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i'm afraid of birds

really, i am, afaid of bird...all kinds, pigeons, black birds, pretty blue jays, ostriches, penguins, ducks....
anyone else have "weird" phobias?
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Moths and junebugs.

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Spiders and clowns, COMPLETE irrational fear of both, just thinkin about them now to type this post is making me nauseated :-\... And whereas i will do anything possible to get a spider out of my house without harming it though im crying the whole time, don't think i'd hesitate to whack the hell out of a clown ...

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i'm only scared of committment  ;)

na, not **too** much, but bridges and tunnels freak me out.

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Haha mine is really sillly.... bellybuttons :/

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Having my blood drawn, but body piercings and dental work are fine.  ::)

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Spiders...and large groups of people. I'm OK on the street but malls and superstores are torture. The Mp3 player helps some, but I have to be careful not to walk into stuff.
My fear of spiders is completely visceral...I will find myself on the opposite side of the room with my back tight against the wall, gibbering. Fortunately most spiders I see here are tiny but I have seen a couple of big ones in the last 2 yrs...which was way enough for me.
   On the bird phobia, is this something you can trace to an event (like seeing Hitchcock's movie, or being dive-bombed by a starling), or has it always been "there"? I don't doubt how real and terrible it is for you, I just wondered. I was afraid of chickens when I was young...that funny "machine" walk and the pointy beaks...they always looked like they would attack me if I turned my back. None ever did, though...they probably weren't even aware of me.

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SNAKES!  :P
I always have been.  Back home (where I live now) in the North Georgia mountains, I do see a good deal of them. I would never harm one, but when I see one on a trail....I run....FAST!

Oh...I am also very very afraid of the Southern Talibangelicals that live in that area as well!

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don't think i'd hesitate to whack the hell out of a clown ...

I know my Nephew was as well. I don't know if he still is, but I have a picture of him somewhere from when my Brother and Sister in Law hired a clown for one of his birthdays (5th maybe), and when the clown came out......I took his picture...and it did capture true terror. I'll use it oneday to blackmail him when he starts dating! He's 14 now...so that should be soon...hehe ::)

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Needles, as in shots or getting blood drawn.  (But I would like to get a tattoo one day)  It got to be so bad I got hypnotized. It worked, I still get nervous but don't go into total hysteria mode anymore!  Also, cockroaches and snakes totally freak me out.   And fakeplastictrees, I can relate to your bellybutton fear. I absolutely hate having mine touched!

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   On the bird phobia, is this something you can trace to an event (like seeing Hitchcock's movie, or being dive-bombed by a starling), or has it always been "there"? I don't doubt how real and terrible it is for you, I just wondered. I was afraid of chickens when I was young...that funny "machine" walk and the pointy beaks...they always looked like they would attack me if I turned my back. None ever did, though...they probably weren't even aware of me.

my bird phobial stems from being swoop-attacked by one on a couple different occasions...and other bird-type creaturs...i was once bit by an ostrich, or, it closed it's beak really hard on my hand--ouch!  ducks, i was feedind ducks breadcrumbs once when i was little, and there were some crumbs that landed around me, and a duck came up and flapped it's feathers like a mad creature about an inch from my face...scary stuff!

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I am irrationally afraid of dams.  Dunno if I was washed down river in a past life or something, but I am physically affected (increased heart rate/bp, uncontrollable tears -yes, I am in my 30's- in the presence of a dam).  They really freak me out (my hands are shaking thinking and typing about it).

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mine are spiders and feet.  Yeah, feet.  I hate looking at them, someone touching mine, or someone putting their feet on me...  ::)

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Hey carmenmichelle!
Thanks for bringing up a great topic/post.  ;)
So much better then that "other" post! Oh...BTW...how's the new bunny?!

Anyway...I need to run run run!

Bye ya'all! (in my best NY/Southern accent).
-dave

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Lightning .... I'm not so bad now. But I was deathly affraid of lightning. I would hide under my bed, not sit near a window, ect. I almost got struck as a kid, and again as a teen.  I still won't sit near a window when there's a bad storm happening.

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Other people throwing up... As soon as someone mutters the words "I don't feel well" my heart rate goes up, I get all clammy and nauseous. I rather be sick myself than be around someone who is.

Heights... or falling from heights... Figured this out climbing up a scree slope on Black Tusk Mountain. It took two people to help a snottering me slide down the hill on my bum.  As long as there is firm ground under me I'm okay. Planes are okay as long as I don't think about the wings snapping off.

And quite recently... as in last week... I think Yabbitgirl posted about agoraphobia... I didn't know what this was, so I looked it up on Wikipedia...  The definition had a link to 'social phobia' and as I was reading that definition I could pretty much check off everything on the list.  ohhh that explains it  :o  ::)

Needles aren't' my favourite, but when the boys were born I had and IV for 4 days. So I had to get over that one.

Birds are creepy too.. especially their legs all boney and wiry.. When I was a kid, I once saw a crow steel a baby robin from its nest as the mommy robin was freaking out... So crows are the worst.

K^2

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I don't think it's weird to fear the inability to move, but the degree to which it afffects me might be weird. . . If something, someone, anything restricts my movement. . . .  if one of my children falls asleep on my lap and I'm holding her, it's okay, but if they've layed a head on my leg or something like that, where I can't just jump up at will--I start hyperventillating.

Additionally, I'm terrified of pregnancy(really). . .that's a fairly new one  ;)

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Heights... or falling from heights... Figured this out climbing up a scree slope on Black Tusk Mountain. It took two people to help a snottering me slide down the hill on my bum.  As long as there is firm ground under me I'm okay. Planes are okay as long as I don't think about the wings snapping off.

Will is fond of saying "it's not falling that scares me, it's the landing"  :)

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oh yeah, I'm terrified of pregnancy too.  I would hypervenitillate if I ever got pregnant, seriously.  Maybe it goes along with my needle fear, I'm not sure.  Just the whole nine month thing gives me cold sweats.  I even get a little nervous being around a friend of mine that is pregnant.  IF I ever were to have children, I would have to adopt.

And sometimes my DH, thinking he's being funny, holds me down and tickles me.  Bad, very bad.  

I also forgot, really wide open spaces, especially the ocean.  I like to swim in the ocean as long as I can touch the bottom and see my feet.  Diver-Di, I am amazed by you (or anyone else for that matter) scuba diving. It totally freaks me out.  Snorkeling in Hawaii was a big accomplishment for me!

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You're not alone--my mother is deathly afraid of birds, too. She screams and runs if she thinks one is flying toward her. I think one dive-bombed her once, and that triggered her fear.
I myself am full of phobias. I also try to do my best to safely transport spiders out of the house, meanwhile screaming and jumping up and down like a mad woman. I have small containers stashed around the house precisely for this purpose (the quicker I can get a container, the faster I can get capture the spider and take him/her outside); I call my service EST (Emergency Spider Transport). I do have a lot of respect for spiders though, strangely enough. They are amazing creatures, and learning about them helps me to overcome some of my fear. The idea of "spirit (or totem) animals" seems kind of corny, but sometimes I think that if a person is irrationally afraid of an animal, it's probably because the person has had some unique interaction with them. I think perhaps I have a strange connection with spiders--they are always making themselves known to me. Twice I've had spiders lower themselves on my face while I was in bed (ahhh!) and once I woke up staring at one that was on my pillow! What are they trying to tell me??!
Some of my other phobias: praying mantises (eek! Imagine one of those the size of a giraffe--ahhhh!!), underground parking lots (this is tied in to my fear of earthquakes), and parties (one of my many social phobias).

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And quite recently... as in last week... I think Yabbitgirl posted about agoraphobia... I didn't know what this was, so I looked it up on Wikipedia...  The definition had a link to 'social phobia' and as I was reading that definition I could pretty much check off everything on the list.  ohhh that explains it  :o  ::)

K^2

That is why I posted this: http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=14720.0 I figured anyone who dealt with "nameless dreads" of their own would find it funny as I did...but I have a very inconvenient sense of humour. After posting it I was afraid I had crossed the line too far into NVR territory...thanks for making me feel better about it, all.

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My good friend Charlie Brown has panophobia.  :'(

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