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Old 02-08-2008, 05:08 PM   #1
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What's Your Phobia?

Mine are a fear of heights and fear of surgeons.

I'm not convinced either is really an irrational fear. The fear of heights is really more generalized as a fear of catastrophic single points of failure. I don't understand why everybody doesn't have that same fear.

How can you walk across a rickety old suspension bridge? How can you stand calmy atop a great precipice?

And surgeons? Why would anybody voluntarily let somebody cut them open? Forget it! That skin is there for a reason.
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Old 02-08-2008, 05:28 PM   #2
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I have an irrational fear of needles, which makes some visits to the dentist very interesting for the staff. I had some minor surgery a couple of years ago, the nurse scribbled on my paperwork, "NEEDLE FREAK!!!". She then did a great job with the IV installation.

Oh, and I have an overwhelming fear of office cubicles.
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Old 02-08-2008, 05:29 PM   #3
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Fear of heights and sharks adapting to fresh water. (swimming in lake superior as a kid all the time, when you can see the bottom 50 feet below you, you start to wonder when they'll be there.)
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Old 02-08-2008, 06:02 PM   #5
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Old 02-08-2008, 06:17 PM   #6
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(swimming in lake superior as a kid all the time, when you can see the bottom 50 feet below you, you start to wonder when they'll be there.)
A friend of mine told me the story of how he tried to swim out to a far point in the middle of a large lake. He made it, but exhaustion began to set in on the way back. He wasn't sure he was going to make it to shore.

After he told me the story, I developed a fear of drowning from swimming too far.
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Heights ! When we drove on the coastal highway I had to pull over and breathe in a paper bag also just looking at that bridge over the Grand Canyon makes me shake .
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Old 02-08-2008, 06:25 PM   #8
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A friend of mine told me the story of how he tried to swim out to a far point in the middle of a large lake. He made it, but exhaustion began to set in on the way back. He wasn't sure he was going to make it to shore.

After he told me the story, I developed a fear of drowning from swimming too far.

Well, to be fair, it's easy to be in 50' deep water swimming just a hundred feet (or less) off of the shore.

If you know how to float then you shouldn't have to be too worried in a lake. If there isn't a strong undertow or surf then just flip on your back and do a basic stroke. If all else fails, a dead man's float can come in handy.. or a pair of water wings!
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Old 02-08-2008, 06:54 PM   #10
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Heck, I was trying to figure out what I'm a feared of......and can't think of a single thing! Maybe I don't have any phobias......or maybe I'm just too dumb to realize that I should be afraid of something or another!

Well.....I've sat here for about 10 minutes now, pondering it.....and still can't come up with anything. Dang! Now I feel like a misfit!
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Snakes. I hyperventilate if I even see a picture of one.
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Old 02-08-2008, 07:12 PM   #13
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1. Being discovered in the check out line at the grocery store with something embarrassing in my cart e.g. pop tarts for neighbor kids, national enquirer for their grandmother, etc
2. Having my guitars seized or damaged during search at borders (both have happened more than once)

Past fears:
1. Middle age
2. Eyelash curlers
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Flying.

My FIL was moving back north to live with us. He said he would die if he had to fly. His sons convinced him that was the best way to travel back home. Well he died on the way home.

It bothers me so much that I can't fly.

Years ago I had been in a small float plane flying up in Canada and the pilot had plane trouble and we almost crashed when taking off. After that I gave up small planes. I still could fly in the big ones but they made me squeamish. Now I can't fly at all.

Totally irrational.
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Snakes. I hyperventilate if I even see a picture of one.
Me too! Snakes are my worst phobia and then heights. Not too crazy about sharks, but I wouldn't call it a phobia--just as normal fear of something that can eat you.
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I have a situational fear of heights. I was a military pilot and have no problem with flying. No problem with bridges, high buildings, etc. But climbing on a ladder more than 10 or 12 feet high is uncomfortable. More that 15-18 feet is a no go. When I painted the exterior of the house last year I had to hire a painter to do the high parts. Four areas go 20' or more and I could not force myself to let go of the ladder with one hand to paint at that height.
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After reading these posts, I think my phobia list is starting to grow.
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