I have fears of a lot of things, but true phobias I would have to say claustrophobia, which is really more a fear of being trapped, but trapped in
small places is worse than say, a room. As I have gotten older, this one has definitely gotten worse. I used to be able to do a normal MRI, but now
have to do the open ones. The fear of the MRI though, is of someone not coming back to get me out, or the machine collapsing on me somehow.
I got stuck on an elevator a couple of times, and handled it ok, but I feared the elevator collapsing to the ground, or the doors opening not level to
the floor. I have an odd fear stepping off elevators that it may collapse right at the moment I step off. But, just more fear than phobia. I read a
story about a young doctor that was decapitated on an elevator in just that fashion. Freak incident, but it stayed with me, nonetheless.
Used to be terrified of snakes until I met my husband who had a small snake. He introduced me to his pet snake, and we ended up owning some rather
large 120 lb. 12 foot long pythons. In that case, knowledge was helpful in overcoming the fear. I handled them and had no fear at all. I have never,
however, handled a poisonous snake, and have a healthy respect for them.
Spiders. Yep. Me too. Irrational fear so I call that one a phobia. All insects bother me, but spiders make me scream, cry and run. If one gets on me,
I panic. I always hate it when my husband stops talking, stares at me, and says don't move while edging slowly towards me. I *know* why, and the fear
that grips me is almost paralyzing. But, I know he's got my back, or shoulder, or arm!
I like to watch spiders, but I still shiver when
watching unusually large ones on television even, like tarantualas and bird eating spiders. Ergh!
I don't like crowds of people, but not because of fear, but because of dislike of crowds of people. They push you, step on you, bump into you, smell
bad, puke on you, and are just generally rude. I avoid large crowds because of that, and because when I am in large crowds and this happens. I lose
my temper, and get angry at the way people behave. I would probably start smacking people, which would not end well for me, so just best to stay
Liars and manipulators. I do seem to have a somewhat irrational fear of these types of people, because I tend to be trusting. When I find out that I
have been terribly lied to or manipulated in a huge way, it really upsets me. Because of this, I find it hard to let people get close to me. It takes
a long time to gain my trust.
Though they fascinate me, I am horribly fearful of serial killers. Not so much because they kill people, but because of the coldness and calculating
acts. Much I suppose, in the same fashion as liars and manipulators. I mean, lots of people kill people, but serial killers are different, hence why
they both fascinate yet repulse me at the same time.
I simply dislike public bathrooms because people are filthy. I was in a grocery store, and went to the bathroom. When I walked in, I felt like I had
walked into a scene from Saw or something. There was blood and feces and urine and who knows what else, from floor to ceiling, every wall. I literally
felt like someone, or several people had been murdered in that bathroom!
This was in a *grocery store*! And a well known name store, at that! I left, got my family, and walked out as fast as I could and have never gone
back. I didn't even stop to tell the manager. There was no way *someone* didn't know the condition of that bathroom, that type of damage didn't
happen in just a few hours! Even odder yet to me, it had to have been done by more than one person, based on the sheer volume of... the offending
materials. I was mortified.