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4.2. Phobia = fear

Some of us may have started first semester of nursing school with an irrational fear of needles, but by now, we have bigger problems ("Just stick me.") 

Plus we're getting better at IV insertions so there's less DIGGING AROUND IN EACH OTHER'S VEINS, fewer bruises, and more neat little scabs on the dorsal palmar venous arch.

There are plenty more fears to overcome, however.

Acrophobia = fear of heights

Ailurophobia = fear of cats (the "Cat Spring Roll" story in my collection, Sex & Taipei City, is for you, non-lovers of cats.)

Algophobia = fear of pain (as opposed to those of us who apparently enjoy it)

Anthophobia = fear of flowers (and we're not talking about allergies)

Astraphobia = fear of lightening

Belonephobia = fear of needles (and bologna?) Also: Trypanophobia = fear of needles, injections & blood draws.

Brontophobia = fear of thunder (Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens...)
Cynophobia = fear of dogs (esp. if a dog tried to e…

4.1. Levels of Anxiety

Not everyone, even someone in the middle of a panic attack, realizes just how much anxiety can change us physically--temporarily. Actual visual fields decrease (tunnel vision is a real thing), and stress can turn into physical symptoms that, if sustained, may become hazardous.
I. Mild Anxiety
Heightened perception, enhanced learning (yay!), restlessness, irritability, increased motivation. Possibly a good thing, all in all.
Public speaking scenario: You have to present to a small group of peers.
Nursing school scenario: You have a skills checkoff (or five) tomorrow.

II. Moderate Anxiety
Reduced vision field, reduced alertness, suboptimal learning. Ego defense mechanisms like denial or regression occur. Some physical symptoms such as faster heart rate, breathing, muscular tension and gastric discomfort occur.
Public speaking scenario: You have to present a speech to an entire class, while your Communications instructor times and grades you from the back of the room and is dinging you for…

Type C = cancer

Are you type A, B, C or D personality?

Not to be confused with cluster A, B, or C personality disorders, the official definitions of type A, B, C, & D personalities are presented below, abbreviated but word-for-word, from Townsend & Morgan's Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing's uncanny glossary. Some of us thought we were type A, but this whole time we were type C (for cancer--sadness.)

Type A: prone to coronary heart disease. Excessive competitive drive, chronic sense of time urgency, easy anger, aggressiveness, excessive ambition, inability to enjoy leisure time.

Type B: not prone to coronary heart disease. ability to perform even under pressure but without competitive drive & constant sense of time urgency experienced by type A. Type Bs enjoy leisure time without feeling guilty, are much less impulsive, and think things through before making decisions.*

Type C: attributed to the cancer-prone individual. Suppression of anger, calm, passive, puts the needs of others b…