The fear of knees, or genufobia, is relatively rare. Like most phobias, the severity of xenophobia varies widely. Some people are only afraid of seeing bare knees in person, while others are afraid of bare knees, even in the movie.
People with this phobia may be afraid of all knees or their own. Some people are so scared to kneel.
Causes of Genuphobia
Genuphobia is often, but not always triggered by a negative experience. If you have experienced a traumatic knee injury, you are more likely to develop this fear.
However, the traumatic experience does not have to have happened to you personally. Seeing a severe knee injury occur to a friend or relative may be enough to trigger fear.
In some cases, genufobia develops after seeing a character’s kneecaps break in a gangster movie.
Childhood experiences can also influence the development of phobias. Some cases of xenophobia can be attributed to a highly religious or culturally conservative upbringing.
Many religions and some cultures require conservative dress. Choosing not to reveal your knees or look at someone else’s for religious or cultural reasons is not diagnosable as a phobia.
However, a problem may arise in those who no longer practice a conservative religion or live in traditional culture. Many people make the transition to secular life without significant difficulties.
But some people are stuck, unable to overcome years of religious or cultural training. If you cannot overcome your fear of your knees, consultation with a mental health professional or spiritual advisor in your new religion of choice may be in order.
Some cases of xenophobia have no apparent cause. Fortunately, it is rarely necessary to understand the cause of a phobia to treat it successfully.
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Complications of fear of knees
Today’s society is exceptionally body-conscious. From formal wear to sportswear, virtually all forms of clothing offer short options that show off the legs. It would be nearly impossible to leave the house without seeing someone else’s knees.
Even if your fear is strict with your knees, it can be challenging to keep them covered at all times. Restricting your clothing to only those covering your knees entirely could make it difficult to swim, participate in some sports, or wear certain clothing items.
It may even be difficult or impossible for you to accept specific jobs, as some uniforms consist of shorts or skirts above the knee.
Privacy could also be a problem. Some people with xenophobia are susceptible to having their knees touched or someone else’s. It isn’t easy to share a bed with another person without touching our knees.
Fear of kneeling
Although it can be a different fear, the fear of kneeling technically falls under “genufobia,” although it can be another fear. Some people with the anxiety of kneeling are also uncomfortable with their knees, but many are not.
Instead, the fear of kneeling is often rooted in self-awareness or fear of submission and vulnerability. This phobia can cause difficulties in religious practice, in some sports, and in the performance of specific work tasks.
Some people are unable to kneel due to medical conditions. Although there may be some fear affiliated with pain or not being able to get up, this is not considered a phobia. However, it is possible to develop a fear of kneeling during a temporary injury that does not diminish when the wound heals.
How to cope with the fear of your knees
Like most phobias, the fear of knees varies widely in terms of its severity and how it affects the lives of the people who suffer from them.
Many people have a relatively mild fear that can be kept under control simply by looking away from other people’s knees. However, if your phobia is more severe, you may need professional assistance.
Your therapist will work with you to develop a treatment plan to overcome your fear. Cognitive-behavioral techniques, hypnotherapy, and other measures can be used. If your anxiety is affecting your life, ask your therapist for some methods to keep your fear under control while you undergo treatment.
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