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Taxidermy fear? 

I received this letter the other day from someone with an extreme phobia of taxidermy. Does anyone else run from taxidermy? I would run from this guy.  But in all seriousness, any advice for Amelia?

"Hello, my name is Amelia, I am 18 years old. I go to Emmanuel College in Boston. I wanted to talk to you about my extreme fear of taxidermy. I was wondering if you have ever heard of this? It seems a lot of people contact you with feelings of taxidermy, positive or negative. When I see taxidermy I get severe panic attacks. I have no idea why. It started when I was 4 and I don't remember a point in my life when I wasn't scared of taxidermy. Its lead to extreme paranoia, I wont go near any "steak house" or western themed places. And I have missed out on school field trips all of my life due to this fear. I was wondering if you have heard of other people who have this fear? And if you knew anyone who has gotten over this."

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Let her know that she is not alone!
I was the only person I knew for my many years (and many miles traveled) with this crippling fear.
I finally found others (and your website, eventually--) on a Facebook group called 'taxidermiphobia.'
I recommend she checks it out.

I'm not trying to actively rid myself of my fear, but others there are.
I just like to know there are others of us out there.

Still avoiding my coworker's office with the comical deer butts,
March 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVal
you are definitely not alone, girl! there's even a facebook page for taxidermiphobia.
join us!
April 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKate
I have been extremely afraid of taxidermy for my whole life (birds and fish don't bother me). I have never met anyone in my 44 years of life with this same phobia. I thought I was the only one. I have a panic attack every time I know I have to go some where I have never been before. My husband and 3 children (who are now adults) know how to scope out a place before I enter it.
July 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAngie
I suffer from the same fear. If I'm somewhere that might have taxidermy I always have someone scope it out for me. I'm not sure when this developed, but it has been as long as I can remember. Like Angie birds and fish don't bother me, but if I see any other animal I panic. I've been known to start crying even. Usually I just jump and panic though. I am glad that there are others out there like me.
January 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAidan

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