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Vuvuzela Noise Could Trigger Bee Phobias

The buzzing drone of South African vuvuzelas could trigger a phobia in folks who are already afraid of bees.

The buzzing drone of South African vuvuzelas could trigger a phobia in folks who are already afraid of bees.

Friday, June 18, 2010 2:31 GMT

MARYSVILLE, Wash. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – That annoying buzzing noise coming from vuvuzelas at the 2010 World Cup could trigger phobias in folks who are afraid of bees.

Because the drone from the South African stadium horn sounds similar to a swarm of bees, phobia expert Keith Livingston says there’s a slight chance that people who are already afraid of bees could have their phobia “triggered” upon hearing vuvuzelas during soccer matches.

However, they’d have to be predisposed to a severe fear of bees stemming from a traumatic experience with the buzzers.

Livingston says phobias stemming from specific noises are fairly common. He recalls his own father, a war veteran, jumping when something fell once because he associated the noise with a gun shot.

To get over the panic of buzzing bees flared up by vuvuzelas, Livingston suggests phobia-sufferers reimagine the insects in a silly, ridiculous way, rather than as something scary.

He thinks picturing them flying to circus music should do the trick.

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