What is your phobia?

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Registered: 04-17-2003
What is your phobia?
Thu, 07-17-2003 - 7:14am
I read Deena's story about her phobia of vomitting (Emetophobia) and i thought Phobias would be a great new topic for all of us here.

Phobia is not a mental disorder, it's a learned response, an intense fear to an object or activity. Some can be overcome while others can literally affect one's activity. I have my phobia too, it's Acrophobia (fear of heights), it's a common one i guess. I can't stand looking down from a high building, it will freak me out. I am also terrified by anything that goes up and down, roller coasters, ferris wheels, elevator (but it's manageable), even street humps gives me shortness of breath and sweating. So wild rides are a big no no for me, so i just avoid them.

So hope u can share your phobia, if u have any. MAybe phobia in men, marriage, blood, space, water....


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Thu, 07-17-2003 - 9:09am
I have a phobia of dead things. I am more afraid of a dead mouse that a living one. We had a problem of mice in the last place we lived, as we lived near a creek. One night, before the mice ate the poison I left out, they played on the floor in front of the TV while my son and I curled up on the couch, afraid to put down our feet. (We had tried traps, both humane & not, and nothing was getting rid of them!)

While the mice made me terribly uncomfortable, I was able to stay in the same room. But once the mice started eating the poison and dying - I had to get my older sons to dispose of them! Poor Jason was only 6 years old when he first had to take on that job - I would just shiver and shake at the =thought= of a dead mouse, never mind trying to pick it up and remove it!

Anyhow, one day I got up to work, and there was a dead mouse under my desk! Both my older boys had already gone to work, and I was alone with my young son - who was never going to be the "man" and pick up a dead mouse for his phobic mom! So we ended up going door knocking until I found a male neighbour willing to come into my house and remove this dead mouse for me, so that I could start working. It took quite a bit of convincing for him to come, he just didn't see why I couldn't do it myself!!

Lately, we've found two dead birds in my backyard. Fortunately my son Jason was here and while I hid in the house, he had to come to his mom's rescue again! The second bird, I made Josh's friend get rid of it for me!

~*~ Catherine

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Registered: 04-16-2003
Thu, 07-17-2003 - 10:24am
I am scared to death of spiders. I dont think it is really a phobia since the way you described it is really intense. I can kill one if it is in my home and I would think if I had an extremem phobia, I wouldnt be able to do that. I hate the damn things. I have a phobia about flying on airplane. Jeez. It is pretty bad. It has nothing to do with Sept. 11th, it only got worse after that. So, that is a real bad one for me.

I am afraid of boats, not water. Simply being on a boat and the lack of control you have over it. I would rather be in the water, so I can swim or something.

I do have a phobia about lack of control now that you mention it. Like, I cannot and will not ever be not in control. Does that make sense? SO, if there is a situation where I feel I have no control, I am usually a mess. I have had panic attacks thinking of the loss of control of a situation. I need to be in control, or I lose it for a bit.

Weird, I know.


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Thu, 07-17-2003 - 11:23am
My phobia is Thunderstorms....I am terrified of them.



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Thu, 07-17-2003 - 12:06pm
I have a phobia of heights as well. It's just fine as long as I am in a close building, e.g. not a week ago I have been in the highest structure of the world, the CN tower in Toronto and I was even able to manage standing on the so called glass bottom floor and look down (about 500 metres!). I even like to be above the air (planes are wonderful, you should just try it Gail!) as long as my look down goes through windows. But as soon as there are open ways to fall I cannot stand there without grab hold of something. Even the highest point of a simple household ladder is a no no for me as I start to shiver and have my legs turn to jelly immediately!


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Registered: 06-15-2003
Thu, 07-17-2003 - 12:42pm

Well I got three phobias - one is the fear of hypodermic needles (I'm good around the sewing kind, just not the kind they prick you with!). Also I'm afraid of bees (probably related to the hypodermic needle fear), and fear of heights, but only from like ladders and unenclosed heights. I'm good in tall buildings, airplanes and on bridges, just scared witless when I have to go more than 3 rungs on a ladder!

I think I got the phobia for needles as a child since the only time I ever had to go see the doctor was to get a shot, and to me they always hurt. And I've always had the luck of being stung by any bee I encountered .. whether I stood still or ran away. Hence running screaming like a madwoman feels better than standing still and feeling terrified. ;o) Heights now that one I have no idea why I'm afraid of.