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Phone phobia? - October 17th 2010, 06:39 PM

Okay, so I've noticed that a lot of people - including myself, my best friend, and several people I know - are afraid of talking on the phone. I'm assuming this is a form of social anxiety, but I'm not certain. It's not completely unheard of, but it's also not something that a lot of people know about. I've seen a lot of people say they're afraid of phones here, too, so I know I'm not the only one. So yeah, I just wanted to see if this is as common as it seems and see what everyone else has to say about it.
   
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Re: Phone phobia? - October 17th 2010, 07:08 PM

I'm not afraid of talking on the phone. But I would rather not because I get myself too worked up and nervous and I end up stumbling on my words and messing up. That's the main reason why I don't like to talk on the phone, and I wouldn't like to get a job where that was what I had to do. But I think that sort of thing is a 'phobia' that you will get over if you just try it out and stick at it.

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Re: Phone phobia? - October 17th 2010, 08:50 PM

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I'm not afraid of talking on the phone. But I would rather not because I get myself too worked up and nervous and I end up stumbling on my words and messing up.
Completely agreed with this, unless its to something/someone absolutely foreign to my world. Like, calls I'm used to making (i.e. when I used to call the high school to sign myself out) I'd still get nervous, stumble/stutter/mess up my words. But when its come to things, like when I inquired about Immigration for my boyfriend, I avoided the phone by sending multiple e-mails, but HAD to call when no one was answering my question online. And THOSE calls, that are unfamiliar territory, scare me so much. I still don't like the idea of scheduling my own Doctor's appointments.


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Re: Phone phobia? - October 17th 2010, 09:08 PM

That's exactly how it is for me. I'm not afraid.. I just get nervous. And I think for me, it's that I don't want to embarrass myself. I don't feel uncomfortable calling my boyfriend or mom, but calling places to check on a job application or calling the doctor, I try to avoid that.


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Re: Phone phobia? - October 18th 2010, 12:07 AM

Have you ever talked on the phone? Will you if you have to? If so, it's not a phobia, it's just something you'd rather not do.
   
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Re: Phone phobia? - October 18th 2010, 01:05 AM

Okay, so maybe phobia's not the right word, but that's beside the point. Heh, glad to know I'm not the only one out there who agonizes over silly things like scheduling appointments or calling businesses.
   
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Re: Phone phobia? - October 18th 2010, 04:42 PM

I don't think I've ever called anywhere. I've never ordered my own pizza either, I use the online way. And I'm in college *insert no sweat smile here*



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Re: Phone phobia? - October 18th 2010, 04:47 PM

I hate talking on the phone, but I wouldn't say I'm afraid of it. I'll talk to someone briefly if I know them well, but I never ever call somewhere/someone I don't know. Helplines, etc.
   
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Re: Phone phobia? - October 18th 2010, 04:59 PM

I wont talk to anyone on the phone unless I absolutely have to or it's someone very close to me (my partner or family).
   
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