Your Greatest Fear

Isabella

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As I was reading "HORROR movies" thread, I thought of "fear" in general. I'd like to hear what your greatest fear(s) is/are and why. It doesn't necessarily have to be in the movies. It can be ANYTHING that you're afraid of.

I'll start: I am TERRIFIED of spiders and other scary insects like that (especially big hairy flying insects). Just today, when I was doing a water change, I went to take out a bucket and found a big hairy spider in it. Of course I jumped up, screamed, and threw the bucket away as far as I could, lol. Wouldn't touch it again until my brother made sure the spider is gone, lol. I don't know why they scare me so much -  I guess it's the thought of "what if" such a thing bites me ... lol.

Another more serious thing that I fear are nuclear weapons. Not that I fear them as in some "phobia" ... lol, but generally as they are such a terrible threat to world peace today. I think nuclear weapons should be totally eradicated from the face of the Earth. All countries that have nuclear weapons should get rid of them unconditionally. They should also have procedures/policies in place to prevent nuclear weapons from being ever made again, once they're eradicated. I don't know if that will ever happen, but I'd really want all countries to get rid of nukes.

Also ... I would NEVER ever ... bungee jump! (Though I LOVE rollercoasters!)
 

Boxermom

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The death of my husband or one of my kids. I panic about it regularly.
 
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Mike

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High gas prices - causes everything else to rise in price

Outsourcing - going to college and getting your bachelors degree only to find out that your job is now heavily outsourced - programming, accounting, manufacturing, legal, any type of back office work. And it's only picking up the pace. Sometimes the person that's been outsourced has to literally start all over again.
 

Gwenz

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I'm terrifoed of Hights. I can't go anywhere that is high up.

I hate spiders too. If there is one in my room, I won't go back in there until my dad has got it out and put it out the window. I espessialy hate the spiders that can fly(Daddy Long leggs).

I also hate it when I'm home alone and I can hear the floor creaking because of the pipes under the floor boards. That terrifies me. I always have to have the radio or TV on so I can't hear it.

Gwenz
 

fish_r_friend

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what is it with everyone and spiders I have been bitten by one before so I don't care
I really don't like nukes the only place nukes should be is in a museum(unarmed)
 

Richard

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Greedy,dishonest or clueless politicians and heights..greedy,dishonest or clueless politicians are the root cause of nukes,high gas prices,triple-digit inflation,crime,and probably even spiders and houses that creak..heights,well they're just too high for my liking!
 

hopesmom

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pain - as in the dentist, entertaining - particularly cooking for others, bugs touching me - they have their place, and it is not on me, falling - not the actual feeling of being up high - but of falling, kareoke - I sing like I cook! lol

Denise

one more..... speaking in public ! hate it! my knees knock, my voice shakes, and my mind goes blank
 
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Isabella

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Wow, so many of you are so right.

Boxermom, I think that goes even without saying - we're all afraid of the death of our loved ones (I can't even imagine what effect that would have on me and I hope that moment won't come for a long time).

Mike, I see you're very business-oriented, hence your fears are related to business. But, they're very legitimate fears - I agree with you. Economy IS very important and one little instability can cause everything else to disintegrate.

Richard, unfortunately most of the politicians are greedy for power and money, indeed. I also wish it didn't have to be so. But what makes the present state of politics (worldwide) so dangerous is the possession of nuclear weapons by many countries. In the past, if a military conflict developed, the means through which wars were fought did not eradicate entire populations and did not threaten to wipe out our species. Today, believe it or not, if a major world war breaks out with extensive use of nuclear weapons, it could mean a literal annihilation of the human race. Not all people would die at once (though many would die instantly in nuclear explosions), but it is especially the after-effects of such a war that are devastating. In the months following the war, people would slowly die off, as would animals and plants. The Earth would be uninhabitable for tens if not hundreds of years after the war (that's because radioactive elements are able to survive in the environment for a very long time). The possession of nuclear weapons in the hands of politicians makes them extremely dangerous. It would be so disappointing to see the human race being annihilated for the greed of a few politicians - where is the sense in that?

If anyone is reading this, I'd really recommend for you to read "The Fate of the Earth and the Abolition" by Jonathan Schell. It is a very powerful and eye-opening book about the dangers that nuclear weapons pose. It also describes in vivid detail the effects of nuclear explosions. It is something that everyone should read in today's world (precisely because we live in a nuclear era and no longer can we pretend that we're safe).
 

chickadee

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WOW we do have some things in common! I have read the book and it is excellent. It is eyeopening without the obvious grand standing common in some books on the subject.

I would have to say my biggest fear is to be a burden on the ones I care about.

Rose
 

Boxermom

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chickadee said:
I would have to say my biggest fear is to be a burden on the ones I care about.
I'm already there, sad to say.
 

SunnShadow

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Heights and the dark. I can't even step up on a short step-stool without feeling dizzy. I've been afraid of the dark ever since I was a little girl, and had almost gotten over it when someone "attacked" me from the shadows around my home a few years ago. I refuse to walk into a darkened area now. (Getting up in the night to pee is almost heart-stopping....)
I'd rather stand nude in front of 1000 people than walk in the dark.......

S.
 

Gwenz

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I used to be afraid of the dark too, and wouldn't go to sleep at night without the light on. Now I can't sleep if there is light in the room.

I'm like you SunnShadow. I get scared standing on a stool. I hate hights. Nobody, not even my mum can force me to go anywhere that is off the ground.

Gwenz
 
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Isabella

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I was never afraid of the dark and of creaking in the walls at night. I could understand why children are afraid of these things. But as you grow up, it goes away. I think it's really purely psychological - it is all in your mind because in reality there is really nothing to be afraid of at your own house at night. I mean, I know burglaries and thefts happen, but these are rare incidents and to most people these things will never happen (hopefully). So, don't be afraid of the dark I am sure there are no scary creatures like vampires living in your walls, lol. Just water running through the pipes, that's all

P.S. I could understand, however, if someone was attacked at night - that would probably leave an emotional scar in my mind as well, and I'd probably be afraid of the dark after such an incident as well. Let us hope none of us here ever gets attacked at night (or at any time whatsoever). Apart from being attacked at night and house burglaries, there is really nothing to fear
 

Jason

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Cockroaches especially the flying types, just disgusting. Also next years (yr 12) final exams!
 

DEADFISH

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more of my fish dying
but no really...stuff like climbing up a tree that's 108 ft. high then having to have to jump off of it to go on a zipline...nothing except climbing up the tree was scary...but like I can jump out of the tree...it was just climbing it that freaked the **** outta me!!!
 

Marc

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Probably my 55 gallon falling over. :-X

I spazz out if I can't move at all. Stuck, inside a closet, etc. Not claustrophobic because it's only if I can't move. No idea what it'd be called.
 

friend_o_fish

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I agree with fish_r_friend they can be pretty scary epically in the wrong hands.
 
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Isabella

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Marc, then you'd be terrified of NYC subways during rush hours. NYC trains are so packed during rush hours that you literally can't move inside, you're literally stuck. You'd hate it. When I am on such a train, I am not afraid of that, only I am disgusted by being surrounded by so many people and being in such a close proximity to strangers that may be God knows who. Plus, they may be sick or something, and you're standing so close to them. Disgusting. I limit myself to riding trains ONLY when I absolutely have to. New Yorkers usually take trains when they have to go to Manhattan - no matter how many cars you have, you better not take one of them to Manhattan - it will guarantee having your car scratched. Manhattan is so packed with cars you can barely move there. And it would take you longer to get to Manhattan by car than by a train. NYC is crazy, isn't ti? LOL
 

Buzz

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flying insects freak me out but to me its more gross than scarry ...

For me, it is the ever wonderful fear of enclosed spaces...give me snakes and gators and frogs, muggers and bandits...but just put me in an elevator...lol

I look at Richard and our boy Aaron and they sometimes sleep with the covers right up over their heads on cold nights - it's amazing, just thinking about it gives me short-breath! lol
 

LilaBean

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all these animal lovers and your afraid of insects!!! I too though can admit to fear of creepy crawly spiders-- and worse the spiders in the hallway of my apt!!! leading me to my next fear-- basements!! hate them-- run like mad up them from doing laundry ect. and to get away from the spiders-- LILA
 

molly lover

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My biggest fear is death... I can't deal with it well if my dog died right know I don't know what I would do. I think about it all the time and I start to get so scaried I start to break down and my dog has to make it worce and come over to me and make me feel worse cause I know she won't be there always. I had her since kindergarden so I'm really attached to her. I'm also scaried of heights too, unless I'm like buckled in or something. I can't look over a railing cause I feel like someone is just going to push me over.
 

czarben

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Our dependance on oil. What will happen when it runs out? Think about how many products are made from plastic which is made from oil byproducts. What would we do with out our cars?
And as long as the oil companies have the $$$, they'll make sure we keep relying on oil. It's a scary road we're going down.
 

emilai333

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I have some very odd, specific fears:
I am not afraid of heights but I freak out if I feel off balance, especially leaning backwards (so no roller coasters or rapelling)
I am not claustrophobic but I freak if I can't move my arms (you can tie me into a little ball and I'll be fine if you leave my arms free); if something is too tight on my arms (rubber bands, tight long sleeved shirts, etc.); or if I am in a crowded space and people are bumping into me a lot.
I am afraid of losing those I care about.
I am somewhat afraid of fire; my freshman chemistry teacher mostly cured that.
I am not afraid of spiders in general, but black widows and wolf spiders terrify me.


My favorite oddball fear - my first college roommate was actually afraid of fish.
I had hermit crabs that semester, instead.
 
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Isabella

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Emily, lol ... imagine, "fear of fish" ... lol, that's a good one ;D ;D ;D ! (Unless it is a piranha we're talking about ...)

Buzz and LilaBean ... I'm also terrified of spiders and big flying insects. We had lots of cicadas in NY one summer ... I was afraid to come outside after dark as they'd get out at night, and they were all over the trees ... YUCK!

Czarben ... so true, isn't it? It's scary to even think about it. We're definitely TOO dependent on oil. The situation in the Middle East is really NOT likely to improve but only to get worse and worse (thanks to Bush's politics) - as we're already seeing it getting terribly bad, though many people don't even realize that. If a major war breaks out in the M.E., we're going to have a major economic collapse in the U.S. - something like the 1930's (perhaps not this bad, but nevertheless not good either). Imagine all those people that have to drive to work far away, or even not so far - if gas prices go up (and they will no doubt with the escalating conflict in the M.E.), many people will seriously NOT be able to afford to get to work. And if they can't work ... how will they make a living? Scary, huh? Good job, Mr. Bush!

What I mean by "thanking" Bush is more specifically his foreign policy toward the M.E. and, besides, the whole ordeal he started there (beginning in Iraq). He made the situation in Iraq only worse, which now is on the verge of a civil war. Now, Bush will either have to send more soldiers to Iraq (and more of our young and brave men will die), or let the situation there escalate into an unimaginable mess. With that accomplished, Bush will get NO OIL from Iraq for sure. The reserves of oil are running out around the world, and there are no positive prospects for having oil in the U.S. (they now want to destroy Alaskan wildlife!). All of this will lead to a great catastrophe in America due to our extreme dependency on oil. This is simply not good - a very bad prognosis for our future.

If there can be found anything good about all of this, I suppose, is the fact that once and for all humans will stop polluting the Earth if we run out of oil. We take everything for granted, not heeding any warnings from Mother Nature. I suppose now we'll pay for our vanity.
 

newbie101

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Isabella said:
Marc, then you'd be terrified of NYC subways during rush hours. NYC trains are so packed during rush hours that you literally can't move inside, you're literally stuck. You'd hate it. When I am on such a train, I am not afraid of that, only I am disgusted by being surrounded by so many people and being in such a close proximity to strangers that may be God knows who. Plus, they may be sick or something, and you're standing so close to them. Disgusting. I limit myself to riding trains ONLY when I absolutely have to. New Yorkers usually take trains when they have to go to Manhattan - no matter how many cars you have, you better not take one of them to Manhattan - it will guarantee having your car scratched. Manhattan is so packed with cars you can barely move there. And it would take you longer to get to Manhattan by car than by a train. NYC is crazy, isn't ti? LOL
I hate being smushed too and one time (one time, haha) I had to go on a packed subway train in Manhattan and we just could barely move, so we went to a different car but it just kept getting worse and finally we just couldn't move at all...it was bad. and with so little room I couldn't even balance so I kept falling against people : Normally I'm an expert at balancing in a subway though ;D
 

Buzz

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You know, come to think of it, the most common fear amongst the people I know (male & female) are ...

1. SPIDERS and other less intimidating creepy crawlies ;D
2. Heights
3. Claustraphobia
and 4. GROWING OLD ...

The mind really is a beautiful thing... It's all about perception I guess ;D
 
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Isabella

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Emma ... once, lol! You're lucky. There are not thousands but MILLIONS of people in NYC that use subways (those packed subways during rush hours) every single working day - imagine that!
 

newbie101

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Wow, I must have been really lucky because that's the only time that's ever happened.
 

ncje

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Most of the stuff already mentioned namely extreme heights, death of family etc. I guess my greatest fear as in HORROR fear would be to actually see a ghost up personal I THINK I saw one when I was a kid.... long story, but thinking of it even now chills me to my core.
 

lokky.funky

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I'm afraid to be alone. But has been alone during my night shifts at work.. But, I would listen to some music to get out of my fear.. heee hee... ;D
 

0morrokh

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I don't usually admit this but I am terrified of tornadoes. Actually storms in general because they can lead to tornadoes. I'm getting over it though.
 

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