According to stress specialist Dr. Donald Dossey, turkeyphobia is an anxiety disorder people have about baking the Thanksgiving bird.
Symptoms include heart palpitations or tightness in the chest area and Dossey says the phobia happens to those who stress about the turkey being perfect.
He explains, If it doesnt come out like Martha Stewarts, they think theyre a horrible turkey failure.
Even more bizarre, Dossey says cooking a bland bird can be just as traumatic as the death of a loved one.
Thats because the human body doesnt know the difference between different types of traumas and reacts to all traumas in the same way.
However, Dossey says theres hope for turkey chefs, and it starts with giving up on being a perfectionist.
As Dossey puts it, Who cares if a leg gets burnt? The guests wont care much and neither will the turkey.
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