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    Why are you afraid?

    It occurred to me that some people hate bugs and are afraid of them, including me, but why?
    It's not like I've been bitten by them or had some worms or maggots planted into me.
    There's really no reason for me to hate bugs, but I'd rather not have them fly at my face or come anywhere near me. I mean, during childhood, bugs were fun. It puzzles me why I'm afraid of bugs.

    I also have a fear of heights and large bodies of water, but that's because I can feel impending death if something goes wrong.

    So, do you know why you're afraid of that thing which is your phobia?
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    I had a bunch of very painful bee stings as a kid that pretty much explain that one for me. And once had a gigantic Hong Kong spider land on my head. One like this (the small bat caught in its web gives you an idea of how big the spider is):


    I don't mind small spiders, though.

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    I used to be afraid of heights as a kid, but I lived right next to Cedar Point amusement park, so as soon as I was tall enough to ride roller coasters it cured me. I don't tempt fate by rock climbing and crap, though.

    I do actually sort of have an aversion to bugs, though. I mean, I don't black out when I see them or anything, but seeing as how they are filthy little beasts with no redeeming qualities, apart from the fact that they eat other bugs, I don't want one as a pet. Same with rats and snakes, I'll touch one if Bindi the Jungle Girl hands me one at a zoo, but just picking one up in the woods or an alley is a good way to end up in the ER or with a disease.
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    I used to have a big freeway phobia, especially on the ramps. It was after I'd had a crazy event where the car went totally out of control on the freeway. I went to chage lanes, and the steering went out of control, swerving everywhere in rush hour traffic with big trucks bearing down from behind. I finally managed to get it to turn to the graveled area on the side of the road and throw on the brakes. Spun a 360. Then, while my heart and adrenalin were still racing, someone pulled over to call for assistance, and she got rear-ended by a guy in a truck, right in front of me. He thought the shoulder was a lane and slammed her while going about 50 mph.

    So I was freaked out by freeways for a few years. The ramps freaked me out even more because I could envision what would have happened if that whole episode had been on a ramp.

    Other than that, I'm a little spooky about swimming in lakes. I fear water snakes. I think that may have to do with a story about my grandfather getting nailed by one while swimming in a lake. Oddly, I have no such anxiety about going into the ocean...unless it's in the Gulf of Mexico these days.
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    Bot Fly.
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    there's more, such as lyme's disease, plague, etc, but Bot fly is enough.
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    I'm afraid of heights and bugs, simply because it's fun.

    oh yeah, and clowns. and bats. and late-period Elvis, who was a combination of the two.

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    i have a fear (and facination of) sharks and crocs
    I have a fear of vampires

    Both these can be traced to watching movies. Jaws and Dracular.
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    Heights. Heights give me the willies. Even in a movie, if some one is up high somewhere, my scrotum just about turns inside out. Watching documentaries about building of skyscapers just about makes me want to leave the room.
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    Why be afraid of heights?

    If anything, you should be afraid of the ground.
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    Roaches, can't stand the little critters, the only reason I can think of is they smell bad, really really bad! I first smelled the scent of a roach when I was working for Rent a Center and was asked to clean out a fridge that came back to the store (I later found out it was a joke....on me!) I walk to the rear of the store with the hose and the regular cleaning products, I open the fridge and inside are thousands of roaches and a smell you can't imagine! I ran like a little girl! LOL! Thing is I can touch, carry, hold all other bugs but roaches. **** that!
    You see, their morals, their code...it's a bad joke, dropped at the first sign of trouble. They're only as good as the world allows them to be. I'll show you. When the chips are down, these...These "civilized" people...they'll eat each other. See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve

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    When I was a child a roach flew at me (FLEW!!!), and managed to get in my clothes and wriggle around on my body for about 20mins despite my desperate screams and hurried stripping and brushing myself off.*shudders* It was horrible. Flying roaches are scary.

    In another childhood incident, I was hiking through some pretty dense woods while wearing shorts. That night, I woke up with incredible sharp pain in my rear end. I screamed and ran to the bathroom to go check what the hell it was, and out of my pyjamas fell this huge ****ing centipede. I have no idea how it managed to stay there despite the fact that I changed before going to bed. Or maybe it was in my bed and it crawled up my pants. But anyway, this is why I don't like being in places where there are too many woods. My butt was sore for about a week.

    When I was a bit older, I think last year of HS, I was walking with my friend when he suddenly screamed. I was wondering what that was all about, then I walked into a rather large caterpillar hanging from a thread. It managed to crawl around my left cheek before I was able to throw it off. Immediately my face started swelling and I couldn't breathe, so my friend drove me to the clinic where they gave me an antihistamine shot and an epi shot.

    So, that's why I'm scared of roaches, caterpillars and centipedes. Most other bugs are fine with me, and I even like spiders and will play with them providing they aren't poisonous.
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    i had no problem with spiders, until they started biting me. They drew first blood, and now we are at war.

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    I have a strong fear of my wife dying in a car accident. It's so bad that if I know she is out driving, then I can't eat or concentrate on anything. It's horrible.

    I have never been in or even seen a car accident, and neither has she, so I have no idea where this is coming from.

    This is also one reason I get so upset so easily by how people drive. I can't imagine any accident that isn't preventable if people took driving as seriously as it is and not just something that every does.

    The only way I get through it is to remember that people like her grandparents all lived to be 100 without being in a car accident, and similar examples like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nekohime View Post
    When I was a child a roach flew at me (FLEW!!!), and managed to get in my clothes and wriggle around on my body for about 20mins despite my desperate screams and hurried stripping and brushing myself off.*shudders* It was horrible. Flying roaches are scary.
    In another childhood incident, I was hiking through some pretty dense woods while wearing shorts. That night, I woke up with incredible sharp pain in my rear end. I screamed and ran to the bathroom to go check what the hell it was, and out of my pyjamas fell this huge ****ing centipede. I have no idea how it managed to stay there despite the fact that I changed before going to bed. Or maybe it was in my bed and it crawled up my pants. But anyway, this is why I don't like being in places where there are too many woods. My butt was sore for about a week.

    When I was a bit older, I think last year of HS, I was walking with my friend when he suddenly screamed. I was wondering what that was all about, then I walked into a rather large caterpillar hanging from a thread. It managed to crawl around my left cheek before I was able to throw it off. Immediately my face started swelling and I couldn't breathe, so my friend drove me to the clinic where they gave me an antihistamine shot and an epi shot.

    So, that's why I'm scared of roaches, caterpillars and centipedes. Most other bugs are fine with me, and I even like spiders and will play with them providing they aren't poisonous.
    I know what you mean! On a few trips to Puerto Rico I saw more than a few ginormous flying cockroaches! Ewwwwww! Gives me the willies just thinking about it! BTW, I truly hope you meant to say "on" yor butt! "cause if that thing was in your butt I'm going to hurl!
    You see, their morals, their code...it's a bad joke, dropped at the first sign of trouble. They're only as good as the world allows them to be. I'll show you. When the chips are down, these...These "civilized" people...they'll eat each other. See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilikebikes View Post
    I know what you mean! On a few trips to Puerto Rico I saw more than a few ginormous flying cockroaches! Ewwwwww! Gives me the willies just thinking about it! BTW, I truly hope you meant to say "on" yor butt! "cause if that thing was in your butt I'm going to hurl!
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    I was afraid of making an ass of myself but this place cured me of that ... hahaha
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    Heights I s'popse. Just seeing someone take a big digger (off a bike or whatever) sends a shiver up my spine. Don't know why cuz I've had my share while skiing, MTB'ing, waterskiing, etc.

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    I'm not afraid of heights, I'm afraid of exposure. It paralyzes me. I even took up rock climbing as a kid to try to get over it. My first 3 pitch climb, ended on an arette with an overhang. I was SURE I was gonna die (oh, it was a 5-7 climb which at that point was pretty well below my abilities). I stopped climbing about 15 years ago, and now it is as bad as ever.
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    Bugs generally don't bother me, the biggest thing is being startled by roaches.

    Heights, not a fear, but healthy respect. I took physics in college.
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    I've been told I'm afraid of commitment. Does that count?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
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    Bot Fly.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botfly


    there's more, such as lyme's disease, plague, etc, but Bot fly is enough.
    I hear the worms act as great allergy suppressants.
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    I hear the worms act as great allergy suppressants.

    as I take another allovert, I read this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KrisPistofferson View Post
    I used to be afraid of heights as a kid, but I lived right next to Cedar Point amusement park...
    The Magnum (giant metal coaster) was (is?) awesome, but it wouldn't be any fun if you weren't a little afraid.
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    I have a completely illogical fear of spiders. I don't know why. Ceiling spiders are the worst, too. If you try to kill it, it might jump at you and down your shirt. GAH! I just killed a big, fat, hairy one this morning. It was on my bed, too, so who knows where it was all night. *SHUDDER*

    I'm okay with snakes, though. I got stung by a bee (on my tongue!) when I was a kid, but they don't bother me, either. But spiders... bleh, I get the willies just thinking about them.

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    Bugs are cool. Spiders are fun. I'd like to have another pet snake. I love heights. The ocean calms me down.


    I am afraid of talking on telephones to people I don't know. Always have been.

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