Monday, October 19, 2009

‘Balloon Boy’ May Develop Phobias

MARYSVILLE, Wash. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Stress from the media hoopla may leave “Balloon Boy” Falcon Heene dealing with serious phobias.

According to phobia expert Keith Livingston, the crazy media attention, stressful TV appearances, and news anchors berating him with questions about his fake balloon ride could leave Falcon freaked out for life.

He explains, “The subconscious mind is not particularly logical. It attaches fear to whatever it wants to. A high-stress situation is a factor in developing phobias.”

Livingston believes Falcon may develop a fear of balloons in his life, especially if every time he comes within 20 feet of one his parents tell him to get away from it.

It’s not just balloons that may scare the bejesus out of Falcon.

He’s likely to develop an irrational fear of newscasters after being questioned so much, and the effects are already apparent after the boy threw up while appearing on The Today Show.

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