Pressure Cooker Phobia?

Am I the only one? Is there help? Are pressure cookers a kitchen essential for you? My grandfather and an aunt both used one religiously back when I was a kid, but I think the constant warnings to "stand back" and "do not touch" made me afraid to have one. Now I am 47 years old and wonder if I've been missing something...

If you think I should have one, please make a recommendation and possibly suggest a support group for my nervous condition, if you know of one. And what should I begin with that will turn me into a devotee to this mysterious culinary contraption? I am no novice in kitchen but need help on this one.

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