Some things are hard to believe. Even if they’re true. You first hear them, and doubt sets in.
“Oh, really” you say, or think.
It seemed to be my theme all weekend. I thought it at many emails I received. I thought it on items I read (and double-checked). I said it aloud to statements I heard.
Most don’t bear repeating, but I’ll write down a sample of my “oh-really?” statements and see if your reaction is the same.
I received an email from Southwest Airlines reminding me I had a flight to Nashville this Thursday morning at 6am from Los Angeles. In bold, bright, red letters they offered me quite a deal. It said for just $12.50 I could do an early online check-in. One way only of course. Another $12.50 and I can have early check in coming back to L.A. (Oh, Really!)
I stumbled upon a website accidently about psychotherapy and/or neural-linguistic programming having good results treating certain phobias. The phobias were listed and I’m not making this crap up. Here they are: Pentheraphobia – the fear of your mother-in-law. Vitricophobia – fear of your step-father, Novercaphobia – fear of your step-mother, and Soceraphobia – fear of your parents-in-law. (Oh, really?—so glad they are having good results treating these things)
I was reading a tidbit about Whitney Houston. She’s been gone 2 ½ years already. She’s the most awarded female act of all time…over 200 million records sold world-wide. She’s the only artist to chart seven consecutive #1 hits. Her smash hit “I Will Always Love You” was the best-selling single by a woman of all time.
And then the “oh really” statement slapped me in the face.
In the 2002 Iraq Presidential Campaign, Saddam Hussein’s campaign song was “I Will Always Love You.” (I guess it worked…he won)
One more psychological tidbit – -
In 1980 the American Psychiatric Association FINALLY changed the diagnosis of “hysteria” to “conversion disorder.” Okay, but the original treatment of “female hysteria” goes back over 2000 years. Until the 19th century, “hysteria” was thought to be caused by disturbances of the uterus. Europeans called it the “wondering womb.”
But throughout the latter half of the 19th century, “hysteria” was diagnosed when women complained of insomnia, anxiety, and a host of other symptoms. The treatment was vaginal massage and then vibrator usage when they were invented. This was usually done by male doctors.
Okay…you’re turn to say, “Oh, really?”