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Re: Phobias
« Reply #20 on: January 05, 2009, 10:54:52 AM »
Water.  Well, water over 7ft deep.  I freak out when anyone gets near me in a pool over 7ft deep.  If someone touches me, I might drown us both.  My wife wants me to go on a cruise!  Just a week or so ago, SOMEONE FELL OFF THE CRUISESHIP!!!  No thank you, I'll fly.

Not a phobia, but I get freaked out if people crowd me.  I can be in a tiny area and be fine, but put me in an area with some kind of boundaries and put a person in there with me and there might be blood.  It could be a 5' x 5' area with just a bar at 3' off the ground, and I still might hurt someone.  The intensity of the irritation is proportionate to the stupidity of the individual near me and the degree of physical exertion I'm engaged in.

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« Reply #21 on: January 05, 2009, 03:06:13 PM »
Heights (on ladders and ledges - not in planes) and claustrophobia.  I had a hell of a time when I heard that I needed an MRI on my head a couple years ago. 
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Re: Phobias
« Reply #22 on: January 05, 2009, 05:08:03 PM »
PEOPLE - am agoraphobic and eytanz can tell you exactly what starts to happen to me when I am not far from a panic attack.

it isn't too bad though, it's just that I can't deal with crowds and have panic attacks when I feel like there is not enough room to breathe or I can't find an escape route. start to hyperventilate, cold sweat, get dizzy, really low blood sugar, have palpitations, that sort of thing, and the funny thing is ...

..... tuh dah ... I start taking my clothes off. Weird I know.

I have no problem with open spaces though, and am not klaustrophobic, have no problem with elevators, unless there is a crowd.

It is actually quite mild, more like a milder social phobia, makes me very bad at parties, dance clubs, bars and such. Oh, and concerts are slightly problematic. That's where I had my first panic attack, at a smallish concert when I was 14, blacked out, wasn't nice. But I survived the Jonathan Coulton concert quite well, despite the breakdown I had when I found out we JUST MISSED NEIL GAIMAN by about 3 minutes.   >:(

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Re: Phobias
« Reply #23 on: January 05, 2009, 08:01:39 PM »
PEOPLE - am agoraphobic and eytanz can tell you exactly what starts to happen to me when I am not far from a panic attack.

I can't really - I mean, the most I've ever seen is that you get really uncomfortable and have to leave the crowded area.

As for my own phobias - have a minor fear of heights, especially on high balconies and bridges (walking, I don't get it driving). Anywhere where there is a low railing tends to be more terrifying than no railing at all.

I have a fear of horses, as a result of a childhood event where I was almost crushed by one. Not sure if that's quite a phobia, though, as I don't get uncomfortable if I see a horse, I just don't like getting near them.

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Re: Phobias
« Reply #24 on: January 07, 2009, 06:56:55 PM »
Spiders.  For ages.  Now not so much provided they're not eighty feet wide, undead and covered in blood and ebola or anything...

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« Reply #25 on: January 07, 2009, 07:50:21 PM »
Spiders.  For ages.  Now not so much provided they're not eighty feet wide, undead and covered in blood and ebola or anything...

Wow, 22 months later, and it's still the same!  See what happens when a Threadomancer is about?   :D

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Re: Phobias
« Reply #26 on: January 08, 2009, 06:12:11 AM »
I freak the hell out if I hear something buzz by my. Just the sound of a bee/wasp flying sets me on edge

That's me, too, and I have been stung twice, once as a child, and once as a teenager (I'm 50).  If I'm walking outside in sunlight and I see a shadow on the ground of something flying by overhead, I always duck and usually break into a run.

I definitely DO NOT have claustrophobia; I seem to have the opposite, as I adore cozy, enclosed spaces.  I wouldn't have trouble sleeping in an open coffin, or one with A/C if the lid was closed.

While fingernails on a chalkboard are annoying, they don't set my teeth on edge like other people.  What DOES bug me, though, is the feel of fabric (especially linens) running across my teeth.  I had the edge of a pillowcase graze my open mouth once, and it freaked me out.  Just remembering it as I type this sends a shiver...  :o

And I'm not superstitious; just the opposite:  I've owned 3 black cats (though saying you own a cat isn't really correct, I know), my birthday is the 13th (not this month), and when it falls on a Friday in any month, it's usually a fantastic day for me.

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Re: Phobias
« Reply #27 on: January 08, 2009, 09:22:21 AM »
I'm not really afraid of anything with a phobia-like intensity, but even thinking about paper cuts gives me that freaky taste/feeling under my tongue that you get when you're really disturbed by something.

You get it under your tongue?  I get it down in my groin area, mainly around my inner thighs and under my nuts.  I never thought to ask anybody else if they get it in the same place.

No phobias here.  I have a pathological abhorrence for the Jerusalem Cricket -- I don't even like to see pictures of the ugly little fucks -- but I wouldn't call it a phobia.  It isn't even a fear.  I just hate the damn things.
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Re: Phobias
« Reply #28 on: January 08, 2009, 10:18:04 AM »
Death.  The concept, not necessarily the risk of it, or the trappings of it.  Cemetaries and funeral homes don't bother me, nor do corpses or herses or any of that.  Just the idea of not existing, and not just for me, but for anyone.  Freaks me out bad.  Can't think about it too much or I start getting all panicky.

I feel the same way about spiders that stePH does about Jerusalem Crickets.  Yech.

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« Reply #29 on: January 08, 2009, 10:37:29 AM »
Death.  The concept, not necessarily the risk of it, or the trappings of it.  Cemetaries and funeral homes don't bother me, nor do corpses or herses or any of that.  Just the idea of not existing, and not just for me, but for anyone.  Freaks me out bad.  Can't think about it too much or I start getting all panicky.


I know that feeling.  If I can't distract myself from the thoughts, I can send myself into a panic attack.  This is one of the reasons I keep my mind occupied.

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Re: Phobias
« Reply #30 on: January 08, 2009, 08:05:02 PM »
Death.  The concept, not necessarily the risk of it, or the trappings of it.  Cemetaries and funeral homes don't bother me, nor do corpses or herses or any of that.  Just the idea of not existing, and not just for me, but for anyone.  Freaks me out bad.  Can't think about it too much or I start getting all panicky.

I feel the same way about spiders that Listener does about Jerusalem Crickets.  Yech.

Listener didn't say anything about Jerusalem Crickets.  I'm the only one who did.
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« Reply #31 on: January 12, 2009, 04:27:04 PM »
Death.  The concept, not necessarily the risk of it, or the trappings of it.  Cemetaries and funeral homes don't bother me, nor do corpses or herses or any of that.  Just the idea of not existing, and not just for me, but for anyone.  Freaks me out bad.  Can't think about it too much or I start getting all panicky.

I feel the same way about spiders that Listener does about Jerusalem Crickets.  Yech.

Listener didn't say anything about Jerusalem Crickets.  I'm the only one who did.
Sorry about that.  I was writing my post and reading the preceding posts backwards.  Screws me up a bit :p

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Re: Phobias
« Reply #32 on: January 12, 2009, 07:55:30 PM »
Phobia wise: Dentists. I recently had to go in for an emergency surgery to have a bad tooth removed- despite multiple injections of pain killer (- I've no problem at all with needles or blood.) I was leaking at the eyes. The dental assistant was swabbing my eyes and assuring me they'd "be done soon" for the whole thing. He said he'd never seen someone sit so calm and quiet while crying. It's absolutely an unreasonable fear. But- get me in a dentists office, or worse in the chair and I'm a mess. So- I take terrific care of my teeth so I don't have to go very often.

I have mild fears of: heights, really tight spaces, really really dark places, and large crowds.

There's also the rational/irrational fear of my girls being harmed in some way. Any time I leave them with a sitter I spend large periods of time fretting that they'll be hurt/burn the house down/ manage to wander off etc.

getting old (as in truly elderly) is also starting to become a problem fear for me. I feel much older then I am- and feel older and older every day. I often worry that I'm aging in dog years or somesuch.
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Re: Phobias
« Reply #33 on: January 12, 2009, 10:45:55 PM »
Phobia wise: Dentists. I recently had to go in for an emergency surgery to have a bad tooth removed- despite multiple injections of pain killer (- I've no problem at all with needles or blood.) I was leaking at the eyes. The dental assistant was swabbing my eyes and assuring me they'd "be done soon" for the whole thing. He said he'd never seen someone sit so calm and quiet while crying. It's absolutely an unreasonable fear. But- get me in a dentists office, or worse in the chair and I'm a mess. So- I take terrific care of my teeth so I don't have to go very often.

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« Reply #34 on: January 12, 2009, 11:28:07 PM »
I hate large crawly bugs, and I especially hate the feeling of one crawling on me.  This is totally irrational hindbrain stuff, and I can't and won't attempt to logically explain it.  Really kind of inconvenient for me, since I really like traveling and living in hot tropical and subtropical climates, particularly in the parts of the world where the creepiest, crawliest bugs feel most at home.

I seem to have no innate fear of heights.  I've freaked out hiking companions because of this, since I'll do dumb stuff like go right up to the edge of a cliff and look down.  This is one of the personality traits I've identified as possibly causing my death one day.
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« Reply #35 on: January 12, 2009, 11:34:30 PM »
I can't stand spider webs on me.  I don't mind spiders so much, but a web or a strand from a web?  It's not a phobia, but it creeps me out!  I'm 6'5", so if I walk behind people, they don't always get the webs first.  I must look silly walking around waving sticks in front of me, BUT I DON'T CARE!

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Re: Phobias
« Reply #36 on: January 13, 2009, 04:34:57 PM »
Did you ever watch the film Marathon Man

I don't believe I have. I've heard the name- but I can't directly recall seeing the movie. Is this something that'd give me the screaming heebie jeebies? 'Cause that'd almost be fun.
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« Reply #37 on: January 13, 2009, 05:17:11 PM »
Did you ever watch the film Marathon Man

I don't believe I have. I've heard the name- but I can't directly recall seeing the movie. Is this something that'd give me the screaming heebie jeebies? 'Cause that'd almost be fun.

How about Little Shop of Horrors?

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« Reply #38 on: January 13, 2009, 10:50:45 PM »
Did you ever watch the film Marathon Man

I don't believe I have. I've heard the name- but I can't directly recall seeing the movie. Is this something that'd give me the screaming heebie jeebies? 'Cause that'd almost be fun.

There's a famous interrogation scene that your post put me in mind of:

Lawrence Olivier as the sadistic Nazi dentist. 

Dustin Hoffman strapped into the chair. 

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« Reply #39 on: January 14, 2009, 11:55:03 AM »

How about Little Shop of Horrors?

Yes! And that's my occsional delusion of dentists: sadits who enjoy my tears.
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