Gerontophobia (Hatred or fear of the elderly) & Gerontophilia (fetish or attraction to the elderly)


So today  I wanted to post about 

Gerontophobia

which is the irrational fear or hatred of the elderly,

not to be confused with ageism

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 I came across this term while doing a little research for my last post ( Catoptrophobia, Eisoptrophobia, & Spectrophobia (Fear of Mirrors/Reflections)

From what I’ve read so far on gerontophobia, are those who fear old people usually have this phobia due to their own fear of aging or fear of death.

Then there are those  with gerontophobia who hate the elderly and i’m still not really sure why but I do have a couple of videos below of youtubers who speak on their hatred for old folks, as well as one video of one who fears them.

Check them out below:

 

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In contrast, there are those who have a particular fetish or attraction to the elderly. 

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and I’m not gonna lie, actress Sarah Paulson came to mind while writing this, due to her relationship history with older women.

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But i’ll save that for another time. If you’re curious and would like more details about that, check out Sarah Paulson Still Doesn’t Get (or Care) Why People Think It’s “Fascinating and Odd” She’s Dating 74-Year-Old Holland Taylor


What do you think of those who have gerontophobia or gerontophilia? How do you personally feel about the elderly or growing old? Let me know in the comments below!

Catoptrophobia, Eisoptrophobia, & Spectrophobia (Fear of Mirrors/Reflections)

 


When I first heard about catoptophobia, it made no sense to me. Why did grown people of all people, suffer from this phobia? Was it their reflection they disliked seeing? Was it in any way connected to eating disorders or body dysmorphia?

After digging a litte more into this, I can now kind of understand and sympathize with those coping with these mirror phobias.


What  exactly

is 

Catoptrophobia, Eisoptrophobia 

&

Spectrophobia ?

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Spectrophobia  … Sufferers of spectrophobia can fear the breaking of a mirror bringing extreme bad luck. They can fear the thought of something frightening jumping out of the mirror or seeing something disturbing inside of it next to their own reflection when looking directly at it.” – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spectrophobia

Eisoptrophobia – Fear of seeing yourself in a mirror

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So, in short:

Eisoptrophobia– don’t want to see themselves in mirrors

Catoptrophobia– dont like anything reflective, including mirrors

Spectrophobia– think something or someone will jump out of mirror or appear in mirror, also superstitious


Please check out a short but very interesting video below on the “whys” of these mirror phobias:


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I can’t help wondering if maybe the fear stems from childhood stories or movies, as they seemed to be based off some sort of superstition and the supernatural.

 


TREATMENT

Treatment typically includes exposure therapy  and psychotherapy.


Conclusion

Even after the research i’ve done, I still can’t help but wonder:

  1. How these people drive (or if they drive)
  2. Do they ever use any mirrors to dress or comb their hair in the morning,
  3. Do they wear makeup?
  4.  How do they cope when they  go out to eat in restaurants where beverages are served in glass?


Do you or anyone else you know have any of these mirror phobias? Have you ever heard of it before today?  Let me know in the comments below.

3 Bizarre but Interesting Movies I’ve Watched on Streaming Services This Year

As a writer and fan of scifi/fantasy and a big fan of Black Mirror, I’m always delighted  when I discover a bizzare movie on Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube or whereever.  If you’re into odd movies like I am, you can thank me later. I wasn’t a big movie watcher in the past so you may have already heard of or seen these, as these aren’t new movies. 

So without further ado, let’s get right into it. I promise not to include any spoilers for those who haven’t seen any of these and wanna check it out.

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GREENER GRASS

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Release date: October 18, 2019

Running time: 100 minutes

The film had its world premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, as a shorter film, but was then released as a longer movie in theaters.( You can watch the original short Sundance version here.)

Very Brief Summary:

Ummm….this film is very hard to explain. Long story short: everyone wears braces in this small town, a woman gives away her baby on impulse to her friend, but then regrets it and her friend refuses to give the baby back, and a boy turns into a dog.

 


DOWNSIZING

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Release date: December 22, 2017 

Running Time: 2h 15m

Very Brief Summary:

Imagine if you didnt have to work anymore and live a life of luxury. Only catch: being shrunken (think Honey, I shrunk the Kids but not as small as they were in that movie.) I’m pretty sure many of us would sign up. 

Well a married couple with financial problems decide to sign up to be small, but find out the downsides to being small. One more thing: The procedure is permanent.

 


THE CLEANSE

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Release date: May 4, 2018 

Running Time: 1h 21m

Very Brief Summary:

Weird movie about a guy who joins a retreat because a woman he likes joined. Some weird stuff happens, such as all the retreaters vomiting up gremlin/furby-looking things. The creatures aren’t harmful and everyone kinda gets attached to them, until they start to get bigger. Someone dies in the movie but I won’t say who.

 


Let me know in the comments below if you’ve ever watched any of these bizarre movies or/and if you have any others I should check out.

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My Diabetes Diagnosis (& what i’ve learned)

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So it’s literaly been less than a week since i’ve been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. On Sunday, March 1st, 2020, I went to an urgent care center because I was urinating so freqently that I thought I had a UTI (urinary tract infection) I had also been feeling dizzy for the past week but thought it was nothing more than a simple case of vertigo. I thought it would be a quick visit where i’d be given a prescription for antibiotics, and be on my way.

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Instead I was instructed to go straight to Baptist Hospital’s ER. And this was after the urgent care doctor conducted a few visual tests to make sure I was okay enough to drive. This would be the beginning of me changing my lifestyle. After being held for observation in the E.R. from 2pm to around 9pm, and after my shock, I began soaking up information on everything there is to know about diabetes. I took screenshot, notes, advice from others, and googled, joined several Facebook groups for diabetics, and watched educational videos on Youtube.

I wanted to share some of the information i’ve found and will be updating this post periodically with new useful information for diabetics. (Note: all of the below information, videos, suggestions etc…are from friends and family who have diabetes or know someone who reversed it)


As always, please consult with your physician before starting any changes to your diets or fitness.


First I had to start with the basics to even begin understanding about diabetes.

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My first call to action was working on the 50 pounds that i’d gained within the last four years. I vowed to myself to walk,jog, jump rope, or do SOMETHING at least 10 minutes a day and gradually go on to an hour a day. Because I sat down to work all day, I had to make it my business not to become complacent in resuming a sedentary lifestyle ever again.

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Its said that 4 hours a week of working out is recommended for those who sit during work .


If anyone else out there suffer from diabetes and high blood pressre would prefer not to read the entire post, i’d strongly suggest watching this INSPIRING free hour-long video below. Trust me when I say it’s worth the time to watch it!


OKRA WATER (“Lady Finger”)

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(Some use 3-5 okra in 8 oz of water)

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STOP STRESSING!

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Stress just isn’t worth raising your glucos level or blood pressure. Seeking a mental health professional, meditation, deep breathing exercises, or having someone to vent to are just a few suggestions.


WATER (LOTS OF IT!)

“Drinking enough water can help your body eliminate excess glucose through urine.”- Healthline.com


Get Enough Sleep

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GREEN JUICE


GLYCEMIC INDEX

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INTERMITTENT FASTING

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In conclusion

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Recommended Read:

The  Diabetes Code (only $10.99 on Amazon)


Bonus:

 

 

As always, please consult with your physician before starting any changes to your diets or fitness.

Any other useful tips or inspirational stories? Comment below: