In Between

I stumbled across a very relatable animation recently, one that I think successfully portrays what it feels like to experience severe anxiety in certain situations, but in a metaphorical way:


The description goes as follows: “A young woman is being followed by a crocodile who represents her shyness. As he makes her life a living hell, she tries by every means to get rid of him.”

Do you think this is a powerful and accurate representation? Have you seen any other animations that have accomplished the same type of metaphorical translation of abstract concepts like this?

Posted by Mary Rose Fiondella

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One thought on “In Between

  1. For starters, I wish my anxiety was a cute blue animated crocodile, but I digress. In the end, when she told the crocodile “don’t worry”, I almost felt as though the crocodile was more worried about her through the animation, as opposed to annoying her, though anxiety is extremely frustrating and tiring to deal with. I could personally relate to the situations she felt anxiety in, or when the crocodile was “worrying” about her, such as when the phone rang, talking to an attractive person, going out to eat, even just riding your bike around. Anxiety, as I have learned, is much like a crocodile that constantly follows you and bothers you, you just have to learn how to tame it, and learn when the crocodile is a good thing or a bad thing. On a similar note, I saw this illustration regarding depression that, for anyone who is or has been depressed or suffers from it on a daily basis, is extremely accurate. (here is a link to the illustration –> https://donnafrahmann.wordpress.com/2014/10/19/what-depression-is-like-from-banksy/)

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