Xenophobia is considered to bethe fear of foreigners or anyone who is unlike us. This term also refers toracism but that is a mistake. These who have real xenophobia do not hatepeople who are different as they are frightened by them and the hate they feel iscaused by that fear. Xenophobia includes fear from people who come fromdifferent country, culture and even from those whose dressing code isdifferent.
We all have the motive to be members of some group and that is notjust in human nature; it is even present in the animal world. We identify withthe group that we belong to and that can be stimulating, but it can also be thereason for developing negative feelings regarding others who are not in thatgroup. This process is in our nature, but it can become dangerous for otherswho are considered to be strangers and members of other groups. They may beseen as enemies even if there is no reasonable evidence for that. This was andstill is the main reason for wars some criminal behaviors and maltreatments.
Xenophobia is not only striking the person who has it, but it can also lead tounwanted consequences regarding other people who are seen by sufferer asdifferent.
Living with Xenophobia
Many individuals live withxenophobia without showing violence towards people who are different. Theyrespect the law and behave in social acceptable way, although they feeldiscomfort when among "Asians," "Jews" or "gays",for example. Even so it is not rare that xenophobic develops a closerrelation with someone who is a member of a different group.
When people arexenophobic, that may affect their choice who they will be friends with whothey will be dating and even who they will talk to. It is very depriving whenliving in a multicultural environment to avoid everyone who is not of the samerace, religion or culture as you are.
However, there are certain ways that canhelp you to get rid of the fear that you are feeling towards others. You canstart to travel and visit other countries, and that will help you to face andcommunicate with strangers. In that way you will see that they are notdangerous or so different from you and your fear will vanish. If that doesn’thelp then there is always a therapy which can be long lasting but efficient. Itwill help you to deal with your fear and eventually to defeat it.