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Classification and external resources
ICD-10 F40.1
ICD-9 300.29

Anthropophobia or Anthrophobia[1] (literally "fear of people", from the Greek: ἄνθρωπος, ánthropos, "man" and φόβος, phóbos, "fear"), also called interpersonal relation phobia[1] is pathological fear of people or human company.

Anthropophobia is an extreme, pathological form of shyness and timidness. It may be manifested in fears of blushing, meeting the gaze of the others, awkwardness and uneasiness when appearing in society, etc.[2] A specific Japanese cultural form has been known as taijin kyofusho.[3]

See also


  1. ^ a b Handbook of Cultural Psychiatry by Wen-Shing Tseng, p. 238-239
  2. ^ Isaac Meyer Marks (1987) "Fears, Phobias and Rituals: Panic, Anxiety, and Their Disorders", ISBN 0195039270 p. 367
  3. ^ Mario Maj (2005) "Personality Disorders", ISBN 0470090367, p.282

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