(Closed) NWR: Am I the only one with major phone anxiety?

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
7904 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I hate calling strangers on the phone. I won’t even call to order pizza unless there is no other option. Luckily, you can do so much online now, but I had to use the phone a lot for wedding planning. Drove me nuts.

Post # 4
1798 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@kittyface:  I have the same problem. I just *hate* talking on the phone. It’s hard to explain why, but I used to have fairly serious social anxiety. I’ve gotten over most of my anxiety, but for some reason, I just can’t feel comfortable calling people on the phone. My H hates it, because I always make him call.

Post # 5
1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

OMG I feel the same way. I hate even ordering a pizza! 

Post # 6
7771 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I hate talking on the phone!  I have gotten so much better, because I have had no choice (I take care of the bills, etc., and any issues that come up), but I hate phones in general.  It just isn’t for me.

I leave my cell on silent and check it when I remember (no more than once a day!)

Post # 7
2135 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I used to be like this, but ever since working as an administrative assistant, Ihave found that this is happening less and less.

Post # 8
204 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Ditto. Phone anxiety. Hate it. Actually hate talking on the phone in general, even with friends.

Post # 9
672 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

me too!! it took me forever to get up enough courage to call my vendors. i will sometimes write out what i need to say and just go off of that.

Post # 10
615 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Mother of the Bride's residence

I haaaaaaaaate talking on the phone, and I’m a reporter. I wish everyone worked by email.

Post # 11
4327 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

I used to be afflicted by this, but really, practice will help you out the most. I used to despise calling people, and would have to give myself a pep-talk, but calling folks was a part of my first job’s description. It got easier and easier. Now, it’s nothing. You’ll be ok!

Post # 12
17 posts
  • Wedding: April 2012

I seriously thought I was the only person to have this issue. I’ve gotten a lot better in the last couple years, but most of the time I have to give myself a serious pep talk and take deep breaths before I call someone. I also HATE calling people in front of other people…so weird.

Post # 13
395 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Me too!! I used to call patients to confirm appointments at an eye clinic, and I made myself do it because I was paid to do it.But I hated it. But Darling Husband usually makes calls for me. I don’t know what it is about making a phone call that is so terrifying!!!

Post # 14
756 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

“Phone anxiety” doesn’t even accurately describe it for me. I’ve taken to calling it “phone phobia.” The only people I can talk to on the phone without sweating and feeling nauseated are my immediate family members. 

Extended family is difficult, which is embarrassing. Complete strangers are 100 times worse. Things like making doctor’s appointments or calling my insurance company are seriously taxing for me. The worst is when I finally build up the nerve to make a call, and the person does not answer. I’m half relieved that I didn’t actually have to talk to them and half annoyed that I have to call again.

Post # 16
341 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I haaaaate calling people that I don’t know.  My husband says that I immediately switch into “phone mode” and I sound like some kind of ditzy fake girl because I get so nervous haha.  My office mates also tease me because I’ll email someone that’s basically 3 doors down the hall because I just totally avoid face to face or phone confrontations because I can’t think quickly enough to respond!

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