Social anxiety

A to Z Challenge: W is for WEIRD

What would you think if you saw a grown man hugging a teddy bear in a train? Would you think it was weird? What would you do about it?

I would think it was weird. I would wonder what problems this man has that cause him to do something most adults grew out of long ago. I certainly wouldn’t do anything. Why should I?

Someone in the train with this man hit the teddy in the face. The man burst out crying.

The man suffers from acute anxiety. In this case, his anxiety was intensified by the fact that the train was delayed at a station for nine minutes. Why? I don’t know. I don’t know enough to even attempt to understand. When his anxiety escalates, it comforts him to hug the teddy.

Why do people who don’t understand have to interfere? Why can’t they leave others alone?

By Miriam Drori

Author, editor, attempter of this thing called life. Social anxiety warrior. Cultivating a Fuji, edition 3, a poignant, humorous and uplifting tale, published with Ocelot Press, January 2023.

2 replies on “A to Z Challenge: W is for WEIRD”

Why do people need to interfere? Good question Miriam, and ultimately it says more about they themselves, than it does about the man with the teddy. My son is autistic. He’s ten, and sometimes he still goes out with a teddy. Sometimes he wears ear defenders. Once upon a time I used to have people coming up to tell me how I ought to get him to behave, now they stare. I could happily punch whoever hit your man’s teddy – I wouldn’t be responsible for my actions if someone did that to my boy.

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