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24 June 2018 @ 11:15 pm
Hey, for those of you who didn't take my phobia poll, check it out! I know there are more things I forgot, so tell me what they are. (*kicks self for forgetting needles and fire*)

Here's some cuteness for you, behind a cut in case reptiles were one of your personal phobias:

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Doesn't that little guy look happy? I wish I felt like he looks, but it's late on Sunday night and tomorrow is a work day. AGAIN. :O

swirlsofblueswirlsofblue on June 25th, 2018 04:29 pm (UTC)
I mostly have fears rather than phobias, mainly fear of failure and fear of going to new places/situations.

I like the snake pic.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 25th, 2018 05:07 pm (UTC)
Yes, I have more of those now than actual phobias, too.

My spider/insect phobia is more of a fear now, and heights are more of a fear. Same for needles-in-veins.

But others have always been just fears: public speaking, meeting up with people outside of their/my house or someplace well-known (will they ever show? Am I at the wrong place? Am I too late and they gave up?), driving in places I've never been (especially in the dark). And there are others...

Isn't that picture cute? There are a bunch of others on that Reddit sub-thread, a couple of which use the poem-format correctly and most of which don't. I don't know WHY people have such a problem with beats and meter. Maybe it's akin to music, and it's like being tone-deaf?

But there is a good one with a cat and some surprisingly curly cheese puffs, and another with a bat. :)
cindytsuki_no_bara on June 26th, 2018 12:09 am (UTC)
that snake is so cute. i miss those variants of that poem! i miss the bred. :D

i didn't do your poll because i don't have phobias either. i mean, spiders give me the heebie-jeebies and if i find one in my house i kill it (and then i feel bad >.< ) but i'm not paralyzingly afraid of them or anything. i might be a tch agoraphobic, but not to the point that it keeps me from going places.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 26th, 2018 12:24 am (UTC)
There were a lot of cute variants for that poem, but the snake was the best I've seen. The cat with the curly cheese puffs and the little bat were great, too. Mostly, people don't seem to get the rhythm and meter.

I've progressed to the "Ick! Kill it!" and then doing so phase with spiders and bugs. So much better than the panicked breathing and frozen fear or rabid flailing. But I also feel bad about it afterwards.

Not bad enough that I'm willing to try to relocate them, because A) They might get on me! and B) If I trap them in a cup, or something, well... that cup is now contaminated forever. With cognitive spider cooties.

Kind of like I have to wash my hands after scooping things up in Kleenex and flushing them. Because, cooties. :O
Kizzyxo_kizzy_xo on June 26th, 2018 12:39 pm (UTC)
Late to the party! Snakes fascinate me, btw. So do spiders ;) Not a phobia but I fear anything that stings outside of a bumblebee, especially hornets. A neighbour was stung in the eye by one when I was a kid. I don't recall her going blind but her vision ended up severely impaired.

I'm also apprehensive of heights if I'm not enclosed. I'm not a fan of ladders.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 26th, 2018 07:47 pm (UTC)
Haha-- spiders don't fascinate me (ewww!), but snakes do. And this little guys is a cutie. :)

I've never been stung by a bumblebee, but most of my stings have been yellow-jackets (hornets) and wasps, and those sting a LOT. Way more than honeybee stings. Your neighbor's story is terrifying! I can see that creating a lifelong phobia in almost anyone. I mean, empirical evidence of awfulness is the kind of thing that haunts you.

I have a bit of vertigo, which makes my fear of heights worse because that fear is founded! I've found that anywhere I can SEE the height (as in, open-metal stairs, or sidewalk grates, or standing on a solid bridge at the edge of a precipice) is a problem. I can make it up to about 6'feet max on a ladder, but anything over about 3 feet is awful. Ugh.