I just got back from a mini vacation in Florida. I have an irrational fear of Crocodiles and Alligators. I ate "gator bites" while I down there. (Little fried bits of alligator tail.) It wasn't so bad.
Last night I dreamt I had to swim across a lake filled with alligators. It was terrifying.
Clearly, eating the alligator didn't mean conquering my fear.