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What is Syngenesophobia? How to overcome this Fear

what is Syngenesophobia

East and West, Family is the best!

Don’t be confused with Family, I have changed that proverb according to this situation. We all know that family and relatives are the most loved ones and most important in any person’s life.

But wait, have you ever imagined what it will feel like when you start fearing your relatives? I know it sounds crazy but this is not a joke.

Yes, I am talking about Syngenesophobia which is one of the most interesting and funniest phobias. 

What is Syngenesophobia?

Syngenesophobia is one of the most interesting phobias which is an irrational fear of relatives.

The person who is affected by this phobia may start fearing his/her relatives and sometimes even his/her own family. 

It is also characterized by social phobia and an anxiety disorder.

The person will feel anxiety and panic attacks during hanging out with relatives and even thinking about the relatives. 

Syngenesophobia Pronunciation

If you are wondering how to pronounce Syngenesophobia, then see the below pronunciation:


First, say sin then gene, you can also say g-nay, and then say so, and last, phobia. This is the exact pronunciation of Syngenesophobia.

Causes of Syngenesophobia

Syngenesophobia is the irrational fear of relatives.

There is no exact cause behind this fear. The main causes behind this phobia are bad experiences or incidents with relatives in past, It can also be developed genetically.

This fear can also be developed due to the environment. If you hate your relatives or there is any dispute with relatives, this situation may cause this fear.


The people who are affected by this phobia may feel these symptoms:

  • Uncontrollable fear
  • Feeling confused
  • Panic attacks
  • Anxiety
  • Avoiding the areas where they can meet with relatives

The panic attacks could be severe. In these conditions, you need to get proper treatment. But what is the treatment of Syngenesophobia?


There are some techniques to overcome the fear of relatives. Below are the best treatments for Syngenesophobia:

Exposure Therapy:

Exposure therapy is one of the best treatments for Syngenesophobia. This therapy is also very useful for treating almost all types of social phobias.

In this therapy, the patient is exposed to the thing which he/she fears. You may be exposed to some of your relatives to do this therapy or teh psychiatrist will ask you to think about your relatives. 


Some special kind of medicines can be used to treat Syngenesophobia These includes anti-anxiety drugs, beta-blockers, benzodiazepines, and anti-depressants. These types of medicines can be used to cure this phobia.

No matter how much you fear your relatives. It is very important to cure this phobia because relatives are very important in your life. Make sure you have taken proper treatment to hang out with your relatives and make an active lifestyle

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