down and search for esoteric meanings. For many metrophobia sufferers, this is all that is needed. Therapy may be largely focused on stripping away the negative thoughts and beliefs that sufferers experience by helping them to realize that poetry transcends meter and verse. Helping the sufferer to recognize the creative freedom that poetry provides to both the creator and the reader is a major goal of metrophobia therapy.
A heart-shaped box of chocolates, that sweet Valentine’s Day staple, would be more horrifying than romantic to those with xocolatophobia, the fear of chocolate. Yes folks, it could just be the weirdest food phobia because as we all know, a lot of people loves to eat chocolates. But for those suffering from xocolatophobia, the mere sight of chocolates make them flake out.
Anyone who has ever been the victim of a particularly bad kisser can understand philematophobia, or the fear of kissing. Philematophobia is the extreme fear of kissing. The word Philematophobia originates from ‘Philema’ which is the Greek word for kissing and ‘Phobos’ which is also Greek for ‘fear or dread’. Most people love kissing, but they don’t.
Don’t send them flowers…Among those with anthrophobia, or the fear of flowers, a single red rose brings about feelings of anxiety, even if it’s been de-thorned. These people have fears of flowers especially the ones in a beautiful bouquet.
Haphephobia or Aphenphosmphobia
People with haphephobia or aphenphosmphobia must get pretty lonely, as their phobias cause them to avoid letting anyone touch their skin. So they”re very sensitive when it comes to physical touch. Even a simple hug or a touch of one’s hand is enough to make them experience extreme fear.
Headaches caused by overwhelming strong, chemical scents and burns from hot wax may explain why some suffer from keriophobia, the fear of candles.
People who have anuptaphobia, fear staying single, or marrying the wrong person in life. Geez, what a predicament!
Most men probably suffer from gamophobia–the fear of marriage. ‘Nuff said. Do we need to explain further? (Just kidding).
People who suffer from erotophobia might never have children of their own because they have fear of physical love.
Gynophobia and Androphobic–The first one is fear of women while the latter is fear of men.
Even if you’re single this Valentine’s, there’s nothing to worry about. But if you happen to have these serious phobias, chances are, they probably have it worse that they can’t seem to function or work well. So don’t feel too bad if you don’t have a Valentine this year…it could be worse!