Do you have any phobias?

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    Have you tried to overcome them?

    I'm terrified of heights, I cannot stand on a chair without shaking.
     
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    Spiders! omg....I hate hate hate spiders...the little creepy arachnids are everywhere in my basement, all I want to do is take a can of hairspray and a lighter and torch they asses when I have to go down there to do laundry....(shudder) nasty little buggers...
     
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    I can pilot an airplane, but can not and will not ride on a Ferris Wheel.

    Put me in a cockpit and I'll go anywere, but expose me to open-space heights and I'll cry and cower like a whipped puppy.
     
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    yeah snakes spiders heights deep water and phobias themselves, I have a phobia of getting more phobias, aka phobiaphobia.
     
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    Wasps...although I did make some strides in overcoming my terror while teaching first grade. Sometimes one would fly into the classroom, and I obviously couldn't risk it stinging one of the kids...but I still have a little bit of a freak out when I see one and my heart starts pounding so hard.
     
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    Heights aren't my favorite. I don't do roller coasters as a result, yet I 'll climb a ladder to paint my two story house or cut a tree down. I can rationally overcome fear.
     
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    I acquired a fear of heights out of the clear blue sky one day. I spent quite a long time trying to figure out what brought that on. My best guess is that it is due to some particular incidents I experience in the military. Unfortunately, that fear came on me at a very bad time. I actually froze in place. That sucked.

    I have since found that old-fashioned immersion therapy has done wonders to mitigate this problem considerably.

    The standing on the chair thing was true for me, too, for a time. Especially when doing things which required me to look up, like changing a light bulb.

    Looking up was more likely to induce uncontrollable shakes than looking down.

    I once had to have a Ferris wheel operator stop the ride and let me off. That was embarrassing. And weird, since I rode Ferris wheels a million times when I was a kid.

    Through regular practice of forcing myself to do things which require ladders or whatnot, I have nearly eliminated my fear and am almost back to normal. I can climb up on my roof and stuff now.

    Another useful immersion technique I found helpful was to go to a shopping mall and go up to the second or third floor and go to the "sidewalk" railing and look down to the first floor for a while. The trick is to make your body relax when that is the last thing it wants to do.


    I took a hot air balloon ride this past fall. When the balloon launched, I crouched on the floor of the basket. I thought I was ready, but it caught me by surprise.

    The balloonist said that was the first time he saw someone freak out in the 16 years he has been ballooning. :lol:

    But within a couple minutes, I was able to stand. And within ten minutes I was enjoying myself thoroughly, and was able to look over the side with no qualms whatsoever.

    A great day. I highly recommend ballooning to everyone.

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