Autophobia


Autophobia
An abnormal and persistent fear of loneliness, of being alone. A fear of solitude. Sufferers from autophobia may experience anxiety even though they realize that being alone does not threaten their well-being. They may worry about being ignored and unloved, or they may worry about intruders, strange noises or the possibility of developing a medical problem. Autophobia also has another sense, that of an irrational fear of oneself, intense self-fear that is groundless. The word "autophobia" is derived from two Greek words: "autos" (self) and "phobos" (fear) = literally, self-fear, fear of oneself. "Autos" has given us many English words such as "automatic" and "automotive" (self-moving) and "autonomy" (self-governing). And "phobos" has bequeathed us a vast number of phobias such as "claustrophobia" (fear of closed places) and "acrophobia" (fear of heights).
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Morbid fear of solitude or of self. [auto- + G. phobos, fear]

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au·to·pho·bia .ȯt-ə-'fō-bē-ə n morbid fear of solitude

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au·to·pho·bia (aw″to-foґbe-ə) [auto- + -phobia] irrational dread of oneself, of being alone.

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  • Autophobia — (or Monophobia) is the phobia of being alone. The word is derived from the Greek words autos ( self ) and phobos ( fear ). A secondary meaning of the term is for the much rarer condition of true autophobia, that is, fear or mistrust of oneself.… …   Wikipedia

  • autophobia — (n.) fear of referring to oneself, 1845 (as autophoby), from Gk. autos self (see AUTO (Cf. auto )) + phobia fear (see PHOBIA (Cf. phobia)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Autophobia — …   Википедия

  • autophobia — noun a) The morbid fear of being alone or of oneself. b) self hatred …   Wiktionary

  • autophobia — fear of solitude Phobias …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • autophobia — n. fear of loneliness, irrational fear of of being alone …   English contemporary dictionary

  • autophobia — au·to·pho·bia …   English syllables

  • autophobia —   n. fear of solitude …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • Autophobia —    An intense fear of being alone.    An intense fear of self …   The writer's dictionary of science fiction, fantasy, horror and mythology

  • autophobia — ˌȯd.əˈfōbēə noun Etymology: New Latin, from aut + phobia : morbid fear of solitude * * * autophōˈbia noun Fear of (being by) oneself • • • Main Entry: ↑autophoby …   Useful english dictionary


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