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Enosiophobia or Enissophobia- Fear of having committed an unpardonable sin or of criticism

Enosiophobia is the unnatural fear of criticism or fear of having committed the unpardonable sin. Most of the time, the person who has this fear will not reveal this “unpardonable sin” and would just ask for forgiveness over and over because one might feel that he or she will never be forgiven for that unforgivable sin committed. This behavior is often instilled in children who wish to please parents or loved ones. If they have grown up in a hyper-critical environment, it may lead them to feel as if they can never measure up to the expectations of that loved one and that everything that they do is wrong.

This fear can also grow in individuals whose traditions seek to instil a fear of God to encourage a desired behavior. This is especially true for people who belong to a strict religious community and sometimes they will not anymore see God as their god but as a judge or ruler that they have to obey no matter what. They tend to be very awkward in social settings and may struggle with social anxiety.

Symptoms of Enosiophobia include tremors, panic attacks, difficulty of breathing, increased heart rates, nausea, sweating, increased body temperatures, and urge to flee.

To overcome Enosiphobia, sufferers need to consult with therapist that has a spiritual background who is sensitive with religious convictions.