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Old 07-19-2019, 02:32 PM
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Got up in middle of night to use the loo.
As I walked into dark bathroom and flicked on light, I felt an evil presence.
Plopped down and out of corner of my eye, I saw IT!
A centipede crawling up edge of the door!
I sat there...frozen in terror...Not making any false moves and holding my breath.
Sensing my presence, it froze.

Keeping one eye on it, I quickly washed my hands and then BOLTED out of the bathroom.


Normally, I'd yell for Hubby, but it was 3 am.
Too afraid to kill it myself.

Deathly afraid of creepy, crawly bugs and spiders.
Particularly terrified of centipedes and beetles.
(Must be because I'll be their dinner when I die. OR I've seen too many horror movies involving bugs.)

HOW ABOUT YOU?
ANY PHOBIAS?
HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH YOUR FEARS?


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Old 07-19-2019, 02:38 PM
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but my DH knows that if the hair spray can is sitting on the floor, there's a spider trapped under it.
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Old 07-19-2019, 02:41 PM
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spiders and my DH is so fearless about everything unless it is a snake.
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Old 07-19-2019, 02:42 PM
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I’m totally fine with spiders, roaches, and any other bugs.
But I am absolutely terrified of scorpions.

Also rats with the long tails. I don’t mind mice or hamsters-it’s the ones with the tails only.

Deathly afraid of heights. I avoid at all costs.
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Old 07-19-2019, 02:50 PM
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Rodents freak me out. As for phobias— germaphobe here


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Old 07-19-2019, 02:53 PM
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Yuck, mice or rats.
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Old 07-19-2019, 03:16 PM
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I have an eye phobia. I can't stand looking at people's eyes, hearing about eye problems, or having my own eyes touched. I hate it when kids pull their eyelids down. Once I even fainted at the eye doctor because of it.

People who know me well know better than to discuss eyes around me. At the eye doctor I always tell them and I also do deep breathing. I'd literally rather go to the gyn many times than the eye doctor once!

No clue where the phobia came from, but I've had it my whole life.
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Old 07-19-2019, 03:19 PM
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Bugs do not bother me. I hate mice. If one is caught in a trap I cannot go near it. Ugh.
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Old 07-19-2019, 03:19 PM
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I am afraid when I cross a bridge in a car. I am afraid the bridge will crumble and I will fall into the water and be trapped in my car.

No this has never happened to me or anyone that I know. And yet the fear is still there.

I do okay as long as it is not a long bridge. I get very tense while on the bridge. I also hate it when the traffic is heavy and I have to stop and weight on a bridge.
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Old 07-19-2019, 03:25 PM
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Snakes!! Also... flying, skunks, boats on the open ocean (lakes are fine), and lightning. I guess I am a total baby!


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Old 07-19-2019, 03:27 PM
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I am afraid of elephants.
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Old 07-19-2019, 03:38 PM
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1) Vomiting - me personally.
I can take care of my children if they get sick, and can deal with a vomiting student, but have a legitimate phobia about vomiting myself. When my children get sick, I get them to the bathroom, then glove up, wrap a bandana around my face, and spray the crap out of every surface and air with disinfectant spray before doing anything else. Same goes for classroom (only with hidden, not supposed to have, disinfecting wipes). If other people get stomach viruses, it sets off my anxiety and I end up getting an upset stomach just thinking there is a possibility I might throw up. It's so bad that I actually never throw up, but often if I am actually sick that is worse. But when I get nauseous I end up having a panic attack.

2) Flying birds
I get made fun of about this pretty often, and it is actually kind of funny and not the same level of terror for me as 1. I swear, birds are constantly trying to kill me.
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Old 07-19-2019, 04:13 PM
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Snakes, Junebugs, and lightning.
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Old 07-19-2019, 04:19 PM
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Seaweed freaks me out. I'm always afraid it will wrap around my legs and drag me to the bottom. Bugs and such don't bother me. Hubby is scared of snakes, I have to move them when they get in the shed.
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Old 07-19-2019, 04:40 PM
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Dentists, moths, and daddy long legs.
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Old 07-19-2019, 04:41 PM
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I have been terrified of escalators since I was a kid. When new lines of the Metro in DC opened I was a high school kid in the 'burbs. I overcame things enough to handle the up escalator. As for the down, I had friends literally support me getting on it and getting off it. I also would have to look slightly up the whole time. Now it's easy enough to find an elevator or stars to go down.

As for just severely grossed out but not truly phobic, moths are the vile cousin of the butterfly and should go somewhere far, far away.
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Old 07-19-2019, 04:41 PM
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I can identify with how you felt. There was an icky centipede in the sink in my laundry room the other day. I was too scared to reach over the sink to turn on the water to flush it down the drain. We were having a staring contest. I was afraid to look away-that it would disappear and I wouldn't know where it was-which would be even more terrifying. So I kept squirting it with Oxiclean spray wash until it curled up and died. Then it took me another ten minutes to muster up the courage to get it out of the sink.

I am afraid of creepy crawling things and snakes. I found a 5+ foot black rat snake in my landscaping three weeks ago and I haven't pulled a weed since. We've had a lot of rain so it is looking like a jungle out there, but I don't care. I got my garden rake and tried to encourage it to get out of my yard. When it finally started moving, it started slithering up a tree. I knocked it down. I watched it go across my neighbor's yard before I moved. I didn't know that snakes climbed trees. Now I can't stand under my trees without wondering what is up there. I am pathetic.
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Old 07-19-2019, 05:28 PM
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I don't know that it's a phobia, but I also have extreme anxiety about vomiting when I'm away from home. I'm in my 40's and have only had an issue for about 10 years. Sometimes I will panic if I eat something in a restaurant I think might be "off" and will make me sick.

I manage it by having anti nausea meds and a vomit sleeve with me when I travel, and I try to limit alcohol and rich foods.
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Old 07-19-2019, 05:33 PM
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Phobias are a pretty severe lot, so I wouldn't say I have any phobias, per se. I do have a few heavy fears. Heights is a major one for me. Also, driving over bridges is a lower level anxiety event. I go over a bridge twice a day at least, though, so I've had to deal with it. I freak out a bit internally when it's nighttime and I drive by something that juts up in the air unexpectedly- like a tallish tower near the road. Weird, I know. I also have a thing about looking at the inside of wrists. Can't stand it. That's on the level of how I can't stand the sound of cracking knuckles (like some people hate chalk on a chalkboard).
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Old 07-19-2019, 06:22 PM
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I absolutely hate centipedes, too! I totally get it. I also hate crickets! The way they move creeps me out. 😧
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Old 07-19-2019, 06:35 PM
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Mice/rats and snakes. I am very uncomfortable in small enclosed spaces and would never go in caves, underground tours, etc.
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Old 07-19-2019, 06:55 PM
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Snakes (I even hate typing the word)

Heights

Bridges - I'm like 1956-afraid the bridge will collapse....when I was younger, the Sunshine Skyway in Florida had just opened (70's) and my grandparents took my brother and I for a ride over it. I was so terrified I sat on the floor of the car and cried. Then what happened in the 80's - a barge hit it and cars fell into the water. Luckily no bridges here in AZ except over the Hoover Dam which I have no desire to drive over.
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Old 07-19-2019, 07:03 PM
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Spiders. I don't care how many bugs they eat. They are ugly horrible sneaky creatures. And some can kill you.
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Old 07-19-2019, 07:08 PM
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I’m incredibly freaked out by whirlpools. It extends to include drains. I love to swim, but I have to know where the pool drain is so I can avoid it. I won’t get in a hot tub because the bubbles hide the drain. Our hotel last week had a jacuzzi tub. DH asked if I wanted to take a bath 8n it. That’s a H3LL NO.

When we were putting in our master bath, I said the shower had to have the drain on the end, not in the middle. Our shower has two shower heads, and I use the one on the end opposite the drain.

I’m not sure where that fear developed.

I’m also claustrophobic. Small spaces do bother me, but tight clothes really bother me. I hit panic mode in a fitting room when a shirt wouldn’t come over my arms, and I was ready to rip it when DH heard me flailing and came to my rescue. The only words I could form were “it’s got me”. My shirts all stretch, and nothing has tight sleeves.
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Old 07-19-2019, 07:34 PM
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Ski lifts! I had never been anywhere near one, just this irrational, pointless terror. For our 20th anniversary, my husband planned a trip to go ziplining at a ski resort. We arrive, I find out we have to take 2 ski lifts and I just lose it. My poor husband had no idea...why would he? We don't ski. Well, now he knows why.

I did manage the ski lifts, but holy cow, I was scared spitless. And I'm not afraid of heights--I'm afraid of falling. Totally weird.
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Old 07-19-2019, 07:57 PM
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Spiders. I don't care how many bugs they eat. They are ugly horrible sneaky creatures. And some can kill you.
This is the best description I've ever read of a spider.
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Old 07-19-2019, 08:20 PM
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Mine is mice. So disgusting . My best friend lives in a rural location and she gets them in her house. I would never live anywhere where that was just accepted as a normal thing! Also roaches . I could never live where they were common either. Thankfully I've never seen one here.

I do get spiders occasionally and I think they're gross, but I just kill them with the bottom of my shoe and they're gone just like that. You can't do that with a mouse!
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Old 07-19-2019, 08:34 PM
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Has anyone heard of this theory?

https://psi-encyclopedia.spr.ac.uk/a...on-and-phobias
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Old 07-19-2019, 09:38 PM
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Stomach viruses and vomiting.
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Old 07-20-2019, 11:57 AM
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Fire...I don't even roast my own marshmallows...I hate fireworks and sparklers. I'm not even fond of candles.
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Old 07-20-2019, 12:36 PM
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For two years in a row I had wasps build nests in my shed. I saw them going in through the crack between the door and the wall. I got the bug bomb that you put in at dusk and that didn't kill them all. I had to get the spray that you aim at the nest from 20 feet away, and believe me, I was 20 feet away. I am not scared of spiders or bees, just wasps.
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Old 07-20-2019, 01:31 PM
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but I dislike snakes, rodents, and tight areas. Opossums creep me out as well, even though I know they are extremely beneficial animals.

My DS #2 is a black belt in tae kwon do and afraid of spiders. The boy has broken landscaping bricks apart with his bare hands, but he is no match for a spider. He's not fond of heights either. (Neither is his dad)
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Old 07-21-2019, 04:56 AM
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I hate spiders and bugs too! I'm so gladI don't live in an area where there are brown recluses or a lot of black widows or worse. I don't know how people in Australia can live with those big spiders!
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Old 07-21-2019, 11:41 AM
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Has anyone heard of this theory?

https://psi-encyclopedia.spr.ac.uk/a...on-and-phobias
Seenthelight- I have seen stuff like that. That was an interesting read. I used to joke (half seriously) that I was probably killed by someone coming in a door of a public place, because I have a serious aversion to sitting with my back to the door. I still am weird about that in places where there is clearly one entrance.
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Old 07-21-2019, 12:26 PM
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I think I have emetophobia (fear of throwing up). I never knew it had a name until recently. I kind of freak out if a student in my room gets sick (although I've learned to hide it well - in my head I'm a mess). It's not because it grosses me out. It doesn't bother me as much if it's not contagious. It's the thought of ME getting it that freaks me out. I don't mind the flu, snot, fevers, etc... Just the stomach bug.

I can't even read PT posts about someone having it.

I can handle bugs, snakes, etc... But don't put me near someone who's had the tummy bug or feels sick.
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Old 07-21-2019, 12:43 PM
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Snakes and cocktail parties with the "In Crowd".
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Old 07-21-2019, 06:57 PM
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This is fascinating!
I'm very interested in learning more.

Did some research and discovered that I'm far from alone in my fear of centipedes.

Centipedes do have venom; they're carnivores; and their bodies are very different from our own, so our minds interpret them as scary aliens. Also, they scurry.

On a Blog Post, one woman had a similar terrifying centipede encounter. Apparently centipedes CAN feel our presence.
So, when she froze. The centipede froze and seemed to "look" at her/ turn her way.
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Old 07-21-2019, 07:21 PM
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Look up Coyote Peterson on YouTube. He lets himself be bitten/stung by all sorts of different things to test if they really are as painful as people say. The centipede episode left me with a healthy respect for the little critters.
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