(Closed) How to get over stupid phobia.

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Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Bugs are gross…I tend to put a container over them and wait until my Fiance gets home to take care of it…sorry that probably was not super helpful.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Fiance and I definitely agree that this isn’t stupid. They’re gross. I feel the same way about earthworms. I can’t count the number of times I’ve screamed or nearlt threw up upon seeing one.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Definitely not a stupid phobia, all bugs give me the heebie jeebies.  I’d sick the dog on the cricket and run away to avoid the crunch LOL

I’m lucky, whatever bug I start screaming over, my cats play with it until it’s half dead then they eat it lol

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2017 - Seattle, WA

I am the same way!!!  I’m shuddering just thinking about it.  My boyfriend gets annoyed with I scream and run away from bees in the summer!  I’m not much help, but you aren’t alone!!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Haha that’s cute that he brought you some RPB cups, those are the best! I’m that way about spiders, I slip shit when I see one. Rational or not, it’s the truth and my husband has learned to deal with it. He actually hates spiders too but knows that it won’t get killed unless he does it. Just the other night there was a HUGE cricket spider thingy in our basement and he was at work. I threw the broom at it and smooshed it. But then I couldn’t bring myself to go downstairs to get the broom or pick up the dead spider beceause others might be down there. Yuck!

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m not a fan of bugs… but I used to be worse… What I do now when I see a bug??? I take a deep breath… look at the bug and make sure it’s not on me or inching towards me (this calms me down majorly) and grab a broom, shoe, paper, any object good for smushing and beat the crap out of it… it’s nice and stress relieving and I feel better once it’s dead. Plus once I did it the first time (which took me about an hour to get the courage up) it was easier to do it again and again. I do admit I do still have some issues with the bugs that can fly/jump on me like crickets or those nasty flying cockroaches… I invested in a giant can of the raid that sprays super far and kills on contact. If I feel bad about killing it (I almost never do…) I push it out the door somehow and pretend it never existed.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

I am so with you!! No advice because I have in fact woken up my husband from a dead sleep to come catch the cricket. I DON’T do bugs. None.That is what husbands are good for!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I studied psychology in college. The unfortunate news for you in dealing with your phobia is to face it head on. Expose yourself often to crickets (<-silly idea) or handle them more and more when they come in the house. The big thing about phobias is that you build up the fear in your mind when you see them and freak out. You “train” yourself to have that reaction. If you “untrain” the reaction you’ll still find them gross but the fear will ease. 

I have the same issue with spiders. I hate them. The cure for my irrational fear however was a black widow infestation (outside the house by the front door, not inside). At first I was paralyzed with fear by them but I eventually got into a routine of taking bug spray and killing 10-20 a night for a couple months (many babies). Now I no longer have irrational fear of spiders, I just have an irrational hate. 

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Our cats will eat most bugs, which is great because we’ve had a couple of GIANT spiders that neither of us will touch. 

At least you’re not as bad as a former coworker of ours! She was terrified of birds. One day, I brought in my new purse that had a very stylized bird print inside. She saw it and squealed (in a bad way) and jumped back and told me to zip my purse up ASAP.

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

So, from a psychological perspective, the idea is that if you face your fear just one time, it will get easier the next time. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Quietserenity:  Don’t squish crickets, they’re nice, lol.  However, if you have any bug spray that’s what I would do.  I’m terrified of spiders, yuck.  I don’t like any bugs, really, and a cricket indoors can be annoying as hell.  And they’re scary because they JUMP.  Yuck!

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