Ereuthrophobia- Fear of blushing
One of the more common issues relating to social phobia which is presented to me in my consulting room relates to blushing. People who are concerned about seeming confident in themselves blushing can be seen as a chink in the proverbial armor of confidence. Obviously, blushing is a naturally occurring process for nearly every human being. This is especially the case in Caucasians who can far more easily be seen to blush when blood rushes to an individual’s face which then causes redness in the face because of some type of sympathetic response. Whilst at times inconvenient there are people who have a pathological fear of blushing. This phobia is calledÂ ereuthrophobia. Sufferers of this condition are not afraid of blushing per say but rather they are afraid of the associated thoughts and feelings associated with the act of blushing. Often feelings of embarrassment and shame are at the base of this anxiety. Additionally, sufferers are worried that their blushing may reveal thoughts and feelings that the would rather keep to themselves.
As with other phobias symptoms can include nausea, dry mouth, increased sweating, dizziness and difficulty breathing.
Psychotherapy utilizing acceptance and forgiveness of self is one of the best courses of action to help people overcome this issue. Hypnosis as a means of delivery can also be beneficial.