PHOBIC CHARACTER

with regard to psychoanalytic theory, initially utilized by Austrian psychoanalyst Otto Fenichel, someone who is likely to cope with anxiety by severe or fearful abstinence.

PHOBIC CHARACTER: "Possessing a phobic character is not discouraged by therapists, even if it helps the patient in some way, because it isn't a practical long-term coping method."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "PHOBIC CHARACTER," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/phobic-character/ (accessed April 19, 2021).
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