People have different tastes and preferences. And there are common dislikes, like telemarketers, and phobias, like spiders, that we're all familiar with. But what if you're bothered by something very common? What if your discomfort is unusual?
Reddit user squalorid asked "What common thing makes you oddly uncomfortable?" Here are some of the most interesting and often amusing answers.
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Laying down on a mattress while mattress shopping. I'll sit on it, thank you very much. I feel a deep seated anxiety laying on a mattress in public while a salesperson looks down at me. Nope.
Those places need a lockable room where people can test-lie.
I can't think of a single thing that could go wrong with giving people a private room and bed in your business that you want to keep clean.
Those awful custom birthday songs that some family restaurants require their servers to scream at you if you even so much as whisper the word "birthday" on their property. They seem to be intentionally designed to be as humiliating as possible for everyone concerned.
walks into restaurant
"I'm so happy we could go to your favorite place on your-"
The ground trembles. Children look up in fear. A cloud of dust appears on the horizon. Thousands of waiters, waitresses and bussers descend upon you like screaming demons from the pits of hell.
"HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FROM ALL OF US TO YOU..."
Compliments. I grew up as a below average looking kid who was bullied a lot for my looks, etc. This led me to believe I was ugly, and I suffered very low self esteem until later in life. I didn't really receive a compliment of any sort until, maybe, 18? Even now, when someone compliments me, my mind sort of tells me that it is a back handed insult of some sort, or some sort of prank. I have to remind myself that this isn't high school anymore and these people don't have any reason to poke fun at me like that.
That's one of a huge problems with childhood bullying. You never really grow out of it and it has the ability to impact you for a very long time.
Walking past someone on the street, at the mall, or in the doorway of a large store who is trying to sell me something. I avert my eyes and walk faster while holding my breath the entire time. I hate it soooo much. Especially those aggressive people in the booths at the mall that practically chase you down to try to sell you dead sea minerals, nail kits, or phone cases.
I hate when people rub their hands together really fast. Like as in I freak out if I hear it.
A radio station in my hometown once asked the very same question so I called in and told them on air. Of course, they do it and I scream. I end up winning some tickets for something or other. But the best thing is that they used the clip of my call as an advertisement for their show for at least a year!
Really public Facebook posts about continued grief, like on the anniversary of a death or such. Especially when I'm sharing that grief, for some reason it really bothers me. I know this isn't always the case and that (grief) is different for everyone, but in my head it feels like making a spectacle of that loss or using it for attention.
Doorbells. Can't even explain why, but they make me jump out of my skin.
That's why I prefer knockers.