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Phone calling is definately a phobia of mine. It's one reason I am still stuck in my house without child care, etc, because I cannot bring myself to call people. It's irrational, and people tell me I just need to quit being shy and do it- but it's not as simple as that. If I have a call I absolutely -have- to make I will start shaking at the very thought of dialing, and I've started into a panic attack knowing I had to make the call. If someone calls me it isn't so bad, just like I can answer phones in a work setting because they are making the connection.

I also have the same issue with asking for help in a store or asking for directions. I'll just turn around and walk out, or be lost until I almost run out of gas. Full-on panic.

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ladyknight
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I have a couple of nice ones.
Being afraid of spiders is fairly common. Being so afraid of spiders that I can't even touch a picture of one on a page because I'm afraid of the picture is a little more extreme and weird.

I'm also afraid of structures. If it's above the ground, I don't totally trust that it's going to stay up. I almost had a panic attack walking on a second story pedestrian bridge in Las Vegas. It gets particularly bad when a semi or something heavy goes by on the street and I can feel whatever structure I'm on vibrating from the passing. I can't look out my fifth story floor windows, I can't look down from walkways in museums on such (despite the fact that sometimes that overlook is really really cool), and I was literally shaking when forced to climb to the top of St. Paul's Cathedral.

ETA: I'm not afraid of falling off these structures, or anything like that. My thoughts run more like "What if this wasn't built correctly, and I step in the wrong place, and it just can't take it anymore, and it cracks and falls apart?" And it doesn't seem to matter if the silly thing is 2 months old or 200 years old...I feel this way about driving on the new Wacouta Bridge and about climbing on St. Paul's Cathedral.

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I don't mind calling people. It's receiving calls. Ever since a particularly upsetting death in the family, I'm afraid that when a family member calls, it's to say someone else has died.
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Me too. In fact, whenever anyone in my family leaves a message on my answering machine, they say "Just calling to say hi, no big deal" or similar, just to stop me stressing out about it.

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I'm afraid of heights, but only if I can see the ground. If I'm standing on any sort of surface that I see through (like a grate), I'm freaked out. Ladders? Terrified. Looking out the window on the 20-somethingth floor of a hotel, I'm fine.

Also, I'm not afraid of small spaces (in fact I have a slight "denning" instinct, used to sit under tables and read in closets as a kid) but I hate being in a situation where i can't easily get away. I guess I don't like being trapped. If I'm in the middle of a crowd, or in a room where I can't easily get to the door, I start to feel a little panicky. In univeristy I always had to sit at the endof the row as close to the exit as possible.

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I'm not keen on dead wasps either. I saw a dead one at my grandmas when I was a kid and somebody told me the stinger in them is still active (is that true btw?) and get mildly squicked out by them too.

Cockroaches. I've never seen a cockroach, except at a creepy crawly exhibition,m just the thought of them creeps me out.

Celery. Now, I like celery but one time I had a dead beetle stuck inside the grooves of a piece of celery. On the odd occasion I do eat it now, I've got to inspect every piece for hidden insects.

Earwigs. They creep me out far more than spiders, thankfully I hardly ever see them. The last one I saw was in a pack of organic blackberries I got from Tesco this year. I now make sure all my fruit and veg have been treated with every chemical known to man before I touch them.

The fruit and vegetable isle in supermarkets. I've heard too many stories of black widows or tree frogs being brought in with exotic produce. I now carefully examine all produce before I buy for nasties before putting it into my trolley.

Foreign packages. My ex took great delight in telling me about the huge spider which jumped out of a box of computer parts he opened from China. It's entirely possible he made it up but has put the idea of nasties lurking into my head.

Now I will post some shiny, happy things and try and convince you all I'm not totally neurotic.

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quote:
Originally posted by moonfall86:
I watched a cartoon where a hat almost got washed down a gutter,

*look of delight* Johnny Fedora and Alice Bluebonnet?

-Tabby
the princess with claws

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moonfall86
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Indeed.
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Filet O' Waffles.
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Miss Rosa
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Erm, not sure where these came from but the following give me the creeps:

Basement lighting (bare lightbulbs). Causes creeping anxiety and other escalating unpleasant awarenesses.

Fifties Moderne furniture, especially white-blonde oak and Amoeba Moderne. Cannot stand to be in the same room with it.

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