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#36691 - 03/18/10 04:34 AM Re: Phobias [Re: SkaffenAmtiskaw]
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You know, I've been racking my brain to come up with some phobia I might have, and can't come up with anything that I have a "phobic" reaction to. I feel sooooo deprived.

Part of it might be from being the son of a mortician. Death has always been something that's been presented as something inevitable and natural. The trick was in avoiding it as long as one could. But I've never been "itchy" about heights, or snakes, or bugs, or spiders or corpses. Hell, I was handling corpses when I was 16.

Now, I AM cautious around snakes and spiders and heights and know when to duck when I hear the ca-chink of an AK-47 bolt. Can't say I "FEAR" them. I respect them enough to know they can do me harm.
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#36701 - 03/18/10 08:39 AM Re: Phobias [Re: Jake999]
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 Originally Posted By: Tranceparent Sky
A phobia is an irrational fear of a particular object that normally doesn't illicit fear. It's not the same as fear itself. Many individuals develop phobias through a negative encounter or situation, which conditions them to avoid/fear the object. Thus, a phobia is formed.


Exaclty. Which is why I feel so silly being paralyzed at the site of an organism that is as much of a threat to my health as a dust mite.

 Originally Posted By: DistroyA
I used to fear spiders quite badly. That is until I handled a Chilean Rose Tarantula (The photo of said Tarantula is in the photo gallery).

Since then, I realised what freaks me out about spiders; the erratic movement of their legs when they scarper. Tarantulas from what I've seen are a fair bit slower (Gladyss crawled up my arm quite slowly and gently, so I was quite calm about her demeanour...), so I can deal with Tarantulas better than, say, the common house spider or the garden spider.


I think you are right about that.
I feel the most ill upon watching a huntsman run about than when it isn't moving.
Huntsmans are lightning quick.

And as ceruleansteel mentioned, I am searching for a possible sollution rather than sharing my weakness for whatever contrived purpose.
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#36716 - 03/18/10 04:09 PM Re: Phobias [Re: Wake]
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There is only one thing I can say I am genuinely terrified by.
And that is war.

Having never been in a warzone, with bullets flying and my life hanging in the balance, I am well aware that it is possibly the most alien and terrifying situation I could imagine.

And given my instinct for self-preservation, I would personally put prudence first by doing everything in my power to avoid putting myself in such a situation.
Failing that, I'd try my damndest to stay the fuck alive.

Others may choose to sacrifice self-preservation and prudence to other values.
Their choice, their (subjective) values and ideals.

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#37560 - 04/12/10 11:30 PM Re: Phobias [Re: Meq]
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Iím not sure if itís a phobia per se, but I fear death.

Even though I strongly doubt Iíll become anything besides food for worms, thereís a chance Ė however slim Ė that something awaits beyond the grave, perhaps something I might not like. Thatís why they call it the great unknownÖ

Even if I do end up as merely worm food, it scares me Ė or at least bothers me a great deal - that everything ends the second after I take my final breath. Nothing more for eternity. I try not to think about it much, but with each passing year it gets harder and harder to ignore.

All I can do is, as LaVey taught, make the most of the here and now, using death as a motivator to ďseize the dayĒ.
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#37563 - 04/13/10 10:19 AM Re: Phobias [Re: William Wright]
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wow at least your's is an epic phobia, im a genuphobic, which means a cronic fear of knees!

Fuck im lame!

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#37565 - 04/13/10 10:54 AM Re: Phobias [Re: darklord]
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I have somewhat of a phobia of small leggy creatures like spiders and crabs. A few years ago I was at my parents' house and they had a big aquarium with those little crabs that walk along the bottom. Well apparantly they figured out to escape by crawling up into the filter. I was just laying on a bed when I heard a little crunch and felt a bump under my back. I lifted the sheet and there was lots of crab peices and a disgusting yellow stain. This was my first real experience with death.

And here's the kicker- I was eating seafood at the moment.

Childish and weak? Yup. Dare I say "pussy shit" ? Yeah I guess. I admit have a weak stomach for that kind of stuff and I must say it turned me off seafood for quite some time.

I've since had pet hermit crabs (partly to address this phobia) and I suppose I handled them alright but any sudden movements while I was holding them would freak me right out.

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#37566 - 04/13/10 10:59 AM Re: Phobias [Re: TV is God]
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The best thing for phobias is exposure therapy apperntly,
hasn't worked for me i get violent and faint when people touch my knees, at least you can hide from yours just dont go to the beach!
I look down and i see my nightmare!

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#37596 - 04/14/10 10:08 AM Re: Phobias [Re: darklord]
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Darklord, are you serious? Knees? Iím sorry, but thatís just about the funniest damn thing Iíve ever heard. Can you look at your own knees? How do you wash them? What specifically goes through your mind when you see knees?

It reminds me of an episode of Maury (a trashy talk show here in the U.S.) where they had a guest who was afraid of balloons. In the middle of the interview, a hundred or so balloons were dropped from the ceiling. The poor woman looked like she was going to go into convulsions, and Maury and the audience thought it was hilarious. Now thatís quality TV.
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#37599 - 04/14/10 06:00 PM Re: Phobias [Re: William Wright]
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Did you see the woman that was deathly afrain of cotton balls being chased around the studio by two men in cotton-ball suits? It was a little much.

I actually know someone with that phobia. Phobias by definition are irrational.
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#37600 - 04/14/10 06:28 PM Re: Phobias [Re: Dan_Dread]
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Actually, cotton doesn't even HAVE balls. They grow it by the acre here and I've seen a lot of cotton up close and personal and I cant tell you for a fact that it doesn't have balls. It's a plant.

But it does have teeth.
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#48452 - 02/09/11 07:18 AM Re: Phobias [Re: Wake]
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i have a strange fear...

thought id share.

one of the first things i ever wanted to be when i grew up was a cryprozoologist...ive always been quite entertained by things like crypos and conspiracy theories and what not.
my mom had this collection of books about ufos, cryptos, etc etc..i dont remember the name of the peticular collection, i just remember the black covers and the pictures on the front.i first discovered this fear while reading the book on lake/sea monsters...i couldnt, i cant look at a picture of one without my heart jumping into my throat...and still to this day i cant even close my eyes in the shower, i see them, or i feel them..or it ...or whatever...i dont know how to describe it accuratly.

i cannot walk by a body of water without hugging the wall, i know im being watched.

i never understood this fear.
its always been there

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#63988 - 01/22/12 02:51 PM Re: Phobias [Re: DistroyA]
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Oh, I'm so scared of spiders, it happends to me too. I freeze, start to shake and so on... I've tried to get over that fear, it did help a bit. What I did was I found a small spider outside and held it in my hand for as long as I could without freaking out, I did that a few times and in the end I could hold it for a really long time!!
But my biggest fear is people, I'm okey with poeple I know, but when I get in a room with a lot of poeple I hardly know, I freeze and gets nervous...
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#63991 - 01/22/12 03:45 PM Re: Phobias [Re: Alice.]
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Judging from all the people that I have heard verbally express their fears in my lifetime, batophobia, which is the fear of heights or being close to high buildings, as well as arachnephobia, the fear of spiders, are the 2 most common. Of course I have many a times heard coulrophobia, the fear of clowns, as a deep fear that seems more controlling or obsessive than other fears. I understand arachnephobia due to the fact that spiders do not make noise and add their size as another factor that makes it easy for them to sneak up on you, be it in your bed or your clothing in your wardrobe.
I do have arachnephobia, and most of this is due to having been bitten my poisonous spiders.

Here are some other common phobias:
*Athazagoraphobia- Fear of being forgotton or ignored or forgetting
*Aviophobia or Aviatophobia- Fear of flying
*Claustrophobia- Fear of confined spaces
*Dystychiphobia- Fear of accidents
*Gerascophobia- Fear of growing old
*Isolophobia- Fear of solitude, being alone
*Lilapsophobia- Fear of tornadoes and hurricanes
*Myctophobia- Fear of darkness
*Nucleomituphobia- Fear of nuclear weapons
*Ophidiophobia- Fear of snakes. (Snakephobia)
*Phobophobia- Fear of phobias
*Satanophobia- Fear of Satan
*Trypanophobia- Fear of injections

http://phobialist.com/
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#64115 - 01/26/12 09:32 PM Re: Phobias [Re: DistroyA]
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Ever since I was about 8 or 9 I've had the phobia of throwing up--emetophobia.

I remember being sick all day one time when I was living in Australia with my parents--must have been about 7 years old--I went shopping with my mother and brothers, nauseated, but didn't say a word about it. Came back home. Sat in the living room chair for hours, rocking back and forth, trying to keep everything down. When I couldn't hold it down any longer, I jumped up, tapped my mother on the shoulder and without a word ran to the kitchen sink.

For 23 years or so, after we came back to the States, I managed not to puke again after that. I remember even having something akin to the stomach flu in middle school for nearly a week but kept it down to dry heaves the entire time by sheer will and lots of iced water. After the nausea went away, my stomach was sore for another full week after that from all the dry heaving.

I even abstained from drinking during most of my high school years because I was paranoid that I would get sick from it--like it seemed so common for everyone else that drank excessively.

It wasn't until I was about to turn 21 in Arizona when I really got into drinking for the first time. Managed to be an aspiring alcoholic without puking or getting a D.U.I. for about 9 years by knowing my limit and knowing when to stop. And by staying away from the cheap shit.

About a month or two ago, I had been drinking some nasty cheap vanilla vodka straight from the bottle until I had enough. Went to bed. Passed out/slept. When I awoke in the morning, I felt shitty like I normally do from the cheap stuff but I did my best with water and slowly eating a bagel. Drank more water.

After a short while, my throat kept tightening up, clenching, and I couldn't control it anymore. Got up, grabbed my trash can and kneeled on the floor. You'd think something like this should just come naturally and that I should not put so much worry and fear into a body's natural response--but nevertheless, I kneeled in front of the trash can, looking down with my eyes bulging out and my throat powerfully clamping up. It took just a few moments before I coughed out liquid-y, white bile. I coughed a few more times, and with tears rolling down my face, I sat back up. It wasn't enjoyable, and my throat burned from the bile, but it wasn't as traumatizing as I imagined it to be the past 23 years.

Now, I don't do little OCD mind rituals to prevent the dreaded LOSIN' MY LUNCH action. Am I cured of it? Fudge, I don't know. All I notice is that I'm not obsessed with it anymore.


Edit: uh, my apologies if that was a bit too graphic ;\)


Edited by Cassandra (01/26/12 10:14 PM)

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#64145 - 01/27/12 03:54 PM Re: Phobias [Re: Cassandra]
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I have coulrophobia. Have since my father let me watch IT (adaptation of a Steven King book) when I was a little kid.

I used to just avoid clowns, mimes, or well anything that looks remotely like clowns. If I am forced to deal with clowns I feel like I am having a panic attack. I have trouble breathing, my pulse starts racing, I start shaking uncontrollably,etc.

I also have this train of thought about them. It's gonna kill me. How do I know this is really a clown? It could be a serial killer or a child moleator pretending to be a clown. I can't tell what they look like without the makeup, what if this clown has no face? It could just be a mask.

This fear extends to images of clowns, clown toys, anything, that looks like a clown. Including Ronald McDonald. Part of the reason I don't go to McDonald's, besides there food is garbage.

Anyway, I made myself go to the circus a few months ago over this. Never been before in my life. It was terrible. I cried and shook my way through the entire thing.

Then I met the clowns afterwards. Shook one of those evil things hand. Funny thing is my kids kept saying "Mommy it's just a clown. " Rather humbling when you are terrified and your kids aren't. ;\)
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