Anyone scared of Heights?

Heights - This is a picture overlooking a building from somewhere it's higher...
@mzbubblie (3840)
United States
January 17, 2007 7:26pm CST
I know this may be a funny or silly subject but it's sooo true for me...I am so scared of heights. I love amusement parts, this year I want to get on a rollercoaster for a change and stop being left behind, I want to get over my fears. I don't know why but I can't even stand to be in a elevator that is glass. Those vents on the sidewalks, I will walk around it before I even walk on it... Is there any suggestions for me to help me get over the fear of heights? Do someone else share the same fear? How do you cope...
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@anne_143god (5390)
• Philippines
18 Jan 07
I do scared of height, I really dont like riding on a rollercoaster or something like that for I'm really afraid of the height. Maybe it is one of your weakness. Maybe if you really want to conquer it you have to keep on doing what you dont want to do like going to a high place or riding on a roller coastger until your fear is gone.
• United States
18 Jan 07
i admit im scared of heights but i like wanna be on top of the others LOL anyways i still love climbing on mountains but i just dont like looking downhill when im up there
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@mzbubblie (3840)
• United States
18 Jan 07
Yes that's true...I just wish it would go away. I've always been scared of heights from a young age...thank you for your response...I can't look down either or I would probably go crazy...lol
@wmg2006 (5386)
• United States
18 Jan 07
I am only afraid of heights if I am high on a ladder I do not fear the height I fear the stability. I do not like roller coasters because of their speed not the height. I love to fly and be in elevators. My ex husband was afraid of heights and my son is too. however, my ex took my son on a helicopter ride with a glass bottom, he did this to try to help both of them and I think it did help. They both are afraid of heights but not as much as they were. So maybe do something that is very safe first, like the helicopter ride then graduate to the roller coaster.
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@nw1911guy (1135)
• United States
18 Jan 07
I agree with you on the stability thing. I absolutely hate extension ladders for this reason.
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@mzbubblie (3840)
• United States
18 Jan 07
Thank you for the response. I may have to try that...It's such a shame I go to have fun but the fun stops for me when everybody else want to ride very high rides..thank you again
@brokentia (10396)
• United States
18 Jan 07
I look at this this way.... I am not scare of heights because the height does not hurt you. I am not scared of falling because the fall does not hurt either. What I am scared of is the impact when I hit the ground!!! You know that hurts! So, I reassure myself when I am at a high level, that I am not going to fall. Of course, I am always looking to be sure that no one else will fall too. But that is how I handle it. Just take a deep breath and tell yourself that you are not going to fall. :)
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@mzbubblie (3840)
• United States
18 Jan 07
That's a good thought, However I with me, the thought of being up somewhere high then trying to look down, I freak out...If I don't look down, I worry I'm gonna fall....thank you though for your advice. I will try that...
@lifeiseasy (2292)
• United States
18 Jan 07
dang girl !! I feel so sorry for you Did you make the roller coaster or not ?? I would have to say the only way to get over them is to just do them til your aren't afraid anymore.I work off an extension ladder, and on roof toops in my line of work so heights don't bother me
@mzbubblie (3840)
• United States
18 Jan 07
It's coming up this summer when the weather break...The past years I wouldn't dare get on a rollercoaster. I would find myself watching to see what the rollercoaster do thinking if I watched it a few times I would be alright..But nope...I still don't do it...
@missyd79 (3438)
• United States
18 Jan 07
i am not afraid of heights but my boyfriend is and he refuses to fly and go on any rollercoaster with me. i don't know how to get him over it, but if someone does have some advice please share.
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@mzbubblie (3840)
• United States
18 Jan 07
I feel the same way...Now I can get on a plane as long as the window shade is down and I have music...other than that I couldn't
@weee_ann (1455)
• Philippines
18 Jan 07
Not all. It's fun when your on top and doing bungie (i dnt knw the spelling) jumping!
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• Philippines
19 Jan 07
i never tried bunjee jumping. hope someday i wll.
@072006 (1279)
• India
18 Jan 07
Hi!!! Well i found this phobia in so may ppl...it seems very very commmon...as i never experinced this in my life ever.....but i feel if one has suffering from ths...it's better to come out from ths... best solutuion for ths i guess is....one must go to heights..with making heart stronger ....if at all its very very scary one can just take somebody with them....so tht it'll give u support mentally n physically...after doing ths again n again ...it is very very sure tht anyone who has this height fear will come out from ths. Best wishes to all !!!
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@nw1911guy (1135)
• United States
18 Jan 07
Try rock climbing at an indoor gym where they have you suspended by a rope. Also learn about structural integrity. Personally I don't fear heights so much as falling.
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@julie0825 (1415)
• Philippines
18 Jan 07
NOT AT ALL THAT IS SOMETHING FUN TO DO
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@urzicutza (1973)
• Romania
18 Jan 07
well yes i am sometimes if i am alone butt i amoust scared of other peoples than for me!if i sow somebody stabding near of a fall i am scared for them and i co carzzy!
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• United States
18 Jan 07
I know many people who fear heights, or have certain phobias, which is what you have. My brother and my sister do not ride on scary rides at amusement parks, they tend to stick to the kiddie rides. This is due to the fact, that when they were younger, my mom used to worry about them a lot, when they got on the scary rides (while not worrying about me and my other sister, because we were very bold), and so they became scared little by little, and now as adults still are. Sometimes, however, it is just something developed through the environment around you or through a "Specific" moment, like if you tripped close to the edge of a cliff,and are now afriad of heights (for example), because you were so traumatized that you thought you would die. A phobia that I had for a long time, that I still work on (because sometimes, they never go away), is being on the spot, or public speaking, etc...those kind of things, and I know exactly how it developed, and when, because I had not been that way when I was younger, but it slowly grew until I had a problem...and then, in college, I had to take speech classes, and in upper division courses, you have to give speeches, so I am better now. The way that I recommend getting over your phobia, is by slowly doing things that you are afraid to do...some people try to just get it over with quickly, but that is very stressful. Good luck, and hope it works out. If you need any support, or have questions, I am here for you.
@mzbubblie (3840)
• United States
18 Jan 07
Thank you thank you for your response. That's probably how it happened to me. My grandmother raised me and she is probably just as scary as I am in somethings..I know she tried to protect me didn't want me to get on HUGE rides...never really being exposed to them as I got older I want to get on them...But when i say OK, I turn around and say NO THANKS...lol...thank you for all your wonderful advice and I will look into that..This year is my new years resolution to get over my fear of heights and be able to enjoy things my friend enjoy and I know I could enjoy IF it wasn't for the height of it...
• United States
15 Feb 07
Yes, that is true, and hopefully it will ease away with time and hardwork. You might find that you really like the thrill and freeness of the rides, or you might think (like my hubby, that it is not worth the wait in line), and get bored. Thanks for the best response, by the way.
@mzbubblie (3840)
• United States
15 Feb 07
You are most welcome...I was in a parking garage last week which was glass all the way around and I had to go to the 7th floor. I actually got on it, but looked directly at the door and tried hard as ever to not use my peripheral vision...lol...This is def going to be a process alone...lol...I got a month or so before I see warmer weather..Thank you again..and you deserve best response for even wanting to give me support, that means alot :)
@coolcatzz (1588)
• Canada
15 Feb 07
Oh yes I have the exact same fear. My son laughs at me. If someone gets too close to a railing I panic, if I look down I immediately feel sick. There was a commercial on not that long ago but I can't remember what it was for. But you saw something racing and it stops at the edge of a building and you are looking down. Now just seeing that on tv makes me sick. I use to love watching Fear Factor but the ones that involved heights turned into being my time to go get a snack or change channels.
@mzbubblie (3840)
• United States
16 Feb 07
LOL LOL you could've said it any better...I fear heights for myself and other people. It's very scary and I am not only sick, I'm nervous. I see someone on a ladder, I'm saying "please hurry up and be careful" like if they fall I'm ready to catch them..lol... I don't know a way to get over it...I have no idea...I just deal with it.. Thank you for responding
@shywolf (4522)
• United States
18 Jan 07
I am very nervous about heights myself. But it is more the idea of falling from heights than the actual heights themselves that bother me. I used to barely be able to step on an escalator for years through a fear that I might slip and fall down it since it is moving as you try to step onto it. It also took me years to get on anything but very simple and mild rides at our local amusement park. My best friend at the time _finally_ dragged me onto some rides, and I *loved* them! You should really try.. you can always shut your eyes if it gets to be too much! I love the rides now, and as long as I feel safe I don't really have any problem with being up high ^_^
• Philippines
19 Jan 07
hehe. thank your friend. it's very nice to ride those rides. you won't enjoy it when your in 60's of age. haha
@abhax123 (1697)
• India
18 Jan 07
Well im scared of heights as soon as i see down my heads start spinning really bad, if i dun see down im al right and to cope with the scare of heights i dun go on top of very tall buildings anything that i higher then 3 stories
@mzbubblie (3840)
• United States
19 Jan 07
I understand that, hopefully with all the posts from my topic you can find advice that would help you cope with your fear of heights...good luck
• India
18 Jan 07
i too have the same probem....... i feel a little dizzy in such conditions........ so i normally avoid such kinda things........
@mzbubblie (3840)
• United States
19 Jan 07
Yes, I'm the same way I avoid it for myself...But with time I want to conquer my fear...thank you for responding
@chryss (658)
• Philippines
18 Jan 07
speaking of HEIGHTS..its really scares me too!its true that many people do afraid of heights..especially if the person have a motion sickness..amusements are very exciting place where people can enjoy rides but for my side i just choose the rides that i can carry myself.i dont care if i may be left behind but ill just stay on the other side happy seeing peopleon rides.i cannot give you suggestion for this topic coz im also afraid of heights!maybe the other peps!
@mzbubblie (3840)
• United States
18 Jan 07
Yeah, I'm not even upset when I decide not to ride rides with my friends. I'm still happy afterwards so I feel good...
@muralimn (535)
• United Arab Emirates
18 Jan 07
I am so scared of heights that i feel that i will fall down. Its very difficult for me to adjust with height. Whenever i look from heights i feel that i will lose my balance and will fall down. Even i am scared for other people who climb high. Its a feeling that make me very restless. I don't think i can remove this fear fully from his heart. i hope to find a solution soon.
@mzbubblie (3840)
• United States
18 Jan 07
I too am scared for other people if they are up to high. I never thought to add that, but now that I think of it. I mean if I feel it's serious danger that they MAY fall, I am worried for them as well..thank you for the response...
• India
18 Jan 07
ya I do have the same fear as you do, but not upto that extent. See, it happens as you think negatively when you are there. It is not like any desease oe something. It is just a tendency to feel so. All you have to do is just divert your mind somewhere esle which can help you stop thinking negatively. Which in turn will avoid your fear of height.! let me know if want me to be more elaborate on it. thank you.
@mzbubblie (3840)
• United States
18 Jan 07
That would be nice if you could. Because I have tried numerous times, Getting in a situation where I'm at a highrise and I tell myself over and over I can look out the window or I can go on the balcony..and i still CAN'T no matter how much I try to convince myself...
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
18 Jan 07
Well good luck to you lol as I would never dare I am scared of heights very scared so I would never be that brave I hope you have the Courage to do it I admire you for trying so Good Luck
@mzbubblie (3840)
• United States
19 Jan 07
Thank you..But I'm still thinking that's a huge step for me....Plus it's still winter, I have a few months ahead up myself to get hype...thank you for responding
@kyliepops (269)
• Australia
18 Jan 07
Yup im scared of heights big time! I can fly as long as no one trys to tell me to calm down, i can climb a ladder but only about 3 steps! I cant look down if i am shopping in a 3 level shopping centre, i cant be in closed spaces, i cant sleep with pillow or sheets over my head, i hate water on my face umm i think there may be some more but thats all i can think of off the top of my head. Im just letting you know that it is normal to have fears and phobias but how you control them is up to you. Dont let them control you! You cant have someone to force you to get on your rollercoaster but gradually you will do it, dont try the biggest scariest looking one first cause thats just silly! Checkthem out and see a smaller one and start from there. Just keep in your mind that YOU are in control of your fears and they can only beat you if you let them. Good luck i know that its not easy!!
@mzbubblie (3840)
• United States
18 Jan 07
I love that motto "YOU are in control of yor fears and they can only beat you if you let them" I like that. I will definetly keep that in mind..thank you for responding...Very good modivation...