The conflict between the physical and psychic need for human contact and the fear of people




need for human relationship, fear, Covid-19, therapeutic help, social needs


One of the psychological effects of the measures that have been taken to deal with the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, to which less attention has been paid so far, is the fear of interpersonal relationships. For this reason, the need to adapt to coexistence with covid-19 and the measures that have been taken in this regard, also responding to the needs of relationship and emotional closeness between people is urgent. Although the need for distance between people has been highlighted, no indications have been given on how closer relationships can continue to be maintained safely and securely. This lack of information has turned into a great fear of personal closeness and can produce, especially in vulnerable people, a devastating “fear of others” and even “fear of oneself”, because they feel that they can become the source of illness and death for those close to you. The objectives try to respond to these needs, describing some of the intrapersonal conflicts derived from the current situation and, proposing a series of measures from both the social and psychotherapeutic fields to help people who need it.


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Author Biography

Mónica Rodríguez-Zafra, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia

Profesora Titular de Universidad. Departamento de Psicobiología. Facultad de Psicología


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How to Cite

Rodríguez-Zafra, M., Martín-Sánchez, A., & Ceniceros-Estévez, J. C. (2021). The conflict between the physical and psychic need for human contact and the fear of people . Acción Psicológica, 18(1), 69–82.