irrational fears...

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  1. Learner4Life

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    Okay, so right now, I am trapped in the school. We have propped open the door to the school with a chair and there is a BIRD sitting on the chair that won't budge!!!! I have a totally and completely irrational fear of birds so I will be hanging out here in the library until this bird leaves (pray to God its not injured and will just fly away eventually)!
    I don't know where this fear comes from... maybe watching Hitchcock's The Birds too early in life is the culprit.

    So, since I'll be hangin in the Library for while, what are YOUR irrational fears?
     
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    I'm scared of the dark. Yes, even at 27 I am scared of the dark. If I have to sleep by myself at night I have to have some light and the cat sleeping with me to sleep comfortablely.
     
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    lol...aww...no one can help you?

    I have a fear of putting my feet over the bed! lol Not so much a true fear...but when I sleep...i always tuck my feet under the blankets (I sleep on the edge of the bed). I dunno...just think someone/something will get me! hahaha
     
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    HA! Nope, I'm all alone, thanks to a failed "family night" at the library!
     
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    I'm totally ignorant - I have two stupid fears: frogs/toads and needles.
    How stupid is that? I don't like big snakes, but they don't freak me out or anything; mice don't bother me; bugs are more annoying that scary, but I will scream like a 5 year old girl if a frog jumps at me or I have to get a shot.
    At least birds can be dangerous, so there is something legitimate to your fear. Seriously - have you ever heard of a rabid pack of toads spreading disease and destruction? Attack needles on the loose? I'm such a huge dork.
     
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    go on the other side of a wall or door and start making loud noise to scare it away
     
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    I am afraid of escalators; anytime I can use stairs instead of escalators I will. Ever since I watched an episode of Rescue 911 where a boy got his clothes stuck in an escalator and almost died I have been scared of them. When I really need to I can ride an escalator, but I step on and off of it about as carefully as I can, which usually means waiting a few seconds and staring at where one step begins and another step ends. Anybody that's watching me must think that I'm crazy!
     
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    :party:It went away!!!

    My uncle told me this story about a swan that attacked a young girl in a lake and tried to hold her underwater. She would have drown if her dad didn't see what was going on and scare the bird away. Things like this FREAK ME OUT!!!!
    However, this was a little swallow (or something, I have a fear of them for a reason)... birds this size should not freak me out.
     
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    I'm so happy for you! I would be on the verge of tears if I was in a room and a frog was hanging out in the only exit.
     
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    I'd freak over a snake.

    Since I started working as an aide, I've gotten better about critters. My first interview was my boss and another administrator shreking and standing in a chair over a water bug or a big cockroach. My interview was via videophone. That actually was a great icebreaker.

    The first year I worked here I wouldn't touch the toad but I was responsible for catching the rabbit. The class was all females except 1 male. They call caught bugs for the toad themselves. The second year I still didn't really touch the toad but I didn't jump or freak out with it around me. The class had more boys than girls and NONE of them would catch bugs. I became the resident bug catcher and they actually expected me to retrieve one from a pee filled urinal! This year I couldn't believe I chose rats as our class pet. They grossed me out. How I was convinced is a long story. Because I learned so much about them and grew to love them, I managed to catch a mouse 3 minutes before parents were due to come in the room for Kinder graduation! Yep, I'm slowly introducing more critters. I would have been okay with seeing a mouse before but not with coming near it, catching it or having it run away and I not know where it is. I used to hate ferrets due to one that knew I was scared of it and picked on me (biting me). Now I like those too.


    I hate needles. I'm not scared of the needles, just the HURTING part.

    I tuck my feet under too. I don't like them dangling.

    I don't mind dark inside the house but I don't like going outside at night by myself. Sometimes I will get a manager to walk me to my car if I feel it is not well lit. I will check under my car (from a distance), around the car and inside my windows before getting in. Yes, I heard too many scary stories as a teenager.

    To this day, I will peek into people's baths and showers before I am comfortable sitting down. Do I think someone is hiding?
     
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    You should look. I had a large toad in my shower once. Really. What a surprise!

    Lizards come into my classroom almost every day when I open the door. They don't bother me.

    Two bugs I am creeped out by are cicadas and roaches. Ugh. Just typing that sent a shiver down my back.
     
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    I have this ridiculous fear that somebody is hiding in my living room waiting to "get" me when I get up to get a drink in the middle of the night. I peer out of my bedroom into the living room and then run into the safety of the kitchen as fast as I can. Then, I race back through the living room into my bed and burrow myself under my sleeping fiance.
     
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    I don't like birds either (not scared of them though). Once we were riding on the ferry and people always feed the birds off the back. A bird landed on my head :eek: when it tried to fly away it was stuck in my curly hair :eek:hmy:. It was flapping around and my husband was trying to get in untangled and not laugh and I was trying not to die!

    Also, we have a frog that lives on our back porch (he even burrows between the house and the porch slab each winter. This year he has been in the house twice already. Once I was taking a bath and thought a "leaf" blew in - then it jumped :lol:
     
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    I had a sick bat land on my head and when it fell to the ground it was barely crawling. I had to have the rabies shots.
     
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    I'm definitely afraid of those shots, even more than the bat.

    We thought we had a bat once in our closet at school and the teacher next door and I were running around screaming. It turned out to be a piece of black garbage bag that got stuck onto the wall somehow. We felt pretty stupid.
     
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    I am with you ladies on the fear of the dark and thinking someone will "get me". I do not like when it is dark and it's even worse if I've taken my contacts out to sleep at night... The fear of someone "getting me" is bad - whether it's when I'm home alone or walking to my car, even if there happen to be people around!

    I guess it's normal to be irrationally afraid of something :)
     
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    I am deathly afraid of snakes - real snakes, rubber snakes, snakes on TV, people talking about snakes, . . . . .

    And of course I am afraid of hanging my toes over the bed too - the "crunchy toes monsters" live under my bed waiting to eat my toes or so my babysitter would tell me so I wouldn't get out of bed. Nope, I don't need therapy :)
     
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    We have a cottage and a long dock. There is no way I will walk down it at night. I am so afraid that some monster or creature will jump out of the water!!! I think I watched to many scary movies when I was a kid.

    And also don't like my toes or arms/ fingers hanging off the bed, someone might grab them!
     
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    I hate hate hate lizards. Living here in the desert, I occasionally get little tiny lizards in my apartment. The things are only a few inches long, but every time I find one, I end up in tears, as I'm trying to capture it and get it outside.

    I also try to avoid being out in the dark by myself. It's not so much a fear of the dark, but a fear of what might be lurking in the dark. Just the walk from my car to my front door kind of creeps me out.
     
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    If it's nighttime & I'm reading or watching something about ghosts, the paranormal, etc., I get the creeps. I don't like the feeling I get around the house after that. (Fortunately, the feeling doesn't last very long!)
     
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    I sometimes worry that someone is hiding behind the shower curtain waiting to jump out and snatch me while I'm sleeping. If I go to bed before my husband gets home, I have to go into the bathroom and check behind the curtain.

    I also don't like open closet doors at night. I'm afraid of waking up in the middle of the night and seeing a blob/person coming out of the closet towards me or standing in the closet waiting to pounce. I feel like the closed closet door should give me a clue that no one is there....Now, if I wake up in the middle of the night to find it open, you can bet I'm going to freak the F out.

    I also worry about climbing a steep staircase and getting to the top and then falling backwards. It's not really a height issue, because I'm not afraid of heights at all. I think it's a balance issue.
     
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    jenngugs - keep a bottle of water by your bedside! And leave a light on in the living room. I couldn't function if I didn't do these things. And we always leave a light on in the hallway to the bedrooms. I don't care if the electricity bill goes up - I have to be able to not stress in my own home!

    When my husband is gone, I check every closet and cubby hole in my house before I go to bed. Also the showers! Crazy! But I figure, if there is someone there, I would rather face him than be surprised when I am sleeping!!! I also cannot sleep with the closet door open.

    I can't tell you how many times I have scared myself almost to death, searching the closets, and coming upon my DD's waders with boots attached! Just for about 2 seconds, it looks like a person standing there!!

    I feel like a lunatic!
     
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    My biggest irrational fear is silverfish. I think those things are the creepiest bugs EVER.

    That's pretty much my fear of real things. I have, however, always had a fear of someone/something reaching from under the bed and grabbing my ankles. I read a book last week where a girl was kidnapped, and the person was hiding under the bed and grabbed her by the ankles. I was reading after midnight, and the entire house was dark except for my reading light. DH had been asleep for several hours . . . so I made sure that I made enough noise that I woke him up. I wanted him to make sure he could rescue me from the ankle grabber.
     
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    Y'all are too funny!

    My friend, a male, is afraid of moths.
     
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    Irrational fears?

    Hmmmm ... I'm afraid that I've met and conquered most of my fears.

    I got over my fear of living in a war zone by serving as a teacher in Saudi Arabia during the First Gulf War when we had in-coming Iraqi scud missiles hitting Dhahran. I was also a teacher in Beirut, Lebanon when the Israeli Air Force bombed the city back in June of '99.

    I got over my fear of fire by serving with a volunteer fire company.

    I got over my fear of drowning by becoming a certified life guard.

    I got over my fear of heights by climbing to the top of the "Al-Deir" Monastery dome in Petra, Jordan. To get to the top of this dome, I had to scale a sandstone cliff and edge along a "walkway" that was only about two feet wide. In later years, I bungee jumped off a bridge at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

    I got over my fear of urban driving by driving in Saudi Arabia for seven years. The Saudis tend to ignore traffic regulations. By way of example, four way stops are considered "optional." The unwritten rule of the road in Saudi Arabia is that whoever has the largest vehicle and the most momentum has "right of way."

    Although I still have a healthy respect for gangs, I got over my fear by successfully evading a group of Dutch skinheads in Amsterdam.

    Following the terrorist bombing of our military base at Khobar Towers just outside Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, counter terrorists specialists from the U.S. State Department came to give all of the Americans a series of workshops on "How to Survive in a Terrorist Environment."

    I took these lessons to heart and used them to avoid being mugged after I inadvertently walked into gang territory.

    While walking down a street in broad daylight, I came across a group of skinheads who were taking a whiz on a building wall around a corner. I pretended I didn't see them and kept walking. I observed their reaction by looking in the side mirror of a parked car and could see the gang zipping up their flies and walking after me.

    I casually crossed the street and angled my walk so that a store window reflected what was behind me. I saw the skinheads crossing the street.

    I successfully used counter surveillance techniques to keep track of the skinheads ... and when they finally broke into a run when I was a block from the canal, I also ran.

    I made it to the canal just a few yards in front of the skinheads. Given how busy the canal streets are, the gang gave up the chase and I was safe.

    Everyone has fears ... but I've found over the years that the best way to get over them is to face 'em down and spit in their eye.
     
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    :lol: How do you spit in the eye of a silverfish? :woot:
     
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    Chef - just kidding! You have very impressively met your fears headon!
     
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    my bf is afraid of bugs...it is the funniest thing

    story:

    I met him when he first moved into his house....which still had some bugs...ick. Well...things were getting a bit...fun...one night and all of the sudden I saw the biggest roach on the wall. I was like, "Ewww!" He saw it...shuddered...then tried to kill it...on the wall. He swatted at it,and it flew at him! He jumped up and down...and darted to the other side of the room screaming, "That joker can fly, yo!!!"
    I DIED laughing!!! He thought I was in a panic cause I couldn't catch my breath...the finally got it...but...OMG...the funniest thing ever! I still tease him about it. BTW...he did this sans clothes ;)
    :rofl:
     
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    I'm horribly afraid of centipedes and living close to the river we tend to get a lot of them. My husband just had a Dobson fly on the windshield of his car the other night...google that and you'll know why I now will not drive with my windows open even though my air conditioning isn't working right.

    I also will not let my feet hang over the bed at night...they have to be tucked in tightly.

    I'm also afraid of trucks on the highway. I always think they're not going to see me and squash, I'll be dead.

    I'm a hypochondriac, so I always think I have some God awful disease that is going to kill me in the prime of my life.

    Oh, and I don't like birds or rodents either :)
     
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    My DH and I are both pretty creeped out by bugs. One time three years ago a jumping spider jumped on my leg. My husband was smacking me trying to kill the darn thing. I actually got so scared that I peed in my pants:lol:
     
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    lol...aww...well...at least he was trying to help? hehe
     
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    Gee, I feel lots better now.
     
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    I am deathly afraid of snakes, frogs/toads, ducks/geese, and walking up the stairs at night by myself. I guess I think that someone is going to chase me up the stairs and God forbid if I feel ANYTHING as I am walking up the stairs. My heart races and I almost have panic attacks. I know, crazy!
     
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    I'm very afraid of kites... Yes, you read right, KITES. I've always been afraid that they will lift the kite flyer off the ground and/or hit a power line and electricute the flyer.
    My other fear, actually phobia, is elevators. I'll always walk the stairs. In college I was on the 7th floor- if I didn't have someone with me in the elevator, I would walk the stairs instead. Ironically, my favorite ride at Disneyland/DisneyWorld is Tower of Terror-an elevator that drops 13 floors- gofigure.:woot:
     
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    I am afraid of almost everything mentioned... Yes, I am a wimp.

    I also do not like getting my face wet, and popsicle sticks. Guess with those two I will have to spit in my own eye, and on a popsicle ;)
     
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    I am very afraid of parrots or other birds with large beaks. I'm okay if they're in a cage and I'm far away...but if they're not in a cage then forget it.

    My step mom had a parrot when I was growing up that she let fly free. It was mean and would bite me all the time. I have scars all over my hands. It also actually bit the tips off of people's ears and fingers.

    So, I don't think my fear is irrational, but I know people think I'm looney!
     
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    This is a healthy fear! Parrots can rip your flesh up, and they are wild animals after all.
     
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    On the subject of irrational fears ... do any of you ever watch Monk? It's a series about a former police detective who left the force because he's obsessive compulsive and neurotic. He now works as a police consultant aided by his friend and nurse.

    http://www.usanetwork.com/series/monk/
     
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    I have the exact same fear!!! No matter how hot it is, I have to put my feet under a blanket or pillow.
     
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    That Rescue 911 instilled quite a few irrational fears that took a while for me to get over! I remember that episode and still think about it when I get on the escalators. That and furnaces, light switches, standing on ladders near windows, ......
     

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