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Kainolophobia or Kainophobia- Fear of anything new

Kainolophobia or Kainophobia- Fear of anything new

It is said that variety is the spice of life, and that every day and practically every moment the things, people and events which surround us are evolving and changing. This evolutionary change is beneficial in the main, and certainly, unavoidable as life is in a continual state of flux. However, there are people who loathe and fear change, they will do whatever it takes to attempt to keep all aspects of their lives exactly the way they are right now. People who suffer from this anxiety are said to have kainolophobia or kainophobia.

Routine is the watchword for these people. Sufferers will do all they can to focus on doing what they do every other day and will rail against any attempt to change it, even when that change can be rationally and logically seen as being beneficial. These persons can often trace back their anxiety of externally imposed change in their past which they found to be uncomfortable. Because of this, they now view all change as being something to be avoided and to be feared.

The very fact a person who suffers with this comes for therapy can be utilised to show that they are willing to embrace change even in small increments. Hypno-psychotherapy for these clients must introduce the client to change but in small manageable chunks to help the client build their confidence about changing.

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