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    I was asked to work in a lab that uses mice regularly, which I've never done before.

    I'm nervous of working in the lab because I'm scared of the mice. Any advice?


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    Quote Originally Posted by ellatha View Post
    I was asked to work in a lab that uses mice regularly, which I've never done before.

    I'm nervous of working in the lab because I'm scared of the mice. Any advice?
    Yes. Get used to the mice.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ellatha View Post
    I was asked to work in a lab that uses mice regularly, which I've never done before.

    I'm nervous of working in the lab because I'm scared of the mice. Any advice?
    Does your employer know? Are you more afraid of losing your job, ruining some research or heaven forbid, unleashing some crazy new virus on the world?

    Would an employer ask you to change a light bulb on top of the CN Tower in Toronto if they knew you were afraid of heights?
    All that belongs to human understanding, in this deep ignorance and obscurity, is to be skeptical, or at least cautious; and not to admit of any hypothesis, whatsoever; much less, of any which is supported by no appearance of probability...Hume
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    Quote Originally Posted by ellatha View Post
    I'm scared of the mice. Any advice?
    Try to imagine the mice as something nonthreating, like spiders or snakes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bufofrog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ellatha View Post
    I'm scared of the mice. Any advice?
    Try to imagine the mice as something nonthreating, like spiders or snakes.
    I wish they’d fix the LIKE button. Nice work Buf.

    Why work towards a career when you’re frightened of what you might encounter? Ever heard of a claustrophobic miner?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bufofrog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ellatha View Post
    I'm scared of the mice. Any advice?
    Try to imagine the mice as something nonthreating, like spiders or snakes.
    Nonthreating? Come on ,we will have to up our game here.

    Remember one of my first jobs as a rubbish collector. The others would attack the rats in the bin areas with sticks (for fun) and I jumped on the nearest available furniture
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    Then again it might be good to be just a little bit afraid of what your chosen field might have to offer. From Wiki:

    Timothy Treadwell (born Timothy William Dexter; April 29, 1957 – October 5, 2003) was an American bear enthusiast, environmentalist, and documentary filmmaker and founder of the bear-protection organization Grizzly People. He lived among grizzly bears of Katmai National Park in Alaska for 13 summers. At the end of his 13th summer in the park, in 2003, he and his girlfriend Amie Huguenard were killed and almost fully eaten by a 28-year-old brown bear, whose stomach was later found to contain human remains and clothing.[1] Treadwell's life, work, and death were the subject of Werner Herzog's critically acclaimed documentary film Grizzly Man (2005).[
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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ellatha View Post
    I was asked to work in a lab that uses mice regularly, which I've never done before.

    I'm nervous of working in the lab because I'm scared of the mice. Any advice?
    Does your employer know? Are you more afraid of losing your job, ruining some research or heaven forbid, unleashing some crazy new virus on the world?

    Would an employer ask you to change a light bulb on top of the CN Tower in Toronto if they knew you were afraid of heights?
    I'm very passionate about science and research and want to be comfortable with working with the mice (as well as any other animals I might work with).
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    Quote Originally Posted by ellatha View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by ellatha View Post
    I was asked to work in a lab that uses mice regularly, which I've never done before.

    I'm nervous of working in the lab because I'm scared of the mice. Any advice?
    Does your employer know? Are you more afraid of losing your job, ruining some research or heaven forbid, unleashing some crazy new virus on the world?



    Would an employer ask you to change a light bulb on top of the CN Tower in Toronto if they knew you were afraid of heights?
    I'm very passionate about science and research and want to be comfortable with working with the mice (as well as any other animals I might work with).
    Don't think anyone will question your passion. I think thats wonderful. Do you think having a fear of or being uncomfortable with mice could compromise the end result?
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