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Old 05-21-2009, 10:06 PM   #1
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What's Your Phobia?

Feeding off Frost's fear of flying, I'm wondering what other fears/phobias people here have.

I have a tremendous fear of knives (it's gotten worse over the past couple of years), like cutting knives for cooking (Chef's knives). It gets me out of cooking

But seriously when my wife is cutting up vegetables, such as a squash, to cook the sight of the knife makes me shiver. I generally have to leave the room.

What fears do you have?
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:20 PM   #2
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I have a....aversion to soft stuff. Anything from teddy bears, the brown blanket under the comforter at hotels, paper towels, and certain clothes just give me a weird feeling when I touch them.

I'm also kind of scared of cock roaches, bastards are tough fast, and know how to use the corners to their advantage, and found myself terrified the two times I lived in a place where mice where running about (and I lived in nice places to). If I see them outside my place it's fine. I actually stood and looked at a field mouse I saw on campus for a good minute thinking 'oh so this is what they look like'. Of course when I laid out a trap for one in my apartment I got freaked out when it was caught.

I remember walking in at night and seeing scratch marks on the poison blocks I laid out in the kitchen. I then peaked around the corner and saw the mouse trapped on the glue trap screaming this high pitched scream that terrified me. I went to bed and had the maintenance staff at my apartment take care of it the next day. I didn't even know if it was there still and was freaked it would chew it's leg off as I read they were prone to do that. I figured since my roommates at the time were hunters they would finish it off but even they were freaked out. When I cleaned out my room at the end of the semester I leaned that the mouse had been living in the second drawer of my dresser (I hadn't used it very often making it the perfect hiding place).

Freaked out to the first time I saw a house centipede in my basement as I had never seen one before and the one I met first was fast as hell. We still have them but they don't scare me as much anymore. I actually kind of get perplexed at how their legs still twitch after you kill them.

STD's are also a huge fear for me, and when I say that I mean more then most people. I remember almost passing out in 8th grade health class. I used to be terrified of needles but now I'm one of the easiest people to get shots as well as blood drawn.


........damn maybe I'm the one that needs therapy.
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:28 PM   #3
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The sight of a gun, loaded or not, freaks me the hell out. My buddy got a big ole shotgun he uses to hunt with, so while we were playing poker he went to get it to show it off. He's responsible and never keeps it loaded, and I fully trust him. But still, the sight of it made me very uneasy, I couldn't relax all night.

I also freak out about potential ways my kids could get hurt. My boss was telling me about when he visited Ireland, he found there were cliffs along the shore that led to a straight drop down to the rocky shore. He said there were no railings of any kind. I couldn't help it, my mind immediately imagined my family and I at the cliffs, with my little two year old daughter. I couldn't help but imagine her getting curious and walking right off the edge. I couldn't shake the image, and even now it's giving me the creeps. That's probably normal fatherhood stuff, being a protector and whatnot. But I'm constantly worried about anticipating her next move to make sure she doesn't get hurt.
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:45 PM   #4
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I have Colt Brennan-a-phobia. I'm scared S***less of Colt Brennan taking a regular season snap

Seriously though, I don't think it's a phobia, but that 301 bridge is no fun especially with 18 wheelers barrelling down the other side. Neither is Rt. 40 from TN thru NC late at night.

Also, my wife just had an MRI and she said she was in a tube with only a few inches around her face/head. I'd have to be out (or really self-medicated) for that one. Along that line, I don't like anyone touching near my eyes.
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:46 PM   #5
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The only phobia I really have is a fear of heights (acrophobia). If I look off of a tall balcony or out a window of a tall building, I get this weird kind of chill and spinning sensation, and my knees get totally wobbly. The strange thing is, I don't have any issue looking out the window of an airplane (even though I don't like flying, that aspect doesn't bother me), and I can ride rollercoasters with no problem. It seems to be only when it involves being in a solid structure and looking down.

The first time I can remember it manifesting itself was when I was 8 or 9 years old. My family was on vacation in Paris, and at the top of the Eiffel Tower, my dad picked me so I could see the 360 degree view of the city. It was all fenced in and totally safe, but I remember screaming for him to put me down. I was totally freaked out.
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:47 PM   #6
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I have Colt Brennan-a-phobia. I'm scared S***less of Colt Brennan taking a regular season snap

Seriously though, I don't think it's a phobia, but that 301 bridge is no fun especially with 18 wheelers barrelling down the other side. Neither is Rt. 40 from TN thru NC late at night.

Also, my wife just had an MRI and she said she was in a tube with only a few inches around her face/head. I'd have to be out (or really self-medicated) for that one. Along that line, I don't like anyone touching near my eyes.
I'm with you there. I wouldn't call it a phobia, but anyone other than my girlfriend putting their hands anywhere on my face is a no no.
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Re: What's Your Phobia?

It's not a fear per se, but I don't like being in crowded spaces with several other people. Even at meetings, I always need to make sure I'm not sitting between two people
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It's not a fear per se, but I don't like being in crowded spaces with several other people. Even at meetings, I always need to make sure I'm not sitting between two people
I'm with you on that one. When we have presentations, trainings, corp meetings, I always try to sit in the back and get postioned so no one is right next to me. I don't like crowds at all, crowded restaurants, the mall on a weekend, etc. I keep telling my wife, we're moving to Wyoming.
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:56 PM   #9
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I have Colt Brennan-a-phobia. I'm scared S***less of Colt Brennan taking a regular season snap

Seriously though, I don't think it's a phobia, but that 301 bridge is no fun especially with 18 wheelers barrelling down the other side. Neither is Rt. 40 from TN thru NC late at night.

Also, my wife just had an MRI and she said she was in a tube with only a few inches around her face/head. I'd have to be out (or really self-medicated) for that one. Along that line, I don't like anyone touching near my eyes.
I get baffled at how I'll think about or watch something on TV and then have someone else talk about it within 24 hours. Like yesterday I found my Friends DVD's so I decided to watch them for all times sake(I have every episode so it's 40 disc). And the one I watched featured an episode highlighting how Rachel didn't like anything near her or someone elses eye. It's like what are the chances of me picking out that disc (out of 40), featuring that episode and then have someone talking about something like this the next day?

Stuff like this usually happens to me a few times a month. And it can be anything from a nightmare to what I think about when I day dream. Someone will bring it up and I'll just be shocked at how it continues to happen. Anyway sorry for going a little off topic.

I'm with Smootsmack though, for the most part I hate crowded places. Especially bars. It usually ticks me off to when theres a bunch of empty seats and someone that isn't a cute girl chooses to sit right next to you.
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Old 05-21-2009, 11:02 PM   #10
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I get baffled at how I'll think about or watch something on TV and then have someone else talk about it within 24 hours. Like yesterday I found my Friends DVD's so I decided to watch them for all times sake(I have every episode so it's 40 disc). And the one I watched featured an episode highlighting how Rachel didn't like anything near her or someone elses eye. It's like what are the chances of me picking out that disc (out of 40), featuring that episode and then have someone talking about something like this the next day?

Stuff like this usually happens to me a few times a month. And it can be anything from a nightmare to what I think about when I day dream. Someone will bring it up and I'll just be shocked at how it continues to happen. Anyway sorry for going a little off topic.

I'm with Smootsmack though, for the most part I hate crowded places. Especially bars.
Overcrowded bars SUCK. Crowds in general don't really bother me though, however I hate being on a full elevator.

I don't like being in a warm place while I'm eating. Unless it's room temperature, I have a hard time doing anything more than nibble on my food. No idea why. A strange twist to that is that I love spicy food.
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Old 05-21-2009, 11:02 PM   #11
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Hands down...... Thunderstorms. I refuse to be outside during them ever. I love watching them... but they freak the hell out of me.

I'll be at a party, hanging out... and a summer thunderstorm will roll in and I will lock up. I'll go inside and sit down and watch the weather channel for updates. I get nervous, pale in the face, the works. Everyone always says I'm crazy... but I still think its a legit fear. What the hell is scarier than lightning (one of the hottest things in the universe) and tornadoes? Answer... Nothing.
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Old 05-21-2009, 11:06 PM   #12
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I'm afraid of running out of booze and pills.
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Originally Posted by Slingin Sammy 33
I have Colt Brennan-a-phobia. I'm scared S***less of Colt Brennan taking a regular season snap

LOL Thats cold.
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Old 05-21-2009, 11:22 PM   #14
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Right now I'm imagining a bar on top of the Sears Tower during a thunder storm with a hibachi chef in the middle and tons of people everywhere. Mice and rocaches are crawling all over the place and an MRI is chasing around Sammy with a bottle of visine. Also turns out the bar has run out of booze and the dealers don't have anymore party favors. All the while theres a press conference on the TV announcing Colt Brennan as the Redskins new starting QB because JC had an accident where he fell off a cliff. In the meantime the only way to leave the bar is to catch a ride on a helicopter.

Sweet dreams everyone.
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Old 05-21-2009, 11:23 PM   #15
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I hate tight places, which really sucks because sometimes i help my friend do hvac work under houses. I can put up with it but definitely gotta muster up the willpower before i go in the crawlspaces.

And its wierd because even though i dont consider myself a safe person with my own dealings, im very protective of others. I'm always worried someone might hurt themselves, hard to explain.
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