The Random Writings of Rachel: DoorbellPhobia

DoorbellPhobia

 
 You will be wearing pajamas and in the middle of making Christmas cards when someone knocks on your door.

Are you, or is anyone you know affected by DoorbellPhobia, the fear of unexpected visitors? This is a strange syndrome, striking most severely when a knock on the door occurs in the middle of an elaborate craft project, or when the sock basket is dumped all over the living room floor. Its impact is also felt when one’s hair has only barely survived a long day of housework with little of its dignity still intact. As yet there is no known cure for individuals affected by this strange fear. 
Always, always at those most inopportune moments, the doorbell rings. And it’s the pastor. Or your Great-Grandma. Sometimes it’s just the UPS guy or Girl Scouts, but you won’t know until you open the door, so when the doorbell rings, you don’t know if whoever is it expects to be invited inside, or if they’ll be satisfied by a frantic left hand stuck outside for a quick signature and a grab at the cardboard box.

Sometimes, the best choice is simply to run. That’s usually what I do, if Angel’s home. We don’t have a doorbell, so unexpected visitors usually rap on a kitchen window. When I hear that knocking, I’m hiding in my bedroom within seconds, calling out to Angel as I run, “Answer the door, someone’s here!” Usually I stay in my room until the visitor is gone, or until it’s been determined that it’s someone who’s not scary at all. Like my cousins. 

I know it’s irrational. Even though I understand that most likely, the people who rap on my window are people I love, it always seems like a risky thing to open the door to just anyone. In my defense, one time I opened the door to the electric meter reader, and he totally hit on me, even asking for my phone number and if we could be friends. That's the only time anyone has ever hit on me in my life. See what can happen when you open a door? That’s why I try to leave it to Angel. And I know I’m not the only one who’s instant reaction to a doorbell is “Where is the closest hiding spot?” My family gets unexpected visitors nearly every day, because they live in a large apartment building, and every day, most of the family will instantly disappear whenever they hear the tinkling of the doorbell, leaving some unfortunate sister to open the door and greet the visitor of the moment, the rest of the family not appearing from behind closed doors until they’re sure the coast is clear.

Do you find that a doorbell has the ability to inspire terror?

33 comments:

  1. I totally get this....especially during the day when I'm thinking..."now who is here at my house...and what am I going to do to defend myself?"

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  2. I'm like that with the phone. But with the phone you can hide in plain sight and don't have to scuttle to a hidey-hole. You just stare at it until it stops ringing and then start breathing again. Phew. I am so glad it's not just me.

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  3. Cute post.

    Kisses,
    Sofia

    stylishlyinlove.blogspot.com

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  4. This is too funny! And so me! As a kid and even today, when I hear the door bell I peep out the window and typically run and hide...even if it just the UPS guy and not a serial killer:) strange, I know...

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  5. Oh yes! I'm often home alone and in pj's until quite late morning (shhhh) and if somebody arrives at the door it's panic mode. Even if my landlords pass by the kitchen window on the way to their front door, I'm usually ducking and hiding... it's kind of ridiculous.

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  6. I definitely do not answer the door most often when someone rings the bell. No one ever drops by my house unexpectedly, so I know it has to be a salesman of some sort.

    lauren
    Fizz and Frosting

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  7. Call me crazy but I rarely answer my door. If there's not someone I'm expecting, I don't do it. If it was important, they will call. :)

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  8. My favorite thing about my new apartment is that we don't have a doorbell, and we cannot hear someone knocking on the outside door. The only time this is an issue is if someone locks themselves out when the walk the dog. But we quickly learned to bring our cell phones with us.

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  9. I don't answer the door unless I'm expecting someone. It's a shame but in today's day and age it's not safe. People are attacked, home invasions, plus there is the never ending slew of various religions selling their ideals door to door and other salespeople.

    My friends and family know if they haven't called, I won't be getting the door.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  10. Yep Rachel, I totally understand. Even if it is UPS or any other delivery service I have to take a deep breath before I open the door. Silly I know, but I can't help it. It's good to know I am not the only one.
    Have a lovely day.
    Lenya

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  11. We don't have a doorbell, and I *hate* it when I hear knocking at the door. HATE it. Especially because the only people who tend to drop by unannounced occasionally other than a package delivery are my brother in law and his wife. And...not to be mean, but I'd rather hide. ;)

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  12. Oh man. I don't even open the door unless I know someone is supposed to be here. There are so many creeps.....

    hahah. I love your writing style. You made me grin, giggle, then laugh :)

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  13. Haha, yes! I totally get this feeling from time to time. I've had enough unpleasant doorbell moments that now I get fully dressed and do my hair and makeup even if I'm just hanging around the house. There are 2 benefits: I look like a normal person and not a zombie if anyone comes to the door, and I feel better about myself all day.

    sagegrayson.com

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  14. I'm the same way. I don't have unexpected visitors, so when I receive a knock on the door or the doorbell ringing, I make my husband answer it. I don't have a peep hole, so I have to sneak and look out another window, so they don't see me. If it is the doorbell, it is either a) UPS letting me know they dropped my package off, b) a salesman, c) church members, d) some kid wanting to cut our grass, or e) some weirdo. Someone claimed their phone was stolen and they tracked it to my house

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    1. **stolen from the elementary school.

      Ummm no.

      I was leaving my house, and before I could leave, I was standing face-to-face with a steak salesman. Ugh

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  15. Yes! Usually it's an annoying child that rings our bell.

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  16. Not irrational at all! We do the same thing. Sometimes we sneak up to the door and see who it is and then choose if we should answer it or not. I hate getting unexpected visitors most of the time. Like you said, always at the worst time, like when you stripped to your underwear because it's so freaking hot, they'll come a knocking.

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  17. Finally!! A name to put my phobia too...i've suffered from this for years!

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  18. Oh my gosh I totally do this. I run down the hall and whisper desperately to Jim to go get the door. Plus I feel like the unexpected ding-dong often comes when I am in my bathrobe, definitely not opening the door then!

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  19. haha I am just like you!! Our apartment doesn't have a doorbell so it's always a knock when someone's outside.. There was this time someone knocked on the door, I ran and it was a drunk guy trying to get in claiming it was his apartment... sooo scary!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, I came to see your blog and loved it! :) New follower!

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  20. I definitely can relate! Sometimes my husband and I shove each other as we're running away from the door whispering "YOU get the door!" "No- YOU!" when we hear someone knocking that we're not expecting. It's ridiculous sometimes! Haha...

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  21. What a creepy meter reader. I used to open the door for anyone, but we kept getting religious recruiters who literally wanted to come help me do laundry and talk about Jesus.

    Not kidding.

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  22. I find it more annoying than irrational or scary haha. Thanks for the lovely comment hun, hope to see you again soon! xx

    www.hausofsarahrachel.blogspot.com

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  23. Haha! This is so funny! :) Totally happens to me, too. I never answer the door unless I'm expecting someone, though. Our door doesn't have a peep hole and the people on the other side of it usual speak Dutch and try to sell me something that I don't want to buy. Therefore, it's not usually worth it unless I feel like practicing my Dutch. (so glad I'm done with my exams so I can catch up on your blog, again!)

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  24. I'm definitely the opposite. I love getting visitors and practically run to the door when they come.

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  25. Haha, I do exactly the same thing! Visitors always seem to arrive at the worst possible times for me...I'm just about always in my grubby robe with my hair a mess and my raccoon eyes. So when someone, even the mailman comes to the door, I run out of the room to hide. I do that with FaceTime now, too! My aunt likes to FaceTime a lot, and she seems to always call when I'm looking my worst. :P

    ~Vicki
    Decked Out in Ruffles

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  26. YES YES YES!! I have this! I'm cracking up that you run and hide and tell Angel to get the door, because I do the SAME thing. Even if I know a pizza will be delivered or something, I'll still make myself unavailable to answer the door.

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  27. Having a german shepherd in a house with a sleeping baby?? Yes, yes, yes.

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  28. I'm like that too!! We also, have one of those decorative glass windows down the side of the door and I'm always paranoid that they're going to see me through it somehow. If Kyle's not home to get it I try to creep as quietly as I can to the door to look through the peep hole. Glad to know I'm not the only one with this irrational fear!

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  29. How on earth did I miss this post last week...it's basically the story of my life! Though now that I live alone, I either have to shamefully face whoever is at the door....or hide in my room and pretend I'm not home. Usually the latter.

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  30. Haha, how funny! It reminds me of a post I have in mind about how to be sure maintenance will come to your apartment THAT DAY (basically all you have to do is have a messy apartment and be partially naked when they knock on the door.) lol And that right there will tell you why, yes...I have doorbellphobia. Most of the time either I or my house are in no condition to answer to someone.

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  31. Yup! I'm the same way with doorbells. Also phones.

    I wonder if it's an introversion/extraversion thing?

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