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Overcoming Irrational Fears Like Wisdom Tooth Surgery

Replying to Lucio here, yeah I think I feel more afraid of some safer things than some more dangerous things.

There's an element of irrationality.

I am afraid of surgeries in general.

Things I find scary

  • Surgeries
  • Skydiving
  • Bungee jumping
  • High dives into water
  • Roller coasters
  • Shoulder dislocations - had this once
  • Probably some more but those are things that come to mind

As you can see, most of the things listed are relating to free-fall.

I went to see a hypnotherapist to prepare for skydiving but didn't go in the end. The company cancelled the jump. At least I got a refund for the jump.

I went to listen to the hypnosis recording again. It's very good. It helps me overcome my fear of falling.

There's a relaxation phase and priming phase.

It talks about fears as healthy and appropriate. And also contributes to positive feelings of excitement.

Has anyone tried hypnosis before?

2 wisdom teeth are out.
The dentist said the teeth were much bigger than normal.
I feel there's a weird, big hole in my mouth now.
But looks like all good otherwise.

The dentist said

I guess you have been putting this off for sometime.

Not in a condescending tone or anything.
Actually in quite a friendly way to acknowledge that surgery can be anxiety-provoking.
But yeah I have been putting this off.

I think the fear stems from a fear of uncertainty.
I have never taken out a tooth before so it's unfamiliar territory.

And I can't say that I am comfortable with the worst outcome (low probability but possible).
The worst outcome is nerve damage or damage to the sinuses.

I think the best ways are

  • To acknowledge that this is the least risky option in the long run
  • Acknowledge that, if the worst outcome happens, it's bad & uncomfortable but just deal with it if it happens
  • Trusting the field of dentistry enough such that a typical dentist who's a stranger would probably succeed in the surgery
  • Acknowledge the fear and then proceed

Anything that entails having a lack of control over your physical body or mind can be scary.
Because that feels uncertain.

So I think accepting that things can go wrong and sometimes really wrong.
But accepting that fact and accepting that you have to deal with negative outcomes can alleviate the fear.

Not much to add on overcoming irrational fears.

Except maybe that what's "irrational" is relative, and fearing wisdom tooth extraction can be totally OK within certain limits.

But just wanted to say: glad 50% is out of the way :).
And the discomfort will soon be a thing of the past.

Have you read the forum guidelines for effective communication already?

I'm guessing that either

  • there's nothing much to talk about in irrational fear on a general level
  • it may take a thick psychologist book to understand the fear in general
  • I describe the general details well enough
  • You don't have much irrational fears

I think few things in life are as scary as surgeries.
I don't like the thought of getting cut open.

But just wanted to say: glad 50% is out of the way :).
And the discomfort will soon be a thing of the past.

I have encountered more physical pain in the past.
Not sure why I find this to be scarier.
Maybe the more pain exposure the less you look forward to feeling pain.