taijin kyofusho

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A culture-bound syndrome found in Japan and included in the official Japanese classification of mental disorders, characterized by an intense and debilitating anxiety that one's body or its parts or functions are embarrassing, displeasing, repugnant, or offensive to others. Also called shinkei-shitsu. It is sometimes interpreted in Western cultures as a body dysmorphic disorder. [Japanese taijin confrontation + kyofu-sho phobia, from kyofu fear + sho nature or kind]

Subjects: Psychology.

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