Phobias – who’s afraid of the big bad moth?

by Mr Romance on March 5, 2013 · 4 comments

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Aren’t phobias strange? Totally irrational and uncontrollable but non-the-less intriguing. I met a Taiwanese girl once who was terrified of chickens. Mrs Romance knows an Italian lady who is petrified of cheese. Cheese! And she’s not even dairy intolerant! Clothing buttons are also the source of many people’s phobias.

We men don’t have phobias. No, instead, we ‘just don’t like’ things. We’re not really afraid of anything! For me, I ‘just don’t like’ spiders. Not in a run-away-flapping-my-arms-and-screaming way, just in a keep-that-bloody-thing-away-from-me way; in a no-I’ll-just-look-at-it-from-here way. I used to think it was the bigger ones I ‘just didn’t like’. But no, the small ones make my ears pop and my skin crawl.

I’ll still pick one up in a glass to throw it out (as far as I can) and I can watch them in their webs and on TV, but woe betide a spider that tries to hitch a ride on me.

Here’s a leaflet they give out to every house in Sydney. It’s supposed to be informative. I just think it’s inflammatory scare-mongering!

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Mrs Romance’s phobia is less rational. At least the things I ‘just don’t like’ have the ability to maim and kill – especially here in Australia. Mrs R has a fear of moths! And it seems there are a number of people out there who just don’t like them.

Spiders, on the other hand, don’t bother her in the slightest, though she did give a little scream the other day when she found a jumping spider hiding under her makeup bag. Though I suppose they do jump…

What is that you ‘just don’t like’ – and how do you get rid of an invading creepy-crawly?

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Erin March 6, 2013 at 10:52 am

I have a girlfriend who is terrified of frogs! Which can be quite amusing since our families often go camping together and she can be seen pouncing around a campsite flappying her arms trying to get away from a frog who is just making his way home.

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Mr Romance March 6, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Ha ha! That must be very funny to watch, Erin! My sister hates wasps and was chased down the highway by a swarm she thought was following her. We’d stopped on our way for a camping trip and there was a hive in the rest area. We all just sat in the car and laughed at her!
Jim

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Catharine March 25, 2013 at 6:04 pm

hahahaha this is hilarious. I hate bin juices. I will do any household chore other than taking the trash out.

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Mr Romance March 26, 2013 at 11:46 am

Bin juice! Lol! There are few jobs I enjoy less than cleaning out the bin after the discovery of a leaky bag, Catherine. Absolutely with you on that one. Blech! So gross.
Cheers
Jim

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