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Are you afraid of the dark?

Postby Rojava Free State » Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:37 pm

About two minutes ago, after finishing a call with a friend of mine in the basement, I had to switch off all the lights down there before coming back upstairs. After getting the last light turned off, I proceeded to skeddaddle up the steps as fast as I could and slam the door behind me with a bang. Since I was a child, I've been afraid of the dark. I remember when I was a kid, I would wake up in the middle of the night and be terrified of going out into the hallway to get to the restroom, and I would just lay in bed till I fell back asleep or till morning came. To this day I will not sleep in a completely dark room and desire to always keep a light on of some sort. it doesn't help that I'm an avid fan of horror stories, especially creepypastas, and despite being basically an agnostic, I'm still scared of the paranormal.

So now I'm turning the floor over to you NSers. Is anyone else here afraid of the dark and if you are, so you any stories to tell about your phobia? Is there any defined age where a fear of darkness should be lost or is this a fear that can be lifelong? Let me know below
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Postby Farnhamia » Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:40 pm

Rojava Free State wrote:About two minutes ago, after finishing a call with a friend of mine in the basement, I had to switch off all the lights down there before coming back upstairs. After getting the last light turned off, I proceeded to skeddaddle up the steps as fast as I could and slam the door behind me with a bang. Since I was a child, I've been afraid of the dark. I remember when I was a kid, I would wake up in the middle of the night and be terrified of going out into the hallway to get to the restroom, and I would just lay in bed till I fell back asleep or till morning came. To this day I will not sleep in a completely dark room and desire to always keep a light on of some sort. it doesn't help that I'm an avid fan of horror stories, especially creepypastas, and despite being basically an agnostic, I'm still scared of the paranormal.

So now I'm turning the floor over to you NSers. Is anyone else here afraid of the dark and if you are, so you any stories to tell about your phobia? Is there any defined age where a fear of darkness should be lost or is this a fear that can be lifelong? Let me know below

Thanks for reminding me, I'll be doing that same thing for the next week. >:(
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Postby LiberNovusAmericae » Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:41 pm

I don't like the dark either, and I don't know why. My fear used to be much worse, but at least sometimes I can handle turning the lights off.
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Postby Dangine » Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:44 pm

I'm only afraid of the dark if it is dark in a place i'm not familiar with.
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Postby Infected Mushroom » Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:44 pm

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Postby Kuominwave » Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:44 pm

Back then: Always ran upstairs as fast as I could the moment I switched off the lights, 'cause monsters in the dark would try to eat me (in my imagination).

Now: Always stealthily sneaking down there in the dark to steal something from the fridge.
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Postby New haven america » Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:45 pm

Nope, I actually quite like the dark.

Unless I'm running up the stairs, then I need to instinctively run from the monsters that live in the dark.
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Postby Imbalistan » Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:46 pm

I greatly prefer maybe a nightlight or a reading light on. That, or if your bedroom has a bathroom, that the bathroom light is on and the door is opened a smidge.
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Postby Grinning Dragon » Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:46 pm

Never been afraid of the dark and in fact I embrace the dark. I would think once one reaches that age of 5 or so, their fear of the dark should almost be nonexistent.
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Postby Foxfound » Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:47 pm

When I was younger I was very much afraid of the dark, but not so much anymore. I wouldn't want to spend the night in the woods behind my house, mind you, but there's plenty of reasons for that beyond a lack of photons.
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Postby Walkerfort » Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:50 pm

I have to say


I keep atleast a light on while sleeping and I go Mach 15 up the stairs when switching off the lights

so... maybe
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Postby Domina Nostra Nova Terra » Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:52 pm

Its silence more than the dark that scares me.

When they are combined oh boy

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Postby Assyrania » Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:52 pm

As a child, I was quite scared of the dark. I remember being in the toilet once and the toilet lights just switched off and left me in literal pitch darkness. I screamed at the top of my lungs for a full two minutes before anybody bothered to come help me.

Now, I can’t handle pitch darkness, unless I know the place well. I’m not scared if there’s a little light around, but I still prefer being with someone else.

PS. It’s called nyctophobia.

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Postby Nazi-PewDiePied Sweden » Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:52 pm

I watch wholesome videos before going to sleep. In the dark of course.
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Postby Jean-Paul Sartre » Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:53 pm

I am. However, only when:
1. Not accompanied by someone else
2. The moon is not visible
3. It's in the woods
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Postby Rojava Free State » Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:57 pm

New haven america wrote:Nope, I actually quite like the dark.

Unless I'm running up the stairs, then I need to instinctively run from the monsters that live in the dark.


Monsters when you walk up the stairs with the lights off: *birdman hand rub*
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Postby Tech Support Scammer » Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:04 pm

When I was little I would always run up stairs as fast as I could when I was in a dark room and I hated being in the dark when the power went out. I usually would sleep with a night light on. I remember at one point in time I would sleep with Christmas lights in my room, Idk how I got any sleep. I remember at night would see scary things in the dark in my room when I was trying to sleep but it was just my imagination. Now I am not really bothered by the dark and I hate having light in my room when I am trying to sleep. I can not fall asleep with light on. Not even light from a nearby electronic in my room.
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Postby Trollzyn the Infinite » Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:06 pm

I'm not afraid of the dark; I'm afraid of what might be hiding within it.
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Postby Galloism » Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:07 pm

I am not afraid of that which goes bump in the night.

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Postby Nuclear Wastelands » Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:10 pm

I'm pretty afraid of the dark, except (Oddly enough), in the woods, despite being a Blair Witch Project Fan.
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Postby Conserative Morality » Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:51 pm

Nah. Used to be. My mother locked my room for the night without the light on once, and that went a long way towards curing me of my fear. Now I prefer the darkness. Gives me more room to think.
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Postby Scomagia » Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:59 pm

I'm not afraid of the dark which is good because I quite enjoy sensory deprivation tanks. I imagine they'd be less enjoyable if I was afraid of the dark.
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Postby Neutraligon » Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:03 pm

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Postby Soviet Tankistan » Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:06 pm

No. My only concerns are rational dangers.
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Postby Wunderstrafanstalt » Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:09 pm

Soviet Tankistan wrote:No. My only concerns are rational dangers.

^^^. When I was younger, like a year ago, I still believe in the existence of Genies and satan and ghostly presence that can directly harm me. Now, I smile condescendingly when someone challenges me to go to scary haunted places.

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