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I suppose to the people who suffer from the phobias outlined in this piece it's not funny, but I found it entertaining and reassuring...there are people out there weirder than I am. Offers advice on how to cope with phobias at the end of the article.

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RC deWinter (418)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 4:58 am
My overriding phobia has always been large, hairy that puts me right up there with millions of other people. I also am somewhat phobic about bears...I dread ever seeing one up close and personal in the wild. Care to share your secret fear?

Clever Pseudonym (176)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 5:11 am
That I'll never get laid again.
That would be very sad, for me at least.

RC deWinter (418)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 5:17 am
Clever, is that an IRRATIONAL fear, or a hormonal one? Phobias are IRRATIONAL fear...*grin*.

. (0)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 5:17 am
I am very scared of hights
Not afraid of any animals,people or not getting laid :))

Past Member (0)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 5:22 am
YES the hairy factor,we have so many i just try too stay away but if they come in well I got too kill them.........Bear I had a real bad thing in cal yosemite i saw mom with cub well being who i am i ran bare foot trying too do pic well she had us in cab of truck standing in window my ex husband said one more pic i was out with her .i don't fear large animals....

Past Member (0)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 5:27 am
my only phobia are spioders,they're cute and cuddly.

Mick Gill (119)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 5:35 am
Hum I have a phobia about water and takes all my strength to stick my head under the shower

Joycey B (750)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 5:50 am
I am scared to death of spiders. I am also afraid of cows. I was chased by one when I was small and have been afraid ever since. LoL. Thanks Cate.

Ramona Gehl (141)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 5:53 am
I used to be terrified of spiders...but now I have a deal with them. If they leave me alone I will leave them alone. I can even sleep with them in the same room. I do encourage them to visit other apartments in the building whenever I can!!! LOL

Past Member (0)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 6:12 am
Clever.....Do you mean loved or laid?

There is a difference!!

Plant trees for

FreeSpirit Running (320)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 6:32 am
Oh no you don't Cate, if I tell you what my fear is then everyone will know that I am Claustrophobic..oops, LOL. Yep, I do not like elevators, or being in small areas.

Once when I was 9, we had a lot of company at our house, so I went to my room to play, well, I accidently locked myself in my closet & couldn't get out. So I kicked the door & screamed {it felt like a lifetime, & I had no air} until my Dad came in my room, after about 20 mins.later. I believe this is why I don't like to be in small places.

Many people have phobias because of something they saw or something happened to them before, or just have them because of the feeling they get in the pit of their stomachs. I know the feeling...It's okay to have phobias, we just have to learn how to control them. Like when I am on an elevator, I just think of something lovely, and it gets me through it.

This is a wonderful article Ombretta my beautiful friend, your the life of the party hon. I love this one! Totally noted!

Blessings to all,

Dee C (23)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 6:34 am
Always had a fear of flying..though throughout my life.. I did plenty of it was never a disabling fear that stopped me..nor was it a traumatic experience..Just very uncomfortable..

Years ago.. I had a mailman with a fear of spiders..he would not open my mailbox..due to the spiders/and or their webs (which I wouldn't disturb) I think he quit..

Laurie W (189)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 6:54 am
clever and what is the name for that phobia..? Think I have that one'm sure it's on the list as probably irrational, but isn't that what a phobia is. Mine is snakes and not sure why.However opened my front door and found one stuck in the bottom of the door runner...couldn't go out the front door, and afraid to shut the door and vacact out the back because if it got free I knew I could never live in my house again if I couldn't find it. My sister happened to call at that time as i stood with barbeque tongs trying to work up my courage to get it picked up and removed outside..She's worse than I am on this subject and thought she was going to hyper-vent...told me to get up on the kitchen table and call for someone to come remove that point it worked it's way free, and I had no choice but to get it scooped up and tossed it outside. Surprised the hell out of myself but realized long ago I have no one to save me but me now. Yep, faced my fear but didn't change it...still have the phobia and chances are I'll run into another one before I get "laid"...rats !.( as a figure of speech)...Oh, and though I don't want them in my house can handle that one.Bottom line it doesn't have to make sense to anyone is just what you feel, and the feelings of being powerless.

RC deWinter (418)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 7:09 am
Laurie, I have to laugh because I was in a somewhat similar situation once with a spider.

I was 13 and visiting my widowed Aunt Mae for a few days. She was my mother's oldest sister, a real pip and we really got along well. She was still working at the time so this particular sunny summer day I took a book outside, intending to lie in the hammock under the trees in the back yard.

I read for about 45 minutes and then my bladder said, "You gotta go pee." I went up the back porch stairs and reached out to open the screen door and noticed a HUGE daddy longlegs sunning itself right in the middle of the screen.

Well, I knew I could no way put my hand on the handle to open the door so close to that monster, but I had to pee! If I threw anything at the door to chase it off it would break the screen.

I finally hit on the idea of using the garden hose, which fortunately was lying nearby. I turned it on and blasted the screen full force and eventually the spider had had enough of the drenching and crawled off into the bushes next to the little porch. I ran inside, almost killing myself by sliding on the soaking kitchen floor, peed, and spent half an hour mopping up all the water that had drenched the kitchen.

I know - the inevitable question is always, "Why didn't you use the front door?" The answer: It was locked. Never used. People always came in the back at Aunt Mae's.

Same thing at our house - no one used the front door and it was always locked. It was the side door or the door through the screened-in back porch to get inside.

Jim P (3257)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 7:12 am
Hello... We are born naked, wet and hungry and get slapped on our asses....
Then, things get worse...

I suppose I have this irrational fear of being spanked even though I do realize that some people enjoy "spanking" in foreplay and during and afterwards... in the act of getting "laid"...
Just couldn't get into it... Oh well...

TY, Ombretta.


Past Member (0)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 7:36 am
My top 2 are heights and bridges.

Past Member (0)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 7:40 am
My only phobia is when my female dentist says "time you had a thorough scrape and polish Ronald" She is merciless....the trauma, the pain she inflicts. I'm sure she hates men or maybe just hates me.

Margaret B (164)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 8:15 am
I also am claustrophobic as that was one of the punishments used in the Children's Home, and would sometimes be for hours. But now I know when I am in CT to visit Cate use the back door and not the!

Laurie W (189)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 8:24 am
Cate...LOL... my daughter , and daughter-in-law just roll their eyes when they see me acting weird in the yard knowing full well I spotted one of the creepy crawlers..however I don't care let them roll their eyes and smirk. I feel justified when I calming picking up a tissue to remove those giant spiders that one can hardly see that seem to stalk them.
Ron... it occurs to me as much as they scrape I swear they remove enamel which makes one more prone to cavities. Have a friend who has panic attacks going to the dentist..with tons of crap,and their hands in her mouth she feels like she can't breathe right, and I learned long ago if I'm with her we get plenty of exercise on the stairs cause she refuses to get in an elevator...My brother use to sit on top the clothes hamper when he knew I was hiding in there as we played..that set me off in a panic too ...that was an easy phobia to solve as I don't play hide and seek anymore...well at least not in hampers.

Annie J (205)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 8:36 am
Bees, wasps, hornets, flying &buzzing, I have jumped in lakes to get away. Spiders not so much, I have learned to live with them, they are part of life now, flipped my sun visor yesterday as driving home, there it was, I've got one living in my car......

Sara Stevens (65)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 8:53 am
OK- I do not normally step on bugs. But a long time ago there was a spider in my foyer and this urge took over me to step on it and as soon as I did what seemed like hundreds of baby spiders just came crawling out and running around like crazy. I screamed and totally freaked out. Typing this is freaking me out now. My husband had to take care of the situation. I don't even want to know what he did.
I was also an agoraphobic for a while where I couldn't leave my house but I am totally over that thanks to a wonderful behavioral therapist desensitizing me step by step.

RC deWinter (418)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 8:59 am
Well, I just despise all dentists phobia there, just plain common sense.

Deborah Hooper (59)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 9:00 am
I"m not really afraid of spiders, except for the hairy wolf spiders that jump! I also get the willies (just thinking about it sent a shiver) from centipedes and millipdeds. This came about when a particularly big, huge, monstrous centipede went crawling up a wall and I smacked it with a shoe. It's legs just kept twitching. I never did that again. Now I use the vacuum cleaner, gives me a long reach, too.

My other fear is heights, So you won't ever see me on anything higher than a 6 foot ladder. Which is tricky because my ceilings are 10 footers.

I am OCD about some things. Germs for instance. I grab a wipe at the store and wipe the handle of the cart. Then I wipe my hands on the way out of the store on another wipe. I carry Purel or some generic brand in my car and purse. There is also a bottle on the kitchen counter. After unloading my groceries and putting them all away, I wash my hands good. If someone stops by that even has the sniffles I grab the purel and keep reapplying it while they are here. They know I hate that, too. Stay home if you are sick, quit spreading those nasty germs.

Then there is locking doors. I'm less likely to lock when I leave than when I'm home. When home, I'll lock all three locks. Don't ask me why. Habit I think more than anything. I'm really not concerned about someone breaking in or just walking in whether I'm home or not. Maybe, it's because it's there!? I don't go around closing all the windows and locking them except in the winter, of course. So I guess it's just become a habit. I know I lock the storm door to keep the dog from getting out when she gets excited over a rabbit or squirrel. It pops real easy if you push on it. Just OCD, I guess.

Alice O (246)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 9:13 am
Phobias...God where do I begin? XD
I have a terrible Arachnophobia since I was a child. I am terrified of Centipedes (the horrible fast flat ones) and of some green smelly bugs that we have here in Italy (Italians, I'm sure you know the green Cimice, but I don't think there's a translation of the name in English, the dictionary translates them as "bedbugs" but it's a completely different animal although the name in Italian is the same. The ones I'm on about are as big as a pistachio nut, bright green, and if they feel threatened they spray around this horribly stinky stuff.YUK!)
I had some very nasty experiences with these bugs, including waking up one morning and realizing I had squashed one in my sleep with my head(I will nor describe picking out of my hair the bits), going to bed and finding one inside my pijama's trousers when I was already under the blanket, and once when I was boiling water for pasta and when I went to put the pasta in I found one poor thingy that stupidly flew inside the pot an was cooked :( It is a recent fear so I think these episodes may be a probable cause. I am afraid of heights and in particular of the void. Appearently my fear of the void was born with me: I was told that when the nurse held me upside down when I was just born, I was freaking out and trying to clutch onto something lol. I don't like flying although I can kinda control it. I am a bit claustrophobic and hate overcrowded spaces. Last but definitely not least, I am TERRIFIED by the dentist. Perhaps because my dad is a dentist, and he never had patience with me when I was a child. He screamed at me a good few times cause I was scared and there you go, the birth of a phobia XD

Alice O (246)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 9:19 am
Deborah I have recently developed a very nasty feeling towards germs as well...I think since when I had a terrible urinary infection about a year and a half ago, which lasted for over a month and a half. I was prescribed lots of very strong antibiotics but they had no effect. I tried a herbal remedy and that slowly worked, but I won't describe the pain. I just cannot understand how I got it, the tests I had made showed that it was quite a rare one too, so it really remains a mistery to me. I ended up thinking perhaps it's something I ate....maybe this is what made me develop this fear.

Carol L (190)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 10:30 am
I was raised on a farm and have never been afraid of spiders and snakes and the usual creepy crawlies. I have a family of black widows living under my porch and long as they leave me alone I leave them alone, but I am afraid of brown recluses which I just found live in the area. I don't like earwigs, but that was from a TV show I saw when I was a kid. I used to be claustrophobic until I had to have a series of MRI's. They are boring and I now sleep through them when I can. What jerks me out of the twilight before sleep is heights. I was never absolutely terrified of heights until I was hurt badly in a fall. It might make sense if I had fallen from a height while rock climbing, but I didn't and if I hadn't been hurt so badly I might have shrugged it off, but now I am afraid of falling, especially from heights.

Summer Daze (162)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 10:39 am
I'll never tell!!! LMBO!!!
NO FEAR! (Ya believe me don't ya????)
Great article...noted with thanks!

Susan L (118)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 10:39 am
I confess-mice and cows. Mice, I don't know why, but cows I do. I was about 2 and we were on a trip. My grandmother kept trying to make me say the word cow. We were waiting for some cows to cross the road and one stuck her head in the window and Mooooed. Mom said there was NO comforting me and I'd start to cry every time we saw cows from then on while I was little. As I was older we had to cross a cow pasture to get to one of the places we went ice skating. I might not have been the first over the gate, but I was the first to the other side of the pasture and through the fence to the ice skating area. I'd even beat the older kids. It didn't matter that the cows were at the other end of the pasture, I ran like a demon was after me. I still avoid cows if I can and I definitely avoid mice. Lord only knows what would happen if I came across a rat. I'm most likely have heart failure!

Suzanna van der Voort (271)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 10:45 am
I have no phobia concerning animals...I have only fear of hights and I will freeze immediately when I am on the 12e floor of a building walking on a balcony.

Merry L (74)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 10:51 am
Cate, I have so many I don't have enough room!

Past Member (0)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 10:52 am
Well....My phobia will fit in with the times. LOL

Bullys.....I fear bullys! Can spot them a mile away. Bullys always seem to be fat, big and pug noses like a pig! If anyone out there think fat people are jolly & happy I've got news for you.......They are spiteful & devious!!

So there is my fear of sorts........Fat animals are just FINE & alot saner too boot!!


Past Member (0)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 11:08 am
Whoever smacked that bug on the wall made me crack up they way they described it.

Some of the comments here are very very funny although quit serious to them...........

Plant trees for life.....HOPILEGENDS.COM/............

Maureen S (35)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 12:04 pm
Bees...Wasps......Hornets. Anyone have any suggestions as to how to act around them? What if they land on you and won't go away? You are not supposed to swat them, but I don't want them hovering around me or landing on me. No, I don't wear any scents or perfumes whatever. They always seem to gravitate to me. Hmmmmmmmmm

Past Member (0)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 12:10 pm
Maureen.....Don't move & simply use your thumb & middle finger to flip them off as fast & hard as you can.

Plant trees for life......HOPILEGENDS.COM/..............

Denise Lytle (503)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 12:13 pm
I'm very afraid of spiders (although I was OK with tarantulas as a kid-I pet one at a zoo), even though I like them & appreciate them for what they do! It's not so much that I'm afraid they'll bite me...I'm afraid they'll crawl on me....ugh!

Louise L (48)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 2:09 pm
My Mom had a favorite story she liked to tell about my 2nd birthday. They had gone to quite some trouble to get a professional puppeteer to come for the party, and the minute he began to make the puppet talk I ran screaming from the room (that's gratitude for you). I still have a similar icky feeling about puppets and also clowns; no idea why. I've also never been crazy about heights; refused to go to the edge of the Arc de Triumphe with my sister. Inside a building does not bother me, though, such as going to the 23rd floor. I have read several sources that state that unusual phobias are brought from your previous life, possibly the source of your death at that time;fascinating. Way off subject, I'd love to have past life regression. Thanks, Ombretta.

Carolyn T (234)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 3:19 pm
Noted. So strong was my fear of snakes that I went through a desensitization program under the supervision of a psychologist friend! I was teaching at the time and could not even enter the reptile house on the annual mandatory trip to the zoo with each year's class (btw: I loathe zoos to begin with!)I still look away when they are on a tv program, lol. And, yes, I know what Freud had to say on this...he was wrong! Wrong! Wrong! Thank you Cate!

Maryanne C (111)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 3:37 pm
I'm deathly afraid of spiders and also afraid of clowns,they freak me out.

Denice G (45)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 4:25 pm
I really have a problem with spiders. We made a deal, leave and there will not be a problem, stay and the war is on. I live next to the woods, so I get wood spiders, in the sink and tub, we have a special deal leave or it is very hot bath time. I don't even like myself when I have to do this. High places and close places run a very close second. I guess I'm a wimp.

RC deWinter (418)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 5:24 pm
Notice the preponderance of women's responses to this thread. Does that mean we are more phobic than men? I think not...I suggest that the presence of testosterone prevents the male of species from admitting fear of anything...LOL...thus leading to my newest phobia...uncommunicative men...LMAO...

Louise, I have a cow story too, although mine did not lead to a fear of cows.

In Norwalk, Connecticut, the town we lived in until I was 9 1/2, there is a beach called Calf Pasture. It was so named because on the road leading to the beach in the long-ago there were pastures of dairy cows. In the 50's when I was 3 or 4, there were still dairy cow pastures all long the way to the beach. My folks would always stop on the way there if the cows were out so I could see them. One day I climbed up on the split rail fence that prevented the cows from wandering into the road. The cows were some way off, and I wanted to see them up close and personal.

I hung on the fence, moo-ing with all my might. Finally one big old cow wandered over, stopped right in front of me and bellowed in reply right in my face.

I almost fell off the fence in surprise and terror at how loud the moo was and ran over to my father for protection. My family has told this story about me for years to anyone who will listen every time I say what an animal lover I am.

RC deWinter (418)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 5:31 pm
Carolyn dear, are you sure you're not protesting too much? ROFLMAO then running to hide behind the potted palm so you can't beat me with your purse...

RC deWinter (418)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 5:32 pm
OOOPS....sorry, Louise and Susan for confusing you two...Louise, puppets, Susan, cows....duh....

David Gould (155)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 5:32 pm
I have learnt a great deal from all you lovely people...and I have to say that with so few poisonous spiders I rather like them but my cleaner kills them even though I ask her not and spiders go way back to when i found we were on the same side in both combatting the mighty Scotish Midge...but snakes i don't care for musch as they move too fast for me now-a-days...
Good night and sweet spider dreams every one.

Sandra M Z (114)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 5:52 pm
Wasps~had one caught in my hair and I tried to shoo it away, it got MAD. It attacked me, stung me six times, even followed me into the mudroom to do so. Everyone thought I was just acting crazy, jumping around and screaming.....that really hurt!

Very high bridges, like the ones on the Oregon Coast. A couple years ago I was white knuckled, gripping the steering wheel, freaking. By the 4th or 5th one, panic had set in, and I could only focus on the center pavement stripe, lest I careen us off the edge.

Sandra M Z (114)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 5:53 pm
Noted, thank you Cate.

. (0)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 7:02 pm
i don't like heights almost fell off a kladder as a kid joyce i am coming down we are going to show you with me singing to her

Pat B (356)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 7:14 pm
I don't mind the spiders or snakes. Like some of the above comments, I am deathly afraid of heights! About five years ago, I got on the ladder to go on the roof, to sweep the pine needles off. (I was the only one home at the time). When it came time to get down, I couldn't do it. I was stuck on the roof for 2 hours, until hubby came home, to find me having a panic attack, and people driving by the house to see me up there. I have a hard time driving in high places too, driving on overpasses, as I can see the road below, and ponder and obsess about falling off the side...driving through mountains with the single road going up, winding and coursing through the hills...oh my! I'm in a sweat just thinking about it! Thanks Cate, for your wonderful posts. i've enjoyed reading all the comments.

Evelyn Z (300)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 7:51 pm
Interesting = Only thing I'm afraid of is:

U.S.A. Politicians!!!!!!!!

Thanks Cate

Carol L (190)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 8:08 pm
I am not deathly afraid wasps, but years ago when we always hung all of clothes out on the line to dry I ended up with one in my pajama bottoms. Now that WILL jerk you of the twilight before sleep. And they don't just sting once like honey bees. The little #%&^%@$ stung mr three times while I was running through the house screaming at the top of my lungs and trying to get my pajama bottoms off.

RC deWinter (418)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 8:21 pm
Just one of the reasons I sleep nekkid, Carol...LOL

RC deWinter (418)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 8:38 pm
Oh, BTW Bette, not all bullies are psychotic bitchboss is about 6 feet tall and not fat...thickening around the middle and butt a bit, but still has long relatively skinny lower legs...kind of like a slightly-bulging spider...

Past Member (0)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 8:52 pm
bats -i am terrified of getting one tangled in my hair -biting me while i try to get it out -hasn't happened -but a few close calls -they are so very cute -but i do not ever want rabie treatments. And now that I fell off of a roof -I keep having terrible falling dreams -fortunately it disabled me -so I will never have to put this new fear to the test, lol.

Thank you Ombretta -great piece:)

Carol L (190)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 9:38 pm
Cate, I did sleep nekkid most of the time until I found out while I was in college that I still walk in my sleep. Luckily, that was one time that I was wearing jammies.

Melissa Kush (3)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 9:53 pm
I get nervous and break out in a sweat every time I see a cop car. They kind of remind me of snakes and spiders. And yeah, politicians are like ticks and fleas.

Past Member (0)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 10:08 pm
I am really scared.

Deborah N (37)
Thursday October 16, 2008, 10:42 pm
Think the only thing that I am deathly afraid of is one day getting up & theres nothing to get up for.. no creatures... no pets ... nothing.. think I can live with everything else.. bears I have been as close as the whites of there eyes, I have even chased one away from my dog outside, spiders they are useful so I leave them alone less I have guest.. (which isn't very often.) snakes I learned how to hold them , rats & mice I have raised.. cows I have cleaned.. so yes the only fear is not having the life I have now & the world I know it.. & all Grandfathers creatures small large & all ... in my life.. humans I figure I can live without .. but not the others... i have always had them in my life..

JustaHuman Here (53)
Friday October 17, 2008, 1:07 am
People's ignorance, egoism, cruelty and destructive way.

Past Member (0)
Friday October 17, 2008, 4:54 am
Carolyn T, I cant rest until you what Freud said, please tell.

Friday October 17, 2008, 5:32 am
When my kids hear me yell, get it! get it!, they know it's a spider. I am getting better with them. I was once trapped in a room with a trantula. We were renovating a house and there was a big hole in the floor between me and the main exit of the room and the spider was between me and the back door. It was NOT a good feeling. Chickens and bats are not my favorite things to be around either. When I see someone holding a bat it gives me the shivers.

Past Member (0)
Friday October 17, 2008, 5:37 am
Thanks Ombretta,I Googled the word phallic and am now much wiser.

RC deWinter (418)
Friday October 17, 2008, 6:22 am
LOL Ronald, good for you...ya learn something new every day!

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday October 17, 2008, 10:11 am
I'm probably claustrophic, too. I will not get on crowded elevators of subway trains or buses. I don't like crowds and will run the other way rather than be surrounded by hordes of people.

Oh, and I suppose guns, too. When we lived in Montana there was always a loaded gun under the driver's seat in the pickup and the care as well as in the pocket of the barn jacket hanging on the coat tree just inside the cabin door. I never touched anyof the guns; I've never held a loaded gun in my hands.


FreeSpirit Running (320)
Friday October 17, 2008, 11:30 am
Littleshadow, your never going to believe this one hon, but as a little girl, well I used to go to Calf Pasture in Norwalk, Conn. LOL...yep!

I lived in Greenwich, Conn. half my life & I sure do remember the cows and I loved that place. My Dad & Mom would take us 6 children and we just loved the scenery, just had to share with you my sister, ha! Thanks for bringing that story up, good brings back lovely memories Cate.

Much respect to all, I love everyones stories here, wow!

ROBIN M (312)
Friday October 17, 2008, 11:31 am

Terrie W (798)
Friday October 17, 2008, 11:45 am
The only spiders I am afraid of are the kinds that live around here--black widows, brown recluses and those really big nasty human-hand sized bird-catching spiders. They freak me out--especially when I accidentally walk into their webs!!!!! I haven't walked into one for over 10 years but then if I do go out into the woods I carry a long stick in front of me LOL.

The common house spiders we have here don't freak me out and I can deal with them. The only other phobia-level fear I have is justified--red wasps. I am deathly allegic to red wasps so I have anti-venin on hand in case of a sting. Black wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, mud daubbers and bees don't worry me--just red wasps!

I am not afraid of animals or snakes--not even venomous snakes which we have an abundance of here too.

Maureen S (35)
Friday October 17, 2008, 3:37 pm
Bette M. - thank you for the advice about flicking the bee/wasp/hornet off. I will try to stay calm as I do that. I appreciate your telling me.

Ken S (38)
Friday October 17, 2008, 4:50 pm
When you visit the US, we have to line up in the Aliens line...I always have the impulse to say, I AM AN ALIEN, I AM AN ALIEN..beep beep, in my best alien impersonation, but my fear is that I would get locked up in a padded cell...The customs staff don't have much of a sense of humor, especially when you look at the security people, who look like refugees from the OK corral , with artillery pieces that hang from their belts.....not too subtle or inviting at all...

Marian E (152)
Friday October 17, 2008, 7:56 pm
It was nice to see that I'm not alone with my phobias. I have
problems with heights, spiders, mice, germs and the phone.
The phone is the most troubling since it is an everyday accepted
mode of communication. When my kids were young, they would
answer it for me. Now that they're all grown, I just turn the
ringer off and let voice mail answer unless I recognize the number.
(Thank heavens for caller id!!!) I don't seem to have a problem
with work phones, but I think it has to do with being less personal.

Thanks Cate. It's really good to be able to laugh about our personal
phobias and foibles!

Darlene K (356)
Friday October 17, 2008, 11:56 pm
The heavy-weight spiders with fuzz or larger bodies, Wasps, and Hornets, are my "calmly walk away moments without letting my heart beat from panic"

Sandy v (91)
Saturday October 18, 2008, 2:26 am
I dislike many things but as I think about it, not phobic as I don't panic when confronted with dislikes. Phobia, drunks!!!! I would go to a party, didn't drink, but ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS got cornered by some drunk woman. I refused to drink with my sister (whiner) or my Mother (mean) or my husband (totally unpredictable). I would go out with my girlfriend in the winter when our husbands were hunting. She and I would laugh all night long over nothing. We did that for years. Always big plans to go out 2 nights in a row but always too hung over. She was the only one I'd be around and trust. No matter how screwed up her life or mine, we would laugh all night. At parties (where I didn't drink) she would be the life of the party and yet, I'd be stuck in some corner with a drunk. Everyone would try and rescue me but it never worked. Even now, if I go to something, I get stuck with someone no one else likes. I have checked and I don't have sucker tatooed any place I can see. But that is the only Phobia I think I have. I don't go out any more or to parties.

Sandy v (91)
Saturday October 18, 2008, 2:35 am
Second thought, crowds. I am 4'11" and hate crowds as I get stepped on, pushed, crushed, hit in the face with elbows, tripped and knocked down. Don't know if it is a phobia but I HATE crowds and avoid them at all costs. Christmas shopping, by mail. Fairs, early mornings and in the rain, No more events any place that has a crowd, no games that have a crowd. So crowds and drunks (and at sporting events you have BOTH!!!)

Tsandi Crew (95)
Saturday October 18, 2008, 10:27 am
Oh yeah! The biggest body of water I want to get into is a bathtub.

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 18, 2008, 10:31 am
Tsandi......LOL____Me too!!

I never did learn to swim. Never wanted too either! Both my kids swim like porpoises & everyone told me they would be afraid of water because I was!!!!! Shame on them for saying so.


RC deWinter (418)
Saturday October 18, 2008, 11:18 am
Well, I suppose I must confess to my fear of heights as well. When I was 13 or 14, I was hiking Sleeping Giant in East Rock Park in New Haven, a foolhardy thing for a klutz like me to do, but my best friend's father dragged us all out there to get us away from listening to Frank Zappa on the stereo. So there we were, a not-jolly group of adolescents and one physically-fit father ascending the side slope, and the path was muddy and wind-y. My left foot slid off the path above a ravine and I pitched sideways. Fortunately my I was able to catch a small tree and my friend's brother pulled me back. Now I am not only afraid of outdoor heights, but I cannot even watch those documentaries about how bridges are built when they show those psychotics up on beams doing the construction. Oh, and I can climb up long spiral staircases in lighthouses - but I freeze coming down. I have descended lighthouses all along the east coast on my butt.

Gail L (30)
Sunday October 19, 2008, 3:29 am
Don't like guns,heights,
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