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My mate Dan is afraid of turning his back on a flushing toilet. "It'll suck me in", he says. Can you beat him with your own true story of an irrational fear?

(, Tue 27 Jan 2004, 13:24)
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fear
Those stairs that have no vertical bits, only horizontal bits, always thought I was going to fall through them. That and an unexplainable dislike of Volkswagen Golfs.
(, Thu 29 Jan 2004, 10:57, Reply)
Irrational Fears
I have a terrifying irrational fear of long coach trips. This comes from a certain Christmas treat my mum bought me one year. EEEKK, its making me cringe just thinking about it.

Also Drink dispensers
(, Thu 29 Jan 2004, 10:55, Reply)
Weird
This is really weird but I was, as a kid, totally terrified of tracing paper. I think it had something to do with being wrapped in it at school and someone taped it over my mouth and nose. To this day if I hear someone crackling it I fall into a cold sweat.

Oh yeah, and I was also mortally afraid of our next door neighours back door which sounded like a small cat being assaulted by a badger
(, Thu 29 Jan 2004, 10:51, Reply)
that song the ice cream van played
Greensleeves i believe. used to make me run crying into the house as a small child when i heard it... no idea why - apparently i told my mother that it 'made me sad'.

Meant i was never told the 'runout' lie tho.
(, Thu 29 Jan 2004, 10:36, Reply)
oh deary me
my worst fear has to be walking over those grates you get on the pavement, you can see they are really deep and if it gave way when you walked over it... shudder... you could fall in and be stuck there for years with broken legs... aaarggh!!
same goes for pub grates where the barrels are rolled in...
(, Thu 29 Jan 2004, 10:30, Reply)
and
i just remembered another fear
un even clicks.. u know when u click something (not pens and mice for some reason) the clicks have to be even..but if i can't remember i have to click alot until i'm distracted

and also the cracks in pavements, why are they there? is there a big deep hole underneth that i could fall into? why damn it why?

ohh and this one i have no reason for but being killed by some one slicing me to death...like taking little slices off my arms and legs till nothing is left.. and then working there way up my body...uugghh

is that last one normal?
(, Thu 29 Jan 2004, 10:16, Reply)
Dwarves
I am scared of dwarves. I was in a McDonalds recently and a bloke tapped me on the small of my back. I turned around and it was a dwarf. I actually had to be sick.

It is not nice.

DrP
(, Thu 29 Jan 2004, 10:13, Reply)
ugh!
i have a disabled sister with Cerebral Palsey so i have grown up around her and her disabled friends. i have no problem with my sister because i live with her but i was and still am shit scared when her friends are around.
(, Thu 29 Jan 2004, 10:00, Reply)
A change of mind
I don't like peas.
(, Thu 29 Jan 2004, 9:59, Reply)
oh yeah one more fear
Maybugs! cant stand the Insects. the way they are like cockroaches but can fly...well. i guess this all stems from my primary school. there was a big nest of them in one of the headges and one day me and some of my mates lobbed stones at it and like 30 came flying towards us. it was at that point it was every kid for himself. it was chaos. my evil childhood...

oh yeah and dentists with their tools and their high suicide rates. you just have to wonder wht they are thinking as they sink a large pronged instrament into the top of your gums.... oh and needles in the mouth that freaks me out too.

oh yeah and airports at less advanced countries. like in greece where there was no aire conditioning and the metal detector machine was switched off.

oh yeah and those wooden spoon things you used to get with ice cream tubs. i cant put any wooden products in my mouth. sends a cold shiver down my spine. oh yeah and i used to play the saxophone so when i hear someone playing a saxophone i think of the wooden reed and chills me to the bone. aaaaaughhhhh
(, Thu 29 Jan 2004, 9:58, Reply)
Needles and blood
I hate hypodermic needles in fact even writing this post is making me queasy. The last time I was in hospital they had to take a blood test and I was dry retching.

I met this girl in a pub the other week and it was all going fine till she said she worked for the Blood bank. 5 minutes later I had to run to the loo because I thought I was going to hurl.

I used to have a morbid fear of the dark till I was about 16 but that's normal? right?
(, Thu 29 Jan 2004, 9:55, Reply)
SAUSAGES!!!
gahh.....when i was 5 i was eating some sausages when i dropped one on the floor. generaly being a dirty child i ate almost everything. except this sausage, it was covered in cat poo! eurg......
(, Thu 29 Jan 2004, 9:40, Reply)
Clowns.
Evil. Or so my girlfriend tells me. Anything dressed up, especially where orange pom-poms are visible freaks her out. They all float down there . . . Everybody floats....
(, Thu 29 Jan 2004, 9:36, Reply)
Velour!
i rememeber having nightmares about velour when i was a kid (it also involved things being too heavy for their size and things), mostly i had these dreams on the full moon,

thanks for reminding me, frickinfish!

edit\ not actually *on* the moon, just at the same time it was full
(, Thu 29 Jan 2004, 9:28, Reply)
the fear!
coloured chalk makes me feel sick, chalk dust more so. i'm also afflicted by an obsessive compulsive thing where i have to look down every cardboard tube i find. empty toilet rolls, kitchen paper tubes and the like. woo.
(, Thu 29 Jan 2004, 9:13, Reply)
Dunno if this is irrational, but...
Airshows. Well, it's sort of rational, I was at Ramstein in '88... and that was the last airshow I will ever attend. Never mind that sort of accident being so very unusual... And I don't have any trouble with commercial airlines, apart from a 9/11 inspired twitch when they fly overhead low & slow...
(, Thu 29 Jan 2004, 8:46, Reply)
3 daft fears
After watching the beginning of American Werewolf in London aged 9, I was petrified of opening the curtains for years in case something was lurking behind them. Nowadays, as a hangover from watching Critters about the same age, I have to keep the curtains closed at night for fear of seeing something in the dark looking back at me. Bloody monsters.

My mate though, has an interesting fear of umbrellas (though only open ones). We didn't know until we went to Edinburgh one weekend and it pissed it down. I've never seen him so uneasy as walking down the Royal Mile with umbrellas at every turn

edit - oh wait, just remembered I also can't cope with going down on escalators - though up is fine. This is very cathartic you know.
(, Thu 29 Jan 2004, 7:18, Reply)
irrational but lurking
Aside from the mundane usual phobias like claustrophobia and heights, the irrational fear was of 'realistic' marionettes , such as the type used in the science fiction serial, Thunderbirds. The fear may be irrational but it wasn't overwhelming, viewing these things just made me very uneasy, which they still do, many years later. I have been adv ised that perhaps the fear stemmed from the fact that in their attempts at 'realism' they portrayed figures which were freakishly but subtly exagerated. I do not know, and i will not analyze the fear myself, as it makes me very uneasy.
(, Thu 29 Jan 2004, 6:59, Reply)
My friend
has several odd fears. He's scared of sleeping in the nude, even with his wife in the bed, as he says he will wake up with his testicles tangled together, and his ball bag will blow up to the size of a balloon. He has a fear of vaginas that are not symmetrical, and he used to be scared of meringues, but we he got over that one eventually.
(, Thu 29 Jan 2004, 6:48, Reply)
This subject has delurked me after 18 months of regular visits!
When I was a kid, my bed had an old woman under it that would grab my legs if I stuck them out from under the covers. I had to leap out of bed to avoid her. Things didn't improve when I got a divan with no room under it for an old woman - she just got flatter I suppose! She's still there on some dark nights, even after 40 years.
/relurk
(, Thu 29 Jan 2004, 6:10, Reply)
My Girlfriend
has anxiety disorder and a panic disorder or something of the like... so it's always a whole world filled with fun irrational fears
(, Thu 29 Jan 2004, 5:48, Reply)
someone posted this earlier
but as a child I also feared the Beatles song Eleanor Rigby.
(, Thu 29 Jan 2004, 4:18, Reply)
not joking..
A girl I know is afraid of syrup. Not cough syrup or anything like that but the stuff you put on pancakes or waffles. She had to confess her fear after her friend invited her to a local restaurant that serves only pancakes. She agreed to go but only on the condition that all syrup at the surrounding tables be removed and no one near her could have anything with syrup.
(, Thu 29 Jan 2004, 4:00, Reply)
Well.
I have this crazy thing that someone is always watching me, mostly by way of a camera, small and hidden. Anytime and every where. If it is not my own shower, I go through the trouble to cover up the faucets, or the soap holder, and even the tap with things such as washcloths or scubby things. If I'm in a place that I feel I'm being watched, I show around my New York wave in various directions, just to spite myself. My windows are always covered with the drapes, and if I see my cat peeking out at something in the middle of the night, I take backward steps into the next room or the hallway where there are no windows.

This is my first time posting in the forum, but I've been coming to this site for quite a long time. This just seemed the oppurtune question to post to.
(, Thu 29 Jan 2004, 3:10, Reply)
silly, i know.
i have trouble around large knives. specifically, 2 troubles:
- if i've got a large knife, i become ridiculously afraid that i will somehow become possessed and stab out my own eyes. occasionally this happens with forks, too.
- if someone else has got a large knife, i worry a damn lot if they're not using it for anything. if they're chopping things or whatever i'm fine, but if they're just holding it i get antsy and make them put it down somewhere safe..
(, Thu 29 Jan 2004, 3:07, Reply)
haribo
i can't eat haribo anymore.. even when someone offers it to me i feel sick.. it stems from when i worked in a video shop and we had a deal on where u get 2 vids cheaper plus a bag of haribo. loads of people didn't actually want the haribo but did the deal anyway and let us have the sweets. hence i ate a hell of a lot of haribo and it makes me feel awful to think about it.. not really a fear.
(, Thu 29 Jan 2004, 1:03, Reply)
oh yes and..
after i saw IT at the tender age of 11 none of me or my friends would go to the toilet for hours as we were convinced pennywise would grab our bums or climb out of the bath.
(, Thu 29 Jan 2004, 0:50, Reply)
the witches and jurassic park
i am terrified of the film the witches.. i have only ever seen it once when it first came out in 1990 (i was 6). this film haunted me for years. it gave me terrible sleeping problems and led me to develop an irrational fear of the book shelves on the wall opposite my bed. i absolutely refuse to watch it ever again.

another film that i hated the first time i watched it was jurassic park. my bed at the time was next to wall but there was a radiator along this wall. there was about a 6" gap by my head between the bed and wall where the radiator stopped and i became convinced that a raptor would pop his head up from this gap.
(, Thu 29 Jan 2004, 0:49, Reply)
So fearful...
I have three major fears, two I understand, one I don't.
1)I am afraid that there is not a life after death, not of death itself.
2)Suicide, a few of my friends are/were suicidal, my grandma was also killed herself.
3)I have problems (I can do it, i just need to ready myself) taking things out of the oven. No problem putting them in, just taking stuff out.

My sister cannot ask anything of most people, unless she really knows them well.
(, Thu 29 Jan 2004, 0:46, Reply)
Videos
As a kid I was terrified of the Village Roadshow(Video/Cinema distributors in Australia) symbol and accomponying noise at the start of films. It's like this gold V being drawn on the screen with this awful sound which used to have me running out of the room with my hands over my ears.

I heard a rumour after they discontinued it because it used to set off some epileptics - although that could be an urban myth.
(, Thu 29 Jan 2004, 0:32, Reply)

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