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There is nothing to fear--but fear itself

Okay, this is kind of embarrassing, but how do I not be a whimp? [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy on Feb 8, 2008 - 25 answers

Why is my dog scared of cooked lamb?

My golden retriever-lab mix freaks out when we cook lamb -- he whines and puts his tail between his legs. He'll eat the cooked lamb fine, but he finds the smell of it cooking distressing. I've read elsewhere about this phenomenon, but does anyone have this experience with their dog or have an idea what makes lamb so scary? Does he think we're cooking his pals? He has his skittish moments (scared of thunder, natch), but this is the only time I've seen him behave this way. And he's a rescue dog, so it's possible he had some early traumatic experience involving lamb. But since I've read about other dogs behaving this way, I doubt it.
posted by stonefruit on Jan 29, 2008 - 29 answers

How do I deal with death?

I've reached my late 20s without ever facing death. How do I deal with death when I know I will face it sooner or later? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 10, 2007 - 25 answers

Oh, good morning, Dying Alone! How have you been?

I am in my twenties, and I have given up on the idea of ever having sex again because I believe I am secretly too hideous for it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 8, 2007 - 53 answers

How can I fly?

Please help me figure out how to get on an airplane. [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts on Nov 26, 2007 - 25 answers

How to get over advanced-degree-phobia.

I want to shake my irrational fear of going back to school. It's for my own good! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 26, 2007 - 5 answers

Help me conquer my fear of driving

I need to learn to drive, but the idea scares the crap out of me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 12, 2007 - 33 answers

am i phobic?

I am afraid to make music. [more inside]
posted by loiseau on Oct 8, 2007 - 51 answers

Maybe I can proofread the website?

What is the best way for me - a gay man living in a country where I don't speak much of the language and where gay people are relatively repressed - to promote greater rights for gay people here? [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Sep 30, 2007 - 17 answers

What should go on my reading list?

I'm doing my undergraduate thesis on the rhetorical technique known as Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. What should go on my reading list? [more inside]
posted by ifranzen on Sep 20, 2007 - 10 answers

My brain! My relationship! Who will be victorious?

I'm extremely intimidated by my girlfriend, and I'm afraid my resulting weird behaviour is gonna ruin our relationship. Have you been through this? How did you deal with it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 19, 2007 - 21 answers

How do I stop worrying in the beginning of a relationship?

How do I stop worrying in the beginning of a relationship? (example provided) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 2007 - 14 answers

Is it BS to get a B.CS when all I want is a MFA?

Should I go back for a second Bachelors Degree in Computer Science when all I want to do is write stories? [more inside]
posted by mrgreyisyelling on Jul 31, 2007 - 18 answers

How do I learn not to be so intimidated by my boss?

How do I learn not to be so intimidated by my boss? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 25, 2007 - 22 answers

My tank's on empty.

I'm afraid of the Interstate. What can I do about this fear? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 17, 2007 - 22 answers

scooter for an autistic adult?

Should I encourage my mildly autistic younger brother to buy a scooter? [more inside]
posted by willie11 on May 30, 2007 - 27 answers

Overcoming fear of success.

Overcoming fear of success. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 5, 2007 - 13 answers

Who can help with my crippling fear of flying?

So I'm afraid to fly. Are there therapists or professionals that will actually help with this? There's more [more inside]
posted by Octoparrot on May 4, 2007 - 24 answers

overcoming fear of loss

How can I overcome fear of losing someone? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 1, 2007 - 14 answers

Quitting my job after 5 months. How do I explain to prospective employers why?

Quitting my job after 5 months. How do I (or rather, "Do I") explain to prospective employers that I'm leaving because of a verbally abusive manager? [more inside]
posted by onepapertiger on Apr 16, 2007 - 12 answers

To err is human

What are some of the ways I can use to fight my enormous fear of failure? [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy on Mar 22, 2007 - 34 answers

I'm a wreck

How do you get over some of the disturbing things you read in the news? [more inside]
posted by hollygoheavy on Mar 22, 2007 - 28 answers

Shakes On A Plane

My SO (female) started laughing loudly on a recent plane journey. She has flown a lot in the past and had stated that she is increasingly nervous about the experience. What gives? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 3, 2007 - 8 answers

Do I need help?

Just as I'm falling asleep, I regularly have a brief but powerful dream in which I experience the fear that I'm about to have or cause a car wreck, and then I wake up. Should recurring dreams of this nature be a cause for concern, or are they quite commonplace and natural?
posted by The_Partridge_Family on Dec 9, 2006 - 12 answers

Fear is the little death. Fear is the mind killer.

Have you ever found yourself paralyzed with indecision? How did you break through? [more inside]
posted by lekvar on Dec 1, 2006 - 20 answers

What will it be like after nasal surgery?

I'm booked for surgery for a deviated septum on November 27th. My wife has heard 'horror stories' and now my choice is to cancel the surgery and live the rest of my life continuing not to be able to breath through my nose properly, or have the surgery and *allegedly* needing my wife to 'take care of me' for a week and *allegedly* not being allowed to let our baby near my face for more than a month. [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 on Oct 27, 2006 - 29 answers

Suggestions for someone on the verge of starting a small business

I'm thinking of starting a small business - should I do it? [more inside]
posted by letitrain on Oct 26, 2006 - 23 answers

The Revolution in My Head - Che gives me Nightmares

So I have been reading this biography of Che Guevera, and I find it gives me nightmares... Why? [more inside]
posted by Deep Dish on Oct 5, 2006 - 13 answers

Frightening flicks involving feminine fears

Frightening flicks involving feminine fears? (This is a good question for gender studies, psych, and cinema studies majors!) [more inside]
posted by np312 on Oct 2, 2006 - 55 answers

How do I get over my fear of moving in NYC?

How do I get over my fear of moving? How do New Yorkers deal with this overblown rental market? [more inside]
posted by scazza on Sep 12, 2006 - 11 answers

Flying with Meaningful Water

I am flying soon. I would like to bring a bottle of water to security, a nice plain Muji style bottle, with a custom label on it. What should be pasted on it for this lame, meaningless, nearly silent protest? What will not get me violated or detained, but will clearly state the idiocies of fear we are now enduring? Or is this horrible, this idea?
posted by kingfisher, his musclebound cat on Sep 6, 2006 - 69 answers

Fear of flying

Comfort my wife's fears. She has recently developed a phobia of flying and we are leaving on a flight on thursday. [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos on Sep 5, 2006 - 36 answers

Saya punya takut anjing!

My previously relatively benign aversion to dogs has become cripplingly intense in the last few months, to the point that I can't make it to my house's front door without being accompanied. I'm living in Indonesia, and don't know enough of the language to express my absolute, mortal terror or where to find English-language psychological help. I really need some help here: how can I go home at night? [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Sep 1, 2006 - 27 answers

Pry My Credit Card From My Cold, Cold, Hands.

I'm afraid to stop carrying my credit card, and because it's so handy and available, it's getting me into more and more debt. [more inside]
posted by willmize on Aug 25, 2006 - 38 answers


My wife is afraid of spiders. We just moved to Portland, Oregon, where the spider population seems to be higher than that even of slackers. I would like to not have to go on spider patrol every night, and I'd like my toddler daughter to not grow up with an irrational fear as well. Is there a way to cure her fear of spiders?
posted by sholdens12 on Aug 7, 2006 - 29 answers

I'm leaving the country and scared witless; care to help with the particulars?

I'm twenty five, divorced, done with school, and finally able to get out and see the world. There's just one problem: logistics. [more inside]
posted by damnthesehumanhands on Jun 25, 2006 - 24 answers

Justified or just a pussy?

Should I be freaked out by a random seeming violent act that just took place by my house, or just chalk it up to the risk you take when you life in a big city? [more inside]
posted by piratebowling on Jun 6, 2006 - 35 answers

Help me quell my daughter's fear.

My six year old daughter has recently (past few months or so) had a recurring fear of being kidnapped. I have tried many different tactics to quell this fear of hers, but would love to hear some possible tactics to relax my nervous midget.
posted by Ateo Fiel on May 22, 2006 - 23 answers

Quitting OCD - should I take the leap?

My obsessive-compulsive disorder isn't disrupting my day-to-day living, but it's annoying as hell. Good news is that I feel like I'm on the verge of being able to make myself stop giving in to the compulsive urges -- should I give it a try? Has anyone else out there with OCD tried to take the leap and just "quit"? [more inside]
posted by treepour on May 1, 2006 - 20 answers

Dental sedation anxiety.

Help me allay my specific dental fear: sedation. [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos on Apr 27, 2006 - 26 answers

A couple of shots so I can have the shots.

Is it wrong that I use alcohol to get through medical and dental appointments? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 2, 2006 - 34 answers

How to Vanquish Bedbug-Borne Phobias?

I was heavily bitten by bedbugs over the summer of 2005, and although they're gone, I've grown very anxious about the thought of ever becoming reinfested. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 25, 2006 - 9 answers

How to talk about money with my spouse.

Money is difficult. I'm familiar with Your Money or Your Life, "pay yourself first", Quicken, The Tightwad Gazette, etc. but my money problems seem to be intertwined with a lot of relationship stuff that is hard to unravel. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 8, 2006 - 45 answers

Don't hold back

How do you learn not to hold back? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 15, 2006 - 35 answers

Oh lawd lawd lawd

Oh God, my wife is going to drag me from our home in NYC to live in Philly. Where should I live? How will I survive? [more inside]
posted by Hobbacocka on Jan 25, 2006 - 23 answers


My neck cracking habit is killing me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 20, 2006 - 24 answers

How do I learn to stop worrying and love...well, everything.

How do I learn how to stop worrying, and being anxious, and get on with life? One of my biggest flaws is worrying about a negative outcome in most aspects of my life. Even though I know that in general my life is ok, and indeed I am lucky in many ways, I worry daily about it all going wrong, and this is having a negative effect on my quality of life. How do I learn to live and enjoy life without unnecessary worry? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 10, 2006 - 32 answers

Who does the Lufthansa "Relaxation Program"?

FearOfFlyingFilter: Do you fly Lufthansa? Do you listen to their "Relaxation Program" on the in-flight radio? Do you have any idea who does the guided imagery on it? Or, have any other great suggestions for calming things I could listen to at 30,000 feet? [more inside]
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks on Nov 17, 2005 - 9 answers

How can I learn to stop worrying and love the dentist?

Help me not be terrified of the dentist. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2005 - 27 answers

How do you deal with fear?

I got held up a gun-point about a week and a half ago. [more inside]
posted by Jon-o on Jul 27, 2005 - 32 answers

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