Irrational fears thread

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    Aug 04, 2007 8:45 AM GMT
    So anyway, I have these really irrational fears and I was wondering how others feel. I find that I'm afraid of the dark and of spiders. Those are at the very top of my list. Im afraid of Spiders because they're furry, have too many legs and walk in a creepy way. I'm afraid of the dark simply because I have an over-active imagination.

    What kind of fears do you all have? Also, try to include whether or not you are able to deal with your fears.


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    Aug 04, 2007 9:18 AM GMT
    Snakes and other exotic animals - they might bite

    Swimming in the middle of the deep ocean for too long - something might bite me from the bottom... sharks?
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    Aug 04, 2007 12:36 PM GMT
    LITANY AGAINST FEAR

    I must not fear.
    Fear is the mind-killer.
    Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
    I will face my fear.
    I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
    And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
    Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
    Only I will remain.

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    Aug 04, 2007 12:51 PM GMT
    My worst fear is snakes...cant even look at a picture of them...I was chased by a copperhead when I was young. Also I am afraid of water. I love to get in the pool in the summer, but can't swim and will not go to the deep end. Will not get in any type of water where I cannot see or feel the bottom ex. (lakes, rivers and oceans). I almost drowned (literally) when I was young, it still seems like yesterday to me. My bf says I shouldnt let my fears hold me back but they are there and I have managed to live with them and not add them onto anyone else. My children like snakes and they swim like a fish!
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    Aug 04, 2007 3:37 PM GMT
    Crimthan, a hi 5 for the Dune quote!

    I have an irrational fear of using telephones. I simply can't stand to talk to people using them! I think it's something to do with the way they distort peoples voices and that I really like to be able to see the face of a person I'm talking to.... but what the hey!
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    Aug 04, 2007 4:25 PM GMT
    you have to see it to believe it, but on youtube there is a clip of a maury povich show where this girl is deathly afraid of COTTON.
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    Aug 04, 2007 6:28 PM GMT
    On a tropical family vacation, I discovered that I'm terrified of swimming near sea grass and coral reefs. Growing up, I spent summers on the Jersey Shore, and I have no fear of swimming in the ocean. Here in Iowa, I love swimming in our pond, which is a little larger than an acre and 25' deep. But, I tense up at even the thought of swimming in the ocean or our pond at night. I can, however, swim in swimming pools at night, no problem.
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    Aug 04, 2007 7:32 PM GMT
    Angry lesbians. I believe this meets the "irrational" portion of the question.
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    Aug 04, 2007 8:01 PM GMT
    Aside from things that bite/sting or otherwise make you hurt &/or dead... (snakes, sharks, etc) --- fear of which is actually pretty rational, unless it makes you crazy all the time --- my big thing is a separation anxiety thing. For no particular reason I'll suddenly get the overwhelming feeling that my partner has been injured or worse in a car wreck. It can totally fuck me up if I don't squelch it right away.

    Probably has something to do with early childhood shit. I didn't believe in that stuff until I talked to a developmental psychologist who told me about "infantile amnesia" - memories which are not accessible because (as I understand it) they are formed before you have language.

    J.
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    Aug 04, 2007 8:38 PM GMT
    Okay, did ANYONE else do a double take on the photo Crim posted, and think, "Why is an old, weird guy wearing an N2N g-string?"


    Anyways... I personally am afraid of bugs.


    I. Hate. Bugs.

    Also lizards.


    This all stems from when I was little, and I had this retarded red-neck cousin who liked to throw lizards, bugs, and spiders on me because I would freak out.


    Then he ended up growing up to be all nice, hot, and a major softy. Damn him. I was sure he was going to grow up to be a serial killer. >.<
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    Aug 04, 2007 8:45 PM GMT
    Cockroaches.

    Ever since seeing "Creepshow" when I was six, I've been so creeped out by those things....

    Ewww!
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    Aug 04, 2007 9:50 PM GMT
    Funny thing is, i just had a nightmare involving cockroaches. Thats probably the result of having watched a scary movie the night before...
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    Aug 04, 2007 10:02 PM GMT
    Great quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson: "Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain."

    Oh, and one of mine is public speaking to large groups. Picturing them all in their underwear or naked usually makes me a bit ill, rather than comfortable. ;-)
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    Aug 04, 2007 10:31 PM GMT
    I am terrified of bridges. Once, I was driving through the Quad Cities and, out of the blue, there came this huge friggin' bridge over the Mississippi. I couldn't cross it. I drove the wrong way back up the exit and waited in the rest area to get up the courage, and even then, I had to say "Hail Marys" all the way across.

    To everyone in my life who has ever laughed at me for this story--See? I told you so!
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    Aug 04, 2007 11:39 PM GMT
    spiders, lakes and oceans. spiders because they are poisonous and they have many legs and eyes. lakes and oceans because i can't see the bottom and they is wide.
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    Aug 05, 2007 3:33 AM GMT
    I've battled panic and anxiety for the last 8 years (I'm almost over it at this point), but when it was at it's worst, I was basically afraid of leaving the house for anything longer than short periods. Restaurants and movie theaters caused me real problems, feeling "trapped"... going by myself was usually okay but I could never take anyone up on an invite because I couldn't "escape" if I got really bad without the embarassment of explaining why.

    I'm still battling fear of flying. I'm directly responsible for delaying a DFW-YVR flight about a month ago because I was in the jetway and turned around and told them I coudn't board.. they had to delay and pull my luggage (Sidenote: while they were getting mine off, the luggage guys found another 50 bags they had forgotten to load onto the plane.. so if I hadn't had delayed it, 50 people would have not had their luggage when they arrived in Vancouver.. so that's the only reason I don't feel guilty about that whole event.)
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    Aug 05, 2007 4:52 AM GMT
    HEIGHTS, Spiders, Bees. I'm horrified by heights. Can't remember if I had a bad experince or if it came from mom. Are fears heriditary(sp)?
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    Aug 05, 2007 4:53 AM GMT
    im terrfied of ghosts
    and aliens

    thats one of the main reasons i wont go outside alone at night

    and why im scared of using flashlights because of the shadows it makes

    and im scared of dieing and noone going to my funeral or even caring at all
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    Aug 05, 2007 5:11 AM GMT
    Im with Joshy on those irrational fears. Switch off the lights and Ill go crazy...
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    Aug 05, 2007 5:22 PM GMT
    I've discovered that I'm not particularly fond of hanging from great heigths with minimal supports. I can't help thinking that this is entirely rational, though.

    I mean, heights in general don't bother me - after all, I live on a cliff road. But I've tried ice climbing and cliff diving, and the fun to terror ratio just wasn't favorable. There is no way I'm going to jump out of an airplane.

    Oh, and also I'm afraid of fat women.
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    Aug 05, 2007 5:36 PM GMT
    The dentist. I have to go through all kinds of relaxation exercises prior to an appointment and even then, once I get there, I'm stiff as a board in the chair and come out drenched in sweat. It's never that painful, but I always anticipate a lot of pain.
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    Aug 05, 2007 5:37 PM GMT
    Oh, and Jocelyn Wildenstein. Very scary.
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    Aug 05, 2007 6:28 PM GMT
    Ditto on the dentist. When I was a kid, I had a dentist who would jump and gasp if you so much as winced. (He was way gay, though married.)

    When you arrived at his office, you were given a relaxing "cocktail" of some drug in a silver goblet. Then you were given novocaine, plus laughing gas. He also made you wear earphones playing dramatic music to cover up the sounds of the drill. I might add, the music was consistent with the decor of the examining rooms, each of which was decorated in a different period. *eyeroll*

    All of this pretty effectively prevented pain but the very ritual of it all only increased anxiety. I wondered what in hell he was trying to "cover up."

    Now, going to a normal dentist is like submittinng to savagery.
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    Aug 05, 2007 6:52 PM GMT
    Snakes.

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    Aug 05, 2007 9:11 PM GMT
    Roaches of any kind....I love all creatures, but roaches are just gross. I rationalize killing them that I am helping to send them on to their next life where they may move up the karmic scale. Hmmmm? I wonder how many politicians and TV evangelist I've sprayed with Raid???