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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Xenophobia

This morning, while I was driving to school, Samuel keeps telling me that the children laugh. He doesn't want the children to laugh. After I dropped Samuel to his class, I chatted with his class teacher about him.

Last year, his teacher told us about her concern. She noticed that he is afraid of "orang putih", because when the school has Western people to share their ideas or knowleadge with the children in front of the class, he will cry. But from our observation, its not because of that Western people, it is because of that person talking. Its the sound. However, the teacher said it its Asian who is giving the talk, he is ok.

When I talk to the teacher today about his fear in sound, she told me she did some research and found out that he has Xenophobia.

"Xenophobia is a fear or contempt of that which is foreign or unknown, especially of strangers or foreign people" - from Wikipedia

The only foreign thing that is he afraid of is Mannequin. Does your child afraid of Mannequin? He was not afraid of mannequin when he was much younger.

I think the biggest phobia he has is sound. Phonopobia!

Does any of your child afraid of these :
1. Balloon (hes very afraid that it might burst)
2. Laughter
3. Heavy rain
4. Thunder
5. Flushing toilet

2 comments:

slavemom said...

The oni thing my kids r afraid of is thunder. Hmm... phobia of sound huh? How can this be treated? Hopefully it'll go away as he grows older.

Mummy to QiQi said...

my girl has weird phobia too, scared of newspaper man calling when they pass by my hse :(

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