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I saw a topic on irrational fears awhile back and I started wondering how prevalent that kind of thing was.

Note that by 'No', I don't mean 'I am not afraid of anything', just that 'I am not afraid of anything that can't actually cause me serious harm'. Being afraid of bees if you're allergic, for example, is completely rational.

I should also point out that I mean a phobia that you are aware of. It's entirely possible that I might have a phobia of blue-coloured monkeys, but having no experience with them, I couldn't really say.

I actually have TWO phobias. Insects and heights. Neither is super over the top, but they're definitely significant enough to qualify as phobias.

No phobias for me, but my uncle has severe arachnophobia and one of my mom's friends has herpetophobia (snakes in this case) both due to traumatic childhood experiences.

I was a little kid and I had so much fun with them. 1 rubber spider on an elastic and I got my uncle to throw a TV at it while ripping off his shirt and leaving a rubber snake on the floor got a grown man to run away screaming while flailing his arms ^_^

Yeah I have arachnophobia. My brother on the other hand has no phobia what so ever so far (unless he's not telling me what it is).

I have a phobia of close physical contact with strangers, as in not just feeling uncomfortable but a real fear of being touched by people I don't know well or trust. No idea why (might be related to my Aspergers) but at-least it's not one that comes up often.

Wasn't there a thread about irrational fears just a day or two ago?

I have a bit of a phobia towards nasty insects and snakes.

Does my fear of heights count?
I know heights are dangerous, but I don't know if that makes the fear rational. I experience dizziness and a feeling of gravitating towards the edge if I stand anywhere of significant elevation.

I have a pretty irrational fear of spiders.

It's not like I live in one of those areas with particularly large or deadly spiders, either. The biggest ones I've seen around here are usually no more than two or three inches wide (including the legs), and those aren't even particularly common.

But for some reason... I just can't handle them being around. If I see one, first instinct is to panic, second instinct is to drop everything I'm doing until that spider is utterly destroyed.

Slightly arachnophobic. Well, it depends on how you see a phobia. I'm just rather afraid of them, and it doesn't alter my life in any way. Except that I tend to go spiderhunting each summer to make sure the little buggers don't get too comfortable. I'm fine with spiders existing, but I'd rather they didn't share their space with me.

I'm afraid of the dark, but I don't know what the phobia's called. My fear was much worse when I was a child, but now it's just a little unnerving. My imagination never left me.

AlAaraaf74:
I'm afraid of the dark, but I don't know what the phobia's called. My fear was much worse when I was a child, but now it's just a little unnerving. My imagination never left me.

We all understand that one.

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I have a phobia of snakes as I once went to a petting zoo where there were several of them around, and one gigantic one (about 2m long) that blended into the carpet and I nearly stepped on. Pretty traumatising to a 5 year old.

AlAaraaf74:
I'm afraid of the dark, but I don't know what the phobia's called. My fear was much worse when I was a child, but now it's just a little unnerving. My imagination never left me.

Nyctophobia.

I have mild arachnophobia (4/10) and nyctophobia (7/10). On that scale, 10 is screaming bloody terror while 1 is nervous apprehension.

I have a phobia of socialism, communism, facism, nationalism, hierchy and liberlism.

I have both omphalophobia and arachnophobia. Omphalophobia is the fear of having my belly button touched, it is weird but true.

I fear great heights, got over a fear of wasps (I still really, really hate them and want to kill them all with fire), being alone in the dark in the streets of an unfamiliar place, robots/rogue computers and most irrationally I fear talking or hearing about genetics.

There you go.

A phobia of if anyone is laughing, they're laughing at me. Especially if they're behind me.

I also have have a phobia of just anything to do with eyes. Talk about them near me, I have to begin manual blinking. Cannot stand films that involve eyes being damaged.

Wasps and hornets. Cannot do them. Scare the shit out of me...

Yes...Balloons. I hate them. They're loud, they feel weird, I get very stiff and uncomfortable whenever I am near them.

Everything about them rubs me the wrong way.

Spiders.

There was a time when that phobia, combined with borderline paranoid depression, led me to actually see them constantly where there were none. I had a freakout in the middle of college that made me realise I needed help, there was no spider, just a shadow.

Then I moved to Australia, land of the psychotic murder spiders.

I've had to get over it to an extent.. my wife is more scared than I am.. but now at least these spiders CAN kill me.

I hate people. People tend to not like this answer very much and then launch into a argument on why I am the problem. Problem with that theory is that it makes me hate them even more. More or less it's a phobia with no cure that comes with crappy advice.

Being buried alive...scares the living shit out of me and that CSI episode where Nick is buried alive didn't help. damn thinking about it makes me cringe

Open heights. Planes are fine, and as long as I have a decent railing I'm okay, but I can't do roller coasters, high dives (even 10 footers scare the piss out of me), excessively large trampolines (like the ones at carnivals), and I can do log rides and somewhat large slides, but those are still pretty troubling for me.

Maybe it doesn't qualify as a full-on phobia, but it sure made boot camp hell. The Navy requires you do a 20-30 foot jump from a high dive... needless to say, I just closed my eyes and let them push me. I think that was the only time in my entire life where my mind was literally completely blank with fear. Absolutely no thoughts were in my head for those 2 seconds.

I have three. Glossophobia, Keindranophobia, and Trypanophobia.

BENZOOKA:
Wasn't there a thread about irrational fears just a day or two ago?

Google my fears and you get a list off all of the ones I have responded to. Please note I don't respond to all of them.

Catoptrophobia, I'm afraid of mirrors.

Craorach:
Spiders.

There was a time when that phobia, combined with borderline paranoid depression, led me to actually see them constantly where there were none. I had a freakout in the middle of college that made me realise I needed help, there was no spider, just a shadow.

Then I moved to Australia, land of the psychotic murder spiders.

I've had to get over it to an extent.. my wife is more scared than I am.. but now at least these spiders CAN kill me.

Oh god, man, I feel so sorry for you. No arachnophobe should ever have to live in Australia with those massive freaks of nature (which unfortunately, someone trolled me with an image of at a certain point in time, and I swear my heart lept into the ceiling..). Ever.

OT: I have severe arachnophobia to the point that looking at the image of a spider for more than 3 seconds will induce minor panic attacks, even moreso when I can notice it's eyes/head clearly.

Also, I have a subconscience uncomfortability of crowds and strangers due to my Asperger's, which makes socialization really damned annoying to ever approach successfully.

That is about it.

Heights are a kind of for me, I can stand on top of a 4 story house with a slanted roof relatively comfortably, and if I'm 100000000 feet up in the air on a balance beam with a safety harness or a parachute than I'd probably be even more comfortable then on the roof, but put me on the empire state building and I'll be hugging the floor.

Spiders are a big nono for me. people with abnormally large limbs (the wheres the fish? monty python guy for instance) scare the living hell out of me. And I'm also am not a fan of being trapped in a small place with no way out in which I'll die if I don't get out/being buried alive.

I'm tocophobic. Yay for self-sterilization!

I'm afraid of heights but not sure it would qualify as a phobia since I won't completely freeze and won't get a seizure if I'm at heights even if I find it highly unecessary to be there at that moment.

No phobias.

Hell, I'm almost fearless.

I have no fears involving my own personal safety that I'm aware of. I recognize danger and good idea vs bad idea and all that on a logical level, but nothing actually causes me fear.
I realized this one day after very nearly getting into an 80mph car wreck and noticing my pulse hadn't even jumped.
It had me a bit concerned for a while that I'd end up not being afraid of something that I SHOULD be afraid of and it would get me seriously messed up...but it luckily doesn't seem to work like that. All my aversion to danger is still working just fine. The fear component just up and left....

All my fears have to do with the safety/happiness/well-being of loved ones. They're not irrational fears. It's just the only time I feel fear is when something threatens the people I love. Perhaps as a consequence I've become very hard-hearted to most people. I just can't allow myself to care as much as I perhaps should about as many people as I probably should, or else it will drive me nuts. Instead, I'll give all my focus to this handful of very deserving people.

Got a pretty bad case of social phobia. Also freak out when flying insects gets near my face.

crudus:
I have three. Glossophobia, Keindranophobia, and Trypanophobia.

BENZOOKA:
Wasn't there a thread about irrational fears just a day or two ago?

Google my fears and you get a list off all of the ones I have responded to. Please note I don't respond to all of them.

Heh, I'm so slow today. It took halfway of the morning cup of coffee to process your response, thinking you'd quoted the wrong post for someone who had same phobias or something. But I got it, finally. Actually I don't mind if the same topic comes around every few months, but when the idea for the thread comes either intentionally or subconsciously from a couple-of-days-old popular thread: I just don't see the point.

What's keindranophobia? All google listed was maybe you and a couple other people, without a definition for it.

BENZOOKA:

What's keindranophobia? All google listed was maybe you and a couple other people, without a definition for it.

Yeah, I realized I didn't word that sentence the best way. Anyway, sound it out very slowly and you should be able to get it.

I have dumasaphobia

Yup. I have severe Social Phobia.

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