Don't be scared
October 23, 2011 2:38 AM Subscribe
Anyone have any tips for speeding up the process of "forgetting" scary things?
posted by simplethings to Society & Culture (14 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I used to love horror films growing up, but it would always take a few weeks afterwards to not be afraid of whatever happened in the movie. The fear would totally affect my daily life--for 3 days after seeing The Ring I refused to be alone and would have friends actually sit in the bathroom with me while I did my business.
A few years ago I wanted to stop being afraid so I stopped watching or reading anything remotely scary and it worked and I've been happy.
On Tuesday, as a domestic violence awareness deal, a friend posted a story on her Facebook wall about a woman who was tortured. I started reading the post and it went into really graphic details about what had happened and 3/4 of the way through I pulled myself away completely disturbed. I couldn't eat or sleep for the rest of the day. I haven't used Facebook since then to reduce my chances of running into the post again.
The fear/anxiety is slowly starting to go away, thoughts of the story only pop up now when I'm not actively doing something or when I stop doing a task or if I'm sitting in silence. I'm eating food and sleeping (although, I've been falling asleep to the TV to provide a distraction) so things are definitely getting better but I'd like to speed up the process.
I'm not really sure what this whole deal is called. I guess it's not really forgetting because I don't actually stop remembering... maybe something along the lines of desensitization?
Any tips or tricks I could use for this instance (and for future accidental exposure) would be greatly appreciated.