Do you know someone who is so afraid that someone is trying to pick you up that you never get close enough for a relationship? I call this “Relationshiphobia”, It’s a fear based on a previous incident that caused a trauma in one’s head so that “innocent remarks” are always perceived as a threat to one’s being. A person who suffers from such a phobia is similar to one “Arachnophia” where one will make sure they are not near spiders because of a bite yet this is relationships based. Yes, there are “creepy people” out there but with the right coping skills and learned techniques those individuals will no longer be a threat so G-D willing this individual can learn to have a loving lasting relationship after all.
FOOTNOTE- B.F. Skinner therapeutic approach might be helpful with such individuals.