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Pentheraphobia – Fear of mother-in-law. (Novercaphobia)

Pentheraphobia is the fear of your mother-in-law. The origin of the phrase penthera is Greek (meaning mother-in-law) and phobia is Greek (meaning fear). Pentheraphobia is considered to be a particular phobia. People with this phobia may additionally have issues with Vitricophobia (fear of your step-father) Novercaphobia (fear of your step-mother), and Soceraphobia (fear of your parents-in-law).

Causes of Pentheraphobia

Phobias generally arise from external events (traumatic events) or predispositions such as heredity. These phobias can then be triggered at present by an event which is tied to the past, such as from the person’s childhood. This combination of past events, heredity, and general brain chemistry can all play a critical role in the cause of this phobia.

Symptoms of Pentheraphobia

The symptoms for this phobia can include: anxiety, a feeling of dread, shortness of breath, sweating, dry mouth, nausea, irregular heartbeats.