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Postby CoraSpia » Mon Feb 01, 2021 10:12 pm

Hello NSG!

There are some things, like being shot in the head by the strange guy pointing a gun at you at a particular moment, that we should all be afraid of. Additional things to have a healthy sense of fear of include uncontrolled fire, large explosions, that feeling you get in your gut after eating a takeaway kebab at 3 AM and politicians with grand plans. There are however a lot of things that people still fear, despite the fact that they are not going to cause them harm.

Over 6 % of people, for example, are afraid of heights. Over 10 % of US adults are scared of flying. Stranger examples include named phobias including those of 'new things,' dancing, numbers, sunlight, and belly buttons. Presumably somebody reported fearing these things to a doctor or another health professional, and thus was the phobia named.

I on the other hand am absolutely terrified of soil. I don't just dislike soil or find it gross: touching soil will lead me into a full-on episode of almost complete fear paralysis. Yes, by soil I am referring to the stuff under the grass...the stuff that 'normal' people are insane enough to put their hands in in order to plant seeds. The thing that schools, in order I presume to torture their students, force them to plant potatos in.

I am well aware that my fear of soil is absolutely mental, that soil in itself is not going to do me any harm and that unless I get professionals in the garden will look 'like that' forever. I still knocked over a potted plant and was a nervous wreck for an hour though.
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Postby Stellar Colonies » Mon Feb 01, 2021 11:33 pm

Parasites...

Although that probably isn't too irrational.
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Postby Odreria » Mon Feb 01, 2021 11:38 pm

I am scared of being trapped in a pitch black elevator filled with poisonous spiders

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Postby Valentine Z » Mon Feb 01, 2021 11:45 pm

I have quite a fear of writing fiction that might become bad omens. For example, shameless plug - Valentine Z went into a total nuclear war MAD in 1998. The year was supposed to be 2020-ish or 2030s, BUT I changed the date to the one in the past because I really don't want an actual hellfire to be here.

I also have a fear thinking about the past times where I slipped on the floors and nearly hit my head or broke my limbs. To clarify, I was relieved that I didn't break a bone in the past, but I have a fear that one day I might just randomly slip and I might not recover and thus the fall.
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Postby A-Series-Of-Tubes » Tue Feb 02, 2021 12:45 am

Talk about my irrational fears? Why on earth would I do that!?

I will say the fear of heights is rational. No matter how many times you experience it, it's still there though perhaps channeled into extreme attention to any factor which could cause you to fall.

By the way, old people need to pay attention to that fear again, or they'll break a bone just from tripping over. Poor balance, sure, but also forgetting that they need to maintain conscious balance and can't rely on the ganglions to handle it. This is like the "extreme attention" of a rock climber or a worker up a ladder: it's deliberate because it is motivated by fear.
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I consider no fear of anything that might actually happen to be irrational. That said, I am scared of Mr. Blobby.
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Postby Twicetagram and JYPe » Tue Feb 02, 2021 12:50 am

My fear of butterflies should just tell you how irrational my fears are. I think I talked about in the TET. It’s really bad and I’ve still not been able to get over it.
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Postby Heloin » Tue Feb 02, 2021 12:53 am

I'm pretty sure I've told the tarantula on my shoulder story plenty of times here so yeah, spiders.

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Postby Dresderstan » Tue Feb 02, 2021 12:56 am

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Postby The Free Joy State » Tue Feb 02, 2021 1:01 am

Dresderstan wrote:Bees, and hornets, and anything with nasty stingers that fly.

I consider that a rational fear. Especially if they're the nasty little sods that can sting more than once (that's why I'm not so scared of honeybees; because they die if they sting you and so usually leave you alone if they don't perceive you as a threat, I've found).

I have a few phobias that I consider rational.

My fear of fireworks is probably not (but, as I may have mentioned before, that can be traced to some teens throwing a jumping jack at me and my mother when I was a toddler), and my fear that the bridge over a road or water will break beneath me is almost definitely unfounded (ditto, piers -- which is why I always make myself walk to the end of the pier and back if I happen to visit the seaside, to face it head-on). I won't be ruled by fear.
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Postby Exxosia » Tue Feb 02, 2021 1:12 am

Megamouth sharks.

Though I can trace my fear to an exact moment when my father thought it would be funny to slam my head into the glass and hold it there of the preserved megamouth's case at the LA natural history museum.

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Postby Idzequitch » Tue Feb 02, 2021 1:12 am

Needles. I didn't used to hate them. But I had a bad experience with one as a teenager and now I can't stand to look at them. When I had to get shots a few years back, I had to tell the nurse that I wouldn't be looking at the needle, but I needed to know exactly when she was going to put it in. I don't even know why they bother me so much. I know it's irrational. But I can't change it.

In addition, I have another weird quirk that I've never heard of anyone else having. I hate it when the tines of a fork cross with the tines of another fork. Looking at it makes me want to vomit. It makes absolutely no sense to me or anyone else, but it is what it is, I guess.
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Postby Albrenia » Tue Feb 02, 2021 2:28 am

I've got a phobia, which tends to vary quite widely in strength depending on how stressed I am. I'd share what exactly it is, but I'm a little paranoid about sharing my weaknesses on the internet, even to people who I trust like you folks.

I don't know why it varies in strength so wildly for me, but some times in my life it basically camped on my mind 24/7 and guided most of my plans, while other times like now it's just a strong dislike of the thing in question.

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Postby CoraSpia » Tue Feb 02, 2021 5:30 am

Albrenia wrote:I've got a phobia, which tends to vary quite widely in strength depending on how stressed I am. I'd share what exactly it is, but I'm a little paranoid about sharing my weaknesses on the internet, even to people who I trust like you folks.

I don't know why it varies in strength so wildly for me, but some times in my life it basically camped on my mind 24/7 and guided most of my plans, while other times like now it's just a strong dislike of the thing in question.

Is it...sharing your weaknesses on the internet?
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Postby Borderlands of Rojava » Tue Feb 02, 2021 6:21 am

I'm scared of some rando foe from my past coming and stalking me.
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Postby Wink Wonk We Like Stonks » Tue Feb 02, 2021 6:24 am

things with lots of holes in them (trichtophobia?). less of a fear and more like an extreme dislike.
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Postby Risottia » Tue Feb 02, 2021 7:30 am

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Postby A-Series-Of-Tubes » Tue Feb 02, 2021 7:59 am

Borderlands of Rojava wrote:I'm scared of some rando foe from my past coming and stalking me.


Personally I tell myself that any foe from my past still rando enough to still want to kill me, must also be so psycho they've probably headbutted a lumber saw which disrespected them.
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Postby Borderlands of Rojava » Tue Feb 02, 2021 8:00 am

A-Series-Of-Tubes wrote:
Borderlands of Rojava wrote:I'm scared of some rando foe from my past coming and stalking me.


Personally I tell myself that any foe from my past still rando enough to still want to kill me, must also be so psycho they've probably headbutted a lumber saw which disrespected them.


Unfortunately for me I almost ran into some weirdo from my past at my job. He didn't wanna kill me, he wanted to do...other stuff :shock:
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Postby A-Series-Of-Tubes » Tue Feb 02, 2021 8:01 am

Wink Wonk We Like Stonks wrote:things with lots of holes in them (trichtophobia?). less of a fear and more like an extreme dislike.


Big holes, or small holes?

I mean, I sort of get it, but all random sized holes (like a natural sponge) are all that creep me out.
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Postby A-Series-Of-Tubes » Tue Feb 02, 2021 8:02 am

Borderlands of Rojava wrote:
A-Series-Of-Tubes wrote:
Personally I tell myself that any foe from my past still rando enough to still want to kill me, must also be so psycho they've probably headbutted a lumber saw which disrespected them.


Unfortunately for me I almost ran into some weirdo from my past at my job. He didn't wanna kill me, he wanted to do...other stuff :shock:


With ... fava beans and a nice Chianti?
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A-Series-Of-Tubes wrote:
Wink Wonk We Like Stonks wrote:things with lots of holes in them (trichtophobia?). less of a fear and more like an extreme dislike.


Big holes, or small holes?

I mean, I sort of get it, but all random sized holes (like a natural sponge) are all that creep me out.

for me it's mostly larger and more uniform holes like a lotus seed pod.
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Postby Borderlands of Rojava » Tue Feb 02, 2021 8:05 am

Albrenia wrote:I've got a phobia, which tends to vary quite widely in strength depending on how stressed I am. I'd share what exactly it is, but I'm a little paranoid about sharing my weaknesses on the internet, even to people who I trust like you folks.


I'll help you. I'll go first. I'm neurotic as hell, I have anger issues that lead to me lashing out at people including my own family with aggression, I have ADHD and I drink too much.
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