Are phobias the new sexy? Or the basis for the new successful? Which in turn is quite sexy.
Within the last month, two incredibly successful and public people have revealed a private shame: they’re phobic. [They probably don’t over-alliterate as I just did though.] Allen Shawn is multi-phobic. And Paula Deen is a former agoraphobe.
I applaud them both for bringing some light to issues millions of us struggle with.
Did you catch that? I said “us”. Yup, I manage phobias as well. Claustro- being a big one.
An admission: I don’t take the NYC subway . The thought of being stuck under there, just the thought of it, makes me a little ill.
Another one: I love going to opera, theater, movies but I have to sit on the aisle. Yup, really. I push myself to sit off the aisle whenever I can but generally the less people around me the better. [Worst offender Alice Tully has no center aisle, hate that!]
New Year’s Eve in Times Square -not for me, ever.
Driving on the open road, with nothing around you, for hours that doesn’t sound like a great idea to me. No hospital? For hours? What if I get sick, allergic, asthmatic-what then? Yup, panic ensues.
I firmly believe that there is a strong correlational component between asthma/allergies and panic. If you couldn’t breathe, trust me, you’d feel panicky. And knowing that nourishing yourself could lead to a trip to the hospital? Yup some general anxiety there too.
I wonder if other allergic/asthmatic people feel like this, manage anxiety, have struggled with panic?