Everyone here is discussing simply how they get anxious when they have to make phone calls.
Has anyone stopped and wondered WHY they're so nervous about making phone calls?
I ask because I struggle with making phone calls as well, but I know why (for the most part). People are frickin' mean!! I get so much anxiety over calling customer service type places, restaurants, and doctor's offices.
Customer service reps can act angry and like they want you to hurry up, which causes me to feel flustered and apologetic and nervous.
Restaurants can be rude as well (example: calling to place a to go order). They can act angry at you for having special requests (hold the tomatoes!) or like you're asking too much of them. They can act inattentive and stupid, which infuriates me (I'm spending the money; they should care enough to listen to my order properly!).
Doctor's offices are the worst. I'm usually already anxious, if I"m calling a doctor's office. I'm probably either awaiting test results (I have been struggling with frequent UTIs for over a year now) or scheduling an appointment. OR, discussing symptoms that came back when I was supposed to be "healed." These doctor situations cause a lot of anxiety for me and the LAST thing I need is an angry-sounding lady on the phone with no kindness in her voice whatsoever.
Does anyone else feel that people are generally just too mean to deal with, at times?
I try to tell myself I'm reading too much into it and that they can't jump at me through the phone, but sometimes I just sit for a long time, procrastinating to make that phone call.
Any advice on how to bite the bullet and just make the call? Maybe focusing on other objects in the room; pinching oneself, etc...