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When you do something scary or stressful — bungee jumping, public speaking, etc. — do you prefer to be surrounded by friends or by strangers? Why?

Aside from my husband; he’s allowed everywhere with me. I would rather do scary or stressful things in the midst of strangers because I keep a stiff upper lip far easier with strangers than if I am surrounded by friends or family. My friends and family would serve as too much of a distraction and that would pull the focus off the task at hand. I love my family and I love being with my friends, but since I don’t do stress or scary very well, I would much prefer the anonymity of strangers; no expectations, no pressure and no feedback.

I am writing this post envisioning the idea of bungee jumping and how if my family were present, I would not be handling the whole situation very well. I have a serious fear of heights and being surrounded by strangers might be the only way that I could focus my fear into a place where it would serve as adrenaline instead of a paralytic emotional response.

Some people do well with stress and scary situations; I unfortunately don’t, so I try to order my life in such a way as to mitigate the amounts of stress and scary that occur in my daily life.