Lack of confidence around the opposite sex is fear based. For some it is nothing more than a little shyness, and it can be overcome quickly and easily. For others it is actually an irrational fear or phobia called Sexophobia or Heterophobia.
While many people choose to ‘live with’ their phobia by avoiding the trigger of their fear and anxiety, one can hardy avoid half the human population.
In the lower west side “Zip Code” of our brain is a ball of motor-neurons called the Amygdala (pronounced Ah-mig-dala).
The Amygdala is more than 5 million-years old, and older than humanity itself. in evolutionary terms,
Many biochemists and neuroscientists talk about the Amygdala as a “fire alarm” in the brain, or something similar.
That is because the Amygdala triggers certain behaviors when we perceive a threat (such as a snake slithering or a vehicle skidding toward us on an icy road).
It’s the Amygdala that instinctively kicks into gear and causes us to run away from any kind of perceived threat to our survival.
Fear of the opposite sex triggers can include certain types of individuals and photographs and voices and clothing or perfumes and make-up – almost anything. We call this uncontrollable irrational fear Sexophobia or Heterophobia.
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