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Title: Phobias
Post by: Joost on February 02, 2009, 08:03:26 AM
So, what are you really scared of?

Fish are my biggest phobia. I think they're the most disgusting creatures on earth. Seriously, if you want to freak me out you'd have a better shot with a goldfish than with a tarantula or a snake...
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Penny Lane on February 02, 2009, 08:09:07 AM
^  Do you eat fish, though?

I'm not crazy about some fish.  I don't think they're a phobia for me, but some look really disgusting.

I am afraid of...

Spiders/insects
The dark (if I'm all alone)
Ventriloquism dummies
Really violent/scary films
Shots, blood, doctors, needles...maybe anything medical-related.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Joost on February 02, 2009, 08:14:34 AM
Quote from: 1620
^  Do you eat fish, though?

No. And not just because I'm a vegetarian, even when I still ate meat I never ate fish.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: DaveRam on February 02, 2009, 09:29:49 AM
I'm ok with most creatures i can pick up a Spider or Snake , not keen on Rats but it's more the vermin aspect with them rather than a Phobia .
I think Dolls maybe i've had nightmares were i'm been chased by Dolls , those one's with glass eyes that blink when you move them are spooky (afraid5) (crosseyed5)
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: BlueMeanie on February 02, 2009, 10:07:21 AM
Flies. They make me physically ill. I wouldn't say it was a full blown phobia, but it's pretty bad.

I also have no problem with snakes. I once had a friend who kept them. I had one on my lap and another around my shoulders, both fell asleep listening to Marillion!
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: colleengirl95 on February 02, 2009, 10:25:42 AM
I'm scared of bees .



After they chased me when the teacher in math class was explaining something. I ran around the room. It terrifies me when i see one.

The trauma.... ever since that event i was scared of Bees
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Euan Buchan on February 02, 2009, 11:10:32 AM
Clowns ever since one chased me down the street durinf The Edinburgh Festival, never been back to a Circus
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Jane on February 02, 2009, 07:12:11 PM
I am scared of insects.
And lately I`ve found that I am scared of elevators, being stuck in them. About 3 weeks ago the elevator I was in got stuck. Though I stayed in it for only about 10 minutes and in a nice company (a very handsome guy happened to be there), I started to panic, it seemed there wasn`t enough air, and I felt I was about to die! It is really scary, those who had the experience are sure to confirm it.
And once the underground train had to stay in the tunnel for 20 minutes. It was awful, again seemed there was no air, impossible to bear the whole thing.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: BlueMeanie on February 02, 2009, 07:23:02 PM
^ Scary yes, but is it a Phobia?

Phobia
"a persistent, irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that leads to a compelling desire to avoid it."

I can understand your fear being stuck in an elevator, but do you now have an irrational fear of them? Does it, for instance, make you nauseous to think about them? I mean any elevator, not the time you were stuck in one.

I empathise with being stuck in a train tunnel. Once when there was a fire at South Kensington station my train was stuck in the tunnel for 3 1/2 hours. It was the kids that kept us all going! But I'm not scared of trains.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Joost on February 02, 2009, 07:31:22 PM
I have some family members with really weird phobias.

My mom has a phobia for buttons on clothes. She can't touch them. She once tried to explain it by saying that touching a button is like petting a beetle to her.

My brother has this weird thing that if he doesn't like a certain kind of food, he can't even stand to have that food within his sight. If you want to put a slice of cheese on your bread for instance, you've got to keep it out of his sight or he'll just walk away.

I have an uncle who is so extremely claustrofobic that he can't sleep next to a wall.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Jane on February 02, 2009, 07:34:11 PM
You are right. Then it`s not a phobia, cause I continue going in elevators and underground.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: fendertele on February 02, 2009, 07:44:27 PM
SPIDERS!!!!!
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: DaveRam on February 02, 2009, 07:46:40 PM
I remember as a kid i would'nt step on a crack in the pavement as someone told me if you did your mother would die , i spent about two years carefully avoiding cracks in the pavement , it was a nightmare when dad put crazy paving down in the back garden (teeth1)
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: BlueMeanie on February 02, 2009, 08:00:25 PM
Here's a few that have been mentioned:

Coulrophobia
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Taxgirl on February 02, 2009, 08:07:18 PM
Wasps

And tight caves. I'd never go inside... WOOAAAA

Ocean liner. I'd never travel on one.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Joost on February 02, 2009, 08:09:06 PM
Quote from: 971
I remember as a kid i would'nt step on a crack in the pavement

That's not a phobia but compulsive behavior.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Joost on February 02, 2009, 08:11:08 PM
Quote from: 483
Here's a few that have been mentioned:

There actually is a word for what my mom has... Koumpounophobia is the word for phobia of buttons.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: HeyJude18 on February 02, 2009, 08:17:17 PM
Since I was little I've had this stupid irrational fear of garden gnomes.  I hate them with their creepy beady eyes and pointy hats....
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Geoff on February 02, 2009, 10:18:10 PM
Quote from: 1447
Since I was little I've had this stupid irrational fear of garden gnomes.  I hate them with their creepy beady eyes and pointy hats....

What is it with people who stick garden gnomes all over their yards? I really don't see the appeal at all. Ech.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Kaleidoscope_Eyes on February 02, 2009, 11:03:13 PM
I have frogophobia.  Urgh just the thought *shudder*
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Penny Lane on February 02, 2009, 11:25:32 PM
Quote from: 1161

What is it with people who stick garden gnomes all over their yards? I really don't see the appeal at all. Ech.

I don't have garden gnomes, but I love them just for the kitsch factor.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: freakchic9 on February 02, 2009, 11:41:07 PM
I'm scared of scary movies, being really high up, and falling to my death. And that's only a few fears.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: BlueMeanie on February 02, 2009, 11:51:02 PM
^ Can I remind people that this is a thread about Phobia's, not just things you happen to be scared of. So, an irrational fear of grapefruit resulting in you crossing the road to avoid the fruit stall might be considered a phobia. Jumping on a chair when a mouse runs across the floor would not.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: JimmyMcCullochFan on February 03, 2009, 12:15:23 AM
tUk_3eKL9Xk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUk_3eKL9Xk)

Pickle Phobia!
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: freakchic9 on February 03, 2009, 12:28:50 AM
Quote from: 483
So, an irrational fear of grapefruit resulting in you crossing the road to avoid the fruit stall might be considered a phobia.

Where did you come up with that?!?!
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: fan numero uno on February 03, 2009, 12:30:05 AM
i have only one REAL phobia, and its a rather strange phobia, at least i think it can be considered a phobia. it's of.........logs, and similar things that are underwater.....i dont even think i've ever had a bad experience with them, i just CANT go near them, i close my eyes underwater in strange places, so i cant see whether or not theres anything there, i wont put my feet down in a lake or pond unless i can see the bottom, and once i refused to get out of the boat when the rest of my family went lure hunting on some underwater logs, and several more examples of the like......*shudders*

i doubt theres a name for my phobia...
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Mrs Lennon on February 03, 2009, 09:56:09 PM
I absolutely HATE spiders! ugh...so many legs, and their ugly hairy bodies..(afraid1)
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: BlueMeanie on February 04, 2009, 12:32:34 AM
I give up. This is about phobias. Not things that you don't like!
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Geoff on February 04, 2009, 01:19:12 AM
Okay, mine is heights: I can get giddy standing on the top rung of a ladder and "white-knuckle flyer" doesn't begin to describe my reaction to airplanes. Feet belong on the ground, I say.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: HeatherBoo on February 04, 2009, 01:54:46 AM
I have so many.  Nne of the worst one is birds though. I am terrified of birds.  I have trouble even going in someones home if they own one.

Here are others:

bugs of any kind, including lady bugs
spiders
reptiles
snakes
fish (even fish that is dead or has been cooked, I cannot touch it). I won't go in water that I can't see the bottom.
rodents (rats/mice/squirrels)
turtles

These are all things that if they come near me, I will literally shake with fear and if they get too close, I will cry and start to panic, to a point where I can get a panic attack.

I know that most of these fears are irrational, but that doesn't help me.  I am so terrified.  It's kind of sad, I mean if there is a spider in our home and no one is there, I will freak out and call someone over to kill it.  I will watch it and cry and wait until someone can get there.  I won't take my eyes off of it because I am afraid it will crawl away and then I won't know where it went.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: BlueMeanie on February 04, 2009, 08:03:05 AM
Quote from: 1204
I know that most of these fears are irrational,

Well, that's what a phobia is. You're weird.  ;)
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Kaleidoscope_Eyes on February 04, 2009, 10:07:24 AM
Quote from: 1161
Feet belong on the ground, I say.
And insects and frogs and other yucky animals belong to the wilderness and not the home (of me!). But do they get it? Noooo!  >:(
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Jane on February 04, 2009, 11:11:04 AM
I can`t stand frogs.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Joost on February 04, 2009, 05:17:14 PM
Quote from: 1204
I won't go in water that I can't see the bottom.

I won't go in water unless I'm absolutely sure there aren't any fish in it...
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Jane on February 04, 2009, 08:57:34 PM
Quote from: 56

I won't go in water unless I'm absolutely sure there aren't any fish in it...

Really? I can swim even with jellyfish all around me. But not with red ones cause they sting.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Mrs Lennon on February 04, 2009, 09:52:04 PM
Quote from: 483
I give up. This is about phobias. Not things that you don't like!

Okay, arachniphobia, then.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Kaleidoscope_Eyes on February 05, 2009, 01:24:26 AM
Quote from: 1393
I can`t stand frogs.
join the club! Death to all the frogs! Muahahaha!

Quote from: 56
I won't go in water unless I'm absolutely sure there aren't any fish in it...

I am obsessed with the fact that there are Lana fishes (fishes that eat Lanas- Lana being my name). It's not a phobia, but I wont go into the sea (mainly becuase of the animals in it, and cold temperature) if I had the choice.

As Geoff said, "feet belong on the ground", I think the human body belongs on the dry side of the planet, and not the sea.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: HeatherBoo on February 05, 2009, 02:50:14 AM
Quote from: 483

Well, that's what a phobia is. You're weird.  ;)


That is not the first and will not be the last time someone calls me weird  8)
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Sondra on February 05, 2009, 04:26:52 AM
I have a fear of heights. It runs in the family. I'm not as bad as my mom and aunts though. If I'm protected by a railing or fence, I'm fine. Rock climbing though, no way! I went a couple of times and just started shaking. I guess it's this one then: Aeroacrophobia- Fear of open high places. I've also developed a fear of flying. I used to LOVE it but I don't know what happened. Now I can barely take it. But I'll still do it. Giving into these phobias isn't necessary.

I looked up the name for fear of heights and I cannot believe some of the phobias I found. Makes me wonder about people. I mean, really now.  ::)

Anablephobia- Fear of looking up. (maybe they had a bad experience with birds as children?)
Anglophobia- Fear of England or English culture, etc.
Bolshephobia- Fear of Bolsheviks.
Barophobia- Fear of gravity. (go live on the moon then)
Cathisophobia- Fear of sitting. (what the hell do you do if you have this?? )
Cherophobia- Fear of gaiety. (these people must be real fun to hang with)
Didaskaleinophobia- Fear of going to school. (if only I would have known about this one in high school. would have been a better excuse than, I feel sick!)
Dutchphobia- Fear of the Dutch. (heh)
Geniophobia- Fear of chins.
Phobophobia- Fear of phobias.  ??)

And finally, I think a few of us here suffer from this one:

Allodoxaphobia- Fear of opinions.

 ;)
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Bobber on February 05, 2009, 08:40:43 AM
Quote from: 216
Dutchphobia- Fear of the Dutch. (heh)


We're coming to take you away ha ha.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Joost on February 05, 2009, 11:18:53 AM
Quote from: 216
Dutchphobia- Fear of the Dutch. (heh)

It must be because of our wooden shoes. We can kick pretty hard with these things.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Penny Lane on February 05, 2009, 02:08:34 PM
From Wikipedia:

Triskaidekaphobia (from Greek tris=three, kai=and, deka=ten) is fear of the number 13; it is a superstition and related to a specific fear of Friday the 13th, called paraskevidekatriaphobia or friggatriskaidekaphobia.


We have two upcoming Friday the 13ths in a row, so these people will not be happy.

However:

In Romanian, Greek and Spanish cultures, Tuesday the 13th is considered unlucky.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Jane on February 05, 2009, 02:55:41 PM
In Russia Monday the 13th is unlucky.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: blackmath on February 05, 2009, 05:46:01 PM
Quote from: 1204
I mean if there is a spider in our home and no one is there, I will freak out and call someone over to kill it.  I will watch it and cry and wait until someone can get there.  I won't take my eyes off of it because I am afraid it will crawl away and then I won't know where it went.

It sounds so familiar. One day I woke up only to find a cockroach at my door. Nobody was home and I thought about what to do, for half an hour, I called my dad and he told me that he couldn't come because he was at work. I was watching it while talking. Then finally I killed it after half an hour later and then I cried for a long time. It was one of my worst days ever. BTW cockroaches don't just stand it one place especially if it's day, it couldn't move because it was poisoned. I couldn't even get near to a POISONED cockroach.
I don't have other phobias. But this one's driving me mad.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Jane on February 05, 2009, 07:00:54 PM
What is a normal cockroach compared to a tropical one? When I was in Argentina I saw huge cockroaches there and they could fly!
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Penny Lane on February 06, 2009, 08:59:52 AM
Quote from: 1393
What is a normal cockroach compared to a tropical one? When I was in Argentina I saw huge cockroaches there and they could fly!

Speaking of these critters:  I was sitting in a food court in New Orleans last year....and I had no clue but a huge cockroach had crawled up my bare arm.  It must've been about four inches long--UGH!!  What was also bad was that I went to the restroom to wash my arm, but they ran out of soap.  Yuck! >:(

I think the biggest roach I have ever seen was the size of a pickle.  So disgusting.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Jane on February 06, 2009, 06:43:43 PM
So you`ve got big roaches in the USA, I guess in the south. Do you have bats? I saw bats in Argentina as well. They are rather small.
Still I think frogs are more ugly than all these.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Octie on February 07, 2009, 02:06:22 AM
I don't think I have a proper phobia... I used to be terrified of public speaking, but I stuck myself in a debating squad for a while, which kinda helped. And I think I used to have needle-phobia (whatever the scientific name for it is ;D )... used to be absolutely terrified of injections/blood-tests. I still don't like this sort of thing now, but I think I grew out of being terrified.
The thing I never could do (and still won't do) is go on rides, as in roller-coaster-type stuff. I'm not sure if it's a heights thing. I used to be scared of heights when I was younger (wow, what wasn't I scared of? ;D ), but now I can go up mountains and do rock-climbing, etc. So I think it's mainly the lack of control - the fact that I can't stop or get off the ride if I wanted to. Plus the height thing.

I'm weird ;D
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: JimmyMcCullochFan on February 07, 2009, 02:46:10 AM
Quote from: 596
join the club! Death to all the frogs! Muahahaha!




What about Kermit the Frog?
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Penny Lane on February 07, 2009, 09:33:24 AM
Octie, I am scared of public speaking too.  The only thing that helps is to do it quite often...  Practice makes the fear go away.  This semester I have been assigned to do some public speaking projects (debates, presentations, faux stuttering with strangers...ahhh), but the more I do these things, the less I'm afraid.  It looks like I'm going to have an awfully "chatty" semester, though.   :-/

Also, I never thought I was afraid of heights, but I've realized recently that I can't deal with looking downwards if I'm rock climbing.  It makes me sick.  Maybe I'm terrified of the sensation or idea of falling from a great height--I used to have nightmares about that sort of thing.  Otherwise I'm perfectly fine with looking outside in airplanes and skyscrapers.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Jane on February 07, 2009, 09:53:05 PM
Quote from: 610
I don't think I have a proper phobia... I used to be terrified of public speaking, but I stuck myself in a debating squad for a while, which kinda helped. And I think I used to have needle-phobia (whatever the scientific name for it is ;D )... used to be absolutely terrified of injections/blood-tests. I still don't like this sort of thing now, but I think I grew out of being terrified.
The thing I never could do (and still won't do) is go on rides, as in roller-coaster-type stuff. I'm not sure if it's a heights thing. I used to be scared of heights when I was younger (wow, what wasn't I scared of? ;D ), but now I can go up mountains and do rock-climbing, etc. So I think it's mainly the lack of control - the fact that I can't stop or get off the ride if I wanted to. Plus the height thing.

I'm weird ;D

In fact, everybody is terrified of public speaking. I agree it takes practice. I remember some 3 years ago a case, when a girl was to do some public speaking in front of 3 groups of students. When she came to the front and climbed the rostrum and looked at the audience...she fell backwards on the floor. I didn`t see it, but people say it was terrible. She was hurt.
Now that you`ve mentioned a roller-coaster, I confess that I am absolutely incapable of doing it. I tried it once in my life unaware what it would mean to me and ended up lying on the floor of the cabin waiting for the ride to be over. I have never even thought of riding again. So this is my phobia.  
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: theBEATLESrock_on on February 08, 2009, 07:02:32 AM
I'm deathly afraid of snakes. I used to wake up in the middle of the night crying because of them until I was 5
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Kaleidoscope_Eyes on February 10, 2009, 10:31:37 AM
Quote from: 682

What about Kermit the Frog?

As long as he stays a muppet, he's ok with me
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Busker Hook on May 30, 2009, 07:42:22 PM
Spiders and... top of boiled milk! In my early childhood days I loved to eat the 'tops', and one fine day a 'top' suddenly diabolically squeaked!!! I was scared to death (dead1) ... A bit later my granny told me it was possibly a mouse who was squeaking... Ever since I can't stand boiled milk tops...
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Penny Lane on May 30, 2009, 09:21:59 PM
Quote from: 1393
I remember some 3 years ago a case, when a girl was to do some public speaking in front of 3 groups of students. When she came to the front and climbed the rostrum and looked at the audience...she fell backwards on the floor. I didn`t see it, but people say it was terrible. She was hurt.

Ohhhh, that's horrible!  :(  I dislike public speaking, but my fears usually dissipate once I start talking.  I've never felt fearful to the point of fainting.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Octie on May 31, 2009, 01:22:55 AM
Quote from: 1620

Ohhhh, that's horrible!  :(  I dislike public speaking, but my fears usually dissipate once I start talking.  I've never felt fearful to the point of fainting.
^ I have a presentation in front of a bunch of audit partners on Wednesday, and I caught myself thinking how I'd rather faint than do the presentation :-/ That's a really silly thing to think, but that presentation really scares me >< But actually I'm more scared of disappointing partners and lecturers (coz I don't know if my research is good enough) than the actual act of public speaking (afraid3). I might just have a failure-phobia or something...
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Jane on May 31, 2009, 02:36:51 PM
Try to take a very deep breath and then blow all the air out. It really helps. The only problem is how to take it unnoticed...
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Octie on June 04, 2009, 02:50:51 PM
^ thanks for that, Jane!! :)
I'm so glad that particular persentation is over......
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: fendertele on June 04, 2009, 06:05:18 PM
Phasmophobia
arachnophobia
Metallophobia ( not all metals just some, as i play guitar and im fine, but some metals make me quiver to touch and make my teeth stand on end like nails on a chalkboard)
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Kaleidoscope_Eyes on June 05, 2009, 05:30:30 AM
^ and to those of us who dont speak latin, the first one means...?
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Andy Smith on June 05, 2009, 05:29:46 PM
i have a phobia of beatle who don't like the Beatles! :P
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: fendertele on June 05, 2009, 06:27:10 PM
Ghosts andy ;) as i've got older i find i cant go downstairs without the light on, i have an overactive imagination  ;)
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Kaleidoscope_Eyes on June 07, 2009, 08:45:12 AM
^ you are not alone mate!
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Sondra on June 16, 2009, 01:04:17 AM
I think I have a phobia of my family. Wonder what the  name of that is!
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: HeatherBoo on June 19, 2009, 12:14:11 AM
I also have a fear of frogs.  Iguanas too.  
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Sondra on June 19, 2009, 10:09:36 AM
I actually have major anxiety and stuff. Don't know if it's a phobia though. My doc put me on Lexapro a couple of months ago for GAD, but I swear, I really don't think it's working. Xanax worked a bit better, but only short term. Anxiety SUCKS! It's exhausting. I'm a mess.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Penny Lane on June 19, 2009, 10:17:22 AM
^  Have you tried doing therapy?  I would highly recommend that if you can find a therapist you like.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: fendertele on June 19, 2009, 09:20:37 PM
I also suffer from anxiety and was diagnosed with BDD was meant to attend Cognitive therapy but found walking helped a bit better ;) so get out walking it clears the mind
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Sondra on June 19, 2009, 11:42:02 PM
Quote from: 758
I also suffer from anxiety and was diagnosed with BDD was meant to attend Cognitive therapy but found walking helped a bit better ;) so get out walking it clears the mind

I hike and exercise quite a bit actually. Doesn't help with the anxiety. I mean, it relieves stress, but anxiety is more a physical reaction to certain situations. I've actually gotten a lot better with it over the years. I think. My doctor didn't recommend therapy. You have to be committed to do all that stuff anyway like behavior modification and so on. I know my limitations! But these meds are sort of making me a bit zombie like, so I don't know if I'll continue with it. Rather be anxious.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Andy Smith on June 20, 2009, 12:48:34 AM
Quote from: 216
I actually have major anxiety and stuff. Don't know if it's a phobia though. My doc put me on Lexapro a couple of months ago for GAD, but I swear, I really don't think it's working. Xanax worked a bit better, but only short term. Anxiety SUCKS! It's exhausting. I'm a mess.

well i too suffer from anxity etc, but it all ties in with my Aspergers Syndrome, i don't think its a phobia though.
i have phobias of goin in crowded places or something like gettin a bus with a lot of people.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: fendertele on June 20, 2009, 01:06:06 AM
What i meant by the walking excercise part helping my anxiety, is i find the happier i am or more active the less ibecome anxiousin certain situations, i tend to become more prone to being anxious iof im self doubting.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Penny Lane on June 20, 2009, 09:07:32 AM
Quote from: 758
What i meant by the walking excercise part helping my anxiety, is i find the happier i am or more active the less ibecome anxiousin certain situations, i tend to become more prone to being anxious iof im self doubting.

I think keeping yourself busy is a good way to curb anxiety issues.  Healthy distractions can be helpful, IMO.  However, I mentioned therapy earlier because it can help to air out past or current issues that may contribute to anxiety.  Commitment to therapy is important, but it definitely isn't for everyone.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Sondra on June 23, 2009, 04:03:34 AM
I'd rather be a crazy rather than conform to what is accepted as "normal" anymore. Personally, I think most people are insane. Or just really, really stupid.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Jane on June 23, 2009, 01:25:58 PM
Quote from: 758
What i meant by the walking excercise part helping my anxiety, is i find the happier i am or more active the less ibecome anxiousin certain situations, i tend to become more prone to being anxious iof im self doubting.

Anxiety can be killed by having a healthy way of life. You plan what you are to do the next day, have a schedule, or a timetable. Try to stick to it. If something occurs, take some time, stay calm and cool to be able to think over the situation properly.
But still, what is most important is HEALTHY LIFE! And you will manage everything well.

Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: HeatherBoo on June 26, 2009, 01:00:47 AM
Quote from: 216
I'd rather be a crazy rather than conform to what is accepted as "normal" anymore. Personally, I think most people are insane. Or just really, really stupid.


People are just really, really stupid.  I can't believe how many stupid idiotic people there is in this world.  How do they function? How do they get up everyday and function when they are so stupid?

Sorry, just been one of those days.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Penny Lane on June 26, 2009, 04:24:39 AM
Quote from: 1204
People are just really, really stupid.  I can't believe how many stupid idiotic people there is in this world.  How do they function? How do they get up everyday and function when they are so stupid?

Sorry, just been one of those days.

It's okay.  I've probably asked myself the same question before.  This is a good argument in favor of contraception too, LOL!  Don't let stupid people breed more stupid people.  :P
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: georgeharrisonluver on June 26, 2009, 04:51:52 AM
My biggest fear is Spiders. I always make my mom kill them. She always teases me about what I'm going to do when grow up and move out and I tell her thats what boyfriends and husbands are for  ;D It sounds silly but I really freak out. I had my mom cover all the pictures of spiders in the invertabrate section of my Bio textbook because I could not look at them. I also have a fear of drowning because I can't swim. I can't go near large bodies of water because I'm afread I'll fall in!
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Ovi on February 15, 2014, 05:58:50 PM
First that come to mind: public humiliation, speaking in front of a crowd, frogs and mouses.

I'm also claustrophobic to a small extent.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: In My Life on February 15, 2014, 06:58:03 PM
I am extremely afraid of snakes. My brother used to have nightmares about me getting bit by a rattlesnake so he always told me that if I saw a snake when I was out playing to run in the house as fast as I could. He was sort of justified in his fears because the county we lived in was known for the rattler population. I never actually saw one but a lady who grew up in our house before my family lived there said one came in the yard when she was little. She was out playing and her mom looked out the window and saw it. So I wonder if my brother heard that story. Whatever the case, his warnings worked...too well!
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Dcazz on February 15, 2014, 07:06:45 PM
I used to sell garter snakes at school in Jr. High! I always took the shortcut along the old railroad tracks and in May/June they were everywhere. I'd get 1$ a snake. Needless to say the school was full of snakes!!!
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: In My Life on February 15, 2014, 07:17:59 PM
I used to sell garter snakes at school in Jr. High! I always took the shortcut along the old railroad tracks and in May/June they were everywhere. I'd get 1$ a snake. Needless to say the school was full of snakes!!!

Good grief! I would have had to transfer out of that school!
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Dcazz on February 15, 2014, 07:21:58 PM
Under the door of the girls locker room was a favorite target! Lol!
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Normandie on February 15, 2014, 08:21:24 PM
Good grief! I would have had to transfer out of that school!

LOL I would have, too! I hate snakes. I also hate any sort of insect. The only insects that don't frighten me are ladybugs.

My biggest fear is a large-scale terrorist attack, or a shooting at one of my kids' schools. Like you, Ovi, I am claustrophobic -- if I don't think I can get out of particular location (esp. elevators) my anxiety kicks in big time. I had a hard time in DC when the subways would stop in the tunnels. UGH.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Joost on February 15, 2014, 08:52:30 PM
I have a serious phobia for fish. It's so bad that I never go into natural waters.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Dcazz on February 16, 2014, 06:16:53 AM
I don't think I have any phobias. Nope, can't think of one!
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: In My Life on February 16, 2014, 06:51:09 AM
I don't think I have any phobias. Nope, can't think of one!

Did you forget about Staff Nurse Sutton?   ;)
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Dcazz on February 16, 2014, 06:57:11 AM
I guess that would be a fear! ha2ha
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: nimrod on February 16, 2014, 11:35:31 PM
Snakes are a big one for me, I want to run from them, there are ones here that can kill, in fact the Eastern Brown snake is quite common where I live, luckily they are shy of humans...big spiders give me the sh*ts as well :D

I also have a fear of big dogs after seeing 2 German Shepherds savage a child in a park

When I first played in a band (age 19) I remember getting up on stage and basically freezing, my fingers went stiff and I had an ache in my chest such was my anxiety, luckily I overcame this, now I could walk on any stage without fear
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Fab4Fan on February 17, 2014, 02:16:01 AM
My only fear is that either someone will steal my Beatles collection or that I'll go deaf and won't be able to listen to their albums anymore.  :'(
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Hello Goodbye on February 17, 2014, 05:15:38 AM
Joost, you started this thread five years ago so I merged the current thread with yours.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Hello Goodbye on February 17, 2014, 05:47:35 AM
Snakes are a big one for me, I want to run from them, there are ones here that can kill, in fact the Eastern Brown snake is quite common where I live, luckily they are shy of humans...big spiders give me the sh*ts as well :D


I hate snakes. I also hate any sort of insect.


There's a song in that...

Spiders & Snakes

Jim Stafford Spiders and Snakes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vudA72hibg#)
Jim Stafford   1974
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Normandie on February 20, 2014, 03:30:29 AM
There's a song in that...

Spiders & Snakes


I like that, Barry! Catchy refrain.  :)
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Dcazz on February 20, 2014, 03:40:30 AM
Yeah, great song! That was on the radio when I was in High School. Every time it came on every one would sing along!
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Hello Goodbye on February 20, 2014, 04:17:52 AM
Jim Stafford is a very talented guitarist...


Chet Atkins and Jim Stafford (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LEAyxy5sSA#noexternalembed)



...and an extraordinary comedian...


JIM STAFFORD "MALAGUENA" and "CLASSICAL GAS" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UUvuW0NbLQ#)


Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: In My Life on February 20, 2014, 05:02:43 AM
^^^

He made me laugh with this song....
http://youtu.be/u35IhCiMxVc (http://youtu.be/u35IhCiMxVc)

My dad got a big kick out of this too, especially the ending.

My cousin's husband was a professional musician for many years and worked with Jim Stafford at one time. He taught him to play the piano, so I've been told.
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Dcazz on February 20, 2014, 01:23:29 PM
Jim Stafford is a very talented guitarist...


Chet Atkins and Jim Stafford ([url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LEAyxy5sSA#noexternalembed[/url])



...and an extraordinary comedian...


JIM STAFFORD "MALAGUENA" and "CLASSICAL GAS" ([url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UUvuW0NbLQ#[/url])
Awesome! Thanks!
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Normandie on February 22, 2014, 10:24:46 PM


Always learning something new on this forum! I'd never heard of Jim Stafford before.

On a semi-related note, I was surprised to learn that Al Jolson was Lithuanian. I'm half-Lithuanian myself, and it's not a common nationality, at least not in my experience. I usually get "Lith - u - WHAT?" when it comes up.

Off to learn more about Jim Stafford.....
Title: Re: Phobias
Post by: Dcazz on February 22, 2014, 10:54:56 PM
Stafford was on the radio a fair amount in the 70's with the songs posted. I think Spiders and Snakes was on constantly when it was released.

I have a boxed set of Al Jolson records from way back upstairs. I don't have a 78 speed stereo anymore. I'll send a picture sometime!