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So, what about you?
Its calmed down now though, I don't feel like Im going to pass out anymore.
I don't know if it's a phobia really but in crowds I really panic, but not really in gig crowds or ones that are huddles together to watch something just your average shopping crowds on the streets
This is actually a pretty big one, shudder.
but I link that to my brother once saying "if you don't shut up I'm going to smash your head off that spike", ah siblings.
When I have to make a phonecall, particularly an important one but not necessarily, just someone I don't phone very often, I tend to get a bit anxious and weird. I can't explain it.
I think a lot of people do
I have to psyche myself up for about a day before ringing anyone
and even then, give me a landline instead of my mobile and I'm fucked again.
don't know why they've described it as "a phobia is defined as an anxiety disorder characterized by extreme and irrational fear of simple things or social situations", seems a bit long winded.
Tell them all. No-one will mock you.
I hate balloons though, the squeaky noise they make and when people throw them around your face and you expect them to pop at any second.
You'll see. You'll all see!
(agree on balloons. I've done a 180 and left parties before because there's balloons everywhere.)
It's an irrational anxiety i have, and I've had it since I was tiny.
I can't touch the scottish banknotes that have it on it unless they're folded so thaht the picture is on the inside. SO silly, I know :(
I am other than this completely normal, I promise you ;)
it's probably less silly than having a fear that somewhere out there, there is a duck looking at you.
We used to have a holiday home in Earlsferry in Fife, and had to do a lot of 'get the blanket over Lu's head' as we crossed the forth. Nowadays, we go a different route altoghether, after a complete meltdown when we attemnpted to go to deep sea world, right under the bridge itself. I can't believe I'm admitting this.
did you have a bad experience going over it one time? Is it just this bridge?
I'm so perplexed by this fear!
mainly going under them as opposed to over (and this counts for railway bridges), but nonetheless I can man up and do it.
I couldn't go over or under TFRB though. NO WAY. There's something specific about this bridge and I have no idea what it is. Well, I say no idea... the only thing I can think which is at all connected was... my mum tells a story about how she used to go over on the train to fife on holiday as a little girl, and her granny used to tell her to throw pennies out of the train window into the river below for luck. My mum got confused once and threw her whole purse, her favourite purse, with all of her holiday spending money in it, and it spoiled her whole holiday. Perhaps this story has just been too much for the tight Scot in me to bear, and I have hated that bridge for snatching away my poor little mum's money.
But no, I think it's probably something else! :D
ah well, phobias are usually illogical! Shame though as it's a nice bridge as well.
the anticipation of it popping really gets to me
Not as bad as it was, though.
and stairs that go like this:
Instead of like this:
Just the vertical bit of each step missing
i always feel like I'm gonna trip/fall because of my love of massive boots
I really struggle to go up those stairs thath you can see through. I wouldn't say it's a phobia though. I think it's perfectly rational to be afraid of something which is so clearly wrong.
They make me incredibly uneasy (as do bridges)
It's hard to explain, but for example, the infamous lotus boob picture freaks me the FUCK out. My skin is crawling just thinking about it.
If I search that on google images, will I find the picture you mean or end up staring at a bunch of porn?
It's on Snopes if you want to stay safe.
But I really suggest you don't. Maybe it won't bother you at all, but I wish it had never entered my life...
what the hell?
LARVAE IN HER BREAST? OH MY GOD.
Haven't seen that, don't want to.
shows them pulling larvae out of a woman's breast.
It's not the story that bothers me, it's all fake and bollocks. It's just that picture - the holes in the skin, with things underneath... Why am I discussing this, I'm freaking myself out.
I'M grossed out by the larvae, I'm not talking about you jeez.
It has some complicated backstory about illustrating some stupid viral email horror story.
Yet even know I know all that, I still can't bear to look at it - while at the same time being obviously fascinated by it.
lots of people have a reasonable dislike for things (eg balloons because they scare you when they pop) but I would be quite interested to know how many DiSers have truly irrational fears, as I have none.
But when I saw "the lotus boob" I had a really strong reaction to it - like, hot/cold flushes, skin crawling - completely irrational, and I can't help it.
I don't want to run away or whatever - it's just extreme disgust/revulsion. THE HORROR. THE HORROR.
just looked that picture *vom*
had seen a long time ago but forgot about it. gonna be thinkin about it all day now
it struck me that I actually have a tremendous fear of heights.
I'm actually better once they've popped. It's when they start to sag I get goosebumps and want to spew. I sometimes can't breath if I see one unexpectedly. I can normally smell them before I see them though.
I am fine with foil balloons, and I can just about cope with latex helium ones that are tethered to something. It's the floaters that kill me. I nearly got hit by a bus in cross street in manchester trying to avoid one that had broken free from a hoarding and was bobbing towards me, to get me.
Yeah, don't think so ;) Sorry though, not wanting to poke fun at a phobia because it's not like you choose them.
Marine invertebrae of any description freak the hell out of me. What the hell is going on down there!?
<3 octopus with garlic and spaghetti.
Gives me the shudders so much
don't know how that guy could do that!
of looking up at very tall buildings ('Just don't look up at them' - my dad would jeer at me). It's called bataphobia. I used to think they were leaning directly over me.
Actually, I say 'when I was a kid', but I remember going to Paris on a family holiday when I was about 15 and it still got me then.
I've got over it now, but as I live in a town where the tallest building is probably about five storeys I'm not completely sure.
I hate seeing people I know when I'm not expecting it, unless it's my best friends or boyfriend or family or something.
And then it gets to a point where I think I'll have to give in and say hi cos i've been trapped in the same space as them for some time but I think it's probably too late in case they've seen me hiding and so I have to carry on being weird even though I've probably been spotted
as I've never actually hidden. I'm just a bit weird about it, and the whole "are they going to say something or not and should I say something first or not" fiasco that goes with it.
This quirk may turn out to be an issue if you go there. Everywhere you walk is filled with casual acquaintances. There are only 3 main streets. It's unavoidable.
I highly recommend God of Cake!
has made me feel really really horrible. fucksake. urgh +o(
what is it what is it what is it what is it?
I'm serious. Totally freak me out. I can pick up spiders and I can tolerate butterflies. But that night time, light circling, dusty wing flappyness....Aaaaaauuughhhh
I leave the room.
it isn't fear, it's anger. SO ANNOYING
my top fears include:
- the dark
- sleeping on the floor (though this is mild)
- deep water
- losing my teeth
- being lost
- anything with teeth
- being bitten by anything poisonous
- things that fly
- anything that crawls
etc. im a freak
- being buried alive
by reminding myself that whatever happens I'm not exactly going to survive the embalming process.
I'm going to suggest that in fact you just don't like sleeping on the floor.
to find a huge spider on my face. i get scared in case something happens to me in the night like that.
worst story ever :((((((((((
(Not the crane flies bit)
After my Dad somewhat irresponsibly told me that rabid dogs would wander down the channel tunnel when it opened and bring it over here with them
Hate ringing people up though. Generally don't ever apply for jobs if the only way to apply is via a phonecall. Dancing/singing in the vicinity of other people as well. Never done it.
Hate making phone calls to unknown people
I have a fear of flying. Its really really quite bad. I'm not too fussed about it now as the only place I REALLY want to go is Paris and I can just get the train.
but I don't think it's really a proper fear for me. Though I'm not sure I could handle a proper long haul flight.
I still think you should tell us the weird one. Look at some of the nutjobs in this thread, it can't be much worse.
specifically the ones you get on fruit.
*backs away slowly*
I'm just joking. I don't have a phobia of them.
That one's going to take some beating.
But I can't cope with noisy eating either!
I also fear big boats, not being on them, but imagining being in the sea next to them, so when they're in dock or if I'm in a small boat, the big boats really frighten me. This unnerves me beyond belief
but I do have an irrational fear of wasps. One stung me right under my eye when I was a kid and ever since I've despised them.
Drinking outside pubs in summer is still a complete nightmare - every time one enters my field of vision I end up flapping away like a total loon. Though I haven't actually been stung by one in about 15 years, so perhaps my methods are working.
It stems from when i was about 6 and a wasp flew up my sleeve and inside my coat, naturally i freaked out so it started stinging me. I've never been stung since, and i bet it doesn't hurt anywhere near as bad as i remember, but if there's one buzzing around me i'm completely on edge until i'm confident it's gone.
I'm usually fine with bees though, oddly.
I'm technically a grown man, I should really be beyond this stage. I can't really remember how badly wasp stings hurt but I'm reasonably sure my reaction is out of proportion. It's like a reflex though.
I'm also not that bothered about bees and I can usually tolerate them buzzing about in the same room as me. I still tend to do them in if they overstep the mark and encroach on my personal space though.
and also just sort of grim, that's what makes me a flappy fool in the summer. Actually, I don't flap, I just run away fast, regardless of social situation.
Despise having my bones touched. Or any bones being touched. Also finger nails. And human hair. Basically am terrified of the human form. Foibles rather than phobias, though. Adorable foibles.
I can't stand seeing people writing on the back of their hands with ballpoint pens, nor can I do it myself. Goes right through me for some reason.
scare the shit out of me
but weirdly, only if they have a head on
that's probably why i shop online most of the time
Particularly if they've been made to look very life-like. Bugs Bunny is fine, some stuffed approximation of an animal walking upright wearing human accoutrements is not ok.
Pregnant woman are pretty freaky to me, too, but that's not a full blown phobia. They have something GROWING inside them!
that when women are really far along, you can actually see the baby thrashing around under the skin? You can see it's arms pushing against the stomach as it rolls over and stuff. I saw a video of it yesterday and was utterly shocked and horrified. I can't believe I lived my whole life to this point thinking they just sat quietly in the womb sack, waiting to be born. When in fact, they thrash around and fight you from inside.
My Mum said that I used to poke my hands and feet out so far that she could get hold of them. She also said I sometimes did full roly-polys and it made me feel sick.
maybe I have babyinthewombaphobia :(
I've met a lot of people who don't like baby bumps so you're not alone.
*I meant made her feel sick, who knows if I felt sick
That's pushing it towards phobia territory, that is.
But I really really hate cheese graters
The idea of people grating their fingers or getting too close makes me feel ill. I used to always have to go out of food tech lessons.
Or do you buy it grated?
When I do buy it I just chop it up into small pieces if I need it like that.
I even get a bit shuddery when I see them lying in kitchen drawers. EVIL CHEESE GRATERS.
I am sad that you don't have grated cheese in your life. However, you've put a great image of evil cheese graters lurking in cupboards into my head now :)
me and my dad share it.
I'm freaked out by the idea of things infinitely repeating, either getting smaller or larger. I hate Russian dolls, because WHAT IF THERE WAS A SMALLER ONE AND SMALLER ONE FOREVER? When I was little, I had a little suitcase with three bears on it, and the smallest bear was holding a suitcase. His suitcase didn't have any pictures on, but I couldn't look at it because I imagined his suitcase having three bears on, and so on and so on forever. My dad had the same trauma with a childhood Mickey Mouse watering can. Learning about cells or the universe makes me itchy.
It made me very nervous
I NEED TO KNOW.
It went down to a little dot and I couldn't sleep thinking about HOUSES IN HOUSES IN HOUSES IN HOUSES.
it's terrifying, isn't it? You can't turn your mind off.
goldfish mostly. fuck.