Post # 1
Everyone has fears, but some are severe enough to be considered phobias. I have oclophobia which is a paralyzing fear of owls (embarrassing) I’ve had it my whole life and I cannot even look at cartoon images of owls, no matter how “cute”. Are there other people with phobias? How long have you had it? What happens when you’re confronted with your phobia?
Post # 3
somewhere between fear and phobia is me and spiders and needles. Hate both, freak out if they come close or see them in movies, picture, etc. I totally threw several magazines at a spider I saw in my room last night, with shrieking and tripping over the rower my mom sat up in my old room, and doing a dance to keep from touching the floor 5ft from where it landed.
I’ve been known to get waves of nausea, which can lead to blacked out vision and then completely loosing consciousness, when confronted with needles (we were watching a video about a women overcoming her fear of needles and getting acupuncture, ironic right?) FH has a harder time with that one because he is on the donor council of our local blood donation center.
Post # 4
I have a deathly fear of cutting myself with scissors. Even the sound of them makes me ill. Needles are fine, blood really doesn’t bug me, scissors… ugh…
Post # 5
Pool drains. I cannot stand swimming over them or diving anywhere near them. The university pool I used to swim at had those gigantic grates all along the bottom of the deep end, and I would have to switch to the backstroke when I got close so that I couldn’t see them underneath me.
Post # 6
Needles and clowns.
I’ve been known to pass out when I get my blood drawn and clowns just creep me the f*** out.
Post # 7
Needles and severe thunderstorms/tornadoes. Needles can make me pass out from fear and severe thunderstorms/tornado warnings can bring on an anxiety attack for me.
Post # 8
@Knubbsy-Wubbsy: I think those are fairly common amongst women. I can’t believe you back out! OMG!! Needles don’t bother me but spiders do give me the heeby jeebies if they touch me.
@KatyElle: I would consider that a phobia because you’re not fearing the puncturing of the skin, but the actual scissors themselves. Interesting. I would die if I couldn’t use my craft scissors. Does DH cut things for you?
@linguo42: That’s an interesting one.
@hanaleilove: I know LOTS of people who fear clowns, maybe because they are creepy as hell haha.
Post # 9
I don’t have any real diagnosed phobias…
But I’m very afraid of heart attacks for some reason. Even the sound of a heartbeat (like in a movie or while laying my head on FI’s chest) seriously freaks me out. I’m not really sure why. Except that heart disease runs in my family and my grandfather had his first heart attack when he was 26. Eeek!
Post # 10
Flying. I don’t even want to elaborate more on it.
Post # 11
I wouldn’t call them phobias, but…
I run away screaming like a little girl when a bee comes near me.
I also hate little girl ghosts. Not that I’ve ever encountered any, but I used to be scared of a totally imaginary image of a dead girl in a night gown walking toward me at night when I was a young child. Then, about 10 years later, The Ring hit movie theaters. Creeeepy.
Post # 12
@Mrs.ChubbyBunny: No haha I use scissors all the time I’m just extremely careful not to have them near my fingers if I can avoid it. The fear stems from being cut by them.
When I was 13 or so I was babysitting for a kid and we were making bracelets. I held up the string for him to cut it and he cut deep into my thumb. Ever since then it’s been hard using scissors without cringing.
OK, gotta go throw up now!
Post # 13
@Stellar Magnitude: That is also a new one for me. I suppose because the heart is so delicate and a lot can go wrong with it. Makes sense to me.
@beekiss:I fear flying as well, I have actually passed out before. Believe it or not my owl phobia is even worse than my fear of flying haha.
Post # 14
Thunderstorms. I think it started when I was little – they’d shake the whole house, the power would go out…eek! I feel like I’m a dog or something – I just want to run and hide in the closet. I hate the sense of impending doom.
Post # 15
This is really morbid, but….I’m terrified of harming someone in my sleep. Sometimes I have bouts of paranoia where I have FI hide all the sharp objects before we go to bed. He laughs at this because I’m such a heavy sleeper, but I have done some serious intense sleepwalking/talking where I’ve told people in another room to get out of the house because I want to sleep on their bed, etc. 🙁
Post # 16
I’m afraid of the dark. There are always lights on in our house (annoys DH to no end). I just get this really ominous feeling when I can’t see my surroundings.