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#36242 - 03/12/10 03:32 AM Phobias
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Hey guys,

The topic I'd like to start conserns phobias.

Sure, we all generally have common phobias such as fear of heights, fear of open water, fear of death (well...) etc. but I'm interested in the phobias that you or someone you know have developed over time or from a single traumatizing experience.

My number one phobia can be loosely categorized under 'Arachnaphobia'.
When I was about 10 (a long story shortened) I was at school searching through my bag. Apparently a rather large huntsman had been spotted crawling inside of it. I found no such spider, but just to be sure I checked my tennis racket case as well. Just as I unzipped the case out jumps the hairy bastard on to my bare arm.
Since then (and that was damn near a decade ago) I have been terrified of them.
I don't lay awake in bed at night thinking they're coming to get me, but when I do see one I freeze up. I feel sick deep in my guts and sometimes start shaking involuntarily. The irony of it all is that back before the event happened I was an apsiring Arachnologist!

Funny how life works out eh?
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#36253 - 03/12/10 09:06 AM Re: Phobias [Re: Wake]
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i forget exactly what its called but i have a fear of spiders. not one specfic kind though just all of them. its been that way since i was little.
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#36256 - 03/12/10 11:32 AM Re: Phobias [Re: Psychotic]
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Arachnophobia. I have a fear of spiders as well, however I've learned to overcome a good deal of it since I was a kid. I still prefer snakes to spiders, but realizing how beneficial having the non-toxic spiders around the house can be (note: not IN the house!), has helped me overcome my 'prejudice' against them.
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#36278 - 03/12/10 08:02 PM Re: Phobias [Re: Nemesis]
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Indeed. The irony that continues to haunt me is that I still think spiders are remarkable animals. Their anatomy and behaviors make them somewhat 'beautiful'.

But I guess something I didn't really mention is that I don't have Arachnaphobia. The huntsman is the only spider I fear. I'd let just about any other spider crawl on my face, but get me within 20 metres of a huntsman, and I am out the door and down the street before you can say a syllable.
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#36280 - 03/12/10 08:33 PM Re: Phobias [Re: Wake]
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Spiders don't bother me that much! There was one time I was sleeping and I felt one crawl on my face I immediately jumped out of bed and turned the light on. I didn't find it but it did startle me! My main fear is extreme heights like I'll never get on an airplane!!!!
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#36281 - 03/12/10 08:39 PM Re: Phobias [Re: Wake]
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I have taphophobia, which is the fear of being buried alive. The thought of it absolutely terrifies me. It probably stems from a kind of claustrophobia, being stuck inside a coffin, with ultimately no way to get out. It is why I wish to be cremated when I die, in order to bypass the whole scenario.

It should be noted that the fear of dying or being mistaken the for dead isn't the issue, it is the enclosed space, being underground, feeling trapped and helpless. That is the part that scares me greatly.


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#36512 - 03/16/10 04:37 AM Re: Phobias [Re: Vlad]
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Every one of you can fuck off and die if you think I'm going to share my weaknesses with you.

Phobias and fears are weaknesses. I admit that I have my own, but fuck you in the knee if you think I'm going to publicize them. I'm sort of surprised that this thread made it past the initial post.

Unless you are actively making an attempt to get over or around your particular fear, I don't even understand the reason to bring it up in the first place...

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#36515 - 03/16/10 04:58 AM Re: Phobias [Re: ceruleansteel]
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 Originally Posted By: ceruleansteel
Every one of you can fuck off and die if you think I'm going to share my weaknesses with you.

Phobias and fears are weaknesses. I admit that I have my own, but fuck you in the knee if you think I'm going to publicize them. I'm sort of surprised that this thread made it past the initial post.

Unless you are actively making an attempt to get over or around your particular fear, I don't even understand the reason to bring it up in the first place...

I think I see your fear right there. ;\)
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#36517 - 03/16/10 05:29 AM Re: Phobias [Re: ceruleansteel]
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This of course is in no way disrespectful but you say you won't publicize your any weakness but you have by your response.

Admitting to something is not the only way a person can be read. The way you phrase something can give more info to someone then just not saying anything at all.

But at the same time no reaction also says something.
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#36534 - 03/16/10 10:09 AM Re: Phobias [Re: SkaffenAmtiskaw]
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...and that right there is why Maw made green...
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#36611 - 03/16/10 09:13 PM Re: Phobias [Re: SkaffenAmtiskaw]
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 Originally Posted By: MawhrinSkel
I can see how both you and Noctuary could have interpreted Ceruleansteel's response as being overly harsh. However, if I have understood you both correctly, you seem to claim that her response is dictated by some sort of fear. Fear of being seen through?

My take on her response? She thinks it foolish that anyone would expect another person to hand their fears over on a plate. She words herself harshly because she has little patience for foolish requests.

We share ourselves with those we feel comfortable around. If she doesn't know you, she won't share her fears with you. Much less so considering that anyone can enter this site and read what you've written.

Please, don't read weakness into an individual's prerogative to keep aspects of her life private.

I don't think her not wanting to share her fear is weak at all. I think she just sounded crazy.
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#36640 - 03/17/10 12:33 PM Re: Phobias [Re: exadust]
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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.

 Originally Posted By: exadust
Spiders don't bother me that much! There was one time I was sleeping and I felt one crawl on my face I immediately jumped out of bed and turned the light on. I didn't find it but it did startle me! My main fear is extreme heights like I'll never get on an airplane!!!!
How do you know that was a spider? Maybe he was as scared as you?

I highly doubt that admitting your fear of spiders and creepy-crawlies is going to give anybody you meet on the internet an advantage over you. However, I agree that it is stupid to just list every self-diagnosed phobia you think you have. I think we should stay productive and discuss the psychological aspects, and not swap stories about you pissing your pants during Charlotte's Web.
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#36665 - 03/17/10 08:52 PM Re: Phobias [Re: Tranceparent Sky]
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I had an irrational fear of needles. I guess a bad experience at the dentist as a kid set it in motion. I mean.. I had never given blood as a kid. So I didn't have to deal with that fear for a very long time. So finally I decided to face my fear and get a tattoo. After that I started getting sleeved up. After that I started to have to give blood (I have to 4 times a year because of Diabetic check ups) I no longer fear needles. It's just in my nature to find out my fears and face them. I sort of get a thrill off of it now.
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#36666 - 03/17/10 09:02 PM Re: Phobias [Re: Tranceparent Sky]
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Another aspect of fear is that in some ways it can be beneficial.

When adreneline is released in response it helps in certain situations.

Maybe not all situations but some.


Edited by exadust (03/17/10 09:03 PM)
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#36674 - 03/17/10 10:06 PM Re: Phobias [Re: exadust]
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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've been able to handle tiny spiders without fear for many many years. House spiders and the like get the glass and card treatment (To capture and then set free, not to kill).

I'm somewhat scared of needles, but I can deal with the medical ones, providing I don't see them pierce my skin. Watching my tattoo being done was fascinating.

Any other fears (Of which I won't list here, due to following Ceruleansteel's wise example...) I'll have to conquer at a later date.
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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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#64179 - 01/29/12 10:27 AM Re: Phobias [Re: FemaleSatan]
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I used to be phobic of bees and other stinging insects, but I thankfully grew out of it just through the inevitable exposure over the years. But holy shit... I felt like there was a gun to my head if I was trapped in a vehicle with a wasp flying around. I've since taken beekeeping classes just for the hell of it and I'm pretty confident I conquered that particular phobia.

And I think this might be common, but I'm iffy about looking out windows at night. I always have a nagging feeling there's somebody standing on the other side and I would piss myself if it ever happened for whatever reason. I know its an irrational fear and I make it a point to subject myself to most of my fears, but the fear is still there.

My fear of heights is probably the most intense. I remember the elevator ride to the top of the Gateway Arch... *shudders*

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