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post #31 of 51
#1 Death. Death of other people and creatures makes me very sad, but thinking of my own death scares me.

#2 Getting lost (even in my own city)!! I know the planet is small and I have to be somewhere on it, but the idea of getting lost terrifies me.

#3 Water...well, that's right up there tied with #1 really. I had a drowning experience when I was in grade 5 that left me afraid of water. I can't have water splashed on or running over my face because it causes me to panic.

#4 Darkness. I mean pitch black can't see your hand in front of your face type darkness.

I used to be terrified of thunder to the point I would curl up on the couch or in bed with a blanket over my head and cry. But I seem to have outgrown that one.
post #32 of 51
Gosh, reading through all these posts... what a big, wide, wonderful world of things there are to be scared silly of! Here are mine...

Losing a loved one. I truly do not know how I would cope. I'm truly afraid I might disintegrate beyond repair.

Fire. This one is a true phobia. I can handle matches fine now, but it took me until my mid-20s to get there.

Guns. I won't call it a phobia, because I think it's perfectly rational not to want to be anywhere near them.

Home invasion. This is the nightmare where you wake up and someone is in your house, maybe even in your room. Until I had cats, every tiny sound I heard at night was a crazed rapist with a knife. Thank heaven, now it's just Pearl climbing the drapes...

Spiders. I hate bugs of all kinds (except ladybugs), but spiders really get to me. I blame this on a cheesy B-movie I saw on TV as a kid, where a bunch of people in the African jungle encountered a spider about 15 feet across and got trapped in its web. Sheesh.

I used to have a true phobia about dogs, but volunteering at the shelter cured me of that one... one day, someone suddenly handed me a doberman with a broken leg, and the dog just laid his head on my shoulder and gazed up at me with these big brown eyes, and my phobia was magically gone.
post #33 of 51
hmm, dying old, in a hospital unable to take care of myself.

that is about it, i cant think of anythign that really scares me Death itsself does not scare me, never has, Its all just part of this game we call life. you cant have life without death.

not scared of the dark, so if there something out there, it better be more scared of me,

i have thinga i hate, like dealing with people, speaking in front of a group, but its not a fear, i just dont like to do it.

i guess if spiders came in car size i would be scared of them
post #34 of 51
I have quite a few...

Death..mostly myself dying, but also scared a LOT of my hubby/mom dying. I call them if I haven't heard from them when they are driving or something.. also, losing my pets.

Vomit.. I used to be afraid of throwing up, and I didn't throw up for 13 years. Finally I wondered what it was like and managed to break my 13 year streak. I still am terrified of others throwing up. I don't think having kids will cure me of it though, cat puke still makes me cringe.

Decaying things. This includes mold, maggots, etc. ICK!

Tornados. I have recurring nightmares of them for some reason.

Needles. I am slowly getting over this one. It's mostly the needle in the vein bit... ickkkk.

Phones! Sad, I know, but I hate calling strangers. I also won't answer if it's someone I don't know.

I also just have general anxiety being around strangers and in crowded places. I also hate people showing up/knocking at the door.

So there is my long list, lol. XD
post #35 of 51
DEATH!!! Losing a loved one!! Or something terrible happening to my kids!! Or my DH.....that stuff scares me to no end!!

What else?? Umm.....tornadoes, roller coasters....
post #36 of 51
MY phobias are:
death, Not my own, my cats, dh's or close family. I'm not good with loosing loved ones, and I know when the cats times come, I will have to take time off of work to deal with it.
water, I had a friend drown in the sand pits close to here and the night after I had a dream of being under water, watching him die. I couldn't breathe and woke up gasping.
Fire, loosing material things isn't a problem for me, it's possibly loosing a loved one, same goes for someone breaking into the house, I'd rather loose my life before loosing my cats, or husband. Weird I know.
Germs, I hate people I don't know, touching me, using anything of mine things like that(and I work with the public, go figure). If someone I don't know very well uses my bathroom, I quietly go in and clean it after they are done.
post #37 of 51
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Originally Posted by adymarie View Post
.....do you have any major ones. I know everyone is afraid of something. For example - I am claustrophobic, but I can deal with it, it doesn't overwelm me. Do you have a big fear, one that wakes you up shaking?
I have been considering this question most of the afternoon. I really don't have any "major" fears. Public speaking is my biggest and when it comes down to it, I have been known to back out at the last minute.

But real, horrifying, mind-numbing, nightmare-inducing fear? No. Not sure why other than I have lived through a lot and I am still here.

Death doesn't frighten me. I worry about those I leave behind and my feline friends. I don't want to be sick and alone at the end of my life but it doesn't overwhelm me.
Have a healthy respect for the animal kingdom - no phobias there.

If I were to choose, I would say home invasion. It happened to me twice about 8 years ago, a week apart. I lived in a ground floor apartment in Vancouver, Washington. While I was sleeping, someone came in through the window, took stereo, clothing, spread my family photos all over the floor and ate all of my ice cream sandwiches, leaving wrappers all around. I found all that when I woke up. They were long gone. A week later, same thing happened minus the ice cream.

First time the cops didn't bother with much, didn't even hurry over once I said no one was in the apartment. Just took a statement and left. My brother came over, reinforced the windows and patio door. Borrowed my mom's German Sheperd, Bishop for a few days. Sister stayed overnight. After a week, I felt better, Bishop went home and it happened again! Police took 3 hours to arrive this time. I was old hat at it by this time. I think it was because I lived in a lower-income neighborhood that the police didn't really seem to care.

I moved two weeks later. Still won't live in an apartment by myself that is ground level. If I have a roomie or a dog, I can do it but not alone. I live in a security building now - still not the nicest of places, but relatively secure. Guess that is just a phobia though?

hmmm, maybe I need to think on this more.
post #38 of 51
I am claustrophobic to the point I have walked up 24 flights of stairs rather than take an elevator. I am terrified of heights, I hate climbing on chairs to get things, I'm glad I'm tall!

I am terrified of one of my pets dying. I am the worst person about that, a family friend died & I was OK, but the thought of Damita going, I get sick to my stomach. I keep putting off her vet appt. because I am so afraid of what the vet will say.

I don't know if I am terrified, but I really do not like to eat in front of others. The whole claustrophobia thing comes in there.
post #39 of 51
I'm scared the my husband will die before me. My own death doesn't frighten me (I just hope it is relatively painless) but if DH dies before me, I really don't know what I would do. In 2 years I lost my mom, dad, grandfather and FIL. My grandmother is still alive but has alzheimers and doesn't know who I am. I know I'm going to die someday, I just try not to dwell on it.

Other phobias...Centipedies! I don't like spiders or bugs in general, but if they are in my house, I can kill them. If I see a centipede I run the other way. I don't even want to get near them! I have NO idea where this comes from.

I also don't like swimming. I scuba dive, but I have a tank with air so that's ok, but I hate just swimming, and waterslides scare the crap out of me!
post #40 of 51
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Originally Posted by darkeyedgirl View Post
Originally Posted by ckatz "But my huge irrational fear is very weird. I'm afraid of being thrown up on. It's such an odd phobia."


Have a baby! You'll lose that fear instantly. There is this "mommy cup" that you form with your hands to catch toddler-puke. It shocks everyone but it's actually quite maternal/instinctual (sp).

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I've done the "mommy cup" many a time now.
post #41 of 51
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I always thought I was scared of snakes, recently I have discovered that it is beyond that, its a full blown phobia
That's me; I can't even look at a picture or see one on tv. My DH and daughter have to tell me when it's safe to watch again--I literally close my eyes and refuse to look. I can't touch a magazine or paper with a pic of a snake (geez, I hate even typing that word). I don't know why I have this phobia, as I've never been bothered by one.

I hate crossing bridges, and unless I'm driving, will tense up and hold my breath until I'm across.
I'm not scared of dying as much as I am the way I'm going to die--I'm terrified of suffocating or drowning or choking.
post #42 of 51
Wow my biggest fears seem so stupid. Im scared to death of ferris wheels. The first time I went to Knoebels the wheel broke down and I had a total Final Destination moment where the wheel broke loose and rolled thru the whole park. I get those moments alot at parks and stuff but I cant stay away from rollar coasters cuz I love them but the last time I went there the Phoenix did something funky and I refused to ride it again! Im also afraid of fish. Dave keeps threatening to get a fishtank and I told him if he does Im going to leave the lid off so the cats can eat them. I cant go swimming in anything like a lake or river. Im getting the heebie jeebies just thinking about it. I also get scared thinking about something happening to Dave or the girls. Ive got my oldest trained that if she pushes number one and the green button on the phone it calls mom-mom and Ive even got 911 programmed into my phone that she knows to dial. However training my jabberjaw to use the phone wasnt that smart because now she calls my mom behind my back to tattle on me when I wont give her what she wants. Last week she called her to tell her that I wouldnt let her have a popcicle and ended up getting reamed out by my mom for not giving her one and supposidly yelling at Maddi cuz she told my mom I was being mean to her! lol...
post #43 of 51
I have a fear from the future, not knowing what's gonna happen, feeling like life can be ruined in 1 sec, because of 1 phone call, who knows

yep...
post #44 of 51
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Originally Posted by Pami View Post
I always thought I was scared of snakes, recently I have discovered that it is beyond that, its a full blown phobia
me too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #45 of 51
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Originally Posted by Bonnie1965 View Post
Still won't live in an apartment by myself that is ground level.
And I don't blame you a bit! The one time I lived on the ground floor, I was burglarized the third week I was there, and that was bad enough... if I'd been home at the time, like you -- my gosh, there's not enough therapy in the world!

Here at my folks's house, we have a monitored alarm system... and I'm reaaaallllly going to miss it when I move back to my apartment.
post #46 of 51
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Originally Posted by libby74 View Post
I hate crossing bridges, and unless I'm driving, will tense up and hold my breath until I'm across.
When I was about 14, my family was driving in the country, and we came up to the Maxdale Bridge -- a one-lane wooden bridge made of huge timbers spaced six or eight inches apart, about 30 feet above a river. I'd never been afraid of bridges before, but I knew this one was not safe, and I made my father stop the car. I wanted to turn around, but could not persuade him... so I said, "All right then, I'll walk across after you, maybe my weight out of the car will be enough to keep it from collapsing." I weighed about 75 pounds soaking wet at the time.

So my family laughed at me for picking my way beam-by-beam across the bridge while they waited on the other side, and I remember my father saying, "I hope this isn't going to be some kind of phobia with you now."

Three weeks later, we saw in the paper that the Maxdale Bridge had collapsed and dumped a van into the river... but the driver was okay, thank goodness.

So maybe your "phobia" is well-founded -- maybe someday, you're going to refuse to cross a bridge, and it's going to be a good thing you did!
post #47 of 51
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Originally Posted by adymarie View Post
It is such a horrible fear, because you can't avoid it and you usually don't know when it will happen. I was up all night last night with these thoughts going through my head.
You have a big surprise coming! I also used to be petrified of my own death, however, it is true, as you get older, you get less afraid. When it is your time, hopefully many years in the future, you will not be the least bit afraid.

Helene
post #48 of 51
AHA! I have another fear I forgot to mention. I fear choking. When im around people and theyre eating and cough or something I tottaly flip out, and I always tell people to chew their food and not to choke lol, im not sure how I got that fear, ive never choked on anything.
post #49 of 51
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When I was about 14, my family was driving in the country, and we came up to the Maxdale Bridge -- a one-lane wooden bridge made of huge timbers spaced six or eight inches apart, about 30 feet above a river. I'd never been afraid of bridges before, but I knew this one was not safe, and I made my father stop the car. I wanted to turn around, but could not persuade him... so I said, "All right then, I'll walk across after you, maybe my weight out of the car will be enough to keep it from collapsing." I weighed about 75 pounds soaking wet at the time.

So my family laughed at me for picking my way beam-by-beam across the bridge while they waited on the other side, and I remember my father saying, "I hope this isn't going to be some kind of phobia with you now."

Three weeks later, we saw in the paper that the Maxdale Bridge had collapsed and dumped a van into the river
Wow, that's amazing! It reminded me of when I was pretty young--maybe 5--and we were taking a ride out in the county (I live in a pretty rural area). We came to one of those old wooden one car bridges with no sides. It wasn't more than 10 feet over a small creek, but the creaking and groaning when Dad drove over it scared the bejesus out of me. Maybe that's what started it.

Of course, there's also the fact that I believe I drowned in a past life , so falling into water just freaks me out.
post #50 of 51
Thread Starter 
I have been finding the responses here very interesting. It is amazing how strong people can feel about certain things.
post #51 of 51
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Originally Posted by Andreamer View Post
Phones! Sad, I know, but I hate calling strangers. I also won't answer if it's someone I don't know.
Me too, I'm fine at work but awful if its my own phone

I'm also scared of pain, tripping up and falling under a train as well as Republicans...

The latter give me nightmates
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