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User avatar #89 - WhattheNorris (12/04/2012) [-]
Now someone explain my emetophobia.
#86 - drulludanni ONLINE (12/04/2012) [-]
this explains my fear of darkness, 90% of my nightmares were derived from this game
#83 - GrimRaper (12/04/2012) [-]
Out of the common fears i suffer from :

I get panic attacks if i see a person sleeping, due to a traumatic experience i encountered when i was about 11; i found the body of a man, crushed under a car ( he was working under it, as the car lift ( usually used to change spare tires, if you get a flat tire ) fell whilst he was working on the car thus the car fell on him and he choked to death. The first thing i saw was right into his dead eyes, around them, a crushed, gray face and he had coughed blood up as well.

Second fear :
Drunk People: Was beaten to near death by 7 drunk people, therefore if i'm not drunk, i can not be near intoxicated people.. gives me panic attacks, as the attack happened for no reason. just being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
User avatar #79 - loszombis (12/04/2012) [-]
I have common fears like spiders and heights (anything above 5 ft is terrifying) but then I have some weird fears like cemeteries, lightning, thunder.. darkness..
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#74 - fourtwentt (12/04/2012) [-]
better feed the fed, tax season is just around the corner
#73 - aragothofdagobah (12/04/2012) [-]
**aragothofdagobah rolled a random image posted in comment #2047250 at MLP Friendly Board **Well, since the IRS is real, I would fear them more too.

<-------- face of "god"
User avatar #68 - littlenish (12/04/2012) [-]
When ever I'd goto my cousins birthday parties, I'd go upstairs to watch TV because they would usually order a clown, and my sister would bring up this shaken child. I'd be sitting there watching Star Wars, and he says he's scared of Star Wars (he was like 6) and I said "You must be a big wuss then." My sister then threatened to bring the clown up here. You can't just **** with someones phobias like that. I'm 16 years old and clowns still make my wanna void my bowels and sprint out the room crying.
User avatar #65 - screwyouman (12/04/2012) [-]
Claustaphobia + Fear of being buried alive = Total chaos.
User avatar #63 - NiceMelons (12/04/2012) [-]
Right, this is going to sound odd, but does anyone else have a fear of water? Especially deep water, or dark water. A combination of the two is literally the most terrifying thing I can imagine.
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User avatar #71 to #63 - beardy (12/04/2012) [-]
Yeah, I have a fear of being in large bodies of water, but it's not really the water, it's more the fact that I don't know what could be down in the water, which is why the ocean terrifies me.

But im okay with going to the beach, just deep water sucks.
User avatar #84 to #71 - SirFail (12/04/2012) [-]
Exact same for me. When i was like 12 i went to a beach in spain. During said visit i swam out into the ocean but i was fine since i could see the floor but then i swam a bit further and noticed the water had turned a dark blue colour. I look down and cant see **** just black abyss below me. Scared me ******** .
User avatar #77 to #71 - zelmandex (12/04/2012) [-]
It's the same for me only I'm fine as long as I'm not in the water.

I panick if I can't stand in it, even if it's clear water and you can see the bottom. If I can't reach, count me out. It's quite annoying actually.
#70 to #63 - HOtaconE (12/04/2012) [-]
Does the ghost of your fear come out of your belly button and talk with Mark Hamill's voice?
User avatar #67 to #63 - HypomanDan (12/04/2012) [-]
being scared of drowning makes sense, though i imagine it makes enjoying a bath difficult
User avatar #66 to #63 - nopresident (12/04/2012) [-]
Not really, but I can imagine what that must be like. I have a mild fear of drowning.
User avatar #62 - larfang (12/04/2012) [-]
I used to be perfectly fine with snakes...till I stepped full force on a big rattle snake a few months ago...
#61 - BlahDude (12/04/2012) [-]
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User avatar #56 - oversoul (12/04/2012) [-]
ha, erection
User avatar #59 to #56 - fawkwayne (12/04/2012) [-]
My new favorite word :3
#55 - admiralen (12/04/2012) [-]
not the neural hub its a peanut
User avatar #53 - xlettersx (12/04/2012) [-]
If something startled me and I punched that "something" from instinct, that's fear, right?
#48 - Nameloc (12/04/2012) [-]
Funny. I don't jump, startle, or 'scream' when something 'scary' happens.
Instead, a rapid increase in adrenaline happens increasing awareness and reaction time.
Although, that is only true for instances like when something pops up out of no where, or something of the like..
(Inb4 Funnyjunk doesn't read my comment and thumbs me down for no reason...seems to be a habbit.
User avatar #57 to #48 - oversoul (12/04/2012) [-]
same here...
#46 - bec (12/04/2012) [-]
Phobia of things that not only pose no threat to me whatsoever, but are there to help me. Dentists, blood tests, etc.
**** logic.
#80 to #46 - GrimRaper (12/04/2012) [-]
The cure for being afraid of giving blood samples is to give A LOT of blood samples : In the theory of ' Facing Your Fears. '

How to cope with the fears of dentists i don't know, personally i don't have an issue with dentist, except for the fear of what the bill is doing to my wallet ;)
User avatar #54 to #46 - SquishyHaribo (12/04/2012) [-]
it's because they involve pain to make you better and you're programmed to avoid pain at all cost because pain means potential or actual damage
#45 - anonymous (12/04/2012) [-]
I'm extremely terrified of the dark. I'm not sure if it is at phobia levels but I haven't been able to sleep without at least one light on for over a year. The closest I've managed to get is down to one lamp on right next to my bed with a flashlight. Last time I tried turning all the lights off I felt extremely scared, couldn't relax let alone sleep, and hyperventilated a few times until I gave up and turned the lights back on. The dark is not my friend.
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