Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Jensine Eckwall - Frigophobia- Fear of Becoming too Cold

Upon first researching frigophobia, I was surprised and fascinated by its correlation with other, largely gender-based psychological disorders.  It is associated with koro, a culture-specific syndrome where male sufferers believe their genitals are retracting into the body and will disappear.  Coldness is associated with an overabundance of yin, the female element.  

In China and Singapore, when women are notified of the illness (it is traditionally believed that working women are particularly susceptible, triggered by stresses like pregnancy), they tend to withdraw from the workforce, avoid exposure to the elements, and alter their diets as opposed to psychotherapy.

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