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        07-23-2012, 06:50 AM
      #31
    Showing
    I fear moss.. it bothers me like no other. It makes me cringe and burst into tears.

    Same with bumps like mosquito bites or hives.. it really bothers me.

    I don't like hair on legs.. yuck.
         
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        07-23-2012, 07:14 AM
      #32
    Lis
    Yearling
    I hate people in animal costumes like you get at Disney Land and the like. It's wrong, creepy and should be banned. I won't walk near people like that, won't look at them or speak and try to get out of the area as fast as possible. They scare me along with robot animals as well. At the shopping centre at home they have this display of giant robotic bears that sing and it scares the bejeesus out of me. If looks could kill those bears would be toast.
         
        07-23-2012, 07:25 AM
      #33
    Foal
    I am phobic about hospitals but not anything else medical such as doctors, dentists etc. Only the building itself. I'm working on this as one day I'm going to have to stay in one for something and the current hysterics and resulting high blood pressure aren't much fun.

    Other than that I won't look in the mirror in a dark room and cockroaches make my skin crawl.
         
        07-23-2012, 07:49 AM
      #34
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    It's really interesting, because I think many of us posting here would regularly hop on a green, hot or just plain nutty horse. So we're not exactly of a nervous disposition!

    I also think that while we tend to view humans as rational creatures, often a lot of our actions (and reactions) are based on irrational and emotional "right-brain" thought processes, and we can readily shut down into fight-or-flight responses despite the object of our fear posing no genuine threat (I seriously doubt cows are out to harm me but when I see them there's no convincing me they're not steamrollers with a desire to squish me). Anyway just a thought!
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        07-23-2012, 08:13 AM
      #35
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    Anybody else unable to touch cotton wool? My hands have gone twitchy and feel funny at the thought of it and I've now got to go wash them to get rid the feeling :(

    As for the mirrors... glad to see I'm not the only one who Bloody Mary has followed into adult hood! As a kiddie my best friend had this beautiful room with a giant closest along one side... the front of the doors? Floor to ceiling mirrors! Sleep overs used to be torture as I'd try to will myself to sleep before somebody could attack.
         
        07-23-2012, 09:11 AM
      #36
    Lis
    Yearling
    I'm also scared of going past windows at night. It's torture now as the house I live in I'm on the bottom floor and have to go past the door with windows to either side to get to the toilet.
         
        07-23-2012, 09:42 AM
      #37
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    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.
    ^^^
    This is mine as well! I hate the phone...up until when we came to TX I didn't own one. I would use my husbands only to stay in touch with my folks. Now I have one because my husband is gone all the time.
    I hate calling people. And I screen my incoming calls, but everyone that is close to me knows that and they just leave me a message to tell me what they need or to call them back. If someone wants to get a hold of me, texting works the best. Public outings and events better have a beer booth...ahhh self medication! LOL.

    And the usual things heights and snakes. Snakes also came recently since coming to TX. I was unfamiliar with the good snakes and bad snakes. I found one in my house! Eek! Try chopping a snakes head off with a dull shovel on your carpet.....it takes a loooong time. I am used to bad snakes having a rattle on the end. Even Bull snakes will "rattle" their tail even though they have no rattles, but you can hear the difference and they are a good snake. Down hear there are Water Moccasins, Copperheads, Corals and they don't have rattles! How am I supposed to know where they are at????
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        07-23-2012, 10:32 AM
      #38
    Weanling
    Ballons! If their not blown up that's fine, I'll even blow them up. But once they are blown and tied I can't be in the same room as one let alone two...
    The dark... and everything in it.
    And last but not leased, my cupboard. During the day and when it's closed its fine, but if it is dark and open I won't go near it or change my clothing in my room until someone closes it for me.
         
        07-23-2012, 12:00 PM
      #39
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    Originally Posted by EvilHorseOfDoom    
    It's really interesting, because I think many of us posting here would regularly hop on a green, hot or just plain nutty horse. So we're not exactly of a nervous disposition!

    I also think that while we tend to view humans as rational creatures, often a lot of our actions (and reactions) are based on irrational and emotional "right-brain" thought processes, and we can readily shut down into fight-or-flight responses despite the object of our fear posing no genuine threat (I seriously doubt cows are out to harm me but when I see them there's no convincing me they're not steamrollers with a desire to squish me). Anyway just a thought!
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    Haha, that is an excellent point...that no one here sees an eminant threat from horses, but fear other objects/animals. Like cows, I am not afraid of them at all - yet the most real threat I have ever faced from another creature was from cows, not bulls...yet I have a healthy fear of bulls. And, although I have never been "injured" by dense deciduous forests - I would far prefer to take my chances in an open bull pasture w a red flag tied to my fanny than enter a forest. There seems to be no room for logic in the equation.
         
        07-23-2012, 12:41 PM
      #40
    Yearling
    I get nervous when people are handling knives. I worry someone isn't going to be paying attention and I'll walk by them and get stabbed in the side or some other accident will occur... lol.
         

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