Syngenesophobia- Fear of relatives

Family gatherings are important part of our lives. We always have get-togethers and reunions where we gather or meet our relatives during reunions, weddings, or other family events and most of us look forward to it. But there are some people who fear meeting relatives and this is termed syngenesophobia.

This fear could be due to bad relationships with other family members or relatives and this usually is due to a previous quarrel over relationships, friendships, but most of the time over property. Another reason for this phobia is teenage rebellion wherein some teens would not like anything to do with their scrutinizing relatives that they will not go to these gatherings. Some might have had a traumatic experience in a previous family gathering such as having a hypercritical relative who made fun or humiliated you, or put you down by comparing you with more successful members of the family thus one would avoid this happening again.

People with this fear will do anything not to attend these get-togethers. They will make every excuse in the book not to attend and will even deny some of their relatives.

People with this phobia may benefit from counseling, which can be individual or group counseling so that previous misunderstandings or hurts may be addressed and one can get it over with.