Cainophobia or Cainotophobia – Fear of newness, novelty

Remembering other people through giving gifts has been a part of us or has been instilled in us since we were a child and for some reasons receiving gifts has brought joy and excitement knowing that someone has remembered us. But, there are those who fear receiving new things and this fear is called Cainophobia or Cainotophobia.

This phobia can be classified into two types. First, there can be fear in new things because of the unknown qualities of something new and a resistance to embrace something unfamiliar. And secondly, there can be a fear of that which is frightening or unusual about a gift that is not what it seems at first glance.

A sense of frugal living may contribute to this fear because of the thought that new things were bad. Familiarity and lack of change has become a comfort zone that made it hard to secede to somewhat new. Also, an individual who had been scared by a gag or novelty would lead to not wanting any gift at all because of the fear that another gift might end up to similar scary situation.

Symptoms include that this individual might be hesitant to celebrate birthdays or holidays unless told by everyone that they will not bring gifts, tend to be less inclined to shopping and others may also other symptoms of anxiety.

This fear maybe serious but it is highly treatable. Cainophobia or Cainotophobia can be treated with psychotherapy, hypnotherapy or by trying to find underlying cause.