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Started by FeudalClink on Oct 15, 2020 9:25:45 AM
What are you TRULY afraid of?

Always been heights for me but increasingly enclosed spaces too, to the point where I don't even like a heavy duvet on top of me at night. Rats, spiders, poo etc - fine with all of those and all the other usual ones.

Any from you?

DonkeyOT - 15 Oct 2020 13:09:09 (#41 of 117)

Finding topics on the "Football" thread that belong on "Notes and Queries" or "The Haven".

Macpaddy - 15 Oct 2020 13:09:12 (#42 of 117)

Railway tunnels were buggers for falling down. All that vibration, I suppose.

Agaliarept - 15 Oct 2020 13:18:00 (#43 of 117)

The only thing that I fear is something bad happening to my family. It doesn't play on my mind a lot but if someone is ever late home from anything my instantly goes there.

I have a phobia of Spiders but not a fear as I know they (here in the UK) can't hurt me. It's more based on how they look and move.

ishyomah - 15 Oct 2020 13:39:21 (#44 of 117)

I'm afraid of fire. Not the nice wood burner fire, but being in, say, a house fire.

I get round it by always having an exit plan, fire blanket and extinguisher.

rearranged - 15 Oct 2020 13:48:01 (#45 of 117)

Heights, but only in some circumstances.

I used to rock climb. Hanging on with my toes and finger holds, 100 feet up, fine.

Climb another 3 feet and stand at the top of the cliff, definately not fine.

It's actually more of a fear that I will succumb to the compulsion to jump.

Cordelia - 15 Oct 2020 13:58:39 (#46 of 117)

I think that's what gets me with edges. Yep.

phantlers - 15 Oct 2020 14:01:18 (#47 of 117)

Depths are scarier than heights ime.

Agaliarept - 15 Oct 2020 14:01:29 (#48 of 117)

I think that's what gets me with edges. Yep.

Quite common..

“What we found is that people were misinterpreting a safety signal from their brains, which are always firing so fast,” Hames said. “In that situation (when you’re on a cliff, or a bridge, or driving past an oncoming car), your mind is actually saying, ‘You’re in an unsafe situation—back up from the ledge.’ People usually obey that signal and back up. But we can misinterpret that and think, ‘I must have reacted that way because I wanted to jump.’”

https://www.headspace.com/blog/2017/04/09/high-places-phenomenon/

rearranged - 15 Oct 2020 14:04:23 (#49 of 117)

No, I really would like to jump.

I actually investigated taking up BASE jumping, but the statistics on people getting killed outweighed my desire for an adrenaline rush.

wickeltisch - 15 Oct 2020 14:07:23 (#50 of 117)

Depths are scarier than heights

Heights come with depths close by you can fall into.

Catspyjamas17 - 15 Oct 2020 15:05:31 (#51 of 117)

It's actually more of a fear that I will succumb to the compulsion to jump.

Partly that with me, and partly the fear of injury and death. For me it can be a fairly innocuous-looking staircase, to most people, perhaps the treads are a bit narrow, it's open to both sides, the surface is slightly slippery, or it's a bit steep. Only walking down, never up. So the actual height isn't very much at all.

I don't think it is ever going to leave me, I've had a damned good go at confronting it but I was very cautious about climbing the climbing frame or falling over on a steep slope even as a little kid. Perhaps a product of slightly over-protective parenting, and my mum developed a fear of heights after she had me and probably passed it on, unwittingly. MrCats is practically a mountain goat on a steep hillside and my daughters don't seem to have picked up the fear at all.

It's not a very debilitating fear, I don't feel I'm missing out by not taking up rock climbing or walking on terrifying ridges on mountains* and most stairs are ok, until they are not, and it only makes me slow down a bit usually.

Catspyjamas17 - 15 Oct 2020 15:08:15 (#52 of 117)

*With mountains comes the additional fear of being stranded at the top. As I discovered when I went to the top of the mountain for the first time on a ski-lift.

frantastic - 15 Oct 2020 15:58:34 (#53 of 117)

That potholing story gave me the palpitations. No thanks. When I was a child the BBC adaptation of Oliver Twist (Sunday teatime Dickens for those who remember) told of wee boys cleaning chimneys and getting stuck. That gave me nightmares and a dread of confined spaces.

AdonisBlue - 15 Oct 2020 16:03:12 (#54 of 117)

Being trapped indoors in a small room with a large noctuid moth going crazy.

Which is weird because I adore butterflies, so much I named myself after one.

Macpaddy - 15 Oct 2020 17:27:25 (#55 of 117)

In my days as a 'piss artist' I once horrified my lepidopterophobic friend by catching a huge moth that had been terrorising him and popping it into my mouth and swallowing it. The tease backfired when I had a fit of the hiccoughs almost immediately.

"Drink some more beer and drown it", was the loudest advice."

Shadrack22 - 15 Oct 2020 17:34:38 (#56 of 117)

#30 Death or the act of dying (dieting?)

All of it. Pain, illness and a miserable existence in old age. Plus what Philip Larkin called ‘endless extinction.’

AdonisBlue - 15 Oct 2020 17:36:39 (#57 of 117)

#55 Sick man.

Macpaddy - 15 Oct 2020 17:40:37 (#58 of 117)

A total alky. You can see why I needed to stop.

goldfinch - 15 Oct 2020 17:41:00 (#59 of 117)

Heights as I want to jump. I've had to be carried down various cliff paths and edifices. Tunnels, lifts and enclosed spaces. Spiders and dogs running at me. Wasps stinging my neck as I am allergic and swell up. People dying.

Shadrack22 - 15 Oct 2020 17:41:51 (#60 of 117)

Heights. I sometimes force myself to walk up cathedral towers (with those gradually narrowing stone steps). The view is always worth it. At least the one in Vienna has a lift.

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