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  1. In my family it was taught. My mother stayed away from cats, even had a fear of them because she was taught that from her mother who was born around the turn of the century (1900). It was said over and over through her formative years that cats were dirty and dangerous. Must have been hard for a little girl to hear. It didn’t take much in the end to change my mother’s mind… just being unable to walk (flee) and living in a house full of friendly cats. It just happened naturally but I agree with the method stated by Michael. Same difference.

    I also agree that one bad incident with anything you believe is unpredictable can spoil your perception for life too. I was stung by a bee as a child and so my whole life every time I saw one I freaked out. I forced myself to understand that they only want to be left alone to do their thing, and followed through and don’t panic anymore. Since childhood though I worry about Africanized bees, the lesson being I should never read about or learn new things.

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