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Metathesiophobia- Fear of changes

Change as they say is constant in this world. Everything changes around us and most of us go on with our daily lives without even noticing it. While apprehension may be normal there can be a fear associated with change that seems neither rational nor desired. This fear is known as Metathesiophobia. An individual with this fear may simply not want anything that is different than what they already have. These individuals may have a comfort zone that they do not wish to disrupt by bringing anything unfamiliar into their lives.

This can be due to personal emotional distress. Persons who experienced sudden death of someone close, divorce, job termination or moving to a new residence can become overwhelming and can cause anxiety and panic.

If an individual grew up in the home of someone who had this fear then the adult’s behavior in that home became the standard in which future fear is identified.

Individuals with this fear may have severe social anxiety because they will enjoy the company of lifelong friends and may not wish to be introduced to any potentially new friends. They are not looking to replace items they currently own, and even the sight of new buildings may be troublesome to them.

An empathetic therapist may be helpful in guiding a metathesiophobe through the difficulties they encounter in the midst of change. This is important because this phobic personality may not be interested in getting help simply because it means a need to change.