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'I'll Never Have a Clown in My House!' Frightening Movies and Enduring Emotional Memory
Unformatted Document Text:  Frightening Movies 27 Table 4 Examples of Swimming Difficulties after Viewing Jaws Needless to say I didn’t venture very far out into the ocean. Even the swimming pool at the campground made me a bit apprehensive . . . For a long time I would associate any body of water with sharks. It scared me so much that for years I was sketchy about swimming in lakes and definitely about swimming in oceans. I would not go into the water under any circumstances unless I could touch the bottom, or if my father was in the water with me … I thought Jaws was in every body of water around me and that he was going to get me. I also could not go swimming on the beach for five years. I would play in the shallow water or swim in the pool only. I regularly went swimming in a lake by my house, and even though I knew it wasn't possible, I would be afraid when I was in the water and thought about Jaws. Seeing the consequences of a shark attack especially made me more scared to swim in the ocean and even influenced me when swimming in lakes. [Five years later] when I stepped into the ocean I began to panic. . . .To this day I am a little apprehensive whenever I swim in the ocean. As far as the lasting effects, to this very day, when floating in a body of deep water, I still occasionally have that feeling that something could come up and grab me. Today that fear still lurks in the back of my mind every time I go swimming in a lake even though I try to tell myself it was only a movie that I had seen. I know that sharks are not found in lakes and pools. Yet, whenever I am in the deep end at a pool, I swim really fast to get to the edge (always looking behind me). Today, I still fear swimming in the ocean, and I look over my shoulder whenever I am swimming in a fresh-water lake.

Authors: Cantor, Joanne.
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Frightening Movies
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Examples of Swimming Difficulties after Viewing Jaws
Needless to say I didn’t venture very far out into the ocean. Even the swimming pool at
the campground made me a bit apprehensive . . . For a long time I would associate any
body of water with sharks.
It scared me so much that for years I was sketchy about swimming in lakes and definitely
about swimming in oceans.
I would not go into the water under any circumstances unless I could touch the bottom,
or if my father was in the water with me … I thought Jaws was in every body of water
around me and that he was going to get me.
I also could not go swimming on the beach for five years. I would play in the shallow
water or swim in the pool only.
I regularly went swimming in a lake by my house, and even though I knew it wasn't
possible, I would be afraid when I was in the water and thought about Jaws.
Seeing the consequences of a shark attack especially made me more scared to swim in the
ocean and even influenced me when swimming in lakes.
[Five years later] when I stepped into the ocean I began to panic. . . .To this day I am a
little apprehensive whenever I swim in the ocean.
As far as the lasting effects, to this very day, when floating in a body of deep water, I still
occasionally have that feeling that something could come up and grab me.
Today that fear still lurks in the back of my mind every time I go swimming in a lake even
though I try to tell myself it was only a movie that I had seen.
I know that sharks are not found in lakes and pools. Yet, whenever I am in the deep end
at a pool, I swim really fast to get to the edge (always looking behind me).
Today, I still fear swimming in the ocean, and I look over my shoulder whenever I am
swimming in a fresh-water lake.


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