Kind of a silly fear...

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    May 07, 2011 6:31 AM GMT
    My friends wanted me to watch Scream 4 with them tonight but I had to back out. I told them it was because I didn't feel good but in reality, it's because I have this stupid fear of masks. I have NEVER worn a mask nor will I ever. I'm not sure why but I think the fact that I don't know what's hiding behind it is what bothers me..I find it kind of embarrassing and awkward because it seems like I'm the only person I know with this fear, which makes it worse. I've tried talking to people about it but no one seems to be able to help because I guess it's almost unheard of???...does anyone have any advice on how to get over this and quick? icon_redface.gif
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    May 07, 2011 5:13 PM GMT
    Wear a mask. Face your fear. The direct approach, which admittedly is also the hardest, is what works best. Have some person you trust bring a mask. Get closer to it slowly. For example being in the same room, later walking towards the table it is on and eventually touching it and putting it on.
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    May 07, 2011 7:38 PM GMT
    To some extent we are all wearing masks............
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    May 07, 2011 10:11 PM GMT
    Its not silly, its called "maskaphobia" and is common in children.. they usually learn to get over it later on
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    May 07, 2011 10:22 PM GMT
    Here's some helpful info on your phobia:

    http://phobias.about.com/od/phobiaslist/a/maskaphobia.htm

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    May 07, 2011 10:28 PM GMT
    Nothing abnormal about fearing people who wear masks.
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    May 07, 2011 10:31 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidGet about ten or twelve tops to take turns on you and have them all wear these masks. Have one of them tie you up so you cannot escape. By the time they are done with you, you should have lost your fear of masks and ...perhaps developed a new kinky fetish. icon_twisted.gif


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    Either that or you'll end up a notal fucking nut job and kill yourself.
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    May 07, 2011 11:01 PM GMT
    Krovi saidWear a mask. Face your fear. The direct approach, which admittedly is also the hardest, is what works best. Have some person you trust bring a mask. Get closer to it slowly. For example being in the same room, later walking towards the table it is on and eventually touching it and putting it on.


    This is good advice, but you should do it gradually. Weaken your fear gradually. At each "step", practice being calm and relaxed and seeing it as "no big deal". Then, move up a level. I'm going to add that you can also learn the fun in masks. Learn to associate them with carnivals and fun. It let's people be silly for a bit and express themselves using costume. You might also imagine that the person who has the mask on is a goofy looking person to get you to smile.

    If you keep avoiding masks, your fear can get worse. Start small (be close to a mask) and work up (put one on and have fun with it). Fear (and anxiety) is best solved with approach, rather than avoidance. In the end, its just a person with a piece of plastic on their face.
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    May 07, 2011 11:53 PM GMT
    Eddie's link was very interesting, and like rockbiter mentioned if you have a SERIOUS fear it could turn bad - maybe best to try to tackle it slowly. I think maybe buying a mask - a really simple thing - and having in your house or around you or somewhere you can see it often would be a good start.

    Masks are common - you should try to face this icon_smile.gif

    Surprised it's almost unheard of? Who are you talking to - have you ever tried a therapist or psych- of some sort?
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    May 07, 2011 11:59 PM GMT
    damn do u stay home on Halloween?
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    May 08, 2011 12:59 AM GMT
    waxon saiddamn do u stay home on Halloween?


    Typically, I'm always on edge...I tend not to mind children in masks as much as adults, but I still don't like it. An adult in a mask really freaks me out and my heart starts beating fast and I start to sweat...Whenever the previews for the movie The Strangers, R.Z's Halloween, Scream 4 would come on I would like panic to find the remote to avoid seeing it. Whenever Halloween comes around, I usually stay off to myself or disappear from everyone for a day into my room. Until now, no one has ever known why I do that. Easter is another holiday where I tend to stay isolated...I HATE those damn bunny costumes icon_eek.gif

    Thank you everyone for the advice, I really should try to approach this directly. It's really kinda getting out of hand.
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    May 08, 2011 1:10 AM GMT
    Cobalt saidEddie's link was very interesting, and like rockbiter mentioned if you have a SERIOUS fear it could turn bad - maybe best to try to tackle it slowly. I think maybe buying a mask - a really simple thing - and having in your house or around you or somewhere you can see it often would be a good start.

    Masks are common - you should try to face this icon_smile.gif

    Surprised it's almost unheard of? Who are you talking to - have you ever tried a therapist or psych- of some sort?


    Thanks for the advice icon_biggrin.gif...I talked with my old psychology professor who has a doctorates about a year ago and she told me that she had never heard of anyone with that fear but like with most fears, there's a trigger point or initial reason as to why I have the fear. She said I have to think about that and if I can figure out why I don't like masks, it would help later on. That's the issue though, ever since I can remember, I've always been afraid of masks so it would be almost impossible to try and figure out what sparked my initial fear...
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    May 08, 2011 3:38 AM GMT
    Maybe if your initial fear is hard to pinpoint, it'd behoove you more to look at it from a different angle.

    Maybe try writing down all of the things that you associate with masks - what do you feel? What exactly about them freaks you out? Is the anonymity? Associations of a supernatural kind? The big scary noses?

    Then break it down again, what about each of THOSE things disturb you? Try to face it slow.

    Again I think picking up a mask to keep at home or around you could help - I promise it won't eat you icon_smile.gif

    Do some research on the phobia and see what others feel, maybe they have maskaphobiajock.com icon_razz.gif Groups are always nice
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    May 08, 2011 8:13 PM GMT
    BlackCat90 said
    Cobalt saidEddie's link was very interesting, and like rockbiter mentioned if you have a SERIOUS fear it could turn bad - maybe best to try to tackle it slowly. I think maybe buying a mask - a really simple thing - and having in your house or around you or somewhere you can see it often would be a good start.

    Masks are common - you should try to face this icon_smile.gif

    Surprised it's almost unheard of? Who are you talking to - have you ever tried a therapist or psych- of some sort?


    Thanks for the advice icon_biggrin.gif...I talked with my old psychology professor who has a doctorates about a year ago and she told me that she had never heard of anyone with that fear but like with most fears, there's a trigger point or initial reason as to why I have the fear. She said I have to think about that and if I can figure out why I don't like masks, it would help later on. That's the issue though, ever since I can remember, I've always been afraid of masks so it would be almost impossible to try and figure out what sparked my initial fear...


    Ask your parents/family! Maybe there's something that they can remember that you don't icon_smile.gif Good luck!