We all have something that just twists our insides, makes us break out in a cold sweat or freezes us in fear like a deer in headlights. Some have fear of flying as I read on a recent post and some have fear of spiders as I read in my comments. We all have fears, many seem irrational to us but for the people who experience them, they are very real.
I knew a man who was afraid of the cotton in the top of medicine bottles. He could not remove it, could not touch it, and you could chase him a mile with a cotton ball.
I have had two fears in my life, irrational but real.
One was needles. This was not a problem before my surgery. I could take a shot with the best of them. The night following my surgery, I got shots, lots of them, so many in fact, my husband stood between the nurse and me and said no more shots. We later discovered I was not only receiving my shots but also those of another patient. All I remembered was white uniforms and the needles.
I did not know this had a lasting impression on me until two years later when my doctor mentioned I needed a shot. I immediately crawled to the corner and was screaming, no shots! NO SHOTS!
I used to give our animals shots and discovered I could no longer even touch a needle. This changes your whole world, no dentists, no doctors, no vaccinations for the animals...I had to do something so I took the bull by the horns. I started by looking at the needle, forcing myself to hold it. I worked on this for months to over come it. At the dentist, I explained and he was very careful to warn me and keep the needle out of sight. It took me almost three years to over come this so I know how crippling phobias can be.
My children grew and knew of my fear. As young teens, they and my nephew captured a scorpion and hot glued him in a jar lid. It was gift to help overcome my fears. I also have been presented with scorpion paperweights.
It was a long haul but I have over come this one too. My heart still speeds up, but I can kill them now and not run like a striped ape when I see one.
What are your fears and phobias? Do you actively try to over come them and how?
I look forward to your answers.