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Anyone get spooky around windows? I always find my agoraphobia kicking in when I have the blinds up in my flat. I challenge myself by keeping a couple of them up during the day, but some days I can't even do that. Or go outside during the day. I get this rush of anxiety/panic...I thought it might be brought on by seeing people and cars pass and knowing that they could see me.

Anyone else get the jumpies around their windows?

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Yes! Especially at night... just walking by them makes me feel really vulnerable and anxious/scared most of the time (doors too!) I don't like to be outside at night by myself either. 

 

Isn't anxiety just loads of fun? ;)

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I hate windows that people can see into. I can't believe that people actually leave blinds up at night, you can totally see into peoples' houses at night. We pull all the blinds, except in my husband's study, and a window that looks onto our backyard, but our neighbors can't see in.

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The only time I open a window is if it is a nice day, especially breezy, so I can air out the apartment.  And it is only one window.  I have the shade then curtains (both closed at night), and during the day I only open the curtains so one window shows, and that if I open a window it will be that window.  Only.

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It might be that someone one took a shot at me.  *I realize this probably sounds psycho but at the end of our hall I walked up the stairs turned from the window and it exploded behind me.  I thought "Stupid piece of junk window!" walked back looked at the inside window blown apart and the outer window with a bullet hole in it and did what any macho brave guy would do.   Jump down in the broken glass and crawl downstairs to call the cops.  So... I like the windows open so I can see whats coming.  So as Sir Robin did in that Monty Python "Bravely run away!"

I also like sunlight.   I don't however like traffic noises and if I had my druthers would live someplace without a "highway" behind us.

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4 hours ago, HAL9000 said:

It might be that someone one took a shot at me.  *I realize this probably sounds psycho but at the end of our hall I walked up the stairs turned from the window and it exploded behind me.  I thought "Stupid piece of junk window!" walked back looked at the inside window blown apart and the outer window with a bullet hole in it and did what any macho brave guy would do.   Jump down in the broken glass and crawl downstairs to call the cops.  So... I like the windows open so I can see whats coming.  So as Sir Robin did in that Monty Python "Bravely run away!"

 

Wow!  That would have scared me too!

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On 9/8/2016 at 2:28 PM, Poem said:

Hi there,

Anyone get spooky around windows? I always find my agoraphobia kicking in when I have the blinds up in my flat. I challenge myself by keeping a couple of them up during the day, but some days I can't even do that. Or go outside during the day. I get this rush of anxiety/panic...I thought it might be brought on by seeing people and cars pass and knowing that they could see me.

Anyone else get the jumpies around their windows?

Yes!! Our living room and kitchen windows look out onto the walking/foot level of the apartment parking lot which is just a short distance from the street. So it gets a lot of foot traffic and you can just see right in, and see all our stuff, and it freaks me out more now, trying to let sunlight in because someone tried to break in twice in the past week, in the back bedroom where our window is walking/foot level of a dark alley. 

So, yeah windows make me panic a little when they are closed because then I can't see anyone, or see if anyone is peepin about...

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Personally speaking, if any random person could see in my windows into my apartment while walking by, I would keep the blinds so that no one could see in, but you could see out.  I'm not sure how that is done, but there are 2 angles that the blinds have ... one will allow people to see in, the other way wont.

And I would never open those windows. 

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On 10/6/2016 at 9:43 AM, melissaw72 said:

And I would never open those windows. 

My gf would never go for that. She claims she needs all the sunlight she can get (basement level) so she opens them wide for the world to walk in front of and see all our things. Sigh. 

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28 minutes ago, 2Spirals said:

My gf would never go for that. She claims she needs all the sunlight she can get (basement level) so she opens them wide for the world to walk in front of and see all our things. Sigh. 

I'm surprised because you just had 2 break-ins recently.  And anyone could walk by.

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I get extremely jumpy around windows at night because I can't see anybody who may be looking back. I fear looking out of a window one night to see a clown face or other frightening sight peering back at me. 

 

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55 minutes ago, crtclms said:

What's the deal with clowns these days, anyway?

I don't know ... there on the news too ...burglaries, hoaxes on campuses (at least here there have been), etc.

Here is some info about stuff happening with clowns now:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/clown-sightings-hoax-real-panic-nationwide-police-taking-seriously/

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On 10/7/2016 at 1:29 PM, 2Spirals said:

My gf would never go for that. She claims she needs all the sunlight she can get (basement level) so she opens them wide for the world to walk in front of and see all our things. Sigh. 

I've been using a SAD Light in the morning and I think it serves that purpose.  I feel a little bit like a plant sitting under it but....Could be worse.

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On 10/9/2016 at 8:10 AM, HAL9000 said:

I've been using a SAD Light in the morning and I think it serves that purpose.  I feel a little bit like a plant sitting under it but....Could be worse.

We actually have one of those. We used to use it a few years ago. Not sure why we don't now. 

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I'm definitely afraid of someone looking in my apartment. I usually open my blinds if I'm at home during the day and close them as soon as it starts to get dark. Could you install some sheer curtains? That would still let natural light in while providing some privacy.

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9 hours ago, Bitterhoney829 said:

I'm definitely afraid of someone looking in my apartment. I usually open my blinds if I'm at home during the day and close them as soon as it starts to get dark. Could you install some sheer curtains? That would still let natural light in while providing some privacy.

Getting sheer blinds is a great idea ...  at least in all my life, I have never been able to see through a sheer curtain. 

I haven't made an effort to make sure every sheer curtain I've seen would create privacy, BUT, I've never been able to look through window and see inside with them.  I would have remembered that, and wouldn't be recommending them if i didn't know if they worked.

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