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Patroiophobia- Fear of heredity

The fear of heredity can travel down at least two distinct paths it can be a fear of what others might think based on ethnic heredity or it can be a fear of the health and body image resulting from heredity. This fear is known as Patroiophobia.

Family histories could hold dark secrets that would be embarrassing if not damaging if they were known. This fear is often based on personal observations about life and the future the sufferer hopes for himself.

This tendency can also come from listening to classmates in school that spoke negatively about certain attributes common in the family. Such prejudicial talk has caused many to believe they are somehow flawed and fearing that the family they were born into will somehow determine what they can and can’t do, where they can and can’t go and ultimately what they will become.

This fear often has the hallmark of profound dread. The phobic may be the sense that he has been dealt a bad hand in the card game of life and is powerless to stop or change what he was destined to become simply based on the family into which he was born to.

The fear can be profoundly damaging to family relationships so special care needs to be taken in dealing with the fear. The important component for recovery is to understand that while one cannot change the family into which he was born neither should that truth stop him from pursuing opportunity and life. If there are health issues prevalent in the family one can work to be screened, take precautions and live a life that is as healthy as possible. If it is a fear based on ethnicity then he should pay attention to those who have fought for success and won.