Uncommon phobia's can really suck mainly because no-one else understands it. Some are universal - no-one questions you if you are afraid of spiders, or snakes, or heights, or planes etc.
I've always had a phobia of slimy things. I rarely actually went swimming when my family went to the beach (which was very rare anyway) in case I encountered seaweed I despise worms most of all, along with slugs, snails and other slithery garden creepers. I'd much rather handle a spider Yet people look at me weird when I tell them I'm terrified of worms. Yet cockroaches and spiders are no more disgusting but it's "normal" to be afraid of them
My phobia is really odd. I'm afraid of stupid people. It is my firm belief, that if I stand within 10 yards of STUPID I risk exposure which may cause: severe headaches, depression, lack of self worth, and in rare cases, pregnancy.
Which is why I propose that we institute an IQ test for Americans, and deport everyone that falls short of the magical number. Which would be awesome, as a side effect drug (alochol included) usage will plummet, babies will stop spawning in hordes, and overall speech will be more polite. As opposed to the same swear words being used as nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, ect...
Then again, a negative would be that I wouldn't have anyone to check me into a hotel. Or serve me a quick bite to eat. Oh the inhumanity.
Thunderstorms are my big one. I'm a nervous wreck during the late spring and summer months when we get them really bad here. I think it stems from my fear of tornadoes, even though I've never seen one and it's totally irrational since I'm from the American northeast it's not like we even get them much anyway.
I also hate elevators. When it's night time and I have to get past my front door or windows I run because I'm scared that there'll be something scary beyond the glass! D:
I've also been having nightmares of shootings since Friday when a few other girls and I were stuck in the lockerroom at school because we were having an urgent sounding safety drill. Besides the recent shooting in Connecticut, surrouding school districts were on lock down because there were threats of similar things happening. It was traumatizing.
Scales. Like the kind you stand on to weigh yourself, not the kind that fish are covered in
I had an eating disorder when I was younger and a big part of recovery was to not weigh myself, which was really difficult because it's terrifying not to know exactly what you weigh when you've spent most of your life obsessing over it to the point where it nearly kills you.
Somewhere along the way, my brain made the utterly illogical leap from "scales should be avoided for the good of my sanity" to "scales are the single most terrifying and threatening object in the history of the world". I find it really hard to walk down the bathroom supplies aisle in the supermarket and if I go to the bathroom at a friends house and there are scales there, it absolutely completely freaks me out. The only way I can describe the (completely irrational) feeling is like rising panic, like the knowledge that if I stepped on the scale it would put me right back to where I was 12 years ago and it's the scariest feeling ever...kind of like standing on the edge of a cliff and realising that there's nothing stopping you from just stepping off.
None of my phobias are really 'strange' ones, I'm claustrophobic though and so that is never fun. D: My best friend is quite phobic of wasps/bees and it stems from the fact she doesn't know if she's allergic to them.
GUERRILLAcartoonzFeatured By OwnerDec 22, 2012Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not too fond of trains, either. That discomfort about them kind of came from my driving class when we had to watch a few gruesome videos on train wrecks. A whole family in a station wagon was taken out because of the father's dumb-ass decision to drive past the gates when they were lowered... then the station wagon stopped running and he was unable to start it in time. The results were catastrophic. The little girl in the car ended up decapitated or something.
Then again, watching that video taught me not to be a dumb-ass behind the wheel and make shitty decisions, so... I shouldn't complain.
I have an extreme fear of being close to anything that lives underwater (including underwater plants), and it's gotten worse in the past few years to the point where I can't even go to aquariums anymore, especially if they have gigantic tanks. The Caribbean Reef tank at the Shedd Aquarium was absolutely terrifying to me.
I'm terrified of anything that have more than 4 legs. Except octopus and squids.. i don't encounter many of them on the LAND. Heights also.. I can't look down my window and I'm only on 2nd floor x/. And needles ... Exept for tattoo needles, maybe just because they're not long and stuff .
I don't exactly have arachnophobia, but if they're bigger than my pinky's nail then I'm afraid of them, which is pretty common. Unfortunately for me, my house has a big backyard and spiders enter my room constantly from there. Once one of them climbed to my window's curtain, I didn't see it, and it almost climbed to my face. I almost died that day. ¬¬
I just want to toss in, even though you probably already know this, that daddy longlegs are not spiders, are not venomous, and are completely harmless. They couldn't be more harmless if they were made out of dryer lint. Maybe this will help a bit.