We liken too many things to "actual" torture.
We're spoiled and entitled and most of us couldn't handle real torture.
But we are who we are.
So let's discuss all the things that give us massive discomfort.
One Redditor wanted to discuss the things that cause us stress and a touch of ouch. They asked:
"What isn’t torture but feels like it is?"
Torture is everywhere. I hate mosquitoes. They were created by the devil.
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"Faking interest in a conversation you want no part of."
"Trying to have a conversation and the other person giving you nothing."
"AOL dial-up.. the image downloads from the top one line of pixels at a time, you'd get to see the head and shoulders of a naked women, then have to wait 20 minutes to see the boobs because it keeps disconnecting."
"Reading this while laying in a tent in the middle of Yosemite Valley. Lol gets me right in the feels."
"When you prepare for a sneeze but it won't come out."
"And you try everything, even tickle your snout, When you feel the urge, you know it's all about. Stuck in your no-hoose Lights will guide you home. The sneeze it shakes all your bones. And I will say 'bless you' Guitar solo.'
"I actually found a solution to this for myself, if I press a specific spot on my nose the sneeze comes out, very handy!"
"Having to sit through an interminably long PowerPoint presentation when the presenter is literally just reading off the slides. Email it to me if that’s all you’re going to do because I can read off slides too. Then seeing there’s still like 22 slides to go."
"And then they give you printed copies of the 23 slides, I per page."
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"An endometrial biopsy. Legit torture."
"After mine my doctor said that some women liken it to labor pain. I just stared at her because I had no idea it would feel like the worst 30 seconds of my life."
This is why I hate doctors. No thank you.
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"I hate that this is the case. An interview done well should be trying to figure out if both parties are a good fit for each other. I've been lucky to be in good groups with smart managers, and the resulting organization is great because of it."
"Actually, artificially or intentionally inducing anxiety is indeed torture, and is one of the most prevalent types. The fact that some of us just exist in that space is freaking excruciating some days, and I wish more people understood that."
"Agreed, especially when it’s so debilitating to the point you’re literally trying not to pass out in social situations and have to pretend like you’re not dying."
"Having a swollen taste bud on your tongue."
"Oh my gosh, it is seriously insane how ridiculously painful it is for such a tiny bit of your body. That and when you have one of those horrible deep pimples develop right under your nose/on your lip."
"Oh god yes! I went through a period of ill health (thank you childcare germs) between Feb-March of this year, culminating in covid, and over the 2 months I had a couple of swollen taste buds at a time, a new one always appearing when another subsided. I was miserable."
"Being in a public place or event for an hour after your social energy runs out. Especially with small children at said event and your family expects you to help keep them entertained and all you want to do is go somewhere quiet on your own stuff away from everyone."
"My social anxiety mixed with my neurodivergent butt and Mexican genes results with me just silently staring at a centerpiece at my family's table, completely disassociated, shutting out the deafening music blasting on all the speakers at 2 AM."
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"Developing feelings for someone you're close to but it isn't mutual so you have to try to suppress those feelings while continuing to be friends with that person because you don't want to lose them from your life completely."
Life itself is torture. I'm now convinced.
Don't you hate it when you get deceived by something pretty?
Like... "fooled you."
Those are the thoughts you get when you grab a rose and a bee jumps out and stings you.
Every group or community has its bees.
Or the more you learn about said groups you realize it's one big beehive.
Nothing is ever really the same from the outside in.
"What community seems really nice from the outside, but is actually really toxic?"
Every group has soulless people among them. It's all in the numbers.
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"Minecraft community, especially twitter. Minecraft is like the chillest game ever but the people who are into Minecraft youtube stuff are a whole new level of deranged."
"Crunchy mums/hippie mums/gentle parenting groups. They seem lovely, but it typically winds up being a judgemental pissing contest over who is the best parent in the world."
"As a gentle parenting and somewhat crunchy mom I can't fit into these groups either. Inevitably there's a crunchy mom who believes sunshine and vitamin c cure covid, or a hippy mom who wants to organize a protest at chic-fi-la, but most of them just talk trash about everybody that's different from them."
"ALL Christians are bad (I'm an atheist and I know plenty of lovely Christians). I don't get why people have to be so black and white like that. I will say that I can't deal with moms being sh*tty to their kids by either yelling or being manipulative assholes so I will leave a group if that behavior is being condoned. Guess that's where my judgment comes in... verbal, mental or physical abuse are not my things."
"Cosplay and it's not even close!"
I love making cosplays and wearing them, but last time I went to a convention, I realized I'd just become too old for the 'cosplay scene.'"
"I literally don't care that X broke up with Y so Z and W got into a fight because they sided with different people but Z and W had a matching cosplay planned and now V has taken W's place in making the cosplay and X made a group chat to mock V's cosplays and... like Jesus, it never stops. I just want to dress up as Jinx and take pictures. Leave me out of your teenage drama."
"Body positive community has some surprisingly negative people. My friend who at some point lost a lot of weight and got into exercising realized she was no longer welcome there. Not because she tried to tell other people to lose weight or started sharing dieting tips, but because her experience with obesity and her body did not match the preferred narrative."
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"Any workplace that describes itself as 'like a family.'"
"What they really mean is the Manson family."
That workplace one is a golden rule of life.
"Chemistry enthusiasts. It's all reaction videos involving highly toxic substances."
"It boils down to being a pretty caustic community. Not sure if there is a solution before it implodes."
"The yoga/wellness scene. the pandemic was actually kinda handy at showing you which yoga teachers to stay the hell away from. The big things are of course, the anti-scientific views on medicine, but it’s also a breeding ground for cult leaders and grifters."
"I agree! It’s so unfortunate because I love yoga, but so many instructors (in the western world I suppose) are awful. My least favorite is when I feel like I’m being given a stern lecture on vulnerability lmao."
"If the community stayed true to their original purpose, to quit porn, it wouldn't be toxic at all. But I'd say there are a lot of extremist people there, like people who say masturbation is evil and you must be fully abstinent unless you get a one night stand with a 10/10 because you did X number of days, or just plain conspiracies about the whole world view. The problem is this kind of posts never get removed."
"The Kpop community? They be like heeeyyyy come enjoy this and the next minute tear you apart because you didn’t pick their favorite member."
"Yess! especially the whole locals things. when people that aren't into Kpop find a song that they like, people will tear them apart for listening to Kpop, telling them to name all the members of a group (obvi not talking about those weird thirst traps made by TikTokers)."
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"For whatever God forsaken reason, Paper Mario. I have gotten more death threats from Paper Mario fans than any other Fandom. I posted about it maybe three times, max. About how I liked the games, specifically."
"Mario fandom is freaking intense. Critikal made a video about huge fight in YouTube comments that started with which Mario song is better."
Not everybody is a good person, even when it looks like they are.