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Old 06-01-07, 09:34 PM   #1
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Overcoming ones fears.

I will come out and openly admit that I have a case of claustrophobia. One of the things I can't handle is wearing a full face helmet. Can't stand crowded elevators either. Over the process of today, I decided to face head on this fear. Ordered a full faced helmet today, and I'm determined to beat this phobia.
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Wear your full face helmet in the elevator.
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My only fear that I know of is the ocean, and I have no desire to overcome it.
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I was at a bonfire tonight and off in the woods you could see the eyes of an animal watching us.

Pretty creepy.


Overall, I would have to say my biggest fear is human stupidity.
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I will come out and openly admit that I have a case of claustrophobia. One of the things I can't handle is wearing a full face helmet. Can't stand crowded elevators either. Over the process of today, I decided to face head on this fear. Ordered a full faced helmet today, and I'm determined to beat this phobia.
Good for you! Typically overcoming phobias requires repeated exposure to the situation. Each time you make it through alive, it trains you in recognizing that you've got an irrational fear. Eventually, it'll won't be a concern anymore.
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Old 06-02-07, 02:32 AM   #6
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I will come out and openly admit that I have a case of claustrophobia. One of the things I can't handle is wearing a full face helmet. Can't stand crowded elevators either. Over the process of today, I decided to face head on this fear. Ordered a full faced helmet today, and I'm determined to beat this phobia.
I'm right there with you buddy. I can't stand being surrounded by very tall people, being in crowded elevators, and, the worst of all, Chicago trains during rush hour. If any of you have been to Chicago and have ridden our trains during rush hour then you know what I mean. Mr. Smashy, you would not enjoy it. I guarantee it. Whenever I get caught in a train like that I tend to count in my head and control my breathing. As you can tell I'm still trying to overcome my fear.
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Acrophobia.
No way in hell you will get me to jump out of a plane/off a cliff.
The Stratosphere in Vegas gave me teh willies.
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Mr. Smashy - way to go! Don't let an irrational fear control your life.

I think I have a fear of slowing down and taking a break. I have been working hard all my life - like since I was 12 - and now I am coming up to a time when I can slow down a bit. The driving force is to make sure I have enough money for us. Well, we have passed that time and then some so I suspect it is irrational at this time - or perhaps it is just habit...

I am breaking myself in slowly. First, I am starting to actually take a day off that I don't work, then I am going to try for a weekend..., then I am going to attempt to only work 8 hours a day on the days that I do work... As you can see, I have a long ways to go...

Distraction is the key. For those of us who don't have the problem with enclosed spaces, we just don't even think about it - if you can distract your mind, you will be fine. Sort of like me and work - I have to find other interest. I think more biking will be in the offing...
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Old 06-02-07, 04:40 AM   #9
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let's see....

heights
confined spaces
spiders

That sums it up.....spiders are what I would call a serious fear....I've been known to become very reckless to either kill or get away from a spider....I'm far better now than I was a few years ago though...now I can handle most super tiny ones without freaking out. Last large spider run-in, I nearly took out a wall.

Heights I can deal with somewhat well now.

confined spaces...now I just get really nervous when cruched into a tiny space....that is fine by me

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heights - this started at age 4 or 5 when I nearly fell from the top (6th) floor of the parking garage at the Tampa airport. I think I have mostly gotten over this fear since though.

crowds - I'm not sure if this is really a fear or not......I just hate it because of "crowd mentality" (e.g. human stupidity). I just get annoyed to no end when in really crowded places.

spiders - Had this fear all my life. I think I'm about the same as Catatonic. I can kill one...but often get very frantic/dangerous when trying to do so because NOTHING else, at that moment, is more important.
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I used to be nervous around heights, but when you get into construction, you either get over it fast, or have a nervous breakdown.
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Old 06-02-07, 02:13 PM   #12
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Overall, I would have to say my biggest fear is human stupidity.
Used to be mine too, but lately there's been so much of it I've been densitized.

Although I have no other claustrophobic issues, I do freak out in the MRI. Damn tube. So I guess the best thing to do is make sure I never have to get one- if there ever was a reason for wearing a helmet, that would be it.

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Old 06-02-07, 02:18 PM   #13
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My #1 fear is public speaking, #2 is death.
That means that if I'm at a funeral, I would rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy.
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Old 06-02-07, 02:36 PM   #14
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Slvoid, how can you post on a forum and have fear of the public? Hundreds and sometimes thousands of people read what you post.
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Old 06-02-07, 02:39 PM   #15
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my friend has this morbid fear of wasps... last june, there was a wasp buzzing around inside the caf, right by the window where my friend was sitting... he freaked out, took off his shoe, and just LAUNCHED it at the wasp... ended up taking the wasp and the window with it

anyways, i have lots of fears... but for me, i can overcome them easily (such as spiders, i get acclimatized real quickly to them, i just hate it when they randomly appear).
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Did you HAVE to tell him that?!
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Because we can't throw tomatos over the internet yet!
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Maybe its because he can't see any of our faces and/or reactions to what he says.
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Maybe its because he can't see any of our faces and/or reactions to what he says.
For all I know, most of you are literally naked right now behind the keyboard.
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Heights (had it about the worst you could), public speaking and snakes were my staples. When I was about 16 I decided that if other people's irrational fears didn't make much sense, then mine didn't either, so I faced them head on one by one. The last two weren't that hard to get over (just had to deal with them directly and do things that made me scared/uncomfortable a few times), but heights was a chore. When I was 19 I took a job building out city-wide wireless networks, which involved tower climbing. I spent my first week petrified, the next few months uncomfortable, and after a year I was unphased by heights of any sort.
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It's not the actual height that scares me. It's the sudden lost of altitude combined with the less than gradual rendezvous with the ground that frightens me.
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heights and motherfarking spiders
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It's not the actual height that scares me. It's the sudden lost of altitude combined with the less than gradual rendezvous with the ground that frightens me.
Well, obviously. But being at a height without an enclosed area around you is what triggers the phobia for most people. I do things now that I couldn't have dreamt of five years ago, and I'm glad I made myself conquer it.
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Well, obviously. But being at a height without an enclosed area around you is what triggers the phobia for most people. I do things now that I couldn't have dreamt of five years ago, and I'm glad I made myself conquer it.
Would you now dare to ride a slab of abalative carbon fiber like a surf board into the atmosphere at 16,000 mph from a height of 500,000ft with a thin space suit and parachute on?
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heights and motherfarking spiders
Then this tall motherfarking spider should scare the hell out of you.
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