What not to say to someone with a phobia
Start writing a post
Lifestyle

What People With Phobias Don't Want to Hear

If you have what people consider a strange phobia you can probably totally relate.

308
What People With Phobias Don't Want to Hear
https://unsplash.com/photos/N-AbqawK-9E

I am not that scared of a lot of things, but I have three phobias that all surround the same object. Mirrors. But when I say phobia I don't mean I'm just scared of mirrors, no I have an irrational fear of them, so much so, I do just about everything I can to physically avoid them. With this odd thing to be so terrified of, comes the comments. If you have a legit phobia you might understand where I'm coming from when I say these are not our favorite things to hear when we are terrified of something and decide to tell you about it.

"Wow that's weird."

I am totally aware that my phobia seems odd to you, it isn't something I really enjoy having either, but please don't say that I'm weird or set me apart for something I can't control.

"OMG How do you survive?"

Um... just like anyone else. I personally just avoid it [mirrors specifically], meaning I don't use one to get ready in the morning because well, I can live without it, and you'll rarely find one in my room.

"Why would you be scared of that?"

Man, I don't know, but I definitely won't watch any movies that incorporate it in a negative way, but please don't ask this with such a judgey tone because I really can't control it.

"Seriously, it's harmless."

Ok, to you maybe it is, to me I'm legit going to die in less than two seconds, hence "irrational fear" being included in the definition. In our minds it's life threatening Linda.

"You really need to face your fear *inserts object in front of person with phobia*"

This one is really messed up. I've tried to face this fear so many times and it isn't going anywhere. DO NOT force someone to face their phobia because it makes it even more traumatizing to them than it was before and it definitely IS NOT funny, it may be to you, but I'll legit start crying.

"What if I face it with you?"

Also does not help. Your presence will not just suddenly make the fear any less real to me.

These are just a few things I can think of that I have been told that drive me crazy to hear when I decide to tell someone about my phobia. It isn't easy to tell anyone about in the first place because some phobias are real, but don't give someone a hard time for it. I can guarantee you we already beat ourselves up over it.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Featured

The Mystery Of The Gospel

Also entitled, "The Day I Stopped Believing In God"

770

I had just walked across the street from the soccer field back to the school. I turned around and saw the cars rushing, passing each other, going fast over the crosswalk where I had been moments earlier. “It would be so easy to jump in front of one of them,” I thought, looking at the cars. “I could jump, and this life that I’m stuck in would be over.”

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

College as Told by The Lord of the Rings Memes

One does not simply pass this article.

4419
Zastavki

College as told by the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit memes. Everyone will be Tolkien about it.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

A Tribute To The Lonely Hispanic

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, I’d like to share a few thoughts about being Hispanic in a country where it’s hard to be Hispanic.

5309
Veronika Maldonado

Just a little background information; my dad was born in Mexico, came to the U.S. as a newborn and became a citizen when he was 25 years old. My mom was born and raised in the U.S. as were my grandparents and great grandparents, but my great-great grandparents did migrate here from Mexico. I am proud to classify myself as Hispanic but there are times when I feel like I’m living a double life and I don’t fit into either one.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Dear College Football

It's not you, it's me.

4073
google

Dear College Football,

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Hurricane Preparedness

In Louisiana and many other states, it is important to have a hurricane plan

3800
Munger Construction

With hurricane season, it's always best to be prepared for it. It means having a plan for your family and home. Everyone in Louisiana should know the basics of preparing for hurricane season.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments