How To Deal With A Fear Of Intimacy

If you’re struggling with a fear of intimacy and worry about being rejected or abandoned, you’re not alone. Learn how to overcome your fear by analyzing the roots of your anxiety, practicing self-compassion, and seeking help from a mental health professional if needed. Discover the reasons behind your fear and realize it’s not your fault by exploring past traumatic experiences. Research shows that self-compassion can weaken the fear of intimacy by allowing you to give love to yourself, making it easier to let others love you as well. Remember, there is no shame in seeking help from a mental health professional to overcome this fear in a safe and comforting setting.


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