How to Overcome Fear of Intimacy and Relationships

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How to Overcome Fear of Intimacy and Relationships
Overcome your fears to find lasting love and intimacy. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

A fear of intimacy or relationships is often caused directly by past experience and how it made you feel. When you feel afraid of getting close to someone, it can cause a major roadblock in your life. If you want a relationship, it is essential to work through these fears.

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    Figure out the root cause of your anxiety in regards to relationships. Often, people who have been hurt in the past may develop a strong fear of intimacy because they don't want to get hurt again.

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    Work through your own feelings before you attempt to build a new relationship. Trying to get involved too soon may lead to you hurting others because of your fears.

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    Talk with a therapist to work through the root causes and find emotional support to help you begin to remove the fear from your life.

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    Take it slow when you eventually begin dating again. If you start to feel uncomfortable, let your date know that you aren't ready and need to slow things down.

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    Put your trust in someone, if you really like them and want to be with them. Remember that any past hurt was not caused by your current partner and try to let go. Instead, work on enjoying the present time with your partner and not focusing on what's to come.

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