Struggling with an irrational phobia on a daily basis must be a paralyzing feeling.
If you’re lucky enough to be one of the people who doesn’t have to deal with this issue, then you’ll find these extremely personal entries from AskReddit very enlightening.
“Due to night frights, sleep paralysis and lucid dreaming, I fear sleep.”
“Fear of moths. Not butterflies too, just moths.”
“Cockroaches in my ears, which has evolved into a completely crippling phobia of cockroaches in general.
People find this out and they’re like “but the cockroaches here are too big for that!” Like this is in any way based on logic.
I just wanna add, I am loving the stories coming out of this you guys, it is SO nice to know I’m not the only one! There are dozens of us. DOZENS!”
“I get like one of those shocks that run all through my body for a moment like I’ve been electrocuted whenever I hear the alarm clock buzzers. I’m not afraid of them, but they ALWAYS shock me in that way.”
“I have a fear of human sculptures, but only if they look sloppy, and especially if they’re small. Something about them just really unnerves me.”
“Anyone, but especially children, standing on a balcony or ledge will very soon jump, be pushed or fall to their death. I can’t talk with people on balconies, or go near cliffs or ledges.”
7. Never heard this one before…
“I mentioned this in another thread about strange childhood fears, but it’s stupid enough and scares me enough that I’ll mention it again: E.T dressed as Santa.
As in, the alien from the movie E.T. That weirdo creeps me right out with his long-ass glowy finger and springy neck and skull shaped like a pair of binoculars. I had a nightmare as a child that he killed and replaced Santa, and the mental image of that monstrosity scurrying through the house in Santa’s duds gives me all kinds of heebie-jeebies. I’m in my thirties, and I still can’t sit down and watch that movie because I can’t stand looking at that thing.”
“I have this weird fear at night that the TV is just going to turn on and a loud voice will start yelling at me.”
9. The depths
“Deep water, I’m fine swimming at the beach or what not but I have gone swimming in some lakes where I can see the bottom one second and then it just drops straight down and I freak the fuck out. F_ck deep water.”
“Elmo. It’s not a crippling phobia like I can be around an Elmo doll or something and be ok. It just makes me kind of uncomfortable. I had a dream in high school that I was a little kid and an Elmo doll dragged me into the closet (a la Chucky) and was going to kill me, then my parents came in and he went back to being a doll and they yelled at me. After they left he went back to trying to kill me and I woke up. Been kind of unnerved by Elmo ever since.”
“I didn’t think anyone else had this fear. I had a nightmare as a kid that a giant Raggedy Ann doll was trying to kill me, and ever since, I’ve had a fear of things with bright red hair. Elmo is a big one. Clifford the Big Red Dog, too.”
“I don’t call this a phobia but I have an irrational fear of looking at the face of the person who died thinking they will open their eyes and look at me.”
“Any bird bigger than a duck.”
“A friend of mine is afraid the piston in his office chair will erupt through the seat and impale him.”
“Vomiting. Doing it myself or someone else doing it. The sound, the smell, the taste, the retching, the gargling. I’ve been like this since I was a child, it leaves me petrified – if I was given an option, I’d honestly choose death in a heartbeat over being exposed to vomit. This has made traveling via public transport and being anywhere near drunk people a f_cking nightmare.”