Autophobia is the fear of being alone. Some people become so consumed with never being alone that they lose themselves in trying to please others or accepting invitations to just not be alone. What is so scary about being alone? Loneliness can bring about depression but being alone, even for extroverts, can be calming and refreshing. Try running errands, going to lunch, or staying home on Saturday night all by yourself and pay attention to how you feel. It’s not so scary and you might actually enjoy it.

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