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Meme - day four

September 25th, 2013 (09:32 pm)

Oh, I hope I keep up with this - it's actually quite nice getting into the discipline of posting regularly.

What am I frightened of?

Spiders (sorry, mrs_tribble!!!). Snakes. Sharp pointy objects - I can cope with kitchen knives, but broken glass scares me, and scalpels freak me out - possibly something to do with accidentally slicing a bit of a finger off with one many years ago.

I have, as many people know, something of a fear of using telephones. Calling my mum or huntingospray I'm fine with. Calling anyone else gives me a lot of trouble, normally involving a lot of psyching myself up to make the call (at work, it's been known to take me 15 - 30 minutes...thankfully, it's not something I have to do very often...), and a lot of "getting to the last number and then hanging up". I don't think it helped that I did four years in telesales (business to business, but I had the occasional rude and unpleasant person). I remember once, when I was about 22, trying to ring up a young lady whom I fancied with a view to asking her out. Took me ages. So that's probably allied with a wider fear of rejection and a bit of social phobia. Not a massive amount, but I tend to feel out of my depth in social situations, particularly large gatherings - I loosen up eventually, but initially I'll try to hide behind whoever I'm with.

And failure. I'm frightened of failure.


Posted by: Lil Miss Morgan Dork (badfalcon)
Posted at: September 25th, 2013 09:24 pm (UTC)
Stripey Socks

spiders are just... *shudder*
I don't like answering the phone, but I'm ok making the calls - and I did a year in a callcentre, so that was fun lol

Posted by: Virgers! How are we doing with those explosives? (tree_and_leaf)
Posted at: September 25th, 2013 09:57 pm (UTC)

With you on the phone call thing. It's not that uncommon, I don't think, although probably mostly not to that degree. But I think the invention of e-mail has been a godsend for a lot of people.

Posted by: Stacey (geekslave)
Posted at: September 26th, 2013 04:32 am (UTC)

HATE talking on the phone. I worked for a call center once, doing surveys on the phone and it was hard not letting the rude people get to me.


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