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Old 03-06-2008, 11:07 PM
 
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I wouldn't say these are "phobia-level" but I do not particularly like heights or large crowds. I'm okay with being indoors (like a tall building) but driving on a mountain and overseeing the landscape or driving the Hoover Dam makes me nervouse and light headed.

I like people watching but if I'm surrounded by hoards of people I tense up, like at a concert or something. It's no biggie if there's a distance around me, even a slight one, but if we're all jammed together like sardines (like the New York City subway), then I start to get uncomfortable.
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Old 03-06-2008, 11:24 PM
 
Location: Atlanta suburb
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Wink Can't burn those metal grate bridges behind you!!

It looks like many of us have a dislike of bridges!

When I was in 2nd and 3rd grades, I had to walk across a metal grate bridge over a large creek (probably about 75 yds.). There was a pedestrian walkway, but you could see the rushing water through those grates and the noise of the cars and trucks driving on the bridge terrified me.

It wasn't bad enough to walk to and from school, but I had to walk home for lunch, too, and then back to school. I thought that each crossing would be my last.

I hate metal bridges yet today and will do anything to avoid one, but find wooden bridges poetic. Go figure!
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Old 03-06-2008, 11:31 PM
 
Location: conover nc
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Shark! scared to death to go in the ocean.

Reason is just after seeing the movie Jaws ( we were at the beach)
My nutty middle sister went under water and bit my leg!

I walked , no ran across the top of the water and I haven't been back in the ocean since.
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Old 03-07-2008, 05:54 AM
 
Location: bumcrack Nebraska
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The one in Maryland was Golden Gate size,strange that if Im a passanger Im alright but me behind the wheel freaks me.

On my road trip I plotted out crossing the Missisippi river.The first time I went out of my way to use a ferry to cross.But the 2nd time I went back out to Texas I used I40 which isn't that bad and my trick was to cross it a night when tired so I was kinda numb to think about it and because of less traffic.

I drove extra north to use it because I10 goes along the coast and that means more bridges.The funny thing is it takes less than a minute to go over it but it is seconds of terror.
You woul have had quite a difficult time on I-10. Before you get to Baton Rouge, LA there is a very long bridge over the Atchafalaya Basin (swamp). Its just an overpass-type bridge, but at least 10-15 miles long. At some point there is a huge bridge withint the bridge. That one doesn't bother me for some reason. I guess because I went over it a million times as a kid. But the Mississippi River bridge in Baton Rouge gives me heart palpitations. That's a scary one!
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Old 03-07-2008, 06:26 AM
 
Location: Looking East and hoping!
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Until I read thru all the posts I didn't realize how many phobias I really had!

Snakes-if one is shown on TV I have to look away-my skin crawls.
Bridges
Tunnels
Spiders
Ladders-can go up but coming down is something else.
Ferris wheels, roller coasters (The one at Coney Island was my undoing).
Firecrackers, large crowds, noise

Wow-there's probably more-therapy here I come! LOL.
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Old 03-07-2008, 07:12 AM
 
Location: St. Augustine FL
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I like people watching but if I'm surrounded by hoards of people I tense up, like at a concert or something. It's no biggie if there's a distance around me, even a slight one, but if we're all jammed together like sardines (like the New York City subway), then I start to get uncomfortable.
I get more than uncomfortable. I tense up so badly, my partner knows that we have to get out of whatever store we are in very quickly. I feel like I want to scream at everyone that's too close to me. Ugh. I forgot about that, because we have come to avoid big crowds.
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Old 03-07-2008, 08:20 AM
 
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Is there a term called LizardOphobia ? I'm so scared of lizards I cannot even bear to look at their pictures, not even the cartoon versions of it . I have to switch off the tv or change channels every time the Geico commercial is on
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Old 03-07-2008, 08:22 AM
 
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chickens

Yup, petrified about chickens.

When I was about 5, I must have gotten too close to a mother hen and her chicks. The hen flew up in my face in a rage.

(no problem with fried chicken though
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Old 03-07-2008, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Where the real happy cows reside!
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Got over my fear of heights by going up in a military Black Hawk helicopter. I even hung out the side door so I could get better aerial shots.

Snakes on the otherhand are completely different. I don't think I will ever be able to get over my fear of them!

That very long bridge over the Atchafalaya Basin is a killer. I'm not bothered by bridges but that one with its huge pot holes gives me the pucker factor. Worse still, I always wondered what was slithering underneath it!! If we crashed and went over the side I think I would die from shock before anything else!
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Old 03-07-2008, 08:49 AM
 
Location: bumcrack Nebraska
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That very long bridge over the Atchafalaya Basin is a killer. I'm not bothered by bridges but that one with its huge pot holes gives me the pucker factor. Worse still, I always wondered what was slithering underneath it!! If we crashed and went over the side I think I would die from shock before anything else!
Even life-long residents have no idea what's under there. And yes, Louisiana has very bad roads. That bridge is no exception.
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