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  • coda 9 Oct 2010 14:54:01 1,866 posts
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    I have Sidonglobophobia which is basically a fear of touching cotton wool. Just the thought of touching the stuff brings me out in a cold sweat!

    Has anyone else here got any phobias?
  • AaronTurner 9 Oct 2010 15:02:17 8,107 posts
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    Yes, a strange one.
  • heyyo 9 Oct 2010 15:02:21 14,364 posts
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    A fear of public speaking, "stage fright".

    Interestingly, a large number of performers have stage fright - throwing up in the wings before going on stage etc - but they love what they do.

    How weird is that? Physically throwing up before you do your job... imagine a uhh, supermarket worker throwing up and getting the shakes before every shift
  • smoothpete 9 Oct 2010 15:06:13 32,169 posts
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    I can't remember who it is but someone on here has a phobia about staring out to sea
  • Load_2.0 9 Oct 2010 15:09:45 20,835 posts
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    Thats brilliant!
  • Lukus 9 Oct 2010 15:10:02 19,646 posts
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    coda wrote:
    I have Sidonglobophobia which is basically a fear of touching cotton wool. Just the thought of touching the stuff brings me out in a cold sweat!

    Has anyone else here got any phobias?

    DON'T THINK ABOUT TOUCHING COTTON WOOL! WHATEVER YOU DO, DO NOT IMAGINE COTTON WOOL, AND ALL ITS HORRIBLE CURLY FIBRES AGAINST YOUR VULNERABLE NAKED SKIN, OR IN YOUR MOUTH, STUCK IN YOUR TEETH, LODGED IN YOUR THROAT. OH GOD THAT WOULD BE HORRIBLE.

    /Ghostbusters
  • speedofthepuma 9 Oct 2010 15:10:03 13,347 posts
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    smoothpete wrote:
    I can't remember who it is but someone on here has a phobia about staring out to sea
    Yet they love their job as a lighthouse.

    People are weird.
  • Deleted user 9 October 2010 15:29:57
    On a side-note, does anyone else get annoyed at the misuse of 'irrational' when it comes to phobias?

    'I have an irrational fear of drowning'.

    Actually, that's pretty rational.
  • sirtacos 9 Oct 2010 15:37:04 7,465 posts
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  • yegon 9 Oct 2010 15:41:50 5,606 posts
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    Balloons. Not me, but it made me chuckle when one of my weak chinned colleagues 'fessed up.
  • 8bitMofo 9 Oct 2010 15:59:20 480 posts
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    That big open-spaced, sandbox thing outside my front door...
  • Anthony_UK 9 Oct 2010 18:31:26 2,660 posts
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    I have a horrible fear of high buildings, just being near them turns me to a nervous wreck. :( I've no idea why though.... I have an uncontrollable urge to look up at them, at which point my palms go sweaty and I just feel like running away....
  • Deleted user 9 October 2010 18:38:59
    In my more drinky days, I would occasionally have hangover horrors, the nuttiest of which was a fear that gravity would cease to be and that I would float into space.

    Unlikely.
  • RetardStrong 9 Oct 2010 18:44:23 3,229 posts
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    yegon wrote:
    Balloons. Not me, but it made me chuckle when one of my weak chinned colleagues 'fessed up.

    Balloooooon!
  • Lukus 9 Oct 2010 19:38:44 19,646 posts
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    Interesting...
  • Lukey__b 9 Oct 2010 19:39:02 3,716 posts
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    Spiders. Only certain ones though, like house spiders or spiders with similar proportions e.g huntsmen etc.

    I've held tarantulas but I have almost been sick with panic when I saw 2 house spiders at once in my flat. I actually had to cover my eyes because I was overwhelmed.
  • Syrette 9 Oct 2010 19:39:36 45,450 posts
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    Getting thrashed in a game of FIFA.
  • Deleted user 9 October 2010 19:51:56
    Not a huge fan of spiders but i'm absolutely terrified of butterflies for some reason. Makes every hair on my body stand up.

    Also, stuffed/skeletonised animals. Went to the Museum of Natural History in NYC a couple of months ago and they have a load of stuffed elephants just as you walk in and to the left. I was actually not able to look at them because they freaked me out so badly. Didn't help that i was surrounded by other things like zebras and lions in glass cases as well so i pretty much had to look at the floor till my sister could lead me to the bit with all the bits and bobs from different civilizations through history (this, thankfully, contained no stuffed anything) :(
  • TakeTheVeil 9 Oct 2010 22:44:45 5,058 posts
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    Its an irrational fear so yes it is..i'd imagine

    I know someone who has a huge fear of cotton wool. We told him that the filters in cigarettes where made of cotton wool while he was smoking and he got sick everywhere outside the pub.

    And as a house party years ago a someone sellotaped cottons balls to his hands when he feel asleep. It was brilliant!
  • localnotail 9 Oct 2010 22:45:27 23,084 posts
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    StarMagic wrote:
    coda wrote:
    I have Sidonglobophobia which is basically a fear of touching cotton wool. Just the thought of touching the stuff brings me out in a cold sweat!

    Has anyone else here got any phobias?

    What I want to know is, is this a real phobia, or as I suspect of the majority, some pansy dislike that has to have a special name.

    I can't stand touching white flour, it makes me cringe just thinking about it and I have to leave the room when someones handling it. But this isn't a phobia.

    I think you might have a phobia...
    Phobia: An unreasonable sort of fear that can cause avoidance and panic.

    If you don't have a phobia of flour, go and get floured up. Right now. Face and hands.

    Pics or it never happened.
  • localnotail 9 Oct 2010 23:00:22 23,084 posts
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    Why do you have to leave the room though, if you just don't like it? Go on... touch the flour.
  • MrTomFTW Moderator 9 Oct 2010 23:11:35 42,112 posts
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    Paraskavedekatriaphobia.

    \m/
  • MrTomFTW Moderator 9 Oct 2010 23:16:53 42,112 posts
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    Nope, fear of Friday the 13th.
  • localnotail 9 Oct 2010 23:17:27 23,084 posts
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    How do you feel about 13s generally?
  • MrTomFTW Moderator 9 Oct 2010 23:18:14 42,112 posts
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    I'm not afraid of 13s or Friday the 13th at all. I just like the word.
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