Fear of social gatherings, fear of socializing, fear of embarrassment in social situations that is extremely intrusive and can have markedly debilitating effects on personal and professional relationships.
Phobias are persistent, excessive, irrational fears of certain objects or situations. People plagued by phobias recognize that their fears may be outsized and unreasonable, but are unable to overcome them. They are essentially addicted to their fears.
The signs and symptoms of sociophobia include blushing, sweating, trembling, rapid heartbeat, muscle tension, nausea or other stomach discomfort, lightheadedness, and other symptoms of anxiety.
Untreated severe sociophobia may be disabling to a person’s work, social and family relationships. In extreme cases, a sociophobe may begin to avoid all social situations and become housebound. Treatments for sociophobia include medications, a specific form of psychotherapy called cognitive-behavioral therapy, or a combination of medication and psychotherapy.
“Sociophobia” is derived from the Latin “socius” (companion) and the Greek “phobos” (fear).
The major positive ion (cation) in the fluid surrounding cells in the body. The chemical notation for sodium is Na+. When sodium is combined with chloride, the resulting substance is a crystal called table salt. Excess dietary sodium is largely excreted in the urine, but too much salt in the diet tends to increase the […]
- Soft palate
The muscular part of the roof of the mouth. The soft palate is directly behind the hard palate, and it lacks bone.
- Soft tissue sarcoma
A malignant tumor that begins in the muscle, fat, fibrous tissue, blood vessels, or other “soft” supporting tissues of the body. Soft tissue sarcomas do not originate in bone or cartilage.
The doctrine that I alone exist. The self can know only its feelings and changes. There is only subjective reality. Solipsism is of importance to philosophy and psychology. Rene Descartes (1596-1650), the French mathematician, physicist and “father of modern philosophy”, made solipsism a central issue in philosophy. Since solipsism has to do with how we […]
- Solitude, fear of
“autos” (self) and “phobos” (fear). “Autos” has given us many English words such as “automatic” and “automotive” (self-moving) and “autonomy” (self-governing). And “phobos” has bequeathed us a vast number of phobias such as “claustrophobia” (fear of closed places) and “acrophobia” (fear of heights).