Originally posted by targeting
Ok this is going to be as embarrassing as all hell. I've never actually told anyone this, but I'm afraid of pregnant women. The idea of pregnancy freaks me out in general. If you think about it a fetus is almost like a parasite and I keep thinking that the baby is just gonna pop out alien style. The stretched out stomach freaks me out as well. And then childbirth is the worst part. I can't find the scientific name for the fear of pregnant women, but I've had it for as long as I can remember. No one has mentioned this so I guess it's pretty weird but I don't get how someone can not be freaked out by it.
Originally posted by TLomon
This may sound silly, but it is a real fear of mine. Fear that my dog is going to lick the straw in my soda as soon as my back is turned. My wife used to think this was silly... until we caugh the dog doing it.
Originally posted by shansen
Love spiders, when I see one outside when winter comes, I bring it inside - don't think my house is full of them, though, ha-ha! IMO, they are perfect creatures, very well adapted. I especially like those little black/white jumping ones, I don't know their name but they have a pair of black eyes right in the front and they seem to look at you... cuties!
LATER EDIT: These I'm talking about
However, I HATE, HATE, HATE being catch in a crowd of people. I'm always thinking about out-of-control, panicked crowds and me being smashed under their feet... that freaks me out royally! Yikes!!!!
Great thread, btw, OP... S&F for ya, mate!edit on 8-1-2012 by shansen because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by k21968
I am terrified of long bridges. I never realized it until I went on vacation to Destin Florida and drove across a long bridge and hyperventilated and almost passed out. Then I moved to Tacoma Washington and had to cross the Tacoma narrows everyday. I would literally have to psych myself into stepping on the gas pedal. To this day I cannot tolerate bridges, especially long ones over extensive spans of water.
Originally posted by Helious
reply to post by jude11
I'm not real sure about heights but I think with spiders, it really is a combination of things. I think they were probably slightly more menacing to our ancestors as they were larger back then because there was more oxygen in the atmosphere allowing them to grow bigger. Along with snakes, spiders seem to be a basic fear with people having having varying degrees of fear towards them. Funny thing is, I am not scared of snakes at all.
Spiders although largely non aggressive towards humans will almost always bite if they feel they can not run out of self defense, they will bite out of accidental contact to skin if they feel threatened and can not escape and a rare few, including wolf spiders can be outright aggressive towards humans.
Spiders can cause necrotic wounds on rare occasions such as the brown recluse and Hobo spiders and bites can result in flesh decay and huge open wounds, even amputation in very rare cases. They also appear menacing because of the eyes, fangs and legs, the spiders movement is fast and and is unlike most creators because it has eight legs so it seems unusual too us. There is the fact also in how it eats it's food, by cocooning, biting and paralyzing and then liquefying and sucking up it's victim, pretty horrendous if you ask me, no shock so many people are scared of these things.
Anyone see Starship Troopers? If spiders were the size of large dogs, you would run away from it for your life, faster than you ever ran before I'm guessing lol. That being said, not everyone is afraid of them, I seen a guy on the show Logmen on History, pick up a brown recluse and eat it, so, who knows haha.
Originally posted by Tasty Canadian
But secretly (and this is just between you & me) I have this innate fear that I am one day going to come strolling contentedly out of a public washroom with 3 yards of 3 ply toilet paper waving in the breeze, securely tucked in the back of my pants or stuck to the bottom of my shoe.
Originally posted by sarah17
...things (mostly animals) coming out of the toilet...
Originally posted by jude11
I am still intrigued by this "Cotton Ball" Phobia!
Not going to count but maybe 4 or more people in this thread stated cotton balls as a phobia. What is it with these little suckers? I don't understand it but phobias are at times irrational in nature right?
If someone has the time to elaborate on this particular one I would be grateful.
I have to say that this is my favorite thread of all. Just amazing what stories people are sharing on here.
Originally posted by 1nOne
reply to post by jude11
Crossing bridges. Phobia just suddenly appeared for no apparent reason in my mid-thirties.