Math Survival Guide: Do You Hate Math? 02
"Find something you love to do and you'll never have to work a day in your life." 
Hate or fear… the result is the same. When you see a math book, you scream and jump onto the nearest chair. Wait… That’s me with spiders. How about this? You get sick to your stomach and develop a nervous twitch in your left eye while little beads of sweat sprout on your upper lip. (By the way, that happens to me with spiders too. I have issues.)
I’ve often wondered if one of those “desensitization therapies” that psychologists use for things like spider phobias would work with math…
The therapy would start with the student being in the same room with a securely caged math book… Very slowly, the student is moved closer and closer to the cage. After a few days of this, the lid is taken off the cage and the student is able to see that the math book is not going to leap out and attack her neck (like that killer rabbit in the Monty Python movie.) The student is then instructed to give the math book a name… like Fido or Herman. This personalizes the math book and makes it seem friendlier.
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