Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Irrational Fears

We all have heard about phobias like fear of darkness and fear of enclosed spaces, but a lot of people tend to be afraid of the strangest things. I have come to find that I am a wimp and am afraid of a lot of weird things. To prove that, I have made a list of things that "frighten" me.
10. I have an irrational fear of people who have had too much Botox. To me, they just look like expressionless mannequins with eyes that blink. Creepy.

9. Scorpions and earwigs, especially the alien earwigs that crawl in your ear and cause you to go insane, like on "The Twilight Zone."
8. Old cars with a burgundy interior. It makes me feel like I am driving in a coffin.
7. Rejection. In other words, if you don't like this piece, don't tell me.
6. Dirty antique shops. There is this one antique shop on the Boulevard where everything is breakable and piled up high. There is everything from old stuffed animals that look like they have been dragged by a car, to porcelain dolls with half of their faces missing. I feel like I will get lost and never find my way out.
5. That everyone in the world is an actor, and I am the big joke. I have a fear that my whole life is being taped and everyone is in on it. I find myself looking around for cameras; I haven't found any yet, but you never know when the host of "Candid Camera" might pop out and tell me to smile.
4. Undercooked chicken-enough said.
3. Aliens. The movie "E.T." has to be one of the scariest movies ever made. I really don't understand why everyone insists on making him a cuddly, friendly little creature. My parents made me go on the ride at Universal Studios, and I almost cried when he said my name at the end. Even this picture scares me...

2. Repetitive patterns. Very distinct lines and certain textures make my skin crawl. I have no idea why, but things like fish scales and sponges give me the heebie jeebies. I can't stand honeycomb shapes, raw beef tripe, burned milk on the bottom of a pan, pictures of cells, or any irregular shapes clustered together with contrasting colors (dirty snow with holes from sprinkled salt). I'm not even gonna post a pic for this one. UGH! My skin is CRAWLING just writing about it!!!
1. My No. 1 irrational fear is clowns. When I was young, I got really sick, and my parents rushed me to the hospital. I was in and out of consciousness all night, so when I was dreaming, I wasn't sure if I was asleep or awake. In one of my dreams, I was waiting for the doctor in the examination room. When the door opened, my doctor was a scary clown with crazy multi-colored hair, a red nose, sharp teeth and long, brown nails. That was enough to send any child into hysterics. Fortunately, the nightmares stopped with age, but every once in awhile I panic when I see a clown. (I put a picture of a nice looking clown as opposed to the really scary pics I found...) There are plenty of other bizarre phobias out there. According to http://www.bli-aloo.com/info/phobias.php, arachibutyrophobia is the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth. Didaskaleinophobia is the fear of school (sometimes I suffer from this as well). Hippopotomonstrosesquippe-daliophobia is the fear of long words (that's ironic). Chlorophobia is the fear of the color green (St. Patrick's Day must be a doozy). Logophobia is the fear of words. (If you suffer from this, I applaud you for facing your fear and reading this article.)

Everyone fears something silly. It is nothing to be ashamed of. Of course, if you were to ask me to accompany you to the circus, I would most definitley say, "NO."

So what are some of YOUR "irrational fears?"


Nicole Bingham said...

LOVE this post Lauren! I have a fear of clowns too, but I don't have a story! I just have NEVER liked them. I also hate cotton balls, they make this noise that just creeps me out lol you're a doll!

Charlie Pulsipher said...

I also have an irrational fear of earwigs and silverfish. I will stomp silverfish into dust as soon as I see one.

My sister hates cottonballs. I used to chase her around the house while pulling one apart. Good times.
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