A phobia is an excessive fear of something that actually presents little danger, but nonetheless makes you anxious. In the case of gamophobia, it’s a fear of commitment or marriage.
We’re not talking about passing nervousness that could happen to anyone considering a long-term commitment. We’re talking about the kind of fear that alters your life or leads to anxiety or panic attacks.
If just thinking about commitment or marriage gives you the flop sweats, makes your heart pound, or leaves you lightheaded, you might have gamophobia. And it can rob you of otherwise fulfilling relationships.
Unlike many researched phobias, gamophobia is an extremely under-researched area. Let’s take a closer look at gamophobia and how you can overcome it.
How common is a fear of commitment?
Statistics on individual phobias are hard to come by. It’s estimated that 12.5 percent of adults in the United States experience a specific phobia at some point. Some of the more common ones include the fear of flying, fear of spiders, and fear of needles.
How many people have fear of commitment is difficult to say. Not everyone seeks help or gets a diagnosis. Without professional counseling, it’s not easy to figure out if you’re dealing with gamophobia or something else, such as:
Even though statistics are lacking, it’s safe to say that you’re not alone.