31 Phobias: #15 Fear of Gifts
The Fear of Receiving Gifts
Disliking the Unknown
The fear of receiving gifts is called Doronophobia. Yes, there is such a thing. As hard as it is to understand, maybe this Hub will shed a little light on the subject and help you "see things" as a Doronophobic sees things.
Doronophobics have an extremely and strange fear. They're not trying to be rude by rejecting thoughtful gifts (most seem even arrogant about it), it's just that they have a fear of what may be inside. They dread not knowing what the item is that has been placed in a container/box and then wrapped so that nobody can tell what it could possibly be. They fear that the item may be harmful physically to them (or to others as well), or even possibly hazardous to their health and their loved ones.
As ridiculous as it may seem, this fear is all too real. It can ruin social lives if this problem is not addressed to those who are unaware of the sufferers fear.
Many professionals have considered that the sufferer brought on this phobia while an adolescent and was never given the proper care & treatment. So, as a result, some Doronophobiacs not only dread Christmas but their own birthday as well, simply because they have a fear of receiving gifts.
However, it's not only holiday events and birthdays, it's also packages that arrive at their doorstep that they didn't order. Gift bags sitting on desks at the office and especially FedEx packages that sit unopened. It seems FedEx would be a company that Doronophobiacs would dread the most because when it comes to their fast pace and handling so many packages and mail with unknown contents there's no telling what could be inside them.
Presently, there is no cure for Doronophobia. Fortunately though, there is a treatment and with much positive feedback. Treatment can be as simple as a sufferer placing their hand into their own bags and boxes. Knowing that nothing will come to harm them, this may develop "muscle memory" where (hopefully) the sufferer can eventually receive gifts without feeling panic or anxiety.
Most Doronophobics have other fears/phobias as well. So sometimes, sufferers are dealing with not only Doronophobia, but trying to deal with at least two or more other phobias as well.
Understanding Those with Phobias
There are many sites that explain those who suffer greatly with phobias. Understanding phobias and why/how they affect people may change the way you look at this mental disorder. Phobias are real and if not identified properly (preferably during adolescents) there may be little to zero chance for recovery.