Reading between the lines, I find that you have offered an enormously helpful guidance for people who have phobias of ANY kind. I agree with Glenn Stok, you offered some good advice to people with phobias. I believe I still have a slight fear to them since tonight I keep thinking that any tingling feeling is a cockroach crawling on me, but at least I can finally kill one now. Blahhhh, it makes me sick just thinking about cockroaches, but I can honestly say that I have no fear of them. In order to find a solution to the roach phobia, I’ll have to dig to the root of the problem, the actual fear itself. They might even throw a pillow at the roach (which is very effective, by the way) or they want you, the man, to take care of it. I catch them and throw them out over the balcony. You see, he doesn’t believe in killing things (even roaches), so whenever he wanted to get rid of them, he would catch them and then throw them outside. First, I will describe a scenario (that I have witnessed on numerous occasions) of a woman’s reaction to a cockroach and then proceed from there.
Then, my roommate showed me that there was another way to look at them. I have encountered many women who act like you have written of here, in an irrational way! For starters, women scream. With their eyes wide open and their body in a defensive position, women continue to scream and then point hysterically. After the ghastly scream for help, the woman rushes in the opposite direction and usually heads for high ground, like a nearby couch or table. But not all women are like this, but I agree the vast majority are. Over the past couple of years, it has come to my attention that women don’t fear many things but when they do, then game on. Before now, I thought that this was strictly a stereotype, but I’ve come to the conclusion that most women are terrified of cockroaches or bugs related to roaches (such as palmettos). It’s not just about women and it’s not just about cockroaches. Well, I definitely don’t kill them, but I’m going to have to disagree with you on the super cuteness of cockroaches.
They don’t have a secret agenda to invade your body and turn you into a roach zombie. Over time, it made me feel guilty whenever I killed the little bastards, so one day I decided to follow suit and tried to catch a roach. I had a landlady who sprayed horrible insecticide all over the place if she saw one, just one! I freaked out whenever I saw one and I certainly didn’t want the responsibility of killing one. Although I’ve always known that many women freak out to all bugs and insects including spiders, beetles, grasshoppers, and waterbugs; I’ve discovered that women have a deeper, irrational fear of roaches. So, with this realization, I find myself trying to figure out why so many women panic to such an extent that they are literally a heart beat away from a full blown panic attack. And even if they are set out to kill you, you can reassure yourself that you can get to them first and there is nothing the cockroach can do about it!
For me, there was a time when I hated roaches. The second time I got it though. Once I was able to catch one (with either a paper towel or plastic bag), I got over the fact that they were disgusting alien-like looking insects and the fact that you can hear them crawl as they scurry across the floor. I got over all of that and I think you can too. When it’s happening, I honestly think that they are either dying or a huge bengal tiger just crashed right into them. It is really illogical especially when you consider how many of the insects are around in some places. So, ladies, you need to man up and understand that roaches are not here to kill you. I hate roaches wit my life. Walking about at night her on Tenerife you can often see roaches in the streets and on walls and it gives you an idea of just how many there really are.