Elephant, tiger, gorilla, etc. Take your pick. There is something in that room to intimidate you or scare you to the point where you pretend it is not there. You don't want to deal with that elephant, and it is staring you in the face as a constant reminder. For instance, I walking my dog in my neighborhood two years ago, and a neighbor's dog got loose and came after me in attack mode (down low and staring me down). I screamed at it to "Go Home!," but it didn't work. The dog kept coming. A man stopped his car and chased the dog away, and I was able to run home with my dog. That elephant in the room remains stuck in my head, and I have taken my dog for walks--but only in places where people follow the county's leash law. The elephant in the room? That dog in attack mode, coming towards me. Over and over in my head. I'm not getting over this one! Here's my version of the "Elephant in the room."