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Aug7-08, 04:12 PM
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I can't stand anything wrapped around my neck - turtleneck collars, close fitting necklaces, even some t-shirts bother me if the collar is too high. It makes me feel like I am choking. I can't get my hair cut at any place that insists on putting that paper strip around my neck, and the smock they put on me must be very loose.

I wasn't always like this. It started in my late 20s. Before that I used to wear turtlenecks and chokers and it never bothered me. I thought I was the only person who had this "quirk" but I found out there are others like me:
http://ask.metafilter.com/83395/Am-I...ge-body-quirks

Do you have any strange quirks or annoyances like this?
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Aug7-08, 04:19 PM
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I've got that one, too MIH. Times when I was forced (work, social convention, etc) to wear a tie were real hell. It's hard to find dress shirts in my size with adequately-sized collars, and then there's the matter of tying the tie so that it looks trim and neat, but is still not putting pressure on the neck. I don't own a single tie or a single dress shirt now. Bury me in a T-shirt and be done with it.
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Aug7-08, 04:21 PM
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I won't wear shirts with capped sleeves, it makes my armpits feel weird. And I won't wear a belt unless the pants sit low on the hips. Being cinched around the waist is just the most claustrophobic feeling I know of.

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Aug7-08, 04:22 PM
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I have a neck thing

Quote Quote by turbo-1 View Post
I've got that one, too MIH. Times when I was forced (work, social convention, etc) to wear a tie were real hell. It's hard to find dress shirts in my size with adequately-sized collars, and then there's the matter of tying the tie so that it looks trim and neat, but is still not putting pressure on the neck. I don't own a single tie or a single dress shirt now. Bury me in a T-shirt and be done with it.
I'll 'second' that
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Aug7-08, 04:25 PM
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ah, poor turbo. I would die if I had to wear a tie.

One of the people at my link mentioned "sensory defensiveness". I've never heard of this term before, so I googled it:

from Wiki:

"Sensory defensiveness is a condition defined as having "a tendency to react negatively or with alarm to sensory input which is generally considered harmless or non-irritating" to neurotypical persons."

I want to read more about this.
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Aug7-08, 04:28 PM
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Quote Quote by hypatia View Post
I won't wear shirts with capped sleeves, it makes my armpits feel weird. And I won't wear a belt unless the pants sit low on the hips. Being cinched around the waist is just the most claustrophobic feeling I know of.
Luckily women's pants rarely come up to the waist these days.
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Aug7-08, 04:29 PM
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I hate those haircut smocks too! They feel like they were cut to fit a Barbie doll's neck (like your avitar, MIH!).

What really makes me nuts are sandal straps that go between my big toe and its neighbor, like flip-flops. How does anyone tolerate those?!?
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Aug7-08, 04:31 PM
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Quote Quote by lisab View Post
I hate those haircut smocks too! They feel like they were cut to fit a Barbie doll's neck (like your avitar, MIH!).

What really makes me nuts are sandal straps that go between my big toe and its neighbor, like flip-flops. How does anyone tolerate those?!?
You are so right! I don't like flip flops either.
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Aug7-08, 05:07 PM
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Luckily women's pants rarely come up to the waist these days.
lol I know, but I do find myself buying several pairs low riding jeans to put aside for when the fashion changes again.
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Aug7-08, 05:15 PM
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I have to wear a thing around my neck which has my ID card and anti-radiation deely where I work now, and I can't stand it. I feel like a dog. No, actually, the only time my dog has a collar on is when I go out on walks with him.

What's worse is the lady I'm renting a room from gave me this necklace type thing with "year of the tiger" dates. I can't stand having something around my neck. Accessories in general. I don't even like wearing a watch. =/
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Aug7-08, 05:21 PM
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I have to wear a watch, but collars really bother me. I'm not a very large person, and when I was working out a lot it was impossible for me to find dress shirts with a collar large enough to fit my neck comfortably without being way too baggy everywhere else. Throw a necktie into the mix, and it was HELL!
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Aug7-08, 06:15 PM
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I've always hated wool clothing against my skin. Too scratchy.

However, wool clothing with about 42 non-wool layers between it and my skin ... now that I can tolerate!
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Aug7-08, 06:18 PM
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Clothes that are all charged up with static electricity drive me to distraction!
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Aug7-08, 07:05 PM
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Quote Quote by Redbelly98 View Post
I've always hated wool clothing against my skin. Too scratchy.

However, wool clothing with about 42 non-wool layers between it and my skin ... now that I can tolerate!
I'm the same way, and so is my dad. He joined the Airborne in WWII and ended up in Europe with nice wool uniforms and wool long underwear. He's been through some stuff, but he still talks about that DAMNED wool clothing. He's in his 80's and still walks a few miles every day, but we're watching his old cronies dropping with disheartening regularity.
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Aug7-08, 07:31 PM
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Wow, you people have problems. Unless something is actually cutting off circulation I don't have a problem with it. To actually go out of your way to find a different place to get a haircut because you can't handle the soft paper strip around your neck is beyond my comprehension. You know it isn't really choking you and it's all in your mind. Are you going to let your mind tell you what to do? Who's in charge? you or your brain? Take Control!!!
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Aug7-08, 10:53 PM
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I know, trib. It's extremely weird. I've tried to train myself out of it. I put on a shirt with a close collar and tell myself to relax, that nothing bad is happening, but then within seconds I start choking and almost rip it off in panic. When your sensations are telling you that you're in danger, it's so hard to get the reasoning systems to override.
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Aug7-08, 11:00 PM
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That's kind of creepy.
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Aug7-08, 11:07 PM
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gee, thanks, Jason. You've made me feel much better. :(


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