Are you Normal or Nuts?

24 08 2008

It’s been a weird week. For those of you who don’t know, my oldest is due to have her first child any time now (I’ve been on Baby Watch for a week) so I’m on pins and needles waiting for the phone to ring. I was looking through the Readers Digest website looking for their laughs page and came across an article asking the question “Are you Normal or Nuts?” Well I immediately figured I’d fall into the “nuts” category…..especially right now. While they didn’t specifically address “Baby Watch”, they DID address another quirk I happen to possess: I’m afraid to go to high places, like tall bridges or even the balcony at church. And it’s not because I’m afraid I’ll fall — it’s because I’m afraid I’ll jump! I don’t want to kill myself, but I do want to experience that sense of flying or floating. Of course, I know I’d go splat and die, so the desire to jump terrifies me. What do I do?

That’s ME! I’m not afraid of falling but of jumping too! Oh, wait…..maybe I AM nuts????? No, the answer presented was this: Fear of heights is very common. And lots of people are, like you, more afraid of jumping than falling. For most fears, the treatment is systematic desensitization — gradual exposure to what you fear.

So no, I’m not nuts (according to the article). That’s a relief. All of the scenarios presented were interesting and a few of them sounded like friends of mine, so it is a great relief to know we are all normal. Nice to know that there are degrees of normalcy that allow us to fit into that category, even if we are a little on the off side. Read the article for yourself and see if any quirks you have (or those of a friend or loved one) falls into the normal or nuts category!

Are You Normal or Nuts?
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