January 30, 2008

Scelerophibia- Fear of bad men, burglars.

Did you ever wonder if you had a phobia? I have always thought that phobia's were silly, well still do, there really is no rational behind them. To spend so much time worrying about something that most likely won't happen or its happening is out of your control is just a waste of time.

Well I was introduced to a sight today called Phobialist.com There is every fear known to man. Well until I went there today I didn't realize that I am one of those crazy people that have an irrational phobia. Yeah so if you think you don't have a phobia, check out the list, most likely you do...we all must!

So what's my fear? Yeah you got it "bad guys gonna get me." as Emily says. I don't actually fear that a bad guy is gonna get me, but my kids. And I use it as a terrible ploy to be a good mom. For example, kids are playing in the front yard and I want to go in. Kids don't. So what do I do to get them to come in "Bad guys are going to come and take you away if you don't hurry inside." Most likely a bad guy is not going to come by at that moment and snatch my kids, but he might and they don't need to know that he isn't. What they do do is run after me, pushing the door open, usually terrified and crying.

I hate to go shopping with my kids, and not make them strapped in the shopping cart, because I fear they will be taken by a mad man in the store. I think I watched too many times the story of Adam Walsh as a young child. I do not want that to happen to my kids.

The other place where bad men lurk and I will not go, is Zilker Park. I have a hard enough time taking my kids to parks anyway, you never know who is lurking behind a bush, or when your child will run off somewhere. I am not one of those mom's that can go to the park, sit on the bench and chat and let the kids play, I am getting better, but I am typically following them, constantly counting them. But Zilker park, man that is too open of a space, and it gives me a heart attack to try to watch the kids there, so don't invite me to go to that park because I won't go.

So now you know, I am a Scelerophobic. I admit it. And I am sorry to my children for instilling in them my own irrational fear. Though I do get a little giggle when Emily asks "bad guy get me?"


Sheri said...
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Sheri said...

I don't even want to put a name to any of my irrational or not so irrational fears!! I am just working on getting over them, replacing them with positive thinking and trying not to pass any more of them down to my children! I think we all have the phobia that you do... it's the age we live in and a mothers worst nightmare... who hasn't used the line "someone bad will get you if you don't stay by me" I am not convinced it is a bad thing to make our kids aware that they need to be careful... but it is important that we don't hamper their childhood with our adult fears too! Can you tell I have been thinking a lot about this lately?! I am not sure I should have started blogging... now I am thinking way to much!!

JustRandi said...

Oh, sheeze. I can never go to that site, because I know I will have everything. I think I'm a hypo-phobiac.

Yvonne said...

I've tried very hard to help my children not have the same fears that I have. (Now, I think being concerned about safety--which is what I think you are doing, is totally different, than being afraid of thunder ; )

But remember: Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you ; )

Marci said...

I've been questioned by police about a strange man at zilker park before....
And I don't really worry too much about someone taking my kids, i think they would return them in about 5 minutes with an apology note..."sorry you have to answer all these questions all day long, xoxoxo, the creepy man who tried to take Rachel."

The Thorley Family said...

I hear you sister! I feel the same way about Zilker... I go about once a year, just enough to remind me why I don't like to take my kids there.

sogratefultobemormon.wordpress.com said...

hi corrine,
yours is not silly. i have told my girls all there lives that there are sometimes bad people out there, etc. you sound like a wonderful protective mama bear! you rock, kathleen xoxo

ps. my fear is loss .. that i will lose those i love.

sogratefultobemormon.wordpress.com said...

their not there. dorky lame typos! :)

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