Hello dearies, what is your phobia? Or do you have any at all? Recently, I had my nieces come for a sleepover. When it was bedtime, the youngest was concerned about a barking dog. Somewhere in the neighborhood was a dog barking at intervals. I reassured her of safety, and she soundly fell asleep. In that instant, I remembered my younger self . Nighttime was a big nightmare for me because of barking dogs and meowing cats. Unlike her, I did not have anyone’s reassurance that I was safe. Such phobias were deemed silly, and so I couldn’t tell anyone. Disrupted sleep, sweating, and panic attacks became part of my night routine. I thought the anxiety would wear off with age, but it hasn’t. I still have dog and cat phobia. It’s a work in progress, and I will get there someday. For instance, I sleep peacefully throughout the night. What I can’t do yet is having a dog or cat next to me.
A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder defined by a persistent and excessive fear of an object or situation.The phobia typically results in a rapid onset of fear and is present for more than six months.Wikipedia
Things you shouldn’t tell someone struggling with phobias
Don’t be silly or that’s silly: Try to be considerate. We are all different and with different experiences. Some of the phobias have to do with our past experiences. Instead of being judgmental or jumping into conclusions, help someone identify the source of their fear.
Your phobia is unreasonable: There is no scale to judge which phobias are realistic or not. Approach people from a place of love and not judgment.
I will bring/throw to you a (name your phobia): Avoid threatening people with what scares them. I’m yet to know where my phobia originated from, but I know of some threats. Growing up I would hear parents telling their kids that they will throw them out to the dogs or cats if they refused to eat.
There you go, those are my two cents regarding phobias. Let me hear your thoughts. Stay kind.