What are your biggest phobias?

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@SKLC_PT (1234)
March 1, 2007 1:54am CST
What would you say are your biggest phobias? Would you like to overcome them? Mine are some bugs like cockroaches, centipedes and spiders. I'm scared of heights too. I would like to be able to overcome them however I doubt I'll ever have the guts to overcome my bug phobias. I think my height phobia I sort of tried facing by going in roller coasters when I was in the UK, I loved that but I guess it's not quite the same. But those bug ones give me the shivers and sometimes I can't even gain enough courage to go past them much less to squish them, and sometimes I have to go somewhere but they are in the way so I just can't go, like from my room to the kitchen for example. I usually end up calling someone, sometimes I might get enough courage to pass them running. I'm also a tad bit claustrophobic but that's not too serious. I am still scared of the dark I'm ashamed to say, though I'd say I'm more afraid of what I can't see in the dark then the dark itself.
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@sunnypub (2130)
• United States
1 Mar 07
Mine is definalte cockroaches and any bugs that look like cockroaches. I am just like you, in fact I kind of giggled when you were tlaking about not being able to go past them, I have done that too many times. I have even ran over, you pushed down and trampled on my disabled sister becasue one of those stupid flying ones was heading toward my head. I know it is silly but I just cannot seem to break the fear. I know exactly when and why my phobia started but knowing that doens't help. I was really young and my aunt was babysitting my three cousins, my sister and I. Well she really had to see her tv show and she didn't want to be bothered so she set us in front of the tv and put this stupid movie in called Bug. It was about a mutant strain of cockroaches infesting this littel town. These stupid bugs were freaky and could start fires. The movie scared the crap out of all of us. Anyways, I have tried to overcome the fear and have made a little progress over the last 10 years, but only a little. I can now at least go past the really tiny ones. I have even managed to squish one, but that took a lot out of me emotionally. I laugh about it but it really isn't funny. I hate having this fear but I have no idea how to overcome it.
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@SKLC_PT (1234)
1 Mar 07
My cockroach phobia started when I was about 5. To keep things short it flew into my hair and the more I tried getting it out the more parts I noticed in it, a leg here a wing there... Well I guess could never truly overcome that till this day, if I see a flying one then I really freak out as I can only imagine the entire situation happening again and again in my mind!
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@addysmum (1225)
• Canada
1 Mar 07
I am so terrible afraid of water just the thought of swimming can send me into hysterics. I had to over come this to some degree when my son was born because I believe children should learn to swim for their safety, as I had to go in the water with him I had to not display fear so as to not scare him. I still want to run screaming from water of almost any depth and kind but I try real hard not to instill this same fear into my son. I am also claustrophobic so much so that if my cloths get wet and stick to me I completely go nuts. I panic when my riding boots stick on so I have to use laced boots at all times when riding. A funny story of my claustrophobia. A few years ago my husband, myself, my brother-in-law and his best friend and wife went to the Calgary Stampede. It started to rain the hardest rain I have ever seen and I lived in Alberta for 6 years. By the time we got to a taxi that would give us a ride home we were soaked. When we got home I panicked getting undressed and it took my husband and the other lady 25 minutes to get all the clothes off because I couldn't do it but also was so hysterical that they had a hard time to do it. Funny now, not so much then.
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@SKLC_PT (1234)
1 Mar 07
That sound serious. Have you ever tried consulting someone to try and help you with your phobias? I'm happy you manage to get in the water with your son but I'm sure it's agonizing for you, I hope that you'll be able to get some sort of help to relieve that panic sensation you get, as I'm sure you'd feel more relaxed and at ease with yourself. If I understood properly you ride horses right? Is it your own horse, I absolutely love horses. ;)
@addysmum (1225)
• Canada
2 Mar 07
i had my own until I moved to the city then they had to find good homes. I was so careful about who they went to, I had 30 people look at them until I found the right one. I used to teach therapeutic riding but had to stop after an accident left my unable to ride for 5 years. I have started riding again in the last year but it is very painful at times. Kind of funny that way, i used to teach now I have to learn myself. I mean riding is always a learning process but I mean really learn all over how to do things with out involving pain.
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@SKLC_PT (1234)
3 Mar 07
I wish you the best of luck on that. At least you're trying your best. I'm sure it would be stressful if you couldn't ride again, I know how relaxing it can be as sometimes it feels like it's just you and the horse and everything else fades away... At least that's how it is with me, though I don't ride much. I hope everything goes well and you can be as well as possible. I guess it's a lesson of life as now you're experiencing the other side of things, life can be funny that way.
• Philippines
1 Mar 07
i wish i knew what mine was. when i experience something scary, i make it a point to conquer that fear. when i was little i was kinda afraid of the dark. what i did was i went around the house at night everynight without turning on the lights. there was also a time that i was slightly afraid of heights (well, who isnt?), and what i did was i climbed trees and scaffolds and went rappelling and rock climbing. and that's probably the fears that i had. although when i think about it, i should brush up on conquering my fear of drowning.
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• United States
1 Mar 07
oh dear, i agree with you! i hate bugs and heights! I cant kill a bug tho, i hate the sound they make! oh god, i used to scream for my sister to come in my room at like 2 in the morning, just to kill a spider, she got so used to it, that she would come in my room with a shoe at hand! lol one time i had a spider crawling on me, i freaked flung it, i had no idea where it went, so i stood in the middle of the room for like 10 mins without moving at all
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@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
8 Mar 07
I kept staring at your discussion but for the life of me, I can't remember any single phobias that I have. I thought of height, but no, I enjoy roller coaster like crazy. I thought of those creatures you're mentioning, I can use insect spray to kill the cockroaches. My husband will use his slipper and smack those centipedes and spiders. But we rarely have it anyway. LOL...I think I have no phobias or anything.
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@SKLC_PT (1234)
8 Mar 07
I think the one phobia / fear everyone has is that of loosing a loved one, wouldn't you agree?
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• United States
2 Mar 07
I am afraid of the dark, being in deep water (even being in a nice boat), and being next to mirrors in the dark. That still scares me. I remember when I went to my sister's to visit and she put me in her guest bedroom, I started to fall asleep...I opened my eyes to see her closest doors were made of mirrors. Yeah I freaked out a little. Good thing my boyfriend was there to protect me. ;)
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@SKLC_PT (1234)
2 Mar 07
That reminds me a lot of myself.
@tacoman25 (233)
• United States
2 Mar 07
Overflowing toilets scare me quite a bit.
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@SKLC_PT (1234)
2 Mar 07
I saw a progrm once on that guy that does the worse jobs, they said that rooms that toillets overflow in can be infected with deadly bacterias! That was freaky, besides having poo and pee everywhere you still have a deadly fungal bacteria in the air!
• United States
2 Mar 07
My biggest fear is thunder & lightning. I hate it so much I HAVE to sleep with the lights on even in just rain. Its freaky and scary and I dont like it at all. I havent liked it since I was little. Have I overcome it? No! In fact, when I marry I joked with my sister I will be you know hidding with my husband in bed. I HATE the stuff! I dont like spiders either. But I would take a gross spider any day instead of thunder & lightning.
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@SKLC_PT (1234)
2 Mar 07
I heard that when there's lightning you should put everything electrical that's plugged in off cause it's dangerous, not sure why.
• United States
2 Mar 07
I'm quite scared of bees, not that I'm allergic. I've never been stung by a bee. So I guess that's where my fear derives from because so many people who have been stung says it's quite painful. I did have an experience as a kid where a wasp landed on my arm and started walk along it. I was sure to be stung, but it never happened. I actually this experience installed that fear in me. Besides bees, I really don't have a fear of anything else. Maybe I'll be afraid of heights, when I go skydiving. But until then, I'll be ok. Here's a cool site that I found relating to phobias. It has a huge list of all sorts of phobias. http://u-oigql0pb.urlcash.net
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@SKLC_PT (1234)
2 Mar 07
Thanks for the link and welcome to myLot I truly wish you the best. I'm also scared of bees and most buzzing creatures.
• Indonesia
1 Mar 07
i have one too, i think i'm scared og height, when i stand on a high place and i look down, i feel that my body is deadly shaking....scary...but do you know how to cure your phobia? you can start from a little thing, like make your self comfort by seeing bug picture first, and then think that bug is a weak animal, you are bigger than it, so it must be scared of you, not you scared of it
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@SKLC_PT (1234)
1 Mar 07
Thing is I'm kind of funny that way, I don't mind bug photos, I even had a pet spider once, but if it's running loose then I can't control it.
@eflynazwa (133)
• Malaysia
1 Mar 07
I do so hate cockroaches.. They will fly all over and they stink. I will freak out if they started flying. If I manage to get past it, I always run for a broom to squish it. I really hate them. I'm not afraid of heights, but I'm more afraid of falling.
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@SKLC_PT (1234)
1 Mar 07
Well the fact that I saw in a documentary that they byte doesn't help. He put his bear foot in this container with cockroaches and the stupid things started biting and trying to eat his hair and skin from his legs, he did it based on the myth of them eating hair and said he didn't expect it to be so painful as it was. When I saw that on TV I felt sick and goose bumps all over from head to toe!
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• Portugal
18 Mar 07
I have a small phobia of bugs. I don't mind if they're far from me, but I don't want them near me and if I find one on myself I have to keep rubbing the place they were, so say I found one crawling on my hand, I'd have to rub my hand over and over and over, and when I think about it I'll have to rub again, bleeaack! I also have a phobia of not being able to breath, I'm terrified of drowning or just not being able to breath, I hate it when people touch my nose and I can't have anything covering my nose. After I had my daughter I had to have an oxygen mask and I hated it!
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• Canada
2 Mar 07
My biggest phobia I would have to say is Needles. I'm absolutely terrified of being poked with Needles. Bugs don't really bother me unless they're huge, then I get a little queasy lol. Another fear I have is of Crowds of people. This started when my depression started. I found myself literally unable to approach big crowds of people. I freeze and almost start gasping for breath, its a little like a panic attack. Thanks to the wonderful patient loving support of my partner, this is slowly getting better, but there are still a few too many times when my fear gets the better of me.
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• Philippines
2 Mar 07
Snake makes me tremble... any kind of snakes, they're like monster to me that right there and then ready to bite me or something... waaahh!!!
@reezluv (377)
• Malaysia
2 Mar 07
i'm scared of blood. i cannot faced it although it is my blood.actually one day i had an accident with my bike,after that my hand bleeding. after i've seen the blood,just a second,i fainted to the ground.shame on me..:)
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@threena (132)
• Philippines
2 Mar 07
I have never rode an airplane, and I don't think I ever will. The thought of being thousand meters away from the ground scares me. I've seen so many crashes this past few years and it just made me more fearful of airplanes.
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@uno111 (21)
• Philippines
2 Mar 07
Fear of heights
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@smints8985 (1595)
• United States
2 Mar 07
I don't think it is too serious like a phobia-phobia thing, but then I think I might be claustrophobic which means fear of being in tight or enclosed spaces.. For when I am in the backseat of the car one time, when we went out for a trip, I didn't feel very good and was kinda nauseous, I thought I might not have had enough sleep or something... I felt like I could not breathe, but as I transferred beside the driver's seat, I didn't feel anything at all, and I concluded that it could be possible that there was too much things at the nackseat that was making me feel too crowded. And I am not so comfortable in small spaces too. So I might just have claustrophobia.
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@joby_09 (498)
• Philippines
2 Mar 07
i really don't like to see open wounds. Just recently, i had my wart removal on my left index finger. When done, i saw my finger and i just can't take it! I don't like its appearance and for me, its just so yucky! but i have no choice. I need to look and deal with it everyday because i have to clean it and put medicine...
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@CarlHalling (3629)
• United Kingdom
2 Mar 07
I'm not sure about all-out phobias, but I have fears: I don't like heights; flying; enclosed spaces; trains, especially undergroud trains.
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