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        07-22-2012, 11:27 PM
    Green Broke
    I have the usual spiders and heights.

    Then there's the clowns, masks and balloons. People usually raise an eyebrow at me when they hear about them.

    Then there's the unfortunate social issues that come with my disorder. I hate talking on the phone, dealing with strangers and I have a huge personal space bubble. I get ridiculously anxious when people are too close, which makes malls and such not my favourite places in the world.
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        07-22-2012, 11:37 PM
    My only fears are tornadoes and pony boo boos (especially trailing accidents!). I've dealt with some terrible horse injuries and hate to see my horses in pain! Tornadoes send me into fits, the only bad dreams I have are when I'm usually driving, and surrounded by tornadoes everywhere.
    Of course I have a "normal" amount of social anxiety and the only time I don't like using a phone is when its not on a private line, ie house phone with multiple phones, or one line for multiple houses.
    Pretty tame hahaha :P
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        07-22-2012, 11:45 PM

    Now lets see.,

    Rational, flying, dentists, spiders.


    Sponges, *shudders* feet, talking on the phone, people throwing up, even on cartoons on the TV makes me heave.

    Oh and my favorite, the fear of snakes dropping on me when I drive the ride on mower under low hanging branches, even though we only have little harmless garter snakes, that live on the ground, it creeps me out
        07-22-2012, 11:55 PM
    I am absolutely, completely, irrationally terrified into immobilization by wolf spiders. We have big brown hairy ones here who like to come inside. I lived in a mobile home for about 8 years as a kid, and they REALLY like mobile homes. When I'm surprised by one, I SCREAM and cover my eyes (real smart, right??? Lol). My best friend calls it my 'barbie scream'. Once I manage to open my eyes, I back out of the room, watching them in case they follow me. I usually end up shaking and sweating. Its ridiculous, really.
        07-23-2012, 12:39 AM
    A few rational fears are incredible heights, monsters under my bed/in the dark, and densely wooded areas.
    Wooded areas can conceal so much, and if you were to become lost, you may never be found again.

    On to the irrational.

    I am absolutely terrified of being alone for the rest of my life. I've never had much luck with the opposite sex, and I fear that I'll grow old and be a bitter old women with her horses.

    I hate to be touched. Physical contact makes me ill. Hugging, shaking hands, brushing hands/arms together, it all drives me insane. I literally crawl in my own skin when someone touches me. On the other hand, I can have a dog jump all over me and get drool everywhere, and I'm a okay.
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        07-23-2012, 01:01 AM
    I'm terrified of dead fish, and dead mice. I like having pet fish, but when they die, I have to get someone else to dispose of it. Until then, I'll cover the whole talk with a towel, and shudder every time I walk by it. And I'm not afraid of live mice at all, just when they're dead. Gives me shudders as well. I'm a weirdo
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        07-23-2012, 01:07 AM
    I'm sorry BarrelWannabe, but I have to laugh.

    If you look at your two statements, there could be a correlation between the two.

    OK I know it isn't funny for you, it must be hard to live with
        07-23-2012, 01:17 AM
    Dense forest of deciduous trees, especially new growth forests with a lot of undergrowth. I suppose to some it is irrational. :)

    Centipedes. I just can't think rationally looking at a large centipede.

    Tall old industrial looking brick buildings close together. I avoid cites - I am convinced I will get lost and end up in "old brick building he**".
        07-23-2012, 03:02 AM
    Welllllll I have a laundry list!

    My major one is emetophobia (fear of vomiting) I actually have a counter on my phone of the last time I puked to remind myself it's not often (especially for me, last time was when I was 8 years old, I'm 29 today). It used to rule my life where I would not go anywhere where maybe I would get sick/see a sick person, etc. I got therapy for it and it's much better and the anxiety only really pops up when vomiting is imminent (or perceived to be by my crazy brain)... I vaguely remember waking up from gallbladder surgery last Nov very nauseous and saying melodramatically "it must never happen! I would rather die than throw up" haha... I didn't.

    I am also afraid of balloons, metal silverware, fish, toasters (although I love toast, I have to put the bread in and push down and run out of the room), scary movies, and bats. There is more, a lot of them are sensory issues more than actual fears, though :)

    More irrational, is the new 35W bridge in Minneapolis. I know it is now the safest bridge in Minnesota, and I'm not afraid of it collapsing like the old one, but they put all these weird structures on it that light up different colors, etc and it is just creepy to me. I will go any route NOT to drive over it, and luckily I don't go the city very often at all.
        07-23-2012, 03:10 AM
    Glad to see I'm not the only one who is scared of walking by mirrors at night time :P I avoid it at all costs, sometimes I even go outside to pee in the middle of the night to avoid the bathroom mirror LOL. I used to scare myself with ghost stories and shows as a kid, and more than one involved something popping up in a mirror. Uhg. Just so creepy.

    Other than that? Jewelry. I cannot touch it, sometimes I even hold my breath around earrings and rings, and it makes my skin feel crawly when it touches me. I like leather and fabric decorative pieces (like bracelets), but if its metal or jeweled... I just can't deal with it without freaking out and breaking into tears. Why? Pffft, I don't know, but it's a weird fear that's for sure.

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