I have a pretty silly phobia of balloons. I hate when they pop and I can't stand being close to them.
I also have a pretty understandable fear of horses ever since my mum got kicked by one and lost her hip. That happened when I was 6 years old and I stiffen up whenever a horse is closeby.
What are you phobias?
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I don't mean to be rude but is that thing with the balloons really an actual phobia? I think you're confusing the psychological term of phobia (extremely intense fear) perhaps a bit with "uncomfortable feeling"? You can tell me if I'm wrong ;-).
As for myself, I have a very bad phobia of snails and worms.
I have absolutely no idea where it comes from and I've been trying to find out (and find fellow human beings who have the same phobia) for my whole life... so far without success.
Of course most people find snails or worms "gross" and don't exactly want to be around any of them but for me it's much, much worse than that. When it rains outside and snails or earthworms crawl onto the street, it feels to me literally like you would feel if you had to walk over a minefield. The panic I get because I might touch one of these things or even step on one is about as bad as the fear of death. Of course I'm not stupid and I know it's completely irrational. The frontal lobe of my brain knows that this fear is very silly and that neither snails nor worms are a real danger to me. And yet, the instinctive, animalistic part in the back of my brain can't agree with it. When I get too close to a snail or worm, I get an extremely intense urge to run away as far as I can. My heart starts beating really fast and I start to sweat. I also start to feel dizzy and when it's really extreme I even feel like everything I see and hear is suddenly very, very far away and I'm stuck in this bubble of my own reality that I can't get out of anymore (or only by running away from the "danger").
To help you understand the sensations I have when I get too close to snails or worms, imagine this: you are on a Safari and walk through the African savannah. At one point, you encounter a huge lion. You start taking photos and act a little silly. You think it's no problem because the lion seems very peaceful. But then, suddenly, the lion jumps up, looks at you in a very threatening way, bares its teeth and starts running towards you in a very fast way. As the lion is approaching you quickly and clearly wants to attack you, you look around only to realize that there is no protection whatsoever: no tree to climb, no car, no building, nothing. Your consciousness gets switched off and your body starts acting without you understanding what you're doing. Maybe you run away, maybe you throw yourself on the ground and wish for the best, maybe you start screaming to scare the lion away. This mix of1
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