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Phobias — Do you have any?


Claustrophobia — I hate being stuck in a crowd and feeling
boxed in.  I take the stairs and avoid
riding the elevator as much as I can.  If
I have to take that uncomfortable ride I stay right in front of the panel and
don’t care if everyone gives me a dirty look. 
I’m not moving from that spot until the door opens up at my stop.  I’m not about to be squished behind a man that’s
6”4; I would feel so trapped.  I got
stuck once and it wasn’t a pleasant experience. 
I’ve got goosebumps just thinking about it.

Arachnophobia — If there is a spider anywhere near me I’m
out of there quicker than lightning.  If
I absolutely have to get rid of a spider on my own; I’ve got to put on dish
gloves and layers of paper towels so that there is no chance that it can touch
me.  Unfortunately, they follow me
everywhere.  It’s as if they know that I’m
terrified of them.  They are so creepy
and the thought of those hairy legs on my skin is enough to send me packing.  When I’m working in the garden I’m always
looking over my shoulder in fear of one landing on me.  It sounds ludicrous to be afraid of an insect
but I’ve had one too many unpleasant experiences that have left me skittish.

Mar 13, 2015 @ 11:14 am

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I don't know the proper names for my phobias but any insect that crawls freaks me out, and I love gardening so go figure! I have a fear of heights(good thing I'm only 5' 2) and reptiles...ohhh they give me the creeps..
Mar 13, 2015 @ 11:24 am


I don't like insects near me including bees and wasps. I hate killing them, not only because it's gross but also because they're living things. I try my best to shoo them out the door but it's not possible in the winter months. I would put them outside, but then the thought of them freezing to death is sad to me. The only insects I can tolerate are ladybugs and butterflies.
Mar 13, 2015 @ 11:35 am

Thanks for sharing!

DeaneB — I'm not a big fan of bugs either and as for heights I'm not afraid but if I was stuck on a ledge I'd be a tad nervous.

prettyrainbow — I'd be so terrified of being stung just in case I might be allergic and I'd be worried about killing honeybees because they are so important to our food supply. Butterflies are so beautiful and I love anything butterfly themed.

Mar 13, 2015 @ 12:43 pm


Butterflies ARE the only bug I like, no I love them. They are beautiful! Whenever I see them I think of my mom. She loved butterflies, birds and gardening, so when I see them I know my mom is around me....
Mar 13, 2015 @ 12:56 pm


I think I have one and that is the fear of water, like learning how to swim. I will not go in the ocean nor beach. I had a very unpleasant experience with my ex-where he held me down under water with his huge hand! I kept trying to get free and couldn't. He didn't let me surface til his Mom told him I couldn't hardly breathe. He thought it was so funny. I'm not scared of insects nor snakes. Matter of fact, I had to kill a snake last year because it was on our porch. That's a no-no since our grandsons and kids are in & out. OceanSunrise, it's funny you mentioned elevators. My Aunt got trapped between floors a couple of years ago and started freaking out. They could hear her outside of the elevator. She was trapped in there for about an hour before they got her out. As soon as the door opened, she flew out screaming her head off!! It happened at the hospital, of all places. A little tip-put moth balls out where you don't want snakes. They can't stand the smell. As for rats or spiders, you can put pure peppermint oil on cotton balls and put inside your house. Just be sure to keep it out of a pets reach. The moth balls go outside. I put them all around our house now.
Mar 13, 2015 @ 03:33 pm


Coulrophobia, fear off clowns.
Mar 13, 2015 @ 07:34 pm



I read that when a butterfly flutters around you or a
ladybug lands on you that the spirit of departed loved one is nearby and
letting you know that they are watching over you. What a comforting thought.

Mar 13, 2015 @ 09:50 pm


Ginger — I can’t believe your ex did that. That is not the kind of joke to pull. So many people fool around in water and it’s
so dangerous. You just never know what
can happen. With all the reports of
shark attacks I have to admit that I’m totally paranoid when we hit the beach
every summer. The kids keep asking me if
they can go deeper in the oceans and I’m like no way. They are just riding the waves with their
boards and they don’t need to go deeper.
I go as far as mid-thigh and that’s it.
I’m scanning the water like a great white is about to open its mouth and
swallow me. It’s hard to be relaxed when
you know that outside the bay there are probably sharks that travel that route.
I figure as long as I cool off that’s
fine with me. If I want to swim I can do
that in my pool at home. You have to be
careful because we are after all invading their territory and who knows if a
shark is hungry when they happen to pass by.

As for your aunt; I feel her pain. I tell you the walls feel like they are
closing in when you’re stuck in an elevator.
I don’t know if even Ian Somerhalder could keep me calm in there. I was in a building once when the fire alarm
went off. I dreaded having to go down 20
flights of stairs with people cramming in all around me. I had no choice and suddenly the crowd
stopped moving. I started to undo the buttons
of my coat because I felt a tightening in my chest. I looked around with a panicked look on my
face and had to turn around and look at the wall so that I wouldn’t lose
it. One woman came pushing through with
such urgency yelling please let me through I have to get out of here. I nearly lost it too after hearing that until
a co-worker (an older gentleman with a deep calming voice) starting to keep me busy
by telling me stories and having me answer questions so that I would be
distracted. It worked and if you ever
find yourself in a situation like this and see someone about to panic please help
them by asking questions to calm them down.
It’s very frightening to be in such a situation and a kind and calm
voice is all it takes to make you forget where you are.

Mar 13, 2015 @ 09:55 pm


sandhur — After seeing the movie "It" I don't see clowns in the same way. You just never know who's behind that face paint. They kind of have an eerie look to them.
Mar 13, 2015 @ 09:57 pm

Don't really have one

I don't like crammed spaces, but if I have to be in that space for a while it's not like I would freak out.
Mar 24, 2015 @ 11:55 am

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