Friday, March 24, 2006

Squeamish? Oh, do read on

…Is disgust like what the Supreme Court said about pornography? You know it when you hurl?

…No, babies, disgust is quite a delicate deal. And it may underlie all food choices, appetites, and other aspects of health.

…Bunmi O. Olatunji, a grad student at the Univ of Arkansas, shows people pictures of maggots and open wounds for a living. He studies anxiety disorders, and in particular, the role of disgust in phobias and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

…Not all disgust triggers are the same. Disgust elicitors such as injections and blood draws are different from elicitors like rotting food and bugs.

…He has divided them into “core disgust” and “animal reminder disgust.”

…Core disgust is triggered by offensive things like body waste products and rotting foods. These may trigger OCD because of irrational fears of contamination.

…Animal reminder triggers remind us of our animal origins and include blood draws, dead bodies, wounds, hygiene factors, and inappropriate sexual acts.

…We need to know this why? Well, if phobic people are to be exposed to their source of their phobia, this is good to know.

…For one thing, animal reminder disgust is most likely to cause fainting. Remember that at your next bood draw. HA knows she will.

…Note to self: Do not to watch “Fear Factor” or handle maggots on the same day.

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