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BrodH2O: Getting Over Fear of People

It would take intense psychiatric evaluation to figure the cause of my next phobia - people. And I don't mean people of authority, strangers... I mean EVERYONE. It started when I was in elementary school, and would probably just be considered "shy". But it got much worse. I got to the point where it terrified me when people talked to me. I thought I'd say something stupid. Or make somebody mad. And everything I did say, I thought over a million times in my head how I could have said it... well... less stupid. I obsessed over it. I hate to admit this, but my fear was actually a big reason I joined the Marines... I was just too chicken to say no. I didn't even really question anything the recruiter told me, which was a pretty big life decision to jump into blind. And trust me, Marine Corps boot camp is NO place for a wimpy little weiner -- The Otis/BrodH2O.

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Question: Do you have a phobia that you'd own up to?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.