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Fear of connection, fear of loss

Extreme fear of intimacy... how do you get over it? [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Sep 28, 2010 - 10 answers

No Suggestion Is Too Wacky

A very close family member is having scary surgery tomorrow. Me and my family members will be freaked out and bored at the same time in the waiting room for an extended period of time. Can you suggest some ways to amuse and distract ourselves? [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek on Sep 22, 2010 - 26 answers

50,000,000 Diabetics Can't Be Wrong

I need to go to the dentist. But, I have a phobia of injections. Not going isn't really an option, so what can I do? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Sep 12, 2010 - 45 answers

How do I get over my fear of sleeping alone?

How can I get over my fear of sleeping alone? [more inside]
posted by heartofglass on Sep 8, 2010 - 21 answers

Stopping the inner crazy

How do I stop worrying that history will repeat itself in regards to my relationship? [more inside]
posted by daysocks on Aug 21, 2010 - 16 answers

You don't know me?

I have a fear that people will perceive my intentions as the exact opposite of what they really are. I'm scared the people who I feel friendly towards will perceive me as hostile, rude, or uncaring. I worry that those I love the most will think I don't care. What the heck is my problem? And what can I do to straighten myself out? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes on Aug 19, 2010 - 8 answers

How much Ativan to take

I took .5 mg of Ativan. What will happen if I take another .5? [more inside]
posted by Badmichelle on Aug 11, 2010 - 17 answers

just please don't tell me to calm down

Do I have to choose between thin+unhappy and fat+unhappy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 7, 2010 - 41 answers

Help me overcome my emetophobia

Have you "cured" an extreme phobia that you once had? How did you do it? [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz on Aug 4, 2010 - 22 answers

Fear in the doctor's office

How do I deal with the fear of a painful medical test that I'm having in two weeks? The pain will be intense but short in duration, under 5 minutes. It's a simple procedure, done in the doctor's office, and afterwards I'll be able to do my normal activities and probably won't have any lingering sensations or discomfort. And yet, I'm having trouble summoning up the courage to go through with this, to the point where I'm becoming paralyzed with the fear. I would appreciate suggestions or anecdotes about how you overcame medical fear to do something you knew you had to do. [more inside]
posted by daikon on Jul 29, 2010 - 48 answers

Can anybody else hear that?

Help me design a really frightening experience! [more inside]
posted by the latin mouse on Jul 29, 2010 - 31 answers

How to de-creepify a basement?

Are basements inherently creepy? Or is there some way I can make it so my kids don't fear our new basement? [more inside]
posted by bluedaisy on Jul 19, 2010 - 53 answers

Dog afraid of the backyard

Our dog has become traumatized by the recent fireworks (I'm in the US, obviously) and is afraid to go outside at night. Even when he is taken outside he doesn't do anything - this results in late night indoor poops. What can I do to get him going in the backyard again? [more inside]
posted by charred husk on Jul 6, 2010 - 16 answers

How can I stop the fear?

How to you keep your cool when there is a chance that you might die? [more inside]
posted by kuju on Jun 24, 2010 - 45 answers

Learning how to trust your immune system

How do you cure a hypochondriac? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 23, 2010 - 14 answers

How to own up to the past and be a good travel companion at the same time?

How to be mellow while traveling together with a friend I used to be very close to in college (but didn't date) and who I haven't seen for a long time? [more inside]
posted by wallawallasweet on Jun 19, 2010 - 10 answers

I dread my own fear and I fear my own dread. Help me stop.

My anxiety prevents me from going on dates, even when a girl might be interested in me. How do I get over this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 3, 2010 - 28 answers

Don't want to be a wimp anymore

Help me get better at doing stuff [more inside]
posted by lemur on May 12, 2010 - 14 answers

Handling High Stress Work Situations With Diplomacy

A psychological question about work -- How can I be zen and mature about a work reorganization? (I know this sounds like a boring work question, but it's really about how to get over fears of being left out or that other people are better than me.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 26, 2010 - 8 answers

Nazi punks #$%& off!

Aside from moving, what can I do about the prevalence of white supremacy in my community? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 26, 2010 - 25 answers

Help me move through this PLEASE

Insight, advice, perspective required for relationship dramas/attempt to become emotionally unstuck (longggggg) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 16, 2010 - 12 answers

Make this movie not scary for me anymore... please... oh please...

So I just watched a movie that has scared me and now I don't want to go to sleep because I think the aliens are going to abduct me. What do you do to get over the initial "OMG TERROR" reaction and irrational fearsfollowing seeing a scary movie? [more inside]
posted by gwenlister on Feb 18, 2010 - 42 answers

Scared of Living?

I'm not sure what to call this but there's something off with me and I don't know what it is. I've always had a hard time with my social relationships. [more inside]
posted by Garden on Feb 14, 2010 - 37 answers

Am I an emotional freak?

What have been your emotional experiences in long-distance relationships? Am I normal? I'm especially interested in hearing about your experiences with reunions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 3, 2010 - 15 answers

How do I overcome my fear of supernatural and self-inflicted punishment?

How do I overcome my fear of supernatural and self-inflicted punishment? [more inside]
posted by Jazzwick on Jan 31, 2010 - 31 answers

Teaching to Distraction

I teach college. I have ADD. I have some kind of mental block against fully planning my courses. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 20, 2010 - 6 answers

How do you overcome fear of death when you have faced major medical problems?

I had a large non-cancerous tumor removed a few years ago. The tumor and the two surgeries required to remove it left me unable to work for a year and $50,000 in debt. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 19, 2009 - 5 answers

I am terrified of talking on the phone but my job responsibilities will require me to do so.

I have a near-pathological fear of talking to strangers on the phone. My expanded job duties will soon include calling clients. How do I get past this fear? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 17, 2009 - 27 answers

Please give me some advice on how to start my post university life!

How do I figure out what I can and/or should do after my undergraduate degree? [more inside]
posted by tumples on Nov 18, 2009 - 7 answers

Music brings out emotions in me, I need to disassociate these emotions

Certain songs bring out memories for me and that's normal. But sometimes, I hear a song that I listened to during a particularly bad time in my life and I'm afraid that I will re-live that time, or even more stupidly, that I will re-experience it. How do I stop doing this to myself? There's some great music out there that I'm withholding myself from. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 12, 2009 - 13 answers

Help. I'm a pansy.

This is so shameful. I haven't seen a dentist since 2005. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 6, 2009 - 45 answers

Is it okay to lie to your parents to avoid seeing them on the holidays?

How can I handle my feelings for my parents during this holiday season? [more inside]
posted by bananaskin on Nov 1, 2009 - 32 answers

Is she simply not attracted to me?

I've been with my current girlfriend for about 6 months. We are sexually active and have intercourse about 5 times per week (sometimes more frequently). However, throughout our relationship, my girlfriend has only touched my penis twice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2009 - 24 answers

I don't want to go, but I should. Help me find a dentist and help me get over my fear.

I'm scared of going to the dentist. How do I find one that will understand and how do I prepare myself for going to my first appointment in years? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2009 - 22 answers

sudden surgery

Sudden substernal thyroid surgery dealing with the now and the after. [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts on Oct 9, 2009 - 22 answers

What type of massage should I try... if any?

What type of massage should I try... if any? [more inside]
posted by cheapskatebay on Oct 1, 2009 - 15 answers

Adjusting my Sails

Do I give in to wanderlust? Or go back to school for a grad degree in Comp. Engr with an eye to robotics? [more inside]
posted by Rubbstone on Sep 30, 2009 - 10 answers

I'm too old for this $#!&

My bedroom creeps me the #%^* out. What can I do to alleviate my (somewhat) irrational fears? (hacks, consumer products, etc.) [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL on Sep 30, 2009 - 47 answers

A ladder left behind

[FearFilter]: 15 years ago I experienced an imminent death/serious injury moment that turned out ok. However, I still feel physical chills and tingly feelings even thinking about it. Am I the only one or is this common? Thoughts and stories appreciated. The science is a huge bonus. [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 on Sep 28, 2009 - 19 answers

Can a response be classified fear/anxiety if the expected physiological signs evoked by the stimulus are roughly the opposite of what you would expect?

Can a response be classified fear/anxiety if the expected physiological signs evoked by the stimulus are roughly the opposite of what you would expect? Or do some people's bodies respond to fear in this way? [more inside]
posted by adipocere on Sep 22, 2009 - 13 answers

Help a massive sissy get contact lenses

I'm a long-term glasses wearer who is going to try to make the leap to contacts. Problem: I have a really strong flinch reflex/phobia of things going into my eye. What to do about this? [more inside]
posted by paultopia on Sep 9, 2009 - 35 answers

Help me get over my fear of inadequateness in workplace

I'm having trouble adjusting to an environment where everyone around me seems to be leaps and bounds more advanced. [more inside]
posted by the_dude on Sep 9, 2009 - 20 answers

How do I combat my knee-jerk racist responses?

How do I combat my knee-jerk racist responses? Recently, I moved from an all-white area to a diverse neighborhood. I am having trouble dealing with my reaction to the many young black males who live in the area. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 28, 2009 - 46 answers

My friend's rant about Vancouver women are actually based on at least a sliver of fact?

Walking down an uncrowded/empty street, someone of the opposite sex walking towards you. 10+ paces away, they're usually, or may not (sunglasses, distance), be looking at you (sunglasses, distance), 10 paces away, they look away from your direction, between 1 and 2 paces away, they quickly look to see if you're looking at them... [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Aug 25, 2009 - 20 answers

Scared to death?

What is this story about someone literally scared to death? [more inside]
posted by ladypants on Aug 12, 2009 - 2 answers

How long to bounce back?

Meltdownfilter: after some traumas I finally fell apart and I'm scared about what, and how long it will take to recover. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2009 - 7 answers

Paging Julia Cameron!

Published writers, how did you deal with post-sale paralysis? [more inside]
posted by mynameisluka on Jul 11, 2009 - 15 answers

Sensible Caution or Fear Mongering?

Did you (your wife) eat peanuts while pregnant? Did you child develop an allergy as a result? [more inside]
posted by esereth on Jun 6, 2009 - 52 answers

I need direction and some more motivation in my life.

I am getting extremely anxious about applying to colleges as a transfer student and I need advice on how to deal with it. [more inside]
posted by mind2body on May 10, 2009 - 10 answers

My dog may need a shrink!

Our dog is suddenly afraid of something and won't leave our side... [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Smith on Apr 27, 2009 - 17 answers

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