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Freaked out about balloons - Shy guy - 12-24-2007 02:10 AM

Goth Girl Wrote:...I'm Kinda freaked out about balloons. Okay, I can't
stand them. I hate the sound of them being blown up and
squeeked and popped...and everything...
After christmas break is over my first period class is
psychology. Right now we're studying personality stuff...
We have to make a mask thing that represents how we act
differently around others or whatever.
...It's paper mache'... I'm totally gona die... I'm the only
sophmore in the class. Everyone's older and I'm gona look like
a wimp...
...Do you think I could get over it before I have to go back?...

Hi Goth Girl Wave

Two suggestions:

First read my guide to Systematic Desensitization

...and then look a round for vinyl ball or one of the 'mylar' balloons use for weddings and 21st birthdays (they are silver coloured plastic filled with helium rather than the rubber ones you are anxious off)

What do you think, worth trying? _cheesygrin::


Re: How old are you and where are you from... - Goth Girl - 12-24-2007 08:23 AM

Yeah, I guess so.
...What do I do with it?


Re: How old are you and where are you from... - Shy guy - 12-24-2007 11:58 AM

Goth Girl Wrote:...What do I do with it?

Your teacher wants you to cover a balloon in papier maché to make a mask and this is what is causing your distress; your fear of the balloon . Yes?

I am suggesting you use Systematic Desensitization to rid yourself of the fear, but just in case you go back to school before you have extingushed your fears completely you can make a mask using a cheap vinyl ball or one of the 'mylar' wedding balloons and cover that in papier maché instead of a rubber balloon. ssmile

Does that make more sense? _cheesygrin::


Re: How old are you and where are you from... - Goth Girl - 12-25-2007 05:08 AM

Yeah, sorry.

I went to the dollar store & got a
couple packs...
...I really don't want to blow them
up. icon_pale icon_shaking


Re: How old are you and where are you from... - Shy guy - 12-25-2007 07:40 AM

Goth Girl Wrote:I went to the dollar store & got a
couple packs...
...I really don't want to blow them
up. icon_pale icon_shaking

Are you at home now? Would someone else blow them up for you before you go back to school? Also remember the SD exercises, the sooner you make a start the sooner you will extinguish your fears. ssmile


Re: How old are you and where are you from... - Goth Girl - 12-25-2007 01:58 PM

Yeah, I'm at home.
I don't want my family to know, they'll never
let me live it down... I can't really talk to them
anyway.... I'll just try to do it myself I guess
when they're gone... icon_pale
I hate this.. I feel totally retarded. angry3
*sighs* I wish it would all just go away... ssleepy


Re: How old are you and where are you from... - Shy guy - 12-25-2007 05:25 PM

Goth Girl Wrote:Yeah, I'm at home.
I don't want my family to know, they'll never
let me live it down... I can't really talk to them

I understand.

Quote:I'll just try to do it myself I guess
when they're gone... icon_pale

What about an 'air balloon pump'? I bet you could pick one up from the dollar shop. ssmile

Quote:I hate this.. I feel totally retarded. angry3

Funny as you are facing your fears and asking for help from Ofear. I see that as a very brave and intelligent move. Don't you? =D


Re: How old are you and where are you from... - Goth Girl - 12-26-2007 02:00 PM

Ok... I'll do that I guess... I
gtg to the store in the morning
anyway...

Idk... Smart choice? Maybe..
Brave, No. This is a stupid thing
to be afrade of..

I'm wigged out just having them
in my room... I haven't even opened
the bag yet.. :? That sounds kinda
wimpy to me..


Re: How old are you and where are you from... - Shy guy - 12-27-2007 03:10 AM

Goth Girl Wrote:Idk... Smart choice? Maybe..
Brave, No. This is a stupid thing
to be afrade of..

What in your opinion would be a sensible thing to have a phobia of? Remember a phobia is an irrational fear so being eaten by tiger doesn't count. (Unless of course there is a shortage of girl eating tigers in your country. ;] )

Quote:I'm wigged out just having them
in my room... I haven't even opened
the bag yet.. :? That sounds kinda
wimpy to me..

...and to me it sounds kinda like an irrational fear that is interfering with your schoolwork.. A balloon phobia if you like. Now you are already facing your fears by having them in your room with you rather than hiding the in the kitchen cupboard what is wimpy about that? I see you as a very brave 16 year old for tackling your problems without the help of your family. What do you say to that? =D


Re: Freaked out about balloons - Goth Girl - 12-27-2007 06:01 PM

....None I guess. It can't be both sensible
& irrational... Can it? :|

..Not brave, just totally embarised.

.....I guess I better start in the morning....
I'm running out of time.. Sad
Uggghhhh... icon_shaking I really, Really,
REALLY, don't want to blow them all up..
Then I have to pop them all... icon_shaking
I'm totally gona die. sconfused


Re: Freaked out about balloons - Shy guy - 12-31-2007 02:26 AM

Hi Goth Girl Wave

You have been a bit quiet, how are you doing with the balloons? happy7


Re: Freaked out about balloons - Goth Girl - 12-31-2007 07:27 AM

Hey, sorry, My internet's
being stupid.

Friday everyone was gone so I desided
to try to get this over with. I think that
was the only day I'm going to get..

I kinda cheated... I left my earbuds in
with the volume cranked up when I
popped them... I got through a whole pack
though.. and I didn't use the pump thing...
Ugh... I still have another pack of them.. Sad

I hate blowing them up... I'm totally gona
pop it in my face... icon_shaking I only blew once &
it was almost full... sad7 icon_shaking These things totally
suck.. :?


Re: Freaked out about balloons - Lois - 12-31-2007 10:03 AM

I never used to be scared of balloons until one popped in my face it really hurt Sad ever since i hate doing it i always get someone else to do it or blow them up really small. Im scared it will happen again i know how you feel. Sad

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Re: Freaked out about balloons - Goth Girl - 01-07-2008 02:13 PM

I'm sorry. Sad
Thats kinda what happened to me I guess...
When I was like 5 or 6 I was watching tv with my friend at
her house & her stupid brother came in & sat next to me..
Really close.. He was blowing up one of those punch ball things really big
& totaly exploded it.. I was wearing a tank-top, shorts, & my hair was
pulled back, so it hit me really hard...
He was like 16 or something & was always teasing us.. But
I guess he was just being a dork that time... He totaly freaked me out
though...