My Fear of Lizards
WARNING!!! If you're afraid of lizards, this hub may contain some distressing images.
It wasn't until I got so mad at my husband that I realized I have a weird but serious fear of lizards.
What made me so mad? It's because he wanted to get the lizard that fell on our bed. And because I knew too well that he would get it just to scare me. I stopped him, but he still attempted so I shouted at him.
He didn't realized that I was so scared and neither did I, until I noticed that my heart was palpitating, my hands were shaking and I was having goosebumps all over me. I gave him a silent treatment afterwards while I tried to reflect on what happened.
Why am I so afraid of lizards? I cannot recall an incident when I was bitten or hurt, if that's possible, by these harmless wall crawlers which may have triggered the phobia. In fact, I can't even remember when exactly I began to be scared of them.
And I wasn't really scared of being around them. We've always had lizards on our walls and I can still act normal even when I'm a few feet away from them. It's just the thought of somebody holding a lizard close to me that shoots an eerie feeling down my spine and a sense of fear that I cannot describe nor understand.
Fear of Lizards
Scoliodentosaurophobia is the specific phobia term for fear of lizards while Herpetophobia refers to fear of reptiles in general.
Like most phobias, fear of lizards usually starts with a "traumatizing" experience that a person had with these creatures. Although traumatizing here doesn't mean something that hurt or caused extreme pain or shock.
Someone said that he developed the phobia when, as a child, he saw a detached lizard's tail still moving as if it has a life of its own. It was like the stuff of horror stories and he never got over it.
Another recalled an incident when a lizard fell on her neck when she was a teenager. Its cold, soft, gooey skin startled her and sent shivers all over her body. Now, just looking at lizards reminds her of that feeling and she couldn't stand it.
In my case, I really can't pinpoint a particular triggering event. As a child, I knew I was partly afraid of lizards. But I wasn't deathly terrified of them. So it could be that one of my playmates caught one and held it close to me, which intensified my fear of lizards. That would be a good explanation why I can be in the same room with lizards but I go nuts, and fly out of the room screaming, when someone holds it in his hand.
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Overcome Your Fear
After a few hours of not talking to him, my husband approached me and said sorry. I said sorry too for shouting at him. I then told him that feeling such an intense fear is not a pleasant experience and is definitely not something to make fun of.
He said he didn't want to make fun of me but rather, he wants me to overcome my fear. And the only way he knows that will make that happen is if I touch a lizard (I shudder at the thought). I told him that eventually I want to cure the phobia, but I'm just not ready yet. When will I be ready? I don't know.
But for those who are resolved and determined to rid themselves of this weird aversion to these "creepy" crawlers, here are some things you can do to prep yourself in facing your greatest fear. I, on the other hand, will still think about it.
- Surround yourself with pictures of lizards or make all your screen wallpapers a picture of lizard. The more-realistic looking, the better. The idea is to get used to seeing them and looking at them even just in pictures.
- When you're a little braver, you can buy lizard-like toys. Don't buy the plastic ones, the rubber lizard is better because it resembles real lizards in texture and softness. Again, the more-realistic looking, the better.You can put it in the refrigerator for a few hours so it'll feel cold, just like a real lizard when you touch it.
- You can also visit a zoo and watch lizards live. If they stare at you, stare back at them. Talk to them in your head, bully them, say anything to make yourself feel superior over them.
- If you see a lizard near you, ignore it, or at least pretend to ignore it. Better yet, scare it away. Most lizards are easily startled so just a sharp thud or a whack on the table will make it run away. This will empower you and make you realize that a lizard has more reasons to be afraid of you than you to be afraid of it.
- Buy a lizard or ask someone to catch one for you and put it in a terrarium. Place the terrarium near your desk or near areas where you often stay. Look at it everyday and get use to its presence inside a room with you. Touch the glass to get the feeling of being close to it, without actually touching it.
- And when you think you're already brave enough, slowly open the lid and touch it. If you can, hold it in your hand for 5 minutes. Then everyday, hold it a little longer. Keep doing that until you can take it out of its cage and let it crawl on your arm. Get use to the feeling of it crawling on your body.
Then pat yourself in the back, because you have just overcome your fear of lizards. As for me, I can probably skip steps 1-4 and go straight to touching a lizard. But that's not going to happen anytime soon. Not just yet.
© 2010 shintashen
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