Psych Exam - Fear of Fire?
A question for you seasoned veterans on the job...
So, one of the questions on the psych exam asks if I am afraid of fire - true/false. Considering that I'm seeking a career in the fire service, I was genuinely stumped on how to respond. But I answered 'false.' Now I'm wondering if I just blew it with this one question. Someone I spoke to said that not having a fear of fire may indicate recklessness or indifference to fire.
Do I have an overwhelming phobia of fire? No, I suppose not. But do I feel that I am impervious to fire? Certainly, not! So I have a healthy respect of fire's power, usefulness, and potential danger. Is that a TRUE or FALSE?
To me, being 'afraid' of fire in the general sense is like a police officer being afraid of firearms or a park ranger being afraid of snakes. Are firearms and snakes potentially dangerous and even deadly? Of course. Can it be frightening to confront a gun or potentially poisenous snake? You bet! But being afraid of these items would interfere with performing the duties of a cop/park ranger.
Anyway, some feedback would be greatly appreciated in case the shrink wants to probe a little further.