Why I Hate Telephones?  

vrec_dawn 41M
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7/3/2006 2:03 pm

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7/5/2006 5:43 pm

Why I Hate Telephones?

I'm on 'vacation' right now (taking a rest from life), so I'm just hopping in to quickly type up this revelation. It was an epiphany that came to me when talking to a friend. I realized why it is that I hate telephones! I finally found the explanation for my previously unexplainable apprehension/fear!

Okay, so there's this one bit from Sesame Street, long long ago, where two aliens come into contact with a phone. The phone rings loudly, the aliens are freaky looking, and they talk in this disturbing "yip yip, uh huh" crap, or so I remember anyway. It's been a very long time. But THIS is why I've had a psychological stigma against telephones for all of my life.

Now, to put this into proper perspective, the time when I first was introduced to this bit on Sesame Street, I was just a little tyke, and had just gotten tubes put into my ears. Until then my world had been near-deaf. Then, suddenly, everything was loud. And loud sounds were deafening, painful, and frightening. Even flushing the toilet scared the crap out of me. Loud sounds were that disturbing, because I'd just never heard them be that LOUD before.

So here's this show on TV, making a loud telephone rignging, with scary looking aliens that talk in some freaky (in other words non-English) language. It was quite disturbing for me at that age. Very traumatic. My mom says that whenever that bit would come on Sesame Street, I'd actually run and hide. I don't quite remember that part, but I do remember that it was very traumatic.

So that's why I hate phones. From a very eary age I was conditioned against them. It was quite by accident, but damaging all the same. Even today I get this uncontrollable annoying fear about picking up a phone. And I hate it whenever a phone rings. I absolutely hate it. It grates on my nerves worse than nails on a chalkboard.

Once I get over that I'm fine. It's nothing that I can't handle when the need is there. But it's a weird stress that I have to force myself to endure all the same. It is a stigma, a mild phobia, and really damn annoying. You'd think by now, with as much contact is forced by everyday life, that I'd be cured. But I guess some scars run too deep.

Iwakura16Eyes 38F

7/3/2006 3:29 pm

my daughter hides from the "yip, yip"s too.... she screams at them. and grabs my leg or the couch.

I hate phones because personal contact is SO much better.... I'd pick up a phone long enough to say--"let's hang out! when? where? let's go!" and then, yeah...

vrec_dawn replies on 7/5/2006 5:46 pm:
Well I'm the same way in that respect. I'd much rather talk in person too. There's just so much communication that isn't verbal, and who wants to spend all day talking when you can be goofing off and talking?

druidrocker 63F

7/3/2006 3:53 pm

Welcome back bud - you lasted 2 days !

vrec_dawn replies on 7/5/2006 5:47 pm:
Actually I ended up lasting longer. This was just a quick pop-in because I knew I'd forget it if I didn't write it then and there. But I really am back now.

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