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I don't know why it happens, I'm not embarrassed about my dick and will happily be nude in front of other people but for some reason I just can't fucking piss when I'm standing near somebody. Pissing and stage fright [Re: Like others may think "why can't this guy pee"? After all, our attention is generally required elsewhere.
With gaps hard-wired into our brains, we can process them without really having to think about it. Sex got a lot better too. There's nothing to worry about. Release the nastiness when I'm confident nobody is in earshot.
How do I overcome this? After polling some of the country's pre-eminent urologists, we discovered that, surprise, Thad isn't alone. I felt like Marcel Marceau. When you are in the intermediate restroom and using it, imagine using the hardest one of all. Related Questions How do I overcome stage fright while hosting? When we recall times gone by, we don't just remember with the mind; the body remembers too. Join 4, readers in helping fund MetaFilter.