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cato4797
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17 Sep 2018, 12:03 pm

Did anyone else have weird fears? I used to take creatures from fictions (such as the Giants from BFG) and just imprint them in my life, and was totally terrified constantly. I couldn't go near windows because of window monsters that my parents told me about and the giants. I couldn't be in the shower alone because I was afraid of the devil being outside and I'd imagine every noise as that. I thought vampires were all around my house and they were going to kill me, etc. It got worse at night too. Sometimes it was overpowering. Often associated with windows and/or doors.

That's gone away now, but did anyone else have this.



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17 Sep 2018, 12:12 pm

Trees with no leaves in the winter (now I love them)
Travel motels or one storey inns and lets (remains)
A certain sign on the motorway (the sign is gone but my fear remains at the spot)
Old people (I was afraid of them dying)
Marriage (lest the partner die -- remains)
Timepieces (now I love them)
Twins (remains)
The colour orange (remains)
A shade of turquoise which I occasionally see on this site (remains)
Butterknives (remains)
The Police (the band) -- especially Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic (panic city)

Everything else (my rampant phobia of pink beings from hell that live in mud), is somewhat more normal I think - since most people fear at least one creature.

Ages 8-9 are considered the stage with most fears. It's when our imagination kicks in.



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17 Sep 2018, 12:36 pm

Yes, I was continuously scared of things like Fungi or Berries on bushes. Always convinced myself that I could die in the most unlikely ways.



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17 Sep 2018, 12:53 pm

As as kid I was quite terrified of using public toilets. I was fine using the toilet at home or school, but if I had to go to the bathroom somewhere else I'd almost rather wet my pants. And that was a real problem because as a kid my parents would often take my brother and me camping in the summer, and our camper didn't have its own toilet so I'd have to use the ones at the campground. One campground had real outhouses instead of modern toilets. I hated them. They were smelly and creepy and full of bugs and I'd imagine monsters coming up through the hole and pulling me under.

Now my only major concerns of using public bathrooms are how sanitary and private they are.



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17 Sep 2018, 4:44 pm

I had fear of (being abducted by?) space aliens when I was a child. I might fear night (especially when I was lonely, for example in the room) due to it. I was interested in programs about UFO since childhood.
When I was about 7 years or older, I had the fear of spontaneous human combustion.
I also had the "fear" of collision with the asteroid, probably even before my sixth birthday. 31.08.1997 I was a witness of falling something from the sky, maybe it was an asteroid.
My grandmother once said that I was afraid of concrete mixer when I was before my 6th birthday. She took me to the bioenergotherapeutist some times (it was wrong, evil, bad, occult). Maybe I have OCD due to visits with bioenergothrapeutist?
When I was a child I had also "inadequate shame". I might be ashamed of concrete mixers, by their appearance (they are quite round, pear-like), not fear them. I did not want to go into the bus with "Blue Star" advertisement on it or to the Wartburg car. I was "ashamed" by them, but I (at least rather) did not fear them, I would not say that it was a symptom of anxiety disorder like OCD. When I was about 6 years old, I was "ashamed" by fish in Kinder Surprises (I do not remember their name). When I was about 7 years old, I did not want to say word "serso" because it looked "ugly" to me and I might be "ashamed" by it.



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17 Sep 2018, 6:34 pm

Lol I used to scared of....the corner of my bedroom. No joke. Theres a small hole in the top left corner of my room across from my bed. I used to have nightmares that giant bugs would crawl out of it and swarm my bed and Id wake up choking on insects.
Oh and the trees outside cause I was paranoid that they would fall and crash through my room.
Ummm the basement of my house?
My fear of chalk was a weird one. So my brother and I watched this movie where they summoned a demon or something and when he tried to cross the line of salt or whatever he like died dramatically. My brother then convinced me that chalk would do the same thing to me if it was closed (like a circle or square not a line) so he could use chalk to force me to stay in place.
I used to be terrified of witches and of being eaten. A common punishment I faced in my childhood was being driven to the "witches house" (an abandoned house down the street) and being told the crazy old witch would eat me if I misbehaved. My parents used to dump me there to scare me into behaving.
Lol I just reread this and Im starting to think I was a reallllllly gullible kid lmao


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18 Sep 2018, 12:35 am

I had a very odd fear about things coming out of the TV when I was young. Also had a strange fear of my TV in my bedroom switching itself on still to this day I have to pull the plug of my TV every night even if I lay in bed to watch TV I would still get up to pull the plug.

Dogs (still have the fear) there loud barking and there overexcited behaviour when you arrive at a person who owns a dog’s house.

Fire Alarms! That is pure panic station for me.

I used to have fear of the Police it all comes from when parents watched police dramas. It was there loud police-sirens then when they get violent with criminals.

I think there be a pattern emerging here.

I remember the first time watching Star Trek I had to switch it off when the ship was on ‘Red Alert’ as I was frightened of the ‘Red Alert’ klaxon.



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18 Sep 2018, 1:58 am

For a while I was scared that if someone flushed the toilet when I was in the bath, all the sewage would come up out of the plughole.

Then I worked out how waste pipes work and why that wouldn't happen. Which led to me becoming fascinated by the complexities of the built environment and going to uni to study civil engineering.

Funny to think how much my childhood fear has shaped my life course 8O



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18 Sep 2018, 4:26 pm

I was afraid to go upstairs on my own till the age of about ten.

I slept with the sheets over my head till about eight, believing that this way ghosts wouldn't be able to see me.

I slept with the light on and the door wide open unless I had the dog with me till I was fifteen.

I was afraid of being left the last child eating in the lunchroom in primary school (we all generally had to begin eating at the same time), and would cry if held behind after class for this reason.

I was afraid of being left alone in the back garden as a very young child, believing that a demented man lived under our wooden bench.

I constantly anticipated a nuclear war as a child.

I was constantly in fear of paedophiles all my childhood, and wouldn't go anywhere deserted alone, despite living in the countryside.

I could list more. I think the reason I had so many fears is that my parents, with the best of intentions, were incredibly forthright with me about the problems of the world from a very young age; I knew about paedophiles, terrorists, murderers, corruption in politics and business and so forth from infancy.



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18 Sep 2018, 5:34 pm

The original Exorcist movie with Linda Blair was on broadcast TV in the late 1970s. I was around ten when it was on. I was flipping channels not knowing it was on and stopped on that channel just as her character was at her most possessed. I was horrified and had terrible nightmares after seeing it. I figured since the devil could apparently possess an innocent girl for no reason, the same could happen to me.



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18 Sep 2018, 5:37 pm

Magna wrote:
The original Exorcist movie with Linda Blair was on broadcast TV in the late 1970s. I was around ten when it was on. I was flipping channels not knowing it was on and stopped on that channel just as her character was at her most possessed. I was horrified and had terrible nightmares after seeing it. I figured since the devil could apparently possess an innocent girl for no reason, the same could happen to me.


So much for you liking Disgusteen by Teen Head (Regan references)

Sorry that happened.



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18 Sep 2018, 5:40 pm

When I was an adolescent and young adult, I frequently felt that I would be ambushed by a girl's boyfriend whenever I would pick her up for a date.

Unfortunately, the fear came to fruition. I successfully took this girl to the movies in 1986, then took her back home to the Bronx, where her boyfriend was waiting. He and his friends mugged me and took about $200. They tore my pants pockets. Luckily, they didn't take a subway token, which I used to get home that night.

It was a great movie, called "'Round Midnight."



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18 Sep 2018, 5:42 pm

8O omg I'm sorry about that Kortie
Hope you weren't physically hurt
Men can be such ________s :( , although women's catfights can be nasty too.



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18 Sep 2018, 5:44 pm

I was actually smart. I didn't fight back. They went in the elevator (they were on the 40th floor), and told me not to follow them. I didn't.

I didn't get hurt at all.

"Papa was a Rolling Stone," by the Temptations, was playing in the background.



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18 Sep 2018, 5:50 pm

Does the song bother you?
I'm afraid of The Police.



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18 Sep 2018, 5:52 pm

It's a great song, and it doesn't bother me.

I used to like it as a kid.

It was very atmospheric at the time. I never got a bad reaction from it (perhaps weirdly?)