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Mine is a common one: spiders!

Yeah, I know...very few are harmful but I've been told that all have some degree of venom. Most won't bite unless 'cornered', and if I understand correctly, the arachnid (not a true spider) called a "Daddy Longlegs" (common in the south) has such tiny fangs it cannot penetrate human skin. I also read that these creatures are the most venomous arachnid known to exist, and they eat spiders, especially the more toxic types(Black Widow; Brown Recluse; etc...)

I think my phobia started due to being bitten by a Brown Recluse when I was 9. I removed a drawer from a very old dresser and there was a card in the back. I reached in to retrieve it and felt what I thought was a splinter. Within a few hours, my hand had swollen to several times its normal size; one fingertip was black and disgusting, and the others looked discolored, too. It was during the night, so I woke up my mom and told her my hand hurt. She was half-asleep, never opened her eyes and said: "run some cold water over it." :roll:

By morning, my fingernail had fallen off of that finger, the tip of my finger was badly necrosed (rotting) and the rest of the nails on that hand had turned black. I eventually lost all of the nails on that hand, and my finger and nail are still very slightly deformed.

A few months later, we had just moved into a new home. I walked onto the front porch then ran back in and told my mom there was a black widow by the door. She rolled her eyes at me with that, "yeah, sure" and followed me out. Showed her! It was an average sized female black widow who was in the process of dining on her mate. That is a vision which still haunts me. 8O

To this day, I freak out at the sight of any spider...the bigger the spider, the worse I freak out. I usually have someone else dispose of it, even if I have to go ask the little girl next door...I can't do it. A few months ago, there was a harmless common wolf spider on my counter. I had no one to rescue me, so I HAD to kill it myself. 8O I squished it (it managed to get a couple of 'hops' in before I finally was able to do so) and it was so full of goo that it splattered. I immediately threw-up. I couldn't clean it up, so I put a dozen or so paper towels on it then stayed out of the kitchen entirely until I could find someone else to do it.

Yes, my brain knows that the chances of being bitten by anything that would cause more than a brief sting and almost nil...but my instinct says "death on 8 legs". Strange thing about it, it seems to be getting worse as I get older. :?
 

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My phobia is of spiders too!

Here in Canada I don't think we have any real harmful spiders, But I'm still petrified of them! They're most often in the shower up in the corner so if i see one i freak and jump out and make someone kill it before i go back in :oops: :wink:

I think it started with my aunt. I was never really scared of spiders but you know when you are around someone a lot you get their habits or learn something. Well growing up on a farm i couldn't be scared of them but she used to babysit me a lot and she was petrified of them so I think I picked it up from her :?

I really wanna move to Texas and seeing as you're from Texas and your story of the spiders you encounter i'm really rethinking that idea! ack! 8O Of course I don't think even a mean ol' spider couldn't stop me from doing something i really wanna do :wink:
 

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Haha this is a good thread! I dont know if it's really a "phobia" but I definaltey have an "irrational" fear!! Matt's closet! His bedroom is actually the attic loft, and he has this really creepy closet that's right beside the stairs. For some reason this closet has always given me the creeps, but then wierd things happened... It has been known to open all on it's own (and it's got one of those slidey-latch locks so that's bizzare), and it'll rattle like mad sometimes! (The other day I was going down the stairs past the closet and it started rattling JUST as I walked by it. I nearly fell down the stairs it scared me so bad.

This one time, while he was away, I was sleeping in his room, and his bed is across from the closet. Well I had a dream that I'd woken up and the closet was wide open! It was so real and freaked me out so bad that in the dream I just hid under the covers and willed myself back to sleep. That's when I really woke up, and was bundled under the covers. I was absolutley TERRIFIED to look over at the closet. (I did... it was closed thank God!)

I can't come up the stairs if the closet is open, infact I can't go NEAR the closet if it's open. If I turn the corner on his stairs (it's got a bend), and the closet is open, i scream and freeze up until he comes and closes it (or I dont go up at all). I swear my heart rate actually increases when I go past it, even when it's closed! And dont even get me started on the times the cats have just sat there STARING at it 8O

I think I have every reason to be freaked out, but Matt thinks I'm being irrational!
 

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Oh and the spider thing? The only time I really encounter them is at the cottage, and then we kill them with duct tape :) Stick them to the surface then squish them with the roll so you dont have to feel it or anything. And it mostly cleans itself up :) That stuff is REALLY the most useful substance on earth! lol
 

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Spiders and other "creepy-crawly" type bugs like catepillars. I'm okay with the common housefly, mosquito and box elder bug but that's about it.

Gosh, Brynn, I guess I've heard that a daddy long legs' fangs are so small they couldn't penetrate human skin but I'd never heard the part about them being venomous. I sure hope it is true about them not being able to penetrate human skin after hearing that! We have lots of daddy long legs here in North Dakota as well.

I once found a spider crawling on a cabinet in our kitchen when I was young and I was, and still am, so afraid of having to touch it in order to get rid of it that I found a can of Raid and sprayed it to death! It was pretty quick though. It's not like it lingered on for hours or something. :lol:

This doesn't happen all the time but every now and again I get this eerie feeling if I were to pass across our living room window without the lights on. Sometimes I just get this creepy feeling like somebody's watching me from the window.

I also have a fear of twisting, turning amusement park rides if combined with height and speed, i.e., roller coasters. Heights and speed have never bothered me; just the idea of twisting in all directions while in high places or going fast. Another weird thing about that, though, is that I can handle the twisting and turning motions if it's not really fast. For instance, I'm okay with the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland but I have no desire to go on Space Mountain. Also, my husband actually got me to go on the Rocket Rods ride at Disneyland before they took it out. That was kind of a thrill 'cuz I knew what was up ahead. There were no crazy flips or turns; just speed up - slow down, speed up - slow down.
 

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I think spiders are nice little creatures. I always pick them up and put them outside. If I am around friends&family that cannot stand them, that literally scream"kill it, kill it" I do my best to save them. It always puzzles them ..but I have always liked them. I am actually the one that screams:"Don't harm it" :wink:
I am a litle scared, if not grossed out, more than anything, of mice, rats. But I still don't like to see them in traps. I understand they are a pest ...but they must have an important role on this Erath just like any other being. Even if that is for them to pose a challenge for people like me, frightened of them :lol:
 

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my phobia...is anything that seems to establish any form of control over me...

wgen i feel like im not in control, i freak out and get voilent or isolate myself from everyone...its not a physical fear, but i am always afraid of being controlled, which is why im such a rebel!!! and i have nver grown out of it! im 15, been this way since birth :wink:

but, a physical phobia is being fat. i am so afraid of being fat, i went from anorexia to balimia to anorexia and balimia again(until recently i started having heart palpitations and almost had a heart attack)and have recently went to recover from this problem...but i have a serious food phobia. id say these are my two worst fears(and im virtually fearless otuside of these things!)
 

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Spiders, Praying Mantis, and Clowns. They all just give me the creeps, just the thought of any of those sens shivers down me, yuck! Yep, those would be my fears.
 

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Aggressive women. I dont leave the house for fear of seeing a woman even get mad at stubbing her toe...even if its down the street. I will burst into tears and go straight home. Let alone a woman confronting me head on...I just get quiet and hit rock bottom right away. Its often days before i can drag myself out of bed and weeks before i leave the house again. If its a man I just yell back at him, i could care less...Its just women.

Mean small dogs. Like poodles or pomeranians or min-pins....if one growls at me i start bawling and am afraid to move. I love small dogs dont get me wrong but if one growls at me....I freeze in sheer terror and cry my head off. Even my moms chihuahuas.

The Dark....Im terrified of the dark.....i wont walk by a room that doesnt have a light on. I wont even walk by a pantry or closet thats open if its not well lit, i wont even reach in to turn the light on. I wont walk outside if its not very well lit by streetlights at night.


So good luck to me if i walk down a dark street at night and scare some womans dog and the dog growls at me and SHE gets mad at me for aggravating her dog.
 

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I also have a fear of spiders, but Brynn...Mythbusters proved that Daddy LongLeg's CAN and DO bite humans. Adam stuck his arm in a tube full of them and one bit him (he felt it). Brave man he is, since the myth was disproving that that particular spider supposedly is the "most venomous."

Guess it's really not. :)

Anyway, I'm also afraid of any other creepy crawlies like roaches, centipedes, etc.
 

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Uhg.

You just made my day, Jade. :wink: I used to play with Daddy Longlegs when I was very little: under the age of 7. I thought they were so cool and we had thousands of them in the pines and shed near our house. I used to see how many I could get to crawl on me at one time. (I also loved to put them on my friends who were afraid of them...god, I was a mean little snot!)

I have heard and read a lot of conflicting info as to the venom of Daddy Longlegs...maybe they are just venomous to spiders? I have never been bitten by one, which is amazing considering how much I played with the nasty things.

Now...I'm 38 and will run as fast and far as I can to avoid even looking at one. :lol: We don't have them in our area, but my Mom lives on a lake in Arkansas and has them everywhere...*shudder*
 

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FROGS.
Swimming in a lake.


I can handle spiders, snakes, etc., but I have developed an irrational fear/disgust over frogs. I wont go near one, I can't watch them on tv, I have dreams about them... When I was younger, I used to collect them and play with them and then put them in 5 gallon buckets to keep. My sister, too. One day something just snapped though and we can't go near a frog today.

Lakes probably freak me out more. I can't stand not knowing what is under you. It's also easy to get carried away when you feel something swim by you - even if it is only a tiny fish or even another person.
 

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I get that "icky" feeling in lakes, too. :) My mom has a gorgeous home on one of the beautiful lakes in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Every time I go there for visits, the whole family swims in the lake, goes skiing; tubing; etc...not me! I will go in the boat (but that often presents another problem: tons of spiders live around the boat dock and love to live in the boat: a party barge with the retractable vinyl/cloth top. We got out on the lake in the evenings, and I can just feel them crawling all over me...I am usually right!) But, I will not get in the lake! As far as lakes go, this one is pretty clean, and since they live on a sort of cliff, the water is 28' deep off of the 'bank'.

I had an experience in a river when I was a kid: we were swimming and playing in the water, when a group of water moccasins swam around us, brushing up against us...Ugh! I am not afraid of snakes, as long as I know where they are and am far enough away!

My oldest daughter was bit by a copper head snake when she was 4. Paramedics arrived, killed the snake and rushed her to the hospital by ambulance. She was monitored for several hours and did fine. She didn't receive any venom by the bite, even though it was pretty nasty. The ER doc said something to the effect of "copper heads are a lot like teenage boys: they tend to release (the venom) before they even get in good." 8O Then, one of the paramedics thought it would be funny to put this rather large copper head in the nurses break room fridge. I wonder who was first to find it? :lol:
 

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I have a very irrational "fear" of rubber bands...particularily the blue ones that are used to hold the mail together.
I won't touch them.
I'll use whatever is available to remove them, and than wash my hands about a billion times....
They just seem germy, and they smell.
I hate them.
 

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Well believe it or not.................my phobia has always been deathly afraid of cats. My grandmother died from a cat scratch when my mother was very young. My mother instilled in me this tremendous fear of cats my entire life. I used to hold my breath when one came within a hundred feet of me. And of course, they always came right over to me! I just got remarried last October to a great guy from the UK. He had to leave his cat Tammy behind with relatives when he moved here. I felt bad for him and decided to try and work on this fear. I am still a bit apprehensive when our kitten goes into hunter mode and starts being ninja kitty jumping off the walls and on me at night. A few times I have threatened to get rid of her..........and we have only had her for 2 weeks! But I am doing my best to be calm around her. The ironic thing about this whole ordeal is that she absolutely loves me so much. It is so obvious that I am the special one in her life and when I tell him she has to go I think about how she looks at me and then I soften. So if anyone has any tips for me, please pass them on! I am doing my best to adjust to this whole new thing with having a cat in my house!
 

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Deb...it's very brave of you to face your fear by sharing your life with a kitty.

The kitty is still young, right? She will calm down as she gets older. I am sure that it was not the cat scratch that killed your grandmother, but rather the scratch not being cleaned and treated properly...she probably had a secondary infection that could have come from ANY scratch that left the skin open. Not just a cat scratch.

I think it is soooo sweet that you are the one she has chosen as her 'love'. This is quite an honor! You are very lucky. I love all of my cats, and they all love me...but they are just as loving to the rest of my family. I don't think any of them have a special preference...they just show their love to the one with the food/box scooper/closest one willing to pet, etc. :)

She is just being typical kitten when she is going Ninja. She will outgrow this, and when she does, I'll bet you will miss it. :D Kitten antics can be very entertaining. If you don't give up on her, I guarantee she will NEVER give up on you! It will get easier as time passes and you become more comfortable with her. It is also the only real way to combat a phobia: facing it head on. My kids keep threatening to buy me a pet tarantula. (yeah, right...soon as they find one that cuddles and purrs and has 4 legs rather than 8, I might consider it) :wink:

Enjoy your baby, and if you ever feel distressed or overwhelmed by her, just chat with the members on catforum...no one will tease you, and we are all eager to help in any way we can.
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Thanks. I am reading a lot about cats so I can maybe understand her better. Kind of like when I had babies and didn't know a thing about them I would read anything I could get my hands on. SO I am now doing this with the kitten books, internet, etc. I am understanding a lot of her behaviour and really do find a lot about her to laugh at. She is a little sweetie at times, especially in the am when I first get up. She can't wait for me to pick her up. I am also very amazed at how smart she is. I hope she doesn't know that she scares me at times! Anyways, my husband says he can tell I love her and am a bit more at ease around her. I want to keep her so I will do whatever it takes! Thanks.
 

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My main phobia is roaches. OMG I encountered one today and froze up.
I left my windows on my car down at work and it must of crawled in. So, I am leaving for work turned to get on the main road and I see him on the dash board. I almost got myself in an accident b/c I froze and focused on trying to get him out, I didn't want to touch him so I rolled the window down luckly he crawled over to window and i just had to brush him away w/a kleenex. God, but my heart started beat and I was all tense and jittery after that.
On the way home I kept feeling my leg b/c it was itchy & I was thinking it was roaches.....ahhhh!

I think my phobia started when I was a kid. One fall night I had my window opened, my bed was right next to the window. Well, during the night I felt something on my foot. I assumed that it was the curtains b/c there was a little wind outside. Well, in the morning I woke up and the most biggest roach I have ever seen was on my wall right by my foot.
The only thing I could think of was the curtain brushing up against my foot, it had to be that roach. I just haven't been the same after that.

I can't kill them w/shoes b/c I don't want to get close up to them or hear the crunching sound they make when u kill them, that is what weirds me out the most. Usually I get the trusty broom and try to smash them w/that.

After would be a phobia of having the blinds open during the night w/the lights on inside the house. It freaks me out b/c I can't see outside but if anyone is outside they can see in. It's always freaked me out.

Also, I am scared of elevator doors. Just b/c I think I am going to get caught in one. Too many horror movies, right?
 

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Brynn said:
I used to play with Daddy Longlegs when I was very little...... I used to see how many I could get to crawl on me at one time.
*is mortified!! 8O

I HATE spiders!! I have nightmares sometimes about them and am always "scanning" the ceiling, especially before bed. Good thing about having cats tho is that they keep the polpulation under control.

This time of year, it's spider season. In late July/August these certain spiders come out where I live. They are big orange ugly things that build webs outside across walking paths,etc.
Once I am home, I will NOT go outside til the morning, and even then, if it's early, I walk real slow and keep my eye out for them.
EWWW!!
*shivers
 

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This is a good topic............Isn't it weird how everyone has their own weird phobias. Spiders don't bother me in the least, not even crunchy bugs!
 
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