Are you afraid of heights?

@doryvien (2293)
United States
June 17, 2009 7:24pm CST
I am. I take a scenic elevator and as I see myself ascend from the ground, I start feeling cold, dizzy and weak. On the road when I'm driving as much as possible I avoid fly-overs and bridges particularly those that are really high, 'coz just the sight of them make me feel like fainting. In cases when I have no choice but to go that way (fly-over or bridge) and have to endure the feeling, I run slow even when the other cars are speeding (many times I've been yelled at because of slowing down). I focus on front road and not look at the sides so I don't see how high the the place is, and pray that I get to the other end the soonest time possible (but how can it be when I actually slow down crossing the bridge or the fly-over?). I tried some coping mechanisms like closing my eyes but this is not possible when driving (of course). Does this happen to you too? How do you deal with it? Would like to know...
1 response
@caver1 (1765)
• United States
2 Jul 09
I do not have a fear of heights. But I think I have a fear of falling. (I have dreams of falling.) The height doesn't bother me as long as I feel secure. I can look over the edge of a cliff or bridge with no problem. I have not desire to bungee jump or skydive though.
@doryvien (2293)
• United States
2 Jul 09
Hi caver, As much as I can I try to forget my fear, I know it's irrational fear in the first place, but it just creeps in whenever I'm faced with the situation. I can relate to your fear, I've had that kind of dream too. It's like you're falling and you can't see the bottom and you just keep on falling, until you wake up. They say fear of falling may be analyzed by looking into one's primary fears, current difficulties and life situations. Interesting. Thanks for sharing and happy myLotting.
@caver1 (1765)
• United States
3 Jul 09
I don't try to analyze my dreams. I may not be happy with what I find out.