What are you irrationally afraid of?

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#1 Posted by Dany (7887 posts) -

For me at least, when I drive on the highway where I am speeding maybe 80 mph, and I get stuck between a semitruck and another car on my left and right. That is literally the worst feeling for me. It feels like I am being constricted in a room that is getting smaller. My heart rate goes up, I stress and tense up. Totally not a cool moment to be a passenger in my car when that happen.

So how about you scardy-cats? What makes you squeal like a pig?

#2 Posted by Demoskinos (14776 posts) -

Driving. I was in two pretty bad car crashes when ai first started driving and large unfamiliar intersections freak me the fuck out. Mostly because I dont want to fuck up and hurt someone else. Driving in winter in particular is bad for me.

#3 Posted by Bucketdeth (8007 posts) -

I'm terrified of planes, getting on a plane is probably the worst fear I have ever felt, and the funny thing is, as a kid I used to fly all the fucking time.

Ever since my friend had passed in a helicopter crash my fear has been overwhelming, it sucks.

#4 Posted by Simplexity (1382 posts) -

Being in a closed tight space freaks me the fuck out.

#5 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

I'm not falling for that shit.

#6 Posted by Bwast (1342 posts) -

Life.

#7 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -
@Dany said:

For me at least, when I drive on the highway where I am speeding maybe 80 mph, and I get stuck between a semitruck and another car on my left and right. That is literally the worst feeling for me. It feels like I am being constricted in a room that is getting smaller. My heart rate goes up, I stress and tense up. Totally not a cool moment to be a passenger in my car when that happen.

So how about you scardy-cats? What makes you squeal like a pig?

But if you.. slow down, let the car on your right pass you and then flash the signal and go to the right lane (instead of being in the middle lane, if I understand you correctly), then problem solved! 
You don't have to remain in the middle, do you?
#8 Edited by believer258 (11808 posts) -

Bees, and for two reasons.

1) When I was young - like real young, maybe 4 - I kicked at one and it stung me directly under my toenail. This started the fear.

2) When I was about 6, I was playing Donkey Kong Country 2 and I came across this motherfucker:

and ran, screaming, out of the house. I did eventually beat it, though.

EDIT: Ah, fuck. You can't see it well in that video because the guy runs too fast. Anyway, when you drop down that pit and the music changes, a GIGANTIC bee comes right behind you. And I mean HUGE.

EDIT 2: Found a better video. Fast forward to 7:10

#9 Posted by Dany (7887 posts) -

@AhmadMetallic said:

@Dany said:

For me at least, when I drive on the highway where I am speeding maybe 80 mph, and I get stuck between a semitruck and another car on my left and right. That is literally the worst feeling for me. It feels like I am being constricted in a room that is getting smaller. My heart rate goes up, I stress and tense up. Totally not a cool moment to be a passenger in my car when that happen.

So how about you scardy-cats? What makes you squeal like a pig?

But if you.. slow down,

Whats this? slow.....down?

#10 Posted by KillyDarko (1888 posts) -

Nothing original here, I'm afraid. It's just them needles, I think ^^
Whenever I need to take a shot or do some blood tests or whatever, I get all anxious and stressed, but then I barely even feel it-- it's silly and it's a 100% psychological thing, but yeah... needles.

#11 Posted by Morrow (1829 posts) -

Happiness.

#12 Posted by Napalm (9020 posts) -

Heights. Fuck heights.

#13 Posted by Ninja_Welshman (485 posts) -

Sharks. Though I'm yet to find myself in a situation where I was confronted by one. I just know that if I ever was I would push my own mother in if it ment my safety. I'm a terrible person I know.

#14 Posted by MistaSparkle (2148 posts) -

Being in movie theaters because for a small portion of the beginning of the movie I feel like someone behind me will hit me in the head with an axe.

#15 Edited by kmdrkul (3476 posts) -

I have an irrational fear of being shat on by birds flying overhead. This in turn leads to my irrational hatred of birds in general.

#16 Posted by Carryboy (647 posts) -

I dont really have any irrational fears but my brother is terrified of baked beans.

#17 Posted by rosebud04 (360 posts) -

Bees! i fucking hate Bees!

#18 Posted by myketuna (1679 posts) -

Insect "faces". Not so much bugs themselves (not too worried about them), just their faces "staring" at me. I can eventually stare back at them after I get used to seeing them, but that first time they appear in front of me (like say the front page of Wikipedia as Picture of the Day), I freak out for a second.

Other than that, I have very rational fears.

#19 Posted by SuperSambo (2860 posts) -

Frogs.

I can't even explain why, but they make me freeze.

#20 Posted by Hyperfludd (373 posts) -

Bees, swimming and pills. Fuck pills mannn.

#21 Posted by RobotHamster (4171 posts) -

I've gotten better with this but being in a body of water where I can't see what's beneath me. Like in the ocean or a lake, not knowing what's under there always freaked me out.

#22 Posted by stryker1121 (1404 posts) -

@Bucketdeth said:

I'm terrified of planes, getting on a plane is probably the worst fear I have ever felt, and the funny thing is, as a kid I used to fly all the fucking time.

Ever since my friend had passed in a helicopter crash my fear has been overwhelming, it sucks.

Fellow white-knuckle flyer here. Like many fears, the anticipation of getting on a plane is usually worse than the flight itself. I think the fear derives from a loss of control. Once you're strapped in your life is in someone else's hands. Being in a confined space surrounded by people doesn't help. I'm mostly OK after takeoff, but if there's turbulence, I start sweating. I'm not totally relaxed until landing. it helps to have a talkative seatmate tbh, anything to take your mind off the pressurized capsule you're trapped inside.

#23 Edited by Dany (7887 posts) -

@Hyperfludd said:

Bees, swimming and pills. Fuck pills mannn.

You need pills, whats wrong with pills?

@SuperSambo said:

Frogs.

I can't even explain why, but they make me freeze.

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&ved=0CGUQtwIwAg&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DFjr3A_kfspM&ei=n33CT6DzGcPg2gWs1tBq&usg=AFQjCNGpdWo-VyfA-XfDTfYZpRvXVDoTCw

#24 Posted by Scrawnto (2440 posts) -

I have an irrational fear of heights. I get a little nervous just standing on a chair. If I'm on something seven feet off the ground, like a ladder or a fence, I get a bit shaky. Since I started practicing parkour I've gotten better at managing my fear, but even standing on a second floor balcony and looking down over the railing makes my stomach twist in knots. Oddly enough, flying in planes doesn't bother me at all. You get so high up that it all becomes sort of abstract, and it just stops affecting me.

@believer258: I was stung by a bee when I was four. I stepped on it while I was running barefoot. It was just before I went to Disney Land, and I had to be pushed around in a stroller because it hurt too much to walk for long. It sucked hard and was super embarrassing, but for some reason it seems to have had no lasting repercussions. I think I'm actually less afraid of bees and wasps than most people.

#25 Posted by freakin9 (1113 posts) -

I still have heights as an issue, from falling down a flight of stairs as a child.

I do go through life pretending like it's not a issue, but it's a feeling that can't be helped.

#26 Posted by Scrawnto (2440 posts) -

@RobotHamster said:

I've gotten better with this but being in a body of water where I can't see what's beneath me. Like in the ocean or a lake, not knowing what's under there always freaked me out.

Oh man, eff that. That doesn't sound like an irrational fear at all. Who knows what might be in there? Sharks? Crocodiles? Discarded fish hooks? Count me out.

#27 Posted by CyborgDuo (105 posts) -

Deep water. There's a scene in Tomb Raider: Legend where you see very sudden movement when you're swimming in an underwater cave that totally didn't help. Anyone know it?

#28 Posted by Grimmrobe (199 posts) -

Being around loud, annoying people.

Specifically frat boys.

#29 Posted by JacDG (2120 posts) -

Spiders, even virtual ones, can't really play games with them, weird I know.

#30 Posted by EvilKatarn (465 posts) -

Spiders in real life make me so damn frightened. Working on getting over it.

Last time I saw one in my room I didn't even call my dad to throw it out. How's that for courageous?

It is still hanging out here I guess, but as long as it stays out of my business I think I'm cool with it.

#31 Posted by Bucketdeth (8007 posts) -

@stryker1121 said:

@Bucketdeth said:

I'm terrified of planes, getting on a plane is probably the worst fear I have ever felt, and the funny thing is, as a kid I used to fly all the fucking time.

Ever since my friend had passed in a helicopter crash my fear has been overwhelming, it sucks.

Fellow white-knuckle flyer here. Like many fears, the anticipation of getting on a plane is usually worse than the flight itself. I think the fear derives from a loss of control. Once you're strapped in your life is in someone else's hands. Being in a confined space surrounded by people doesn't help. I'm mostly OK after takeoff, but if there's turbulence, I start sweating. I'm not totally relaxed until landing. it helps to have a talkative seatmate tbh, anything to take your mind off the pressurized capsule you're trapped inside.

Yeah I can tell you feel the same way as I do, being trapped in a giant metal tube flying through the sky isn't what I call a good time. The anxiety can be overwhelming, and I once had to get off the airplane before take-off, this was probably the most ashamed of myself I have ever felt. When in flight (if I get that far) I usually order a beer right away which takes away some of the anxiety and extreme nervousness.

#32 Edited by TheDudeOfGaming (6078 posts) -

I don't really know what my phobia is, but heights make me uncomfortable. Anyway it happened to me twice that i just woke up with the worst feeling of dread, i felt like i was dying. And i have no idea what i dreamed of.

#33 Posted by Zacagawea (1590 posts) -

Going to have to agree with bees. Fuck them.

#35 Posted by BonOrbitz (2183 posts) -

I have an incredibly irrational fear of spiders. My stomach gets nauseous when I see one, regardless of size.

#36 Posted by Pocky4Th3Win (134 posts) -

Spider webs touching me. I have no problems with spiders or their webs but once it touches me I freak the fuck out. I scream like a little girl and run around. My fiance finds it hilarious.

#37 Posted by PenguinDust (12496 posts) -

Heights, although I don't think that's irrational. You fall, you die.

Crowds. This one I admit is irrational, but I just get anxious whenever I'm in a crowd of people. If they violate my personal zone of comfort, I try to distance myself from the offenders.

#38 Posted by InternetCrab (1504 posts) -

Hornets. When you sit there minding your business with a open window, and you hear a buzz and those motherfuckers are in and they won't get out. Fuck that shit.

#39 Posted by spilledmilkfactory (1866 posts) -

Ever since watching the trailer for The Final Destination, I've always had a mild fear when walking past people mowing their lawns. What if they hit a rock or something and send it flying straight through my skull??

#40 Posted by Yummylee (21542 posts) -

Everything.

#41 Posted by stryker1121 (1404 posts) -

@Bucketdeth: For me, it's the confinement, loss of control and movement of the aircraft that bring the anxiety. To combat those feelings I get an aisle or bulkhead seat; anything to give me as much legroom as possible. I also bring my iPod to cut out some of the cabin and engine noise. Have you ever thought about consulting w/ your doctor to take a light sedative before flights? Not that I'd say go out and get Xanax or something, but it's something to look into w/ your doc if the fear is that extreme. Maybe something to help you fall asleep? (Just throwing this out there. I'm no doctor, but I have a couple of friends who will take a light sedative to get them thru flights and they're not drug addicts or anything )

#42 Posted by matthias2437 (985 posts) -

Spiders. Fuck spiders. Like most people are afraid of them but I flip shit if a spider gets on me. Snakes don't bother me, no other bugs bother me, but fucking spiders get to me.

#43 Posted by Hailinel (24421 posts) -

Dead birds.

Yes, I am scared of a specific type of deceased animal.

#44 Posted by Dagbiker (6972 posts) -

Nothing, all my fears are based on science. But Swarms, like ants and bees, when i pick up somthing and it has ants all over it I freak.

#45 Posted by Chop (1996 posts) -

Embarrassment

Let me explain. I'm sure nobody likes embarrassing themselves but for me, the fear of it is crippling. Social Anxiety, motherfuckers.

#46 Posted by John_Lawlz (110 posts) -

Suburbia.

#47 Posted by CakeBomb (219 posts) -

Driving, and centipedes.

#48 Edited by BestUsernameEver (4825 posts) -

Nu disco, fear threads, and when a stranger stop hammertime's me when I'm not ready.

#49 Edited by TheFreeMan (2712 posts) -

Being underground/in enclosed spaces fill me simultaneously with concern and wonder (usually). I generally have a worry that there's gonna be a cave-in, or something. Suffocation is up there on my list of I Hope I Don't Die This Way
 
Also - losing my hearing. Losing any sense would be awful but my ears ring every now and then (for totally mundane, easily remedied reasons) and the idea of having crippling tinnitus fucking terrifies me.

#50 Posted by RadixNegative2 (511 posts) -

All insects, especially spiders and centipedes. Butterflies are ok as long as they stay at least 5 feet away.

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