Dear Dr. Phil,
I have a very strange phobia. I cannot bear to touch cotton balls or yarn. I have been this way since I was little, and I have no idea why. My friends think it's funny and like to tease me by
I'm afraid to get over my fear because I don't want to have to touch cotton, and if I had to jump out of a burning building into cotton, it would be a tough call. Why do I have this strange phobia, and how do I get rid of it? Dr. Phil, can you please help me?
Dr. Phil tells Amy, "The truth is, we oftentimes have anxieties. They're kind of free-floating anxieties, and we will attach them to almost anything for any reason. And somehow or another, it just gets fortuitously linked to something else, and that becomes a symbol, a summary term for the anxiety that we feel, and then we actually get some comfort in that. We've tied it to something, so instead of just saying,
"All right," says Amy.
"And then you'll come in here with a big ol' cotton sweater on!" predicts Dr. Phil.