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Fears/phobias
« on: December 09, 2013, 08:31:24 PM »
Anyone have unreasonable fears?  What are they?   :naughty:  I'm sure no one will mess with you.

Me?  Used to be spiders- but at one point several years back things changed.  It was crazy.  I simply decided it was stupid to be afraid of a little bug, and that was that.   :shrug:  Maybe it was never a phobia.

That's about it.  Heights don't bother me one bit- of course I spend nearly every saturday in the fall 20-30 feet up waiting for deer on small platforms.   :bigsmile:
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Re: Fears/phobias
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2013, 08:36:38 PM »
I have never liked spiders but it's definitely not a phobia.

I don't think I irrationally fear anything. I did once know a guy who had a legitimate phobia of bananas. I actually saw him vomit from being confined with one (up until then nobody really believed him).
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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2013, 08:54:04 PM »
Not scared of clowns nope nut-uh no way.

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« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2013, 10:04:37 PM »
Maybe it comes from having seen (in person) the double-decker I-880 freeway collapsed like a stack of pancakes after the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, but ever since then, I *really* don't like being stopped in traffic under a freeway overpass/bridge for very long.

Traveling down the lower (underside) portion of the SF Bay Bridge puts me a bit on edge as well.
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Re: Fears/phobias
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2013, 03:34:03 AM »
Heights. Scares me rigid, yet I am somehow drawn to the edge of cliffs...
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Re: Fears/phobias
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2013, 03:59:07 AM »
Tall bridges and high edges make me go weak then numb. When I ride (or drive) and I can see how high up I am, I get all freaked out. Not just mountain roads but highways too. I80 in western PA for example takes a lot out of me. Completely irrational. The WVA Spring thing a couple of years ago crippled me for days.once I was spooked it took a while to be able ride with any sort of confidence.

Spiders are creepy but cool, some snakes, if I'm on the surface of the ocean I get all creeped out but I can comfortably scuba dive all day.
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Re: Fears/phobias
« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2013, 07:17:31 AM »
Tall bridges and high edges make me go weak then numb. When I ride (or drive) and I can see how high up I am, I get all freaked out. Not just mountain roads but highways too. I80 in western PA for example takes a lot out of me. Completely irrational. The WVA Spring thing a couple of years ago crippled me for days.once I was spooked it took a while to be able ride with any sort of confidence.

Spiders are creepy but cool, some snakes, if I'm on the surface of the ocean I get all creeped out but I can comfortably scuba dive all day.


At least the tractor trailer that used to sit at the bottom of one of those ravines between east and westbound 80 has been removed.  It really gave a sense of scale as to how far down it was.

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Re: Fears/phobias
« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2013, 07:21:21 AM »
Being in the ocean at night. This started after I saw the first Jaws movie.
Telephones. Not a big fear, but a pain in the butt kind.
Spiders and Centipedes.
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Re: Fears/phobias
« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2013, 08:02:09 AM »
Tall bridges and high edges make me go weak then numb. When I ride (or drive) and I can see how high up I am, I get all freaked out. Not just mountain roads but highways too. I80 in western PA for example takes a lot out of me. Completely irrational. The WVA Spring thing a couple of years ago crippled me for days.once I was spooked it took a while to be able ride with any sort of confidence.

Witnessed via telephone.  "Clay- this is John- I don't think I can cross the bridge into Michigan!"   :lol:

That was before I knew about the ferry.   :bigsmile:
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« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2013, 08:06:48 AM »
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Re: Fears/phobias
« Reply #10 on: December 10, 2013, 08:29:05 AM »
...and that wasn't even the mighty MAC.

^Oh, jeebus!

Add to that the arial spaghetti bowl in down town Milwaukee.

Tall bridges and high edges and not being able to see where the path leads -- always have -- worked as a tree trimmer throughout hiighschool to try to get over it . . . . volunteered to leap out of perfectly good aircraft and spent hours sitting in helicopter doors KNOWING that familiarity breeds, if not fondenss, at least contempt.

No dice. I can function, but not happily, and I emerge from the encounters wringing wet -- sweat, not pee ;-}
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Re: Fears/phobias
« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2013, 08:37:23 AM »
not much really bothers me, being in a large body of water in the dark is a little creepy for me. other than that the only thing I can't stand is haunted houses, I just can't do them for some reason?
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« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2013, 08:46:05 AM »
Up until I was 22 yrs old I had a fear of driving into a body of water and getting trapped in a car. Even before I was licensed to drive.

After successfully escaping a sinking car I no longer have this fear or dream.
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Re: Fears/phobias
« Reply #13 on: December 10, 2013, 09:26:15 AM »
Nothing really, but, not to minimize some of your fears...
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« Reply #14 on: December 10, 2013, 09:28:41 AM »
I am irrationally afraid of excessive turbulence when I travel by air - especially in big airplanes.  I have travelled by air hundreds of times over the years and I can grasp how safe it is intellectually, but when it gets bumpy I just go limp and my palms sweat.  Ironically, smaller planes and regional jets give me less anxiety than the big boys do, even though they tend to ride a bit more rough.

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« Reply #15 on: December 10, 2013, 09:31:59 AM »
Being too sexy for my shirt....






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« Reply #16 on: December 10, 2013, 11:22:30 AM »
Can't say there is anything I can think of that I am reallt afraid of. There are some things that I really don't like, but nothing I have a real fear of.

I think some things like the fear of height are just a natural self preservation taken a little too far. Same thing with bugs and spiders, they can be harmful in some cases.

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Re: Fears/phobias
« Reply #17 on: December 10, 2013, 11:35:03 AM »
It weird, I am not sure it s fear but seeing people close (even photos) to the edge of a cliff or other super high object, sometimes gives me the willies. Odd thing is I am a pilot and have no fear of heights (I really enjoy light aerobatics). I came across a video of rock-climbers that do not use safety equipment and watching it almost made me crap my pants.  :shrug:
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« Reply #18 on: December 10, 2013, 12:22:15 PM »
I guess my biggest fear is everyone will leave this place and not tell me where you've gone.
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« Reply #19 on: December 10, 2013, 02:21:14 PM »
I would never do that.  I love you!   :inlove:
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« Reply #20 on: December 10, 2013, 02:36:02 PM »
I hate heights. Getting on the roof to clean gutters gives me the willies. Going near the edge of a cliff or bridge does the same. Yet I have my pilot's license and can ride in the open door of a Huey with ease. Go figure....
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« Reply #21 on: December 10, 2013, 02:46:47 PM »
I hate heights. Getting on the roof to clean gutters gives me the willies. Going near the edge of a cliff or bridge does the same. Yet I have my pilot's license and can ride in the open door of a Huey with ease. Go figure....


Heights don't bother me much - I'm conscious of the precarious environment I'm in, though.

I fly ultralights (powered weight shift - trikes) and I trust in the equipment that brings me there. Though, one moment did give me an "Oh SH@#@$$%$@#@#$" moment. It passed quickly but was there enough to give me the feeling that folks have.

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« Reply #22 on: December 10, 2013, 03:06:13 PM »
I have never liked spiders but it's definitely not a phobia.

I don't think I irrationally fear anything. I did once know a guy who had a legitimate phobia of bananas. I actually saw him vomit from being confined with one (up until then nobody really believed him).

Same thing with one of my students! He couldn't even be around them!
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« Reply #23 on: December 10, 2013, 04:23:45 PM »
I dislike several things, only a few of which are actually dangerous.
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« Reply #24 on: December 10, 2013, 05:23:31 PM »
I would never do that.  I love you!   :inlove:


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« Reply #25 on: December 10, 2013, 06:46:54 PM »
I would never do that.  I love you!   :inlove:


I knew but clicked anyways. ;)


I guess you love him more than me. I didn't click.  ;D


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« Reply #26 on: December 10, 2013, 07:51:46 PM »
I was fine with airplanes until I was in one that had a return air duct explode.  Hot air and insulation spewed all over the cabin, intercom was cracking and failing to function, emergency landing, etc.  After that it's going to take a lot of alcohol and sedatives to get me to Hawaii. :(
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« Reply #27 on: December 10, 2013, 07:53:22 PM »
can't think of any irrational fears (stop me in my tracks, no amount of prodding will work) but i do have a LOT of fears that give me the willies, creeps, shakes, etc.

Hate flying of all kinds,
hate heights (putting christmas lights on the roof - absolutely do not want to do it) but rappelling doesn't bother me one bit (thought it would but did it in basic training and had a BLAST!!),
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« Reply #28 on: December 10, 2013, 09:17:19 PM »
Heights, when I'm not in an airplane. I will look out over a vista but if you try to drag me to the edge I will rip your nuts off. I have the same deep fear of small, confined spaces but bad enough that if there is someone on TV or in a movie in a confined space I can't watch and if someone were to try to lock me into something like that it would be a fight to the death. Just typing this out and thinking about it has given me the willies. Gaaaahhhhh!!!!!

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« Reply #29 on: December 11, 2013, 12:25:51 AM »
Noone here for the Sears Tower Skybox...

Confined space perhaps... Heights - certainly!!!

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« Reply #30 on: December 11, 2013, 07:51:07 AM »
I love that thing.  When we were there last spring with our families my brother and I were in it with a bunch of people.  I said to him just loud enough for others to hear: "OK- on three let's jump and make this whole thing shake."  I start counting- by the time I got to three we were the only ones in it.   :lol:
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« Reply #31 on: December 11, 2013, 08:53:49 AM »
I will not go out into the sky box. WILL NOT. :nono:

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« Reply #33 on: December 11, 2013, 12:00:20 PM »
I will not go out into the sky box. WILL NOT. :nono:

I would check it out but honestly, even that picture gave me a little vibe.  :'(
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« Reply #34 on: December 11, 2013, 12:10:09 PM »
OK, maybe the subject for another thread, but has anyone found a good way to address/lessen phobias?
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« Reply #35 on: December 11, 2013, 12:22:17 PM »

I would check it out but honestly, even that picture gave me a little vibe.  :'(


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« Reply #36 on: December 11, 2013, 01:09:44 PM »

I would check it out but honestly, even that picture gave me a little vibe.  :'(

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First pic, nothing at all, there does not seem to be any humans in danger, second pic a little vibe, third pic........... :crazy:  I think my reaction to such pics are associated with the possibility of a human falling. Watching freehand (is that what it is called?) rock/mounting climbers is bad.

Odd thing is that a friend sent me a link to a video of rock/cliff climbers and I was getting pretty wound up watching it. Then one of the climbers fell. WTF! Suddenly I was no longer tense, I knew the outcome.  The video ended up being a compilation of these folks falling to their death. In some weird way he thought that would cure me?
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« Reply #37 on: December 11, 2013, 02:22:59 PM »
OK, maybe the subject for another thread, but has anyone found a good way to address/lessen phobias?

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« Reply #38 on: December 11, 2013, 02:24:30 PM »
OK, maybe the subject for another thread, but has anyone found a good way to address/lessen phobias?

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« Reply #39 on: December 11, 2013, 02:28:24 PM »
Those crazy heights and spiders.

Also, fire. Well, not really... I love a good camp fire and I don't fear fire - I'm all up on fire safety and all that. But dying in a fire...? Yeah, that can give me serious nightmares.
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« Reply #40 on: December 11, 2013, 02:47:08 PM »
I've broken my nose a handful of times and used to have this crazy, irrational fear that if I was ever kidnapped, the kidnappers would tape over my mouth and I'd die of suffocation. Not really a fear anymore, but even after having my deviated septum fixed about 10 years ago, I still can't breath too well through the nose...

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« Reply #41 on: December 12, 2013, 10:33:07 AM »
Bugs give me the heebie-jeebies...earwigs, pill bugs, millipedes, etc. All except the pseudoscorpion. For whatever reason, that little bug is adorable to me. I'll spot one in my bathroom every now and then and want to throw the little guy a ticker-tape parade!
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« Reply #42 on: December 12, 2013, 10:42:05 AM »
Watching freehand (is that what it is called?) rock/mounting climbers is bad.



Google Alex honnold for some great climbing, he hasn't fallen, yet.
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« Reply #43 on: December 12, 2013, 11:11:22 AM »
Tight spaces, such as those found caving and canyoneering.  I fear getting stuck and unable to go forward or back and possibly suffocating (as in caving).  Biggest fear:  Getting trapped in a tight cave while scuba diving.  :crazy:

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Re: Fears/phobias
« Reply #44 on: December 12, 2013, 11:23:38 AM »
Tight spaces, such as those found caving and canyoneering.  I fear getting stuck and unable to go forward or back and possibly suffocating (as in caving).  Biggest fear:  Getting trapped in a tight cave while scuba diving.  :crazy:

 I thought this would be a problem for me, but once in  a cave I feel comfortable trying most any wiggle?  under water would be a whole different situation!
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« Reply #45 on: December 12, 2013, 12:00:00 PM »
Biggest fear:  Getting trapped in a tight cave while scuba diving.  :crazy:


I once tried to follow my dive buddies into the wreck of the HMS Thislegorm in the Red Sea. Nope. Wasn't gonna happen.  :willy:
I cruised along the top of the wreck, following their bubbles to the bow hold.

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« Reply #46 on: December 12, 2013, 09:21:33 PM »
Up until I was 22 yrs old I had a fear of driving into a body of water and getting trapped in a car. Even before I was licensed to drive.

After successfully escaping a sinking car I no longer have this fear or dream.

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« Reply #47 on: December 13, 2013, 11:37:44 AM »
Spiders and Centipedes  :crazy: :crazy: :crazy:  Some of those height pics make my feet tingle, but I've jumped out of planes, helicopters, and rappelled down cliff walls.  Go figure.  :shrug:

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« Reply #48 on: December 16, 2013, 12:53:15 AM »
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« Reply #49 on: December 16, 2013, 01:00:53 AM »
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