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Fear of Loss

Do you suffer from a fear of loss?

Fear of loss is often expressed as an excessive fear of losing one’s partner, parents or grandparents, children or even a pet. Sometimes it extends to friends, one’s home, one’s job or specific attitudes to life. It most often manifests itself in relationships – especially at the end of, or in the aftermath of, a relationship.

Do you find it hard to let go of your partner or ex-partner even though you would like to? Do you know why it’s so difficult? Usually it’s because we never acknowledge, or are unaware of, the unconscious fears and issues that lie behind our fear of loss.

Fear of loss is not a feeling or phenomenon that arises in isolation or from time to time. Rather, we might say that fear of loss is multi-faceted. It manifests itself in diverse ways and degrees in certain situations and in the form of different kinds of fear.

The different ways in which fear of loss are manifested:

  • Fear of being alone
  • Clinging to illusions
  • Fear of making decisions
  • Fear of rejection
  • Emotional dependence
  • Fear of the truth
  • Fear of having to find new goals

I describe these facets and fears in more detail in my Blog.

In May 2019, I will be hosting an online congress on the topic of fear of loss and heartache. You can find more information here.

Birgit Böttcher
in Düsseldorf
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