The doctor found the whole situation amusing while the mom was mortified her daughter would actually tell the doctor about her thoughts of vengeance. The small daughter soon learned that such deliberate, unkind verbalization would require an apology, which she would do in writing later that day.
I understand the distaste and fear little people have toward getting shots. The needle hurts upon injection, you can feel the medication being pumped into your blood stream and the after affects aren’t to grand either since the area is tender to touch and sometimes even affects the muscle area, causing movement to be hindered for a day or so, not to mention the occasional fever the shot induces. But all in all it’s usually a two or three day problem and then it just goes away.
My two-year-old granddaughter was playing on her small slide one afternoon and she headed down the slide head first (mom was near by) when she grabbed onto the side of the slide stopping her descent down and began crying and screaming in fear. My first thought was she suddenly had fear of going down the slide head first, but was surprised to learn her fear was the sight of a small bug she was nose to nose with. An hour later while walking back from the mailbox, a small flying creature, a fly or gnat, landed on her tiny hand and again she screamed in total fear.
My daughter shared the story of a little girl whose first visit, age four, to a dental office included being “strapped in.” The child was terrified and refused future visits even when assured the dentist would not strap her in but just look at her teeth without any hint of pain. It took many visits to reach beyond this point. As fate would have it, she later needed her tonsils removed. The anesthetic wore off too soon leaving her in horrible pain. She associates mouth and throat pain with the dentist, and is refusing entry into her mouth once again!
My husband has a fear of heights. We visited Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina on our honeymoon. One of the attractions to the area includes a mile high swinging bridge. My then, new husband, squelched his fear determined to reach the other side, which we accomplished, after he determined he would just not look down. On our way back, however, two little boys about seven or eight years old were completely enjoying the bridge and added their own excitement by running into first one side of the bridge and then the other, giving new meaning to “mile high swinging bridge!” Needless to say, it was not an adventure my husband wants to repeat!
My personal fear is snakes while other people are frightened of spiders (not that I like them either!). What causes this paralyzing fear? Can it be overcome? The truth is, we all have fears of something, but there are supposedly only two things we are naturally afraid of: the fear of falling and a fear related to loud noises. All other fears are said to be learned, usually during our early childhood. The same interaction where fear was not demonstrated visually or heard is supposed to make a huge difference to the way we respond when we are face to face with the "thing" later in life. Do you agree?
I challenge you to consider what you are afraid of and why. Are there instances where your fear reaction was greater than the danger? I’d love for you to share your story!