I have a bit of a phobia. Aquaphobia. It stems from a childhood incident. I am 39 and am unable to swim because of this. This phobia affects roughly 45% of the population.
What is your fear/phobia?
Aquaphobia. Same problem, childhood trauma.
I always wondered how well Daffy went in the water.
Spiders, parasites, and wild rats (tame ones don't bother me). I also have a marked aversion to touching raw meat.
I have a phobia that is known as "Aichmophobia." It is a fear of needles and sharp objects. I hate going to the dentist and doctor because of their various amounts of shimmering tools. I don't even trust those closest to me with syringes and razors. When I am in control of the item in question, then I am alright, such as a sewing needle or or razor, but syringes are out of the question, no matter WHO is holding it!
If you go to the dentist, how do you cope with it?
With 15-30 minutes of prep time while waiting for my appointment and a very very nice dentist with patience for a screaming little crying girl.
Snakes in the grass. I'm perfectly fine with snakes I can see, it's the ones I can't see that scare the bejeezus out of me.
Today water scares me more than anything. The last time I was put under water I had no idea which way was up. It was a good thing two people were holding me, or I am afraid I wouldn't be here today.
My inner ears were damaged 22 years ago which causes this problem. Even a drop of rain in my ears causes me to fall. I have already had 37 stitches in my head from falling over in the bathtub.
I don't like living this way but it beats the alternative. I was told years ago they could do surgery to fix the problem but the price tag is 5 good years, then in bed for the rest of my life. I would rather fall 12 to 20 times a year than not be able to get out of bed. I have already broken three of my wheelchairs by falling over in them. We won't go into the broken bones from these falls.
I'm really really scared of cockroaches and I don't know why. All I know is whenever I see them, I'm shaking to fear. It started since I was a child as per my parents. Until now, I can't face my fear on them. Throw me rats, snakes but cockroaches. I can't handle that.
My fear is coming face to face with a snake - I think I'd die on the spot even before been bitten!
It's really weird because where I use to live as a child; in a forestry commision village near Scotland, adders were common place and there were specimens of them in some kind of purple liquid on window sills around the school I attended.
I can't even bear to watch them on the television - they just give me the creeps!
Height (hate -lift/roller-coaster/valley trains).
Only exception- flight, i can manage that by looking at air hostess.
Mice, a childhood experience. One of the reasons I was persuaded by my children to get cats was because they worked on my fear of mice. I was surprised that I fell in love with them. Hence my avatar.
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Doctors recommend diversion therapy, including getting an Amazon account
Greek One is always good for lightening the mood!
This morning I have reviewed a couple of the Hubs I have written about one serious phobia I have: driving across a major river bridge (worse when I am driving alone). A lesser one is squishy larva-like critters. That's more of a disgust or revulsion, but strong enough to count as a phobia, I think.
I have had a phobia towards toads/frogs. It's so bad that even clay figures or even drawings of them makes me shudder.
As embarrassing as it is, I'm afraid of what might be under the bed at night. I can't go to sleep without my feet covered, so something can't grab them.
Spiders terrify me. Whenever I see one running across my floor, I am quickly up on a chair shrieking at it to go away. I also have a fear of escalators and will rather climb hundreds of steps than set foot on one.
Spiders used to bother, but I don't mind them anymore.
I knew someone who wasn't scared of escalators, but everytime she got on one she felt sick to her stomach.
I have claustrophobia, fear of being closed in small spaces, and for years I would not fly, take trains, ride in elevators, or drive through tunnels. I finally decided to take back control my life and got some help for it, but I still have trouble breathing when I’m stuck in heavy traffic or anywhere near a tunnel…. LOL
I have a fear of heights, and with that has recently brought on my fear of being on bridges.
When I was at the top of the Willis Tower here in Chicago, people were pointing and laughing as I tried to conquer my fear...I attempted to stand inside the glass box that hangs off of the building. You can see straight down to the street. I am proud to say that it took me a few minutes but I was able to stand on the glass for a pic and look down for about 2 seconds before I ran off!!!
Lately, I'm beginning to have a fear of the forums - you never know what you are going to read here! very frightening!
as a kid I was afraid of getting abducted, I never left my parents side ever. I was very clingy. My dad would say I shouldn't worry cause once they got me they would bring me back. Cause I'm so mean. lol
Now I hate spiders, insects in general, and being alone for too long. I also have a fear of anything that feels like I could lose balance, like being on a boat on the water, and hayrides.
I fear technology. It has grown so fast with such little regulation that just about anybody with a lack of morals or respect can invade the privacy of anybody else completely undetected.
I am terrified of the multitude of hidden cameras and big brother technology in the hands of the common criminal. It's just too easy to the wrong thing.
Privacy does seem to be leaving us more and more every year. Being educated on technology can help. Unfortunately it can also hurt.
I'm afraid of intimacy, commitment, ineptitude, emotional confrontation and (according to Sue B.) my own subconscience in my dreams. But as far as phobias that arent by force of maleness and the male mind's total obliviousness to that sort of thing, I can only think of claustrophobia.
Noone wants to get hurt. Everyone fears that at some point. Just don't let it hold you back. You could miss out on an amazing woman (or guy if you're into that). :-)
For some reason I do get a little claustrophobic sometimes. What I do is I close my eyes and focus on my breathing. The feeling soon passes.
My greatest fear is having others read in an online forum about my greatest fear. It's hard to share this here without feeling some anxiety.
It can be hard even annonymously. I had a teacher in college that asked us to write down 3 things that we would never tell anyone about ourselves. I didn't do it because I still felt exposed. I just believed that even annonymously she would still know it was me that wrote it.
Death is my biggest fear. That, and as of lately mental illness. As I get older I begin to worry about losing my sanity, even though as an artist I feel you're never too sane to begin with.
me too - I'm afraid of those things - but then I realized, now that I am much, much older and have actually started paying attention, that EVERYONE is nuts - I mean there is no sanity, when you really examine the world. Sanity is a myth - so even though we may fear losing it, its very possible it just never really existed in the first place. Feel better? I know I do.
The American Left suffers from Anglo-Phobia. I on the other hand have none. But as a small child I hated and was scared to hell of our basement up in Lynn Ma. Damn that was a scary place.
Daffy duck have you ever tried holding an umbrella and moving a wheelchair at the same time? My advice is not to try. In my experience it leads to disaster. A trip to the emergency room the first time I used one taught me well.
I cover my head with the hood on either my winter coat or a sweat shirt all year long when I have to go out in the rain. So far this has worked every time. I used to have a light nylon jacket with a hood which got lost somewhere and has never been replaced. The sweat shirts actually keep me cooler in the summer.
I have a fear of heights. My legs begin to shake. I'm not crazy about elevators either. So - how do I manage to fly? Well...a couple of bloody mary's of course!
My fear is running out of light cream for the very light coffee I'm addicted to - and THE WORST HAS HAPPENED!!! I thought I had an extra cream, but it turned out to be bad. A friend said he'd bring some when he showed up. It turned out the nearest late-open store didn't have any left, so now I'm coffee-less until dawn... (well, 6 when the convenience stores and Dunkin Donuts open in this freaking, God-forsaken, boondock-land I live in. which means I CAN'T SLEEP (because I can't sleep if I don't have my coffee). Like any addict, I found myself looking pointlessly in the refrigerator to see if there might be a hidden light cream somewhere (when I knew there wasn't). It was pathetic and horrible - and now I'm all hyped up on tea. Honestly. I haven't had a night like this in about three years. Usually, I make good and certain that a "disaster" like this doesn't happen. Usually, I always smell the light cream from the convenience stores, but I don't do that when I go to the regular store (where THE CREAM IS NEVER BAD!!!).
I'm telling myself I can do this. I did it all the time before I got addicted to that light coffee. I used to live on only tea. Is there a hotline or something I can call??!!! My head knows I can do it. The rest of my isn't all that sure.
aquaphobia sort of but only in the ocian and only when the water is dark so i cant see the floor
first of all if i swin in the sea water where its deep the water must be cristal clear so i know whats there
second there can be no possability of sharks, aligators, anacondas basicly all the things that you might find in a movie lol pretty much any thing that goes above me in food chain
so its kinda like a fear of the dark but only in water
I'm really scared of pigeons. it's awful cos they are everywhere..
I have arachnophobia. This phobia sometimes makes me ridiculous because if I see a spider unexpectedly I lose control, even if it is very small.
hmm, well I don't really know at the minute, I've basically been getting rid of all my fears, kind of been teaching my self not to be afraid of anything. But I guess It would be possums, and wild life if they came on my porch or something, but that doesn't happen very often!
Umm, earwigs drive me to distraction, but I must say my worst fear is of flying. I was once over Japan when a typhoon hit and learned to be worried about being afraid of the air from there.
I'm afraid of crickets, especially camel crickets. I can kill spiders by stepping on them, but you get something that may hop on you as you try to step on it, that freaks me out. The funny thing is that I'm not afraid of wild animals for the most part, if something crosses my path, it has to show me it means harm for me to be scared. At that point I will either run or hide my fear by standing up to it.
heights and water although I can float & swim for a certain amount of time.
by Christin Sander 10 years ago
What is your biggest phobia and how have you gone about conquering it?we all have fears and phobias how do you go about mastering a fear or learning to live with it in a way that it doesn't interfere with your life?
by Sakina Nasir 5 years ago
Many people suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder(OCD). Even more suffer from phobias. I suffer from Grammatical Pedantry Syndrome. This is a recently discovered form of OCD. It was thought that people who went on correcting other people's grammatical mistakes were just annoying. But it is...
by jprice90 10 years ago
What is the "craziest" phobia you have?I personally only have maybe 2 phobias, one is the fear of flying, I've never flown, and wouldnt have to unless it was urgent. And the other is the fear of being suffocated.
by Suzie 7 years ago
Do you have a serious phobia or 2 and simply accept that it is what it is and live with it..OR...have you considered therapy to try to get through it and no longer have to deal with it?
by Dubuquedogtrainer 10 years ago
Now there is Islamophobia, so wondering especially in light of all the hatred for Christians and ridicule of Christians, including here on HubPages, if there should be a new "phobic" called Christianphobic? Of course, then the "hate speech" rule would have to apply to this...
by shamelabboush 13 years ago
We all have phobias without exceptions, but the question is, how do we generate them? Some people are afraid of spiders (Arachnophobia) but others don't, some are afraid of funny things like fear of number 13 (Triskaidekaphobia)! Why is that?
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