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Afraid of telephone ringing?

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HI there,

Just curious, does anyone get anxious about phones ringing? I turn my landline off because it makes me jump every time it starts ringing. I use a cell phone that only a few contacts are allowed to use, and it is better because I can customize the ringtone to something I like.

Anyway, anyone else out there who feels the same?

Poem

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Yep. can't stand it. in fact my mate gets really upset because I always have my ringer turned off. I just don't want to be bothered by it, I'd rather just check a voicemail later or a text and take time to collect my thoughts, consider and respond versus immediately have to engage on cue. The ringing actually physically makes me jolt/cringe!

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Yup. Its quite irrational but from my perspective people rarely ring about good news.
Sometimes I just don't want to talk to people, I want to be left alone and do what I want without distractions. 

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Thank you Blahblah and StarCrazy. Good to know I'm not the only one jumping out of my chair when I hear a telephone! I always keep my ringer off as well.

And I hear you. Sometimes (practically always) I don't want to talk to anyone. I want peace and quiet.

Thanks guys,

Poem

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I am a bit phone phobic. Not so much the ringing, but who will be on the other end. A lot of times I screen the calls. I like to e-mail more than call if possible

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I do not like phones. I actively and regularly use email and text messages to avoid making or receiving phone calls. 

I do not like unplanned interruptions because if I am focused on something it took a while to get there. I do not like phones in general because there is a limited ability to gauge reaction and emotion. I struggle with not having visual cues, and my anxiety about having the interaction makes that worse. There is no ability to, as with text-based communication, reread a comment that was missed (say, due to anxiety). 

I love the ability to screen calls. From a distance I am better able to put up boundaries than in the moment. For example, I will ignore a text/voice message with a work-related question if it's outside of work hours, but couldn't set/keep that kind of boundary in person.

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Only when symptomatic did the ringing of phones bother me. Now that i'm symptom free it doesn't bother me and sometimes i look forward to it. Also when symptomatic I found whitenoise to be bothersome potentially inducing white noise hallucinations for whatever thats worth.

 

I found this when googling white noise hallucinations theres probably better stuff out there though. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganzfeld_effect

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