Friday, July 08, 2011

I knew people were shy but bladders? Apparently they are (via Hot Air):

Given the choice, you probably prefer your home porcelain throne to using a public toilet. But for more than 20 million people in North America, peeing in a public restroom is no simple matter.

People with a "shy bladder," a real condition also known as paruresis, are fearful of urinating when other people are nearby.
At least there seems to be some help available:
Eighty to 90 percent of sufferers can get considerably better through cognitive-behavioral therapy, which gradually exposes people to their feared situation in small steps, says Soifer, author of "The Shy Bladder Syndrome."


Blogger leon said...

You should see me on drug tests. It's so bad I have to fill up my bladder that through pain and cramping I have little choice but to go. Horrid disorder.

8:09 AM, July 08, 2011  
Blogger Zorro said...

"Don't look at me! I can't do it if you're looking at me." --Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) "Fight Club"

8:36 AM, July 08, 2011  
Blogger Bob said...

It's a problem I've had at times. When I first reported to Navy boot camp in 1980, all of the guys were urine-tested for drugs simultaneously in a huge men's room; I was the last one out, due to my shy bladder. (It used to be called bashful kidney, I think.)

9:08 AM, July 08, 2011  
Blogger SGT Ted said...

Note the pitch to spend money on a therapist for what is really just an inconvenience that really can be overcome on ones own.

9:45 AM, July 08, 2011  
Blogger Homophobic Horse said...

I bet most of the readers here are really catty about bodily functions.

10:55 AM, July 08, 2011  
Blogger Unknown said...

Having grown up peeing in the woods, this has never been a issue for me.

11:24 AM, July 08, 2011  
Blogger NicholasHoltman said...

I also grew up peeing in the woods but I can't when people are watching. I don't think it's a nurture thing.

It's not a big deal, and it doesn't deserve the epithet "syndrome". It just means you have to wait for the stall in public bathrooms.

11:30 AM, July 08, 2011  
Blogger Dr.Alistair said...

i was at a black sabbath concert in `92 and waited for over half an hour in line to piss, only to fail painfully upon arrival at the urinal...i had to wait an additional five minutes for a stall.

my shyness has improved considerably in the last few years as my use of cognitive methods in my practice works for me also, but for most, the mind/body link-up might not be something one could achieve alone.

and i never have a problem pissing in the woods.

11:37 AM, July 08, 2011  
Blogger Jacques Cuze said...

I wonder if this is more common among men who have to give a semi-public performance to urinate when away from home than among women that typically get their own stalls?

It um, is especially bad if you are peeing and a friend is peeing next to you, or the CEO is having a power pee, or if you're the CEO and suffer from this.

Here is a clip from Real Genius (SFW) demonstrating

I am also curious if other animals display pee shyness behaviors.

In our culture maybe it comes about because as babies on up as we are toilet trained we are given messages of the private nature of peeing.

But perhaps it is an evolutionary thing, in much the same way that dogs mark territory and the way dogs specifically pee on other dog's pee marks.

So... are apes in the wild pee shy?

4:37 PM, July 08, 2011  
Blogger Unknown said...

Jacques Cuze -

Apes in both wild and captivity fling shit. I have my doubts about urinary shyness.

5:42 PM, July 08, 2011  
Blogger Doom said...

Just don't talk or get friendly in there. But is there anything that isn't a syndrome? Is there a syndrome syndrome? Just asking.

5:51 PM, July 08, 2011  
Blogger Zorro said...

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy might be the answer for some, but for the rest of us, Guinness does the trick just fine-a-mundo.

And as re peeing outdoors, that, too, is something women and city people just "don't get." If the dems try to tax it, I'm emigrating.

8:38 PM, July 08, 2011  
Blogger Zorro said...

I suppose "shy bladder" isn't really so bad. Can you imagine "Extravert bladder?" You'd need to wear Depends everywhere because you'd pee like a puppy whenever you met a new person.

I choose the middle ground: Sensitive Introvert Bladder. I'm perfectly happy to pee as and when needed, but for now I really don't care to, thank you very much.

11:56 PM, July 08, 2011  
Blogger Dr.Alistair said...



syndrome syndrome...munchousen.

7:42 AM, July 09, 2011  
Blogger NicholasHoltman said...

@Jaques Cuso- I'd never considered that. I can certainly say I exhibit other omega male behaviors (which can also be circumvented with a measure of cunning and two measures of forethought).

7:53 PM, July 09, 2011  
Blogger tom swift said...

Here we are in the 21st century, and you've just heard of this? Very odd.

It's fairly certain that "fear" has nothing to do with it, although hack news writers almost universally assume that. A complex problem, even though - like most of the burdens which afflict humanity - easily dismissed by those who don't happen to suffer from it.

7:10 PM, July 14, 2011  

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