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How to succeed in business without ever flying

What categories of (or what specific) jobs and/or career paths in large corporations are least likely to require travel with turnaround and/or distance that necessitates flying? What types of industries (while otherwise thriving) seem to be paring down their travel budgets and relying more on videoconferencing and similar tech? What about government jobs? Are you a highly successful ........ and don't, or at least have never been required to, fly for work? I would love to know about your job. [more inside]
posted by notquitemaryann on Sep 11, 2014 - 27 answers

Can you help me set my friend's mind at ease about ebola?

My friend, who lives in a very safe place in the United States, is unusually scared about ebola. More than really makes any sense. Ebola has appeared sporadically every several years since it was discovered in the 70s. Most years, there are zero cases worldwide. Is it right to say that the current outbreak is likely to be another case of ebola flaring up and then disappearing? [more inside]
posted by Sleeper on Sep 6, 2014 - 14 answers

My son is panicking about learning to swim. Help?

My kids are going to a day camp for the first time this summer. They're scheduled to swim twice a day, but my son has been refusing to go into the pool and panicking when the counselors try to encourage him into the water. How can we convince him the pool is fun, safe and comfortable? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jul 11, 2014 - 43 answers

How do I crack my I.T phobia?

It's not much of an exaggeration to say I am bordering on phobic about I.T, whilst this is a source of hilarity to my peers as I'm in my 30's not 80's.. it is actually something I feel sensitive about. I have questioned where it's come from (my creepy I.T teacher at school? Something of a distaste for modern life?) I'm inconclusive and this doesn't 'get the job done'. [more inside]
posted by tanktop on Feb 5, 2014 - 23 answers

Escalator at Leicester Square tube station

I have escalophobia (vertigo related) and so as a rule avoid the extra long escalators on the tube network (namely Angel, Holborn and Leicester Square) as I've previously had panic and vertigo attacks on them. This evening I need to get to Goodge Street and TfL recommends I change from the Piccadilly line to the Northern line at Leicester Square. I'm struggling to find out from google whether this change involves using the very long escalators. Do you know? [more inside]
posted by litereally on Oct 26, 2013 - 8 answers

How to help young child with anxiety/fear of fire

Precocious 6 y.o. daughter has suddenly developed an intense fear of fire. If the stove is on, she is sobbing or screaming or fretting. Same thing with the (outside) grill and my neighbor's fire pit. Logic, reason, discussion are all fruitless; as long as there is visible fire, she's terrified. How to help her cope? [more inside]
posted by disconnect on Oct 7, 2013 - 21 answers

Looking for a type of phobia that results in fight rather than flight.

If you have, say a spider phobia, are you the "Run away!!" type of phobic or the "OMG SMASH SMASH SMASH HIT IT WITH A BOOK TURN OVER THE TABLE SET THE HOUSE ON FIRE... is it dead?" type? Is there a term or specific type of phobia for the second option? [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Aug 14, 2013 - 7 answers

i just want to eat only bread.

Help calm me down about my fear of food poisoning. [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz on Aug 4, 2013 - 25 answers

Facial hair is not an issue.

My dog is scared of men. [more inside]
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 on Jun 5, 2013 - 17 answers

I have no social skills, and no self confidence. I need to do something.

I'm 30 years old, and am basically incapable of functioning in social settings. Can't make conversation. It's long since gone past awkward. It's embarrassing. I need to change. I don't know how. [more inside]
posted by anawesomeguy on May 24, 2013 - 21 answers

Stupid phobia

I have an embarassing phobia which I'd like to get rid of. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 31, 2013 - 19 answers

Tax Luddite

Should I e-file my taxes? Specific computer phobia (or phobia of the IRS) is involved. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Feb 26, 2013 - 21 answers

Looking for a therapist in Los Angeles.

Can anyone suggest a therapist specializing in anxiety disorders in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2013 - 2 answers

Don't look back! Don't looks back!

I'm a 29 yr old female, married, and have two children. Yet, I am terrified of the dark and being home alone. For as long as I can remember darkness has petrified me and I can't enter a room that's dark, or even look into one. When I'm home alone, no matter the time of day, I get so scared that something is following me, in the house, or about to get me. I jump at every noise and will often just stand in the middle of the room looking back and forth quickly, so nothing can sneak up on me. I'm tired of being so scared and it's hard to comfort a child who's scared when you get just as scared as them. [more inside]
posted by Sweetmag on Jan 7, 2013 - 35 answers

Takeoff-specific flying phobia

Takeoff-specific flying phobia [more inside]
posted by davisnot on Nov 17, 2012 - 17 answers

A 3 year old's strange phobias

Over the summer, my 3.5 year old developed a bunch of odd aversions/phobias. And now, over the last three weeks or so, he seems generally anxious when we go out. I'm wondering if it's just a phase related to his age, and I should keep him mostly at home till it passes? Or is this the start of a more serious anxiety condition? Or a sign that our city life is too much for him? [more inside]
posted by misoramen on Oct 19, 2012 - 26 answers

I never grew out of fear of the dark.

I am an adult with fear of the dark, along with other anxiety problems. I hate driving in the dark, even on streets with streetlights (I even hesitate to ride in the car at night) and feel panicky in dark rooms. I sleep with a nightlight, but wish it didn't feel like a necessity, and with fall coming, I dread the long nights ahead. Beyond therapy (which I have tried for my other problems and cannot currently afford) are there any methods of coping with this?
posted by juniper on Sep 6, 2012 - 18 answers

Ew.

I'm beginning to think that owning pets isn't right for me. But I'm an animal lover, I grew up with pets and the thought of giving my own away breaks my heart. What should I do about this? [more inside]
posted by Pericardium on Jul 6, 2012 - 27 answers

Do most men fear cooking naked?

Do most men fear cooking naked? [more inside]
posted by kyrademon on Jun 15, 2012 - 82 answers

How can a former shy person go from merely functional to friendly?

I used to be very shy. Through years of pushing myself (I'm 33 now), I've become pretty amazingly functional. But I find myself in an unexpected spot. While I very much want to be around people and I can now handle it without freezing up, my experience of actually being around people is one of gritted teeth and willpower. There's very little joy in it. In theory, I'd like nothing more than a bushel of friends hanging out in my kitchen on a Sunday night. In practice, I push myself into social situations like dunking my arm in freezing water, pulling it out with a huge sigh of relief as soon as I let myself. That's not a recipe for forging new friendships, which I know take time and certain amount of vulnerability. What can I do to take myself to the next level -- from functional to genuinely friendly? Do people ever make it to the next level? On the phobia scale, it's not enough for me to be able to let a spider crawl on my arm without having a panic attack, I need to be able to lay down in a cave full of spiders and love it. (I've been in therapy for a year, but aside from that, I'd like to hear from you all.)
posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2012 - 21 answers

How to drive again after decades of avoiding it

I haven't driven a car in 15 years, and I'm about to get behind the wheel on Saturday. Help me prepare to get on the road again! [more inside]
posted by Neely O'Hara on Jan 11, 2012 - 18 answers

How to have sex when you suffer from eurotophobia

I want to have sex with my boyfriend for the first time, but I have an extreme phobic reaction to both genitalia and vaginal penetration. How can I possibly overcome this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2011 - 44 answers

What is this strange feeling and why?

Why do I find this image (SFW, not disturbing to most people) incredibly repulsive? [more inside]
posted by Pope Xanax IV on Nov 28, 2011 - 21 answers

What's this touch-o-phobia I have?

Getting a bit obsessive about keeping my personal space personal. Would like to know what is going on. [more inside]
posted by juiceanddoom on Oct 26, 2011 - 8 answers

Is my uncle out of line, or am I?

OK. Here's my issue. I can drive, but I've inherited a bit of a driving phobia from my mom (who doesn't drive at all). In the small town where I'm originally from, I just stuck to regular roads and state highways. I've never liked the freeway. [more inside]
posted by starpoint on Sep 20, 2011 - 53 answers

Severe emetophobia. Need help.

I am posting this for my partner, who has severe emetophobia. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by tumid dahlia on Sep 16, 2011 - 41 answers

Help me get over my fear of conflict.

Help me become ok with conflict. I avoid conflict. Not just overt, head-butting conflict, but also minor disagreements, disapproving looks, divergent preferences... all the way down to the friction generated by the give and take of an interesting conversation. Anything short of complete harmony, and I'm looking for a way out. Sometimes this means avoiding the person or situation. Sometimes this means just shutting up and smiling. Sometimes it means not developing an opinion of my own until I know what other people think first. My absolute fear of conflict is a drag. It makes me and my life pretty bland and I want to beat it. Tell me how to beat it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 16, 2011 - 16 answers

OMG flying really?

Fear of flying 2.0. [more inside]
posted by Octoparrot on Aug 21, 2011 - 18 answers

Google Map Markers Terrify Me

Does anyone else have a phobia of those Google Maps markers? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 13, 2011 - 8 answers

Is this a phobia?

Why do I avoid looking at maps, satellite images and the Mona Lisa? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 2, 2011 - 13 answers

Knowing Your Limits/Accepting or Mitigating Intellectual Failure

I have a serious problem with being seen to be intellectually 'wrong'. I need ways to get over it [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2011 - 26 answers

Have found 'root' of my phobia, now how do I cure it?

I have found the root of (what is becoming a debilitating) phobia, now what do I do to get rid of phobia completely? [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams on May 24, 2011 - 16 answers

Is this a good goal?

I have a personal goal to do karaoke in the future. It's not because I enjoy making a spectacle of myself in public or want to show off my singing voice (to the contrary!), it's because I currently have severe social phobia. I think doing something that anxiety-inducing would be a great stepping stone and I'd also like to use that hopefully positive experience as a marker for how far I've come. What songs would suit an otherwise mediocre female voice that surprisingly sounds decent singing There Is A Light That Never Goes Out by The Smiths and most of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen? I'd prefer if the songs are available on your average bar's jukebox, but feel free to suggest obscure songs. Genre does not matter.
posted by Sara Bellum on Apr 30, 2011 - 26 answers

The kinds of rolling stone I don't like

Reducing panic/phobias before surgery to remove a kidney stone. Snowwwflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz on Mar 21, 2011 - 13 answers

Too terrified of needles

Blood test failed due to needle phobia - what to do now? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on Feb 25, 2011 - 41 answers

FaceFilter

How can I overcome my anxiety over Facebook and other highly interactive social media? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Jan 15, 2011 - 13 answers

It DOESN'T go to 11... How to overcome a fear of yelling?

How do I overcome my fear of being yelled at, and getting all disregulated when I do get yelled at? [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Nov 12, 2010 - 16 answers

My Girlfriend is Scared of Seeds!?

Does anybody have experience with someone who has a seed phobia? [more inside]
posted by kakakakarl on Oct 16, 2010 - 22 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

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

Is Itchiness a common reaction to gross images?

Phobias lead to itching - what's the deal with this? [more inside]
posted by Solon and Thanks on Jul 31, 2010 - 11 answers

Xanax for flying phobia?

Tell me about using Xanax or other anti-anxiety meds to combat fear of flying. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 22, 2010 - 24 answers

In Search of Bug-Free Magic

Are there bugs in Penn and Teller's Vegas act? [more inside]
posted by Failure31 on Jun 14, 2010 - 10 answers

Calling police over loose dogs in a public park: crossing the line?

As I have a dog phobia, how can I feel comfortable in a park on the edge of town where people frequently let their large dogs run loose? [more inside]
posted by datarose on May 26, 2010 - 62 answers

What do I do to stop my horrible emotional reaction to thinking about addiction?

What do I do to stop my horrible emotional reaction to thinking about addiction? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 28, 2010 - 10 answers

Indoors is mine, they can have the rest.

Strategies for dispatching the eight-legged bastards that have the audacity to enter my home? [more inside]
posted by mireille on Apr 7, 2010 - 21 answers

dancefloor paralysis

Is it possible to overcome a morbid fear of dancing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 4, 2010 - 9 answers

How can my dog and my brother and his kids get along?

Recently I got a dog. He's doing great, I'm doing great, it's been nearly 3 months since I got him from the shelter. Problem: He's meeting my brother and his kids, in a few weeks (family reunion weekend), and my brother has a strong fear, maybe even a phobia of dogs. What can I do to put him at ease, navigate the situation and help everyone get through this unscathed? [more inside]
posted by Elfasi on Mar 17, 2010 - 28 answers

How to be arachnophobic in South America?

What should I know (I'm arachnophobic) about the fauna of South America before taking my first trip to the continent? [more inside]
posted by barbudo on Feb 21, 2010 - 3 answers

Dentist is Scary. How to get over it?

How can I drag myself back to the dentist when I'm scared of him? [more inside]
posted by weasel on Feb 21, 2010 - 20 answers

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