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I have this really strange phobia. I don't know if it has a name. But I get freaked out by the insides of things where you can see mechanical parts or wiring or pipes etc. I'll give some examples.

In our bathroom there is a light in the ceiling surrounded by some heat lamps. They're those big lamp kinda light bulbs and the covering around them doesn't go around them tightly. So when I'm in the shower and I look up at them, there is a gap around each lamp and I can see into the ceiling and see some wires and stuff. I get almost a panic looking at it. Then I have to keep my eyes away from the ceiling and I feel freaked out for the rest of my shower. It doesn't always happen but if I do look up there at it I then have anxiety bother me until I leave the bathroom.

Another example is that our bathtub is a spa-bath and there's this plank of wood at one end that you lift up to get to the controls of the spa. It falls in sometimes and shows some of the interior of the walls and the insulation, plus part of the spa controls. I always have to get my husband to put it back in place because I can't handle looking in there.

I can't look at the inside of the top of the toilet. I hate that fucking ball thing that indicates how high the water level is. 

I can't look inside our ceiling. Our air venting system is up there and I am super freaked out by the thought of looking at it. I never want to see it. Even sometimes when I can hear it whirring overhead, it makes me think of the machinery above me and I get anxious.

Interestingly, I am okay looking under the hood of a car. So I don't think it's always mechanical things. Maybe it's to do with things that are normally concealed being exposed? But I don't have any particular fear of that with human bodies or whatever. Maybe it's just to do with dark places? But actually in any spa bath I feel anxious because of the sound of the motor and pump and jets going. And the big drain in the middle freaks me out so much I stick to the sides and can't even rest my feet down there.

When the drain in our shower needs cleaning my husband has to do it because I can't handle lifting it up and seeing the pipe below.

Anyway, isn't that strange? Anyone else have a strange-to-explain phobia?

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I have a weird phobia, too. I'm afraid of wildlife photography. Not actual animals but photos of animals. I have, with exposure, gotten to where I can handle a kids nonfiction picture book with photos, but I can't use Google images for anything animal related, that's just a total panic attack.

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3 hours ago, Juniper29 said:

I have a weird phobia, too. I'm afraid of wildlife photography. Not actual animals but photos of animals. I have, with exposure, gotten to where I can handle a kids nonfiction picture book with photos, but I can't use Google images for anything animal related, that's just a total panic attack.

Wow that's really interesting! Is it only wild animals? What about photos of pets?

2 hours ago, saintalto said:

It’s not a weird phobia but how I got it is. I was never afraid of heights, ever... my mother was deathly afraid of them though. Then almost directly after she died I was suddenly very much afraid of heights. I can’t stand being up high now. 

That is really interesting. I'm afraid of heights too, but I always have been. 

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8 hours ago, Melancholya said:

the big drain in the middle freaks me out so much I stick to the sides and can't even rest my feet down there

I thought I was the only one!

Every time before I get into a pool I look from the outside to find where the drains are... and also where the jets are, so I don't accidentally step on them or go near them.

This is oddly specific but it seems to have something to do with water pipes.

Jacuzzis freak me out.

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1 hour ago, HydroCat said:

I thought I was the only one!

Every time before I get into a pool I look from the outside to find where the drains are... and also where the jets are, so I don't accidentally step on them or go near them.

This is oddly specific but it seems to have something to do with water pipes.

Jacuzzis freak me out.

Yeah it took me a long time to be OK about jets! I still get the heebie jeebies sometimes. I've not yet taken a bath in our spa bath tub (and we've lived in our house for a year and a half) because I don't like the jets. And the sound of it all going. In fact, the first thing I'm gonna get when we renovate our bathroom is a fricken NORMAL BATH. 

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Google Trypophobia images...actually, maybe, don't. I didn't have a phobic reaction to this sort of thing... until... I read an article about other people who have this phobia...then when I looked at the photos I totally freaked out!! I get a very visceral reaction...

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I don’t know if this is considered a phobia, but I don’t like seeing people walk barefoot if they’re stepping on anything other than smooth surfaces, I instantly imagine what it would feel like stepping on something sharp and uncomfortable and I get a weird feeling in the pit of my stomach. 

And I googled tryptophobia, and I LOVE images like that but they need to be all perfectly spaced. 

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I don't know if this counts, but I cannot deal with food delivery to my house. Cannot answer the door, cannot pay the delivery guy, totally freaked out about tipping the delivery guy. It drives my daughter crazy, I know, but I just can't....deal...with food delivery. 

Mail, packages, all fine. Just food delivery. I panic and hide. 

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Yes...Pharmacophobia..i'm terrified of antipsychotic medication...Truely terrified..Its effecting my overall mental health recovery as i'm perscribed them i want to get better yet i just cannot find a way to take them..I've had very pep talk to myself you can imagine...I havent found anyone who also suffers with it  neither..Which would help as i could get some real life tips on over coming it...Another weird one  is little holes..I remember when the picture of a lotus flower was doing the rounds on social media photo shopped to peoples skins like some horrible disease..The picture of it made me absolute shudder...like a really extreme disgust response..The Phobia is called "Trypophobia" ..Its horrible...

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When I was a very young kid (2-4 years old), the house we lived in had the washer and dryer in the basement (which flooded often). Oftentimes my mom would put a load of laundry in the washer at bedtime. Well, sometimes the washer would get off balance and start thrashing around. That used to terrify the ever living shit out of me. I would scream and cry hysterically and would be inconsolable for half an hour. That lasted until the next house we lived in where the washer and dryer were in the actual laundry room which was closer to my bedroom. It would happen, and I would start screaming bloody murder. I think I outgrew that "phobia" by the time I was 6 or 7 years old.

Another phobia I had (and still to this day as a 32 year old grown assed man) is bathroom fans. I don't know why, but they freak me the fuck out. They're loud, I don't like them, I don't know where the air is going they're sucking out of the bathroom... OR:EGJEO:IRGJ:EOIGRJIO:WEJOGP:IJWEGOI:JWE:OIGJW:OIEGJO:EOIJG"PO NO! JUST NO! Even worse are the bathroom heaters! They're so fucking loud! They're going to kill me I just know it!

There are more but I can't think of them, and it's probably best that I not do so...

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On 4/4/2020 at 4:34 AM, mikl_pls said:

Well, sometimes the washer would get off balance and start thrashing around. That used to terrify the ever living shit out of me.

This is an absolutely valid fear. I still get freaked out when a washing machine moves LOL. Not to the extent of the distress you felt as a kid. I think I have a weird phobia of inanimate objects moving. 

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On 4/8/2020 at 6:01 PM, Melancholya said:

This is an absolutely valid fear. I still get freaked out when a washing machine moves LOL. Not to the extent of the distress you felt as a kid. I think I have a weird phobia of inanimate objects moving. 

I definitely have a thing about watching inanimate objects moving too. Like, watching the show "How It's Made" is kind of like a giant panic attack for me that at the same time thrills me... I love and hate watching that show... lol

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On 4/26/2020 at 11:51 AM, mikl_pls said:

I definitely have a thing about watching inanimate objects moving too. Like, watching the show "How It's Made" is kind of like a giant panic attack for me that at the same time thrills me... I love and hate watching that show... lol

I don't like seeing the inside of machinery operating!! 

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I am now terrified of getting into open bodies of water. When I was younger I grew up swimming in lakes, rivers, the Gulf of Mexico and loved it. I was always with my three much older brothers and never once thought twice about what could be lurking in there. THEN, when I was in my late 20's I went on a weekend trip with the man I had been dating to Padre Island and we were going to leave very early in the morning but he talked me into a quick swim before we left. Well, it was just getting light out and we got well out past our heads, could not touch bottom and on a wave coming right at us was a school of baby jelly fish. Ouch, does not cover it. I've never swam so fast in my life. I never stepped foot in the Gulf of Mexico after that. But I would still go into rivers and lakes. THEN I made the massive, massive mistake of binge watching River Monsters. Uh huh. Nope. Never. Again. Have I gone into another body of water where I could not look down and see very clearly the bottom. Now, it has been nearly 14 years since I've gone swimming at all. I'll go fishing but won't go out on a boat either. Worse, I have to constantly come up with excuses because this is not something I can ever let any of my brothers know because they would die laughing and tease me horribly. I would never live this down. I've confessed this fear to no one til now. 

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Yellow Roze -

I'm a Kentuckian, but spent four years in Big D when I was in college, so am somewhat familiar with the way things are down there in the Republic. Your experience at Padre was unlucky, but not unpredictable - North and South Padre Islands are particularly known for the presence of Man-o-War jellyfish, which do sting. The last time I was down there, years ago, I remember a sign that greeted you when you got to the beach that warned about the conditions on the beach for the day, and one of the lines read "Man-o-War: Lots"

The thing is, you had a bad experience in a place where that experience was more likely to happen. It's sort of like saying you got a sunburn on the beach at a resort, so you're never going to go to resorts again - of course you got a sunburn on the beach. That's where sunburns happen. But not under the cabana. Not indoors in the resort. That's the thing about phobias: Our minds extrapolate small fears into irrational conclusions and then make decisions based on the irrational thinking.

That's not to say that phobias don't feel like very real threats, or don't have very real physical effects. They do. They mobilize our bodies' defenses just the same as real threats. But the threats they're responding to are usually either much less than we perceive them to be, or don't exist at all, and that means we have some room to apply another part of our brains to the problem - our cognitive skills.

If the phobia isn't too extreme, you may be able to confront the fear by identifying it as you're experiencing it as a phobia - by telling yourself, "I'm afraid, but I also know that this is a phobia. Maybe it's not as real as it feels." You can challenge it. For instance - River Monsters. Okay, you binge-watched River Monsters. What do we know about a show like River Monsters? We know that:

a) They didn't call it River Critters. Why? Because that title wouldn't have been as exciting or drawn as much morbid attention as one with 'monsters' in it.

b) In this day and age, tame, calm shows about the everyday habits of wild creatures have zero chance of competing for ratings against the sensational, sex-laden, explosion-filled, profanity-laced, murder-a-minute fare that's all over cable; if they want eyeballs to focus on a wildlife show, the wildlife has got to be wilder than wild - it's got to be downright life-threatening. Whether or not the animals are actually like that is beside the point. 

c) Watch the news. How many reports have you seen in the last year of people being devoured by river monsters? Yea-hhhh, none. And you'd better believe that if it were happening, there would be film at eleven. So what does that tell us? It ain't happening.

So the mind with a river-monster phobia that looks at an inviting stream on a hot day and says, No way am I getting in that refreshing cool water because I don't want to be eaten by a giant eel can be confronted. Obviously, the information on River Monsters doesn't add up. You binge-watched it, so basically all the information you have about what lives unseen at the bottom of the river is from that source, and that's what feeds the phobia. But what if you also consult a different source? Like, for instance, the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife, or the National Park Service, who know a heck of a lot about what lives at the bottom of rivers. (I was a National Park Service ranger for 30 years. I'm not afraid of river monsters. I get in the water and get wet and everything. I've even been nibbled on by minnows.)

Actually, that last bit about the minnows is only partly in jest. If phobias have too strong a grip to be conquered by willpower and cognitive skills alone, there is also the process of desensitization, whereby the person suffering from the phobia can be gradually exposed or reintroduced to the thing or environment or experience that causes the phobia. With each small, controlled experience that demonstrates that what the person fears does not actually occur when the fear is confronted, the phobia gradually loses its ability to stimulate the brain's fight/flight/freeze reactions, and the person is able to begin to function normally.

My phobias are of heights, and spiders. The spiders I am able (generally) to work around with cognitive skills. Now, little everyday ones don't bother me at all. Put a tarantula on my arm and I'll squeal like a little girl. I'm working on it. The heights, though - no amount of reason helps there. I don't know why, but there's a primitive kind of fear, as though I'm remembering some ancient terror from when humans lived in trees. If I ever wanted to sky-dive or bungee-jump (not happening) I would have to do some desensitization work before I could even think about it.

So, if your phobia of water troubles you - and it sounds as though to some extent it does - you can work on both of these tactics on your own. You can challenge what you 'learned' from River Monsters by getting some information from other sources that might tell a different story that might not be so frightening, and then ask yourself some stern questions when you feel afraid about whether the fear is really real. You can do your own desensitization a little at a time - you don't have to dive into the river up to your neck, just step in up to your ankles next time. The time after that, go as far as your shins. The next time, your knees. If the river monsters don't go for your kneecaps (they won't), you can consider going further, or hanging around at that depth for as long as you like, until you feel comfortable. Go to the sea again, but do you homework and pick a stretch of shoreline that isn't known for jellyfish. There are lots and lots of places where millions of people frolic in the surf without the least risk of any such contact. Or travel to a place where the waters are crystal-clear and you could see anything around you from a great distance. This is something you can overcome, if you wish. You weren't born with it. You picked it up... and you can put it down.

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I have no phobias, but I have so many issues with the smells, textures, flavors, and sometimes the mere idea of foods that I might be able to fool a casual observer.

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