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The concept of affect phobia is an aspect of psychoanalytic theory. It is a cornerstone of psychoanalysis that psychodynamic conflict can be centred on a fear of feeling or affect phobia. These fears which may be conscious or unconscious are thought to underly many symptoms that people bring to therapy. [1]

Freud[2] hypothesized that neuroses were the result of the analysand's attempts to stave of aversive unconscious experiences.

See also


  1. McCullough, L., Kuhn, N., Andrews, S., Kaplan, A., Wolf,J. & Hurley, C.L. (2003) Treating affect phobia:A manual for short-term dynamic psychotherapy. new York:Guildford Press.
  2. Freud S. (1956). Turnings in the ways of psychoanalytic therapy. In E.Kones (ed) Collected papers. Vol 2. London:Hogarth Press