Feast on This Friday: Fears & Phobias

Coincidentally, I have a phobia of popup books

Coincidentally, I have a fear of pop-up books.

 

Fears. We all have ’em. Some of them are just practical nuisances but other can be completely life-altering. When I use the term “nuisances,” I mean not being able to fall asleep until your feet are properly tucked under the covers, far from the prying hands of the mucussy goblins that live under your bed. Having a fear of heights and being uncomfortable in a tall building is one thing. Having a serious case of acrophobia that keeps a person from accepting an important career opportunity is another.

My spice once pointed out that I have more phobias than anyone he knows, like on par with Woody Allen. I didn’t agree until I had to use my second hand to continue counting ’em.

To my knowledge, my first serious fear stems from the fact that I saw a particular movie by Steven Spielberg when I was only three years old. Yes, I’ve been aquaphobic since I was three. But it isn’t just water that makes my skin crawl, it’s certain types of agua and what might be in them. My aquatic phobias include thalassophobia which is fear of open waters like the ocean, bathophobia (“deep waters”), and hydroskourophobia, which includes “deep, dark waters,” and even limnophobia, a fear of lakes. In my case this also includes selachophobia (fear of evil creatures I won’t name) and megalophobia (which includes any big things you may see in the water, and especially things that can stare back at you).

Some of my phobias, like my selachophobia is very real. C’mon, people say, that isn’t a realistic fear; it’s not like you live in on the ocean. Trust me, my fear of not-so g-r-e-a-t [color] s-h-_-_-  … y’know, is pretty severe. Even just seein’ a picture of the evil, dead-eyed bastards scares the hell outta me, causes me to jump or scream (or cuss), sometimes throws my heart into arrhythmia, elevates my blood pressure, and makes my palms sweat, and my mouth dry. We’re talkin’ serious dread here. My family isn’t even allowed to say the word out loud. At the Home Clan Allen Builds, the creatures are surely demons that shall not be named. Some of my closest friends (including my spice, the jerk) take a perverse pleasure in trying to desensitize me of this particular fear. They especially enjoy posting pictures of the monsters on my Facebook page. Haha. For those who’re counting, that’s six phobias so far.

I also fear closed-in spaces (claustrophobia), being trapped (agoraphobia), heights (acrophobia), flying (aviophobia), clowns (coulrophobia), bridges (gephyrophobia), and dentists (dentophobia). That’s thirteen. Thirteen things that cause visceral responses from my nervous system whenever I confront them. Thank goodness I’m not triskaidekaphobic.

What makes your skin crawl, takes your breath away, or causes you serious anxiety? Please share in the comments below. Sometimes it’s nice to know that we’re not alone. 

7 thoughts on “Feast on This Friday: Fears & Phobias

  1. I was terrified of heights until my brother-in-law, Ron, shamed me for not riding on a roller coaster at Astroworld. He got my daughter to ride it at age 10. So I rode it, eyes shut. Then I rode it again, 4 more times in a row. After that I was able to climb a ladder, stand on a step stool without feeling like I was going to pass out, and other great feats involving heights such as flying in a jet.

    Now, instead of praying that my jet disappears before it gets to the airport to pick me up, I pray for a safe takeoff and landing. That’s it! It’s a wonderful feeling to feel free of a phobia. I even feel that I’ve wasted all of those opportunities that I’ve had over the years to ride on roller coasters of all shapes and heights.

    But not even babysitting my grandson’s tarantula broke my fear of spiders. However, I’m less fearful of snakes, now that I’ve lived 2 years in a house with my son-in-law’s boa constrictor. Of course, it lives in an aquarium and I’ve never held it. Give me a little more time. It’s not poisonous, thank God.

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      • I agree! I’m not going into a hole full of snakes or a web of spiders either. The roller coaster is the only safe dare considering it won’t bite. 🎢

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