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#100158 - Thu Mar 08 2001 06:29 AM Dealing with phobias
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I think most of us have experienced some kind of phobia in our lives and tend to do everything we can to avoid a partiluar object or situation because of fear, and/or anxiety. Some people fear going to the dentist, and some experience the fear of heights, etc.

Do you have a phobia?

Please share your stories and suggestions on how we can overcome our fears and anxiety.


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#100159 - Thu Mar 08 2001 09:44 AM Re: Dealing with phobias
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Let's start this conversation off by listing all the technical terms for phobias and their meanings (please a few at a time to give everyone a chance) and then we can go through them to see if any of them apply to us and what we can do to overcome our fears.

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#100160 - Thu Mar 08 2001 11:24 AM Re: Dealing with phobias
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Here's a couple to start off with.

Acarophobia - Fear of itching or of the insects that cause itching


Achluophobia or Lygophobia or Noctiphobia or Scotophobia - Fear of the dark


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#100161 - Thu Mar 08 2001 11:46 AM Re: Dealing with phobias
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Acousticophobia: Fear of noise

Acrophobia: Fear of heights

Aerophobia: Fear of fresh air (cf. ancraophobia, batophobia, hypsophobia)

Agoraphobia: Fear of being in crowded, public places (cf. demophobia)

Agyrophobia: Fear of crossing streets

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#100162 - Thu Mar 08 2001 01:00 PM Re: Dealing with phobias
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Arachnephobia or Arachnophobia - Fear of spiders


Arsonphobia - Fear of fire


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#100163 - Thu Mar 08 2001 01:54 PM Re: Dealing with phobias
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Ailurophobia: The fear of cats.

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#100164 - Thu Mar 08 2001 02:01 PM Re: Dealing with phobias
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Altophobia - fear of heights
Arachnophobia - fear of spiders *yich*
Ochlophobia - fear of mob-like crowds

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#100165 - Sat Mar 10 2001 12:18 AM Re: Dealing with phobias
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Asthenophobia - Fear of fainting or weakness

Astraphobia or Keraunophobia or Tonitrophobia - Fear of thunder and/or lightning

Astrophobia- Fear of stars and celestial space

Ataxophobia or Ataxiophobia - Fear of disorder or untidiness

Atelophobia - Fear of imperfection

Athazagoraphobia - Fear of being forgotten or ignored or forgetting


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#100166 - Fri Mar 09 2001 09:14 PM Re: Dealing with phobias
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Here's a good one...

Logizomechanophobia - Fear of computers


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#100167 - Sun Mar 11 2001 10:21 AM Re: Dealing with phobias
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Thanks for helping out everyone. Before we continue listing all the names of phobias, I would like to admit that I have a major cockroach phobia. I don't know what it is called or how to deal with it, but I am scared to death of them. If I see one at night, I find it difficult to sleep for the rest of night. Does anyone have this phobia or know how to deal with it?

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#100168 - Sun Mar 11 2001 02:57 PM Re: Dealing with phobias
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Acrophobia, here. I need four arms and hands to get on a ladder and paint my house. I clean my wood-burning stove chimney by standing on the roof and am not too uncomfortable with that because of the broad roof surface I'm standing on, but, oh brother! get me in one of those hotel glass elevators that go up 40 stories or so and watch me sweat!
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#100169 - Sun Mar 11 2001 03:16 PM Re: Dealing with phobias
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I wouldn't call my dislike of cockroaches a phobia... I'm not afraid of the... they just make my skin crawl...
Now spiders, on the other hand...
And bees... let's not forget them...
those two insects give me the willies!
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#100170 - Sun Mar 11 2001 04:48 PM Re: Dealing with phobias
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JoJo, are cockroaches pretty common in your part of the country? I know that there are some (VERY LUCKY, I MIGHT ADD!!!) places in the US that don't ever see cockroaches. I don't know why I was thinking that the California area was one of those fortunate places. But, I guess the palm trees do make a difference, don't they? High concentration of water in the trees = roaches.

I don't know if I have a phobia about them, but I'm with Val. My skin crawls to think of them.... EWWWWWWW

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#100171 - Sun Mar 11 2001 06:14 PM Re: Dealing with phobias
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Linda, I am not sure how common they are in California, but they are here. They are not as large as the ones I have seen in MS. LA, TX, or FL though. We do have a lot of spiders here which I think helps to keep them away. Before I moved into the place where I am living now, I rented a house with a pool and I saw more of them there. I have only seen about two or three cockroaches since I have lived here but I tell you, I am scared to death of them. It's weird when you compare their size to a human's and they don't bite or sting but yet I won't get anywhere close to them to kill them. I use bug spray or throw things at it, instead of just stepping on it. Now that is a real ewwwww for me. lol

One time I was in the south and I was reading in my hotel room and I looked up and there was a huge cockroach on the ceiling and it looked like it had wings. Now I don't know if some cockroaches have wings or not but it looked like this one did. I just sat there motionless for at least 10 minutes scared to death that it would just leap at me. I finally made myself get out of bed, got dressed and went to the hotel desk and demanded that they give me a new room.

[This message has been edited by JoJo2 (edited 03-11-2001).]


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#100172 - Sun Mar 11 2001 06:32 PM Re: Dealing with phobias
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JoJo, I don't know if I should tell you this or not! But, ummmm, yes, some cockroaches DO have wings. And, they can fly at you quite quickly, too! I've had one or two do that right after I've sprayed them. (Dang it! Do you know that I'm shuttering at this very moment as I write this?! Just the remembrance of those things flying straight at me gives me the chills.)

I've tried just about every bug spray I can find. The only thing that I've found that truly works is a well-aimed shoe! And, even then, you have to hit 'em several times to kill them completely. Most of the time, they're just stunned.

Have you ever had one crawl across you while you're sleeping? Let me tell you, you will sleep no more that night!

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#100173 - Mon Mar 12 2001 05:48 AM Re: Dealing with phobias
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Oh Linda, something similar happened to me. After a night on the town, I came home and went right to sleep. I woke up in the middle of the night with a dead cockroach in my bed!!!!! I must have rolled over and smashed the little demon. EWWWWWWWW again. I know that cockroaches love beer so he must have been quite attracted to me at the time. I scooped the bugger out and put my sheets in the washer and slept on the couch for the rest of the night. Or should I say that I tried to go back to sleep. Talk about the willy's!!!! And now you tell me that they do have wings! Now I have goose bumps on my body.

Years ago in Las Vegas, I was sound asleep and I heard a crash and thought that someone broke into my apartment. I was scared motionless for a few minutes. I kept listening and I didn't hear another sound so I finally managed to get out of bed and take a look around. When I made it to the kitchen, I saw a spoon that had been on the kitchen table and there it was on the floor with a cockroach. This cockroach must have been on steroids, because it must have pushed the spoon off the table onto the floor.

Oh lord, it is almost 3:00 AM, I hope I don't have nightmares now.


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#100174 - Mon Mar 12 2001 11:57 PM Re: Dealing with phobias
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Come for a visit to Wonderful Wyoming (or Colorado). I have lived in WY for almost 8 years and previously lived in CO for 22 years and have never had a roach in my homes. Contrast that with my 4-year stint in Florida, where the roaches vote on whether to eat you now or take you home first, the difference is obvious.
However, the Florida native will only reluctantly admit of roaches in the Sunshine State and call them "Palmetto Bugs."
The roaches weren't nearly as disgusting to look at as was the horseshoe crab. Find a picture of that prehistoric gob of ugly and view it only at your own risk.
Horseshoecrabophobia.
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#100175 - Tue Mar 13 2001 07:57 AM Re: Dealing with phobias
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fjohn, horseshoe crabs (Limulus polyphemus) are indeed ugly, and I wouldn't want to get anywhere near their pointy tails. ouch! Can you believe that the medical profession uses an extract from the horseshoe crab's blue, copper-based blood called lysate to test the purity of medicines? Certain properties of the shell have also been used to speed blood clotting and to make absorbable sutures.

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#100176 - Sat Mar 17 2001 08:41 AM Re: Dealing with phobias
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One of my friends went to take SAT's in a Scranton school which has been condemned since the 1800s. He said that the teacher told them to excuse the 'Cockroach Hotel', and stepped on a cockroach gliding across the floor. I don't like cockroaches, but I don't hate them either.

One of my phobias, is blood and anything dealing with the body. One kid threw up on the bus yesterday (and was proud of it I may add . . .) I thought I was going to follow in unison. Basically, anything that has to do with the body. I get queasy even talking about it . . . drugs, blood, urine, throw up, and on. I once even ran out of health class. The strange thing is that I'm good at first aid . . . God forbid I'm alone with someone and they get injured.


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#100177 - Sun Mar 18 2001 12:08 AM Re: Dealing with phobias
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That does it Linda, I will NOT be popping down to Texas... I think that I might go to Kansas instead provided they don't have cockroaches there........ Yuck!

I am phobic about flying insects, even flying ants. I know that it is stupid, well that is what phobias are, you know that the fear is not rational but there is nothing you can do about it, it is overwhelming.

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#100178 - Sat Mar 17 2001 01:06 PM Re: Dealing with phobias
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Actually there are many things that one can do to takle their phobias. There are support groups and there also many wonderful programs for people who have severe phobias. I know that some airlines provide mock flights for those who are scared of flying and I saw a therapist help a woman who was scared of riding in elevators the other night on television. I think this lady had to ride in an elevater about 200+ plus times to be cured, but it worked for her. For those of us who have a phobia but don't feel that it is severe enough to get counceling, it is nice to talk about them with others, like we are doing here, to know that we are not alone is a comforting feeling.

I never thought of myself as having a germ phobia but when I went out to breakfast this morning, as I was leaving, the man in front of me had a horrible cold and blew his nose just before he put his hands on the door bar to leave. I took a step back and then pushed the door open with my elbow as not to get his germs.


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#100179 - Sat Mar 17 2001 01:30 PM Re: Dealing with phobias
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Perhaps that didn't come over as I intended, I realise that there are programmes to helping people to overcome phobias, what I meant was that there was little or nothing one could do to prevent a phobia developing... being told or even knowing that one's fear is stupid and irrational is no help, it won't stop a person developing a phobia. I mean phobia, not a strong dislike, I am talking irrational intense fear only. There are things which make me uncomfortable, there are things that literally terrify me - flying insects, I know they won't hurt me and I also know that I could swat them with a rolled up newspaper and they will die.... IF I could remain in the same room as them in order to bash them!

Conditioning is not an option with me, I would rather just avoid them so no one suggest that I try to overcome the phobia, it doesn't ruin my life so not a problem.


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#100180 - Sat Mar 17 2001 01:45 PM Re: Dealing with phobias
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I agree Sue, and I loved your comment. IF I could remain in the same room as them in order to bash them!" That is exactly how I feel about roaches. I am more than happy to allow someone else to do the honors of killing them for me.

[This message has been edited by JoJo2 (edited 03-17-2001).]


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#100181 - Tue Mar 27 2001 06:53 PM Re: Dealing with phobias
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Bringing this up for ruthg

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#100182 - Wed Mar 28 2001 10:56 AM Re: Dealing with phobias
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Thanks JoJo, it is good to know that there are people here who will admit to their phobias,my problem with spiders(a cold shiver just went up & down my spine) doesn't really interfere with my day to day routines so I have no intention at all of trying to overcome it,I will stick to just running away whenever I see one.

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#100183 - Wed Mar 28 2001 11:18 AM Re: Dealing with phobias
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Hi ruthg, as you can see you are not alone. I never thought I was scared of heights until I went to the top of the Empire State Building. I will never forget how weak my knees felt. I had to sit down REAL fast, I almost got sick to my stomach.

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#100184 - Wed Mar 28 2001 02:09 PM Re: Dealing with phobias
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This posting is on behalf of my pal Stewpot,whose phobias include:- travelling on the motorway( freeway or interstate,I think),dentists ( is actually Stewpot who helped me get over my fear of the dentist), heights and also flying insects.These are just a few of Stewpot's phobias.I could go on but it would take too long to list them all.

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#100185 - Wed Apr 11 2001 11:36 PM Re: Dealing with phobias
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I think many people suffer from the fear of destists. How many of you grip the sides of the chair before the destist even gets started?

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#100186 - Thu Apr 12 2001 01:07 AM Re: Dealing with phobias
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Yeah JoJo til my knuckles turn white. They have a special chair for me with restraints and laughing gas... ever since that time I gripped the front of Dr. Deweys shirt.
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#100187 - Thu Apr 12 2001 04:33 AM Re: Dealing with phobias
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lol! anniedt, did you really grip the front of Dr. Deweys shirt? How funny.

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#100188 - Thu Apr 12 2001 06:32 AM Re: Dealing with phobias
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I am not afraid of spiders (I actually like them), insects, heights or dentists but I am terribly afraid of being alone with a man I don't know well enough to trust. This means having any repairs done in my home is a real problem. My son has to stay home and even with him there I feel I have to go out. When I'm out I ring my son up to see if the men have gone. Because I live in State housing I have little choice about who does any work on the place.

This fear started as a result of my ex-husband who used to bash me while accusing me of having affairs with anyone who came to the house. Strangely the phobia became even stronger after my ex left. My doctor wants me to have counselling as she says this affects my life too much. I even chose to work in the library industry because it female dominated and the few men that are doing the job tend to be rather mild.


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#100189 - Sat Apr 14 2001 07:52 AM Re: Dealing with phobias
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I've always been claustrophobic, mainly in large crowds. I'd never know what phobia that was until now. My friends always called me "socaily claustrophobic" bacuse I refuse to go to movies on the first day, because there are to many people, and I beg teacher to sit me on the edge of the room, so that at least there is one side with out people. Now I think I might be ochlophobic. I'm not exactly sure why Iím afraid being in a large group of people.... as long as they are severl yards away Iím fine, but if Iím in the middle of them....
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#100190 - Sat Apr 14 2001 09:00 PM Re: Dealing with phobias
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I can deal with roadents, (In fact I find most of them to be cute and cuddly.) Reptiles don't phase me a bit. But I cannot deal with Spiders, Bees, Wasps, and Hornets! Spiders are just too creepy, and I think my fear of stinging/biteing insects comes from the time my sister had a bad allergic reaction to a bee sting. The only way you can find out if your are allergic to bee stings is when one bites you. I'm not inclined to find out the hard way.


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#100191 - Sat Apr 14 2001 09:29 PM Re: Dealing with phobias
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I'm allergic to bee stings (Not keel over and die alleric, but I swell up) and I found out the hard way. When I was six, my mom was on her honeymoon, I was staying with my dad and my sister and I were playing behind the barn. We were picking dandilions, and I guess I must of invaded some bee-boundry because the next thing I knew I had been stung four times on the head. The next day, I had swollen up so much I could not see for several days. When my mom finally got back from her honeymoon, I remember her yelling at my dad for about an hour for not taking me to the doctor. I guess you could say I'm a bit bee-phobic myself, because every time I see one, I run about a mile in the other direction!
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#100192 - Sun Apr 15 2001 11:47 PM Re: Dealing with phobias
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I have severe Apiphobia which is a fear of bees and so does my mom so maybe it got passed on because i have no reason to be afraid of them seeing as i have never been stung(by anything,that's probably because i run away anytime i see something that stings).....hmmm....
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#100193 - Tue Jun 19 2001 12:58 PM Re: Dealing with phobias
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Conquer your fear of the Dentist!
Dental anxiety or fear of the dentist is a major stumbling block for many people. It usually prevents otherwise intelligent, rational people from optimizing and maintaining their dental health.

The most important step to overcoming dental anxiety is finding a good dentist. A good dentist is one who:

  • is patient
  • is highly competent
  • endeavors to make each meeting pain free
  • genuinely cares about you
  • has the ability to nurture you through past traumas

Ask friends and family for dentists they recommend. Feel free to ask any potential dentist about his practice, practice philosophy, and the steps he or she takes to make dentistry pain free and anxiety free. Remember, do not be intimidated. You are the consumer and it is the dentist who should be selling you on his or her service.

Source: Dr. Eric Spieler


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#100194 - Wed Jun 20 2001 08:03 AM Re: Dealing with phobias
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Has anyone ever heard of this one? I feel as though I am the only one that has it, as I know of no one else. I am afraid of the telephone. Believe me, I know this sounds wierd. This has progressed over a period of years. I never answer it at home or at work. I never even listen to the answering machine. If my wife didn't insist upon it I wouldn't even own a phone. I own a small business, but I employ people to answer the phone, and I rarely take any calls. I'd love to know if this is a phobia that has been identified. Just hearing it ring starts me to sweating. Geesh!
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#100195 - Wed Jun 20 2001 11:19 PM Re: Dealing with phobias
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justawful, you will be happy to know that you are not alone and there is a phobia called Telephonophobia (fear of the telephone). From what I understand, there are quite a few people who have this phobia.

Some of the experts say that when dealing with and overcoming a phobia using a cognitive-behavioural approach usually involves the following steps:

* "Unlearn" your anxious response to the feared situation.
* Change anxious self-talk to positive self-talk.
* "Reframe" incorrect beliefs.
* Learn to recognise and label feelings appropriately.

I am not an expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I sincerely believe that one must take one step at a time and approach your fears head-on. Maybe you could start to overcome your fears by first just touching the telephone every now and then. Then you could buld up to where you can just hold the receiver for a few seconds at a time. Become more familiar with the telephone as an object. I would start out this way, a very simple approach. Ask your wife to be with you in the beginning stages for comfort and support and see how you do. I hope this helps you. Please let us know of your progress, and I wish you the best of luck. And remember... YOU CAN DO IT!


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#100196 - Wed Jun 20 2001 11:57 PM Re: Dealing with phobias
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Thanx for the info JoJo. I'm not so far gone yet that I NEVER speak on the phone, I just rarely do. The immediacy of the ringing phone unnerves me to no end. Everyone I know stops whatever they are doing to answer a ringing phone.(Even SEX!?) It's unbelievable. Folks will stop in midsentence. Salespeople and cahiers will stop helping you (no matter how long you have waited in line) and leap to answer a ringing phone. It's as though people are almost controlled by it. And now with cell phones. Jeez. People can't be away from the phone long enough to drive their car safely? Oops. Sorry for the tirade but I'm basically right, No? Telephonophobia. That's a good name for it. Thanks again.
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#100197 - Wed Jun 20 2001 12:24 PM Re: Dealing with phobias
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justawful, I completely agree with you. People do tend to react to phone calls as always being an urgent situation. It's like people cannot do anything anymore without a cell phone by their side. I would like to have one for emmergency purposes but I don't think I could ever walk around the grocery store or go to the pool with one. There was a guy whose cell phone kept going off in the movie theater. Oh my, I really had to bite my tongue not to say anything rude to him. The theaters put up a message on the big screen asking everyone to turn their beepers and cell phones off. Why can't they do without for two hours. Sorry, I just had to vent. I think telephone solititors have put me off quite a bit over the past few years. They always seem to call around dinner time. I always dread answering the phone at that time. I guess I might have a telephone solititors phobia, if there is such a thing.

Forgive me justawful for jumping to another phobia for a minute, but for all you cockroach haters out there, have you seen the new Orkin Pest Control commercial on television? You know the one where it looks like a cockroach is actually crawling up your TV screen? Oh my, I get the creeps just thinking about that one. Does anyone else feel that way? Do you know which commercial I am talking about?


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#100198 - Wed Jun 20 2001 12:48 PM Re: Dealing with phobias
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Telephonophobia.
I like it Jim so true too. What did these folks do before cell phones??? They are so misused. It seems the person on the phone would rather be somewhere else than where they are and if it involves me, I'm insulted.
Here's what I did with my fear of the dentist. I made an appointment to talk with him. I explained my fear and the reasons for it. Then I assured him that if I felt even the least bit uncomfortable in his chair, I would look for someone else to give my money to. It was by no means a threat. I just needed to make sure he knows where I stand. It worked very well too. In my chart there is a note about my fear and instructions to make me feel at ease in the office. They've been great, and it seems more dentists are going beyond the standard to accomodate their patients.
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#100199 - Wed Jun 20 2001 01:04 PM Re: Dealing with phobias
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I'll tell ya one thing about that cockroach commercial JoJo. It was designed to get a response, and has it EVER! I don't like the commercial and I don't know anyone that does, but I'm sure the advertiser considers it a huge success. Just the fact that people talk about it makes it successful.

Annie, luckily I have no fear of the dentist, but I'm scared to death to talk to him on the phone! LOL.

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#100200 - Thu Jun 21 2001 07:42 AM Re: Dealing with phobias
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JoJo, Claustrophobia somewhat. Here is an example; I don't like sliding down those closed in tubes at the water parks with my kids. I'm always afraid that there is some fat kid stuck somewhere in the tube. I'm fine with the open slides however

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#100201 - Thu Jun 21 2001 08:55 AM Re: Dealing with phobias
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I have never been in or seen those tubes before as I have never been to a water park. Are they small enough that someone could actually become stuck in one? If so, that would scare me too. I really don't know how to overcome this phobia. Maybe you could do some research or talk to one of the employees there, and ask if anyone has ever been stuck inside one. If not, maybe that will help. Maybe some of our other members might be able to help with this. Do you feel the same way in other closed areas?

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#100202 - Thu Jun 21 2001 09:13 AM Re: Dealing with phobias
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Quote: "Do you feel the same way in other closed areas?" Nope, not really. Elevators, caves (so long as there not really tight or closed in too much), etc., have no real problems.
BTW JoJo, the water tubes are fairly round but completely dark. I'm sure no one has been stuck, but why do they have a lifeguard watching at the end to make sure the people come out.....

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#100203 - Thu Jun 28 2001 10:19 AM Re: Dealing with phobias
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Yesterday, I cam over a huge fear of mine. Jumping into water. I'm not afraid of swimming pools and I enjoy swimming so much. (As a matter of fact that's what I'm doing today.) When we moved (which I forgot to tell everyone - that is why my new bathroom has a lock on the outside like my signature! LOL) there was an inground pool with a diving board. I wouldn't even jump in the places where I knew I could jump back up.

Well, yesterday, without thinking about it, I jumped into the pool. I didn't realize it until I did it. Geez, I don't know what I was scared of! Now when I go to summer camp I can jump off the dock with no fears. My next step: The high dive.


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#100204 - Thu Jun 28 2001 10:34 AM Re: Dealing with phobias
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Registered: Fri Nov 19 1999
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Congratulations BoyScout! That is a great accomplishment. I have a fear of going in water that I cannot see through. I will only swim in a pool. If I can't see what is around me in a body of water, there is no way on earth that I going swimming in it.

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