Sunday, May 27, 2007



The fear of being touched (also known as aphephobia, aphenphosmphobia, haphephobia, haphophobia, hapnophobia, haptephobia, and haptophobia) is a rare specific phobia that involves the fear of touching or of being touched. It is an acute exaggeration of the normal tendencies to protect one's personal space, expressed as a fear of contamination or of the invasion, and extending even to people whom its suffers know well.

Sometimes the fear is restricted specifically, or predominantly, to being touched by people of the opposite sex. In women, this is often associated with a fear of sexual assault. Dorais reports that many boys who have been the victims of sexual abuse have a fear of being touched, quoting one victim who describes being touched as something that "burns like fire", causing him to freeze up or to lash out. This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Aphenphosmphobia". This entry is a fragment of a larger work. Link may die if entry is finally removed or merged.

I really loved this blog! is still there though, although the Aphenposmphobia talk page says it was transwikied, but there's nothing at the link
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