Post # 17
I hate talking on the phone too. I especially hate it if it’s someone I know but I am not comfortable with, like Future Mother-In-Law or my cousin who I never see/talk to. I find it so awkward and never know how to graciously end the call.
Post # 18
I have major phone anxiety, though I’m better now. I can order pizza! I still feel very nervous on the phone but I can at least make calls now.
Post # 19
I hate talking on the phone. I’m perfectly fine talking in person, but I don’t know, something about the phone makes me nervous! I’ll drive to the store to ask a question rather than just make a quick call.
Post # 20
I’m exactly the same way! I almost never call people I don’t know, if I can avoid it. I won’t call to order food, nothing. I always make other people do it. I’m so bad that sometimes if I’m at my parents’ house and there’s someone I need to call, I’ll make my mom do it and pretend she’s me.
Post # 21
My phobia is bad like that too! I sometimes get really sweaty and I always have to pee a million times before I make the call and I breathe a huge sigh of relief if they don’t answer.
Post # 22
I am so glad I’m not alone! Seriously, I *hate* using the phone. I had to cancel my voicemail because I got so stressed out when I had to check it! I don’t know why, but it’s always bothered me. Maybe because I can’t see the person when I’m talking to them? Maybe because I feel like I’m “holding them up” whereas if I send an email they can read it when they have time, or if I go to see them, I can see when they want/need to leave the convo. Weird, I know.
Post # 23
I used to be have serious phone anxiety, and still do about really stupid stuff – like ordering pizza. But I was so desperate for a job after graduation that I had to take a role where answering the phone was mandatory. I dodged it for awhile, and then just gave up and took to answering the calls. Eventually – after a year and a half of working there – it became second nature.
Now I’m reverting back to my phone-avoidance ways, but not as bad as I was originally.
Post # 24
I have severe phone anxiety. I haven’t made a phone call to the doctors because I can’t bring myself to call.
Post # 25
I just read your post about the voicemail. I’m the SAME exact way. I have no idea why either. I usually just delete it before I listen.
Post # 26
Oh man, this strikes a major chord.
I never answer the phone when a number I don’t know shows up on call display, but then if I have to return the call it takes about 10 minutes of talking myself up to doing it. I’m usually okay once I get into the conversation, but the dialing, the initial part of the call…my heart beats like crazy and I pace.
Calling my family, SO, or a friend who is expecting the call is easy. Ordering pizza, I’ve gotten used to. Work-related stuff, I suck it up, but anything else is definitely anxiety-inducing.
I wish there was some easy fix. It really makes me feel silly.
Post # 27
Um never heard of this, but word for though!!!! – You should not be uncomfortable talking to strangers on the phone afteralll, they can’t see you, you have no idea who they are, may never see them in person, and you are on a phone for peeks sake. Girl, grab that phone and say WHATS UP !!!!! 🙂
Post # 28
It’s hard to explain. I stutter over words when I make calls, my mind goes blank, and I just freak out. Hahaha. It’s just crazy.
Post # 29
I hate talking on the phone. I hated talking on the phone when it was actually the thing to do!
Now everything can usually be handled with an email or a text and I do like that, a LOT!
Post # 30
I have major phone anxiety too! I hate calling people I don’t know even the doctors office. I would much rather talk to people face to face. I have no idea why I get so worried when it comes to the phone. When I have to make calls for work I go over what I will say in my head a few times, and sometimes write it out, then I need to remind myself to relax…good thing I don’t work in a call center anymore.
Post # 31
Omg, me too! And the worst part is that I used to be a journalist, which meant hours of my day were spent on the phone interviewing people! eeek! I’m really glad I work as an editor now so I can indulge my reclusive side :).