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What’s Your Irrational Fear?

Deep Dark Fears

Whenever I take a shower, I always keep one eye open. Even when I’m washing my face or shampoo drips into my eye. That way, I’ll be ready to break out a kickboxing move if this ever happens.

The comic series Deep Dark Fears is a collection of illustrations about people’s anxieties. Even if you don’t quake with terror over the thought of zombie doppelgängers, hearing other people’s worries can make you feel slightly better about your own…

Deep Dark Fears

Deep Dark Fears

Deep Dark Fears

Deep Dark Fears

Share your random fear in the comments, if you’re feeling brave…

P.S. Do you have a phobia?

  1. Whitney says...

    I have this really bad fear of dirt at random times (like now) but it’s weird because I’m not a clean person. In fact I’m very untidy which doesn’t help when the fear kicks in. This one time (today. Tues 22 March 2016) I was walking home because I forgot my buspass. Something happened with my clothes and they started chafing and I wanted to go to the next bus stop and sort it out. On my way there I remembered it wasn’t a bus stop most people go to. I started really anxious thinking of the dirt that could have piled up there. The closer I got the more intense this feeling got. It was terrible, especially when I didn’t live in a place where the streets are anywhere near decent so I kept skipping over bird poo but I got so whiney on the way there I ended up crying. I don’t remember when this began but I think it was when I watched this gruesome movie a couple years back.

    Even now I’m in bed but I can’t stop moving cause my skins so irritated.

  2. Rachel says...

    I’ve been behind on my blog reading this week but felt a compulsion to chime in here- my irrational fear is breaking my ankles, particularly while walking down stairs or any sort of incline. I had two bad ankle sprains playing basketball in my early teens (on the same ankle, and on the exact day two years apart, May 7!) so I think that’s what sparked it. I live in Colorado where things like hiking and climbing are very popular, but I am so afraid of snapping an ankle on my way down that it often keeps me from going with people I’m not that close with. In college i visited a friend in Scotland, and she took me to the William Wallace freedom tower outside of Glasgow. Walking down that windy staircase almost brought me to tears! Also, I’m not very into shoes with much more than a 2-3″ heel. I am extra cautious about irregularities in the sidewalk, and suspicious dark spots on concrete that may or may not be black ice.

  3. Alice says...

    I have two phobias, and in both cases it’s not about fear or trauma, just intense and anxiety-triggering disgust. My phobias are:
    Tomatoes. Yes, I know. But it is a registered phobia and quite common to have with a specific vegetable or fruit, called Lachanophobia.
    Jewellery. Really. I’m disgusted to touch or even see someone wearing it, specially gold. A NASCAR pilot recently came out with it and it is in process of being considered a regular phobia.

    I hope that helps someone going through this bizarre stuff. You are definitely not alone!

  4. Jennyg says...

    I have a fear of balloons! It is crazy and makes me look even crazier when I’m piercing my ears shut in case they pop. I actually love balloons I’m just afraid of them popping unexpectedly. I call it ballonaphobia.

    • Johanna says...

      It’s a legit phobia! It’s called globophobia, and I’m a fellow globophobe. Kids birthday parties are nightmares for me.

  5. These are so fascinating and funny to read!! Some of these I share (someone hiding in the bathtub in a dark house when I’m alone… fish and unseen slippery things in murky lake water… being sucked out of an airplane window).

    One I haven’t read yet (and hope I’m not weirdly alone in) is my fear of randomly being stuck by a dirty needle and getting infected with AIDS or Hepetitis. It started in middle school where someone told me people would hide used needles in the coin return of payphone booths (was this even a thing in the 90’s?!?!?!) and ever since then I’ve been paranoid that I would get stuck by a dirty needle at random – on the bus, picnicking in the grass at the park, at a concert, in crowded spaces in general. I’m even scared of getting my blood drawn at the doctors or giving blood for this exact reason!!!

    When I write it out like that, it sounds insane.

    • Natalie says...

      Becky,

      I totally heard that urban legend when I was a kid, too. I don’t think about it as often as I used to, but it’s totally a lingering fear – I’m not afraid of needles, but I’m afraid of them being in places I wouldn’t expect and getting stabbed by an infected one, for sure.

  6. Kristen says...

    Revolving doors freak the HELL out of me. Even if there’s no one else coming from the other side or it’s really wide and slow, I’m scared I’ll get a limb trapped when it’s turning! AHHHH I’m anxious just writing about it!!

  7. Michelle says...

    I am terrified of being buried alive. I am a registered organ donor, and I’m all for the helping people part of the deal, but its mostly so that when I go in the ground I am 100% not waking up.

  8. Lori says...

    EVERY time I walk into our bathroom, I look behind the shower curtain… just in case. I also keep one eye open while washing my face, etc.

    • Whitney says...

      I do that too. I hate it when the shower curtains are drawn shut. Sometimes when I’m home alone I have to check every room in the house but for some reason when that happens I purposely leave the toilet alone thinking ” because it’s the last place I check thats it’s at!” (I still have no idea what “it” is but yeah…

  9. For some reason I am terrified that one day we will realize someone has been living in our creepy basement. Also snakes. I hate snakes more than anything else on this earth. I cannot even see a picture of them.

  10. Hahaha! This series is hillarious! Thanks for sharing with us. My most irrational fear is the toilet flush on public restrooms. I don’t know why, but that sound gives me the creeps!! I have to wait till I’m about to get out to flush and run away as fast as I can :D

  11. Leah Gail says...

    My irrational fear is very random…

    I played on a recreational adult volleyball team and was terrified of the ball hitting me in the eye socket and creating a vacuum that would suck my eye out. When I did get hit in the eye-region, I’d also worry that there was delayed damage and I’d wake up blind in one eye.

    A couple years ago, I read an article about a baseball player losing an eye after getting hit in the eye socket and felt oddly vindicated.

  12. Avery says...

    I know being afraid of heights is a thing, but I have a related fear that I’ve never encountered in anyone else– fear of steep upwards travel. I used to have dreams all the time that I’d be driving up a road or taking off in a plane completely vertically, wondering what no one else was afraid we’d tip over backwards. When I’m driving the car up a steep hill, I always have to work really hard to stay cool.

    And there’s a movie theatre in Toronto with a reallllllllly steep long escalator and a movie screen at the top angled to match the angle of the escalator that I cannot ride on without staring at my feet and holding my husband’s shoulder. If I look up, I feel like I’m travelling completely vertically and just NO.

    • Jen says...

      I have totally had the same kind of dreams!

    • Andi says...

      I was just going to post this same fear! Mine is primarily for driving up steep roads, and my dreams will often include some terrifying near vertical drive. Thank goodness I don’t live in San Francisco or near mountains.

  13. Julie says...

    Last year my city had a pretty serious problem with nuisance bears. Now whenever I have to walk nearly in the morning (on garbage collection day especially), I’m constantly on the lookout for bears. Even though it’s winter and they’re hibernating, I can’t help but wonder “what if?”

  14. emma says...

    I live with my son who is now 16. When he was little, I was terrified I’d die in my sleep and he would have not be able to ask for help and would have found himself alone with his dead mother and therefore scarred for life. I was so afraid that I couldn’t get to sleep unless I had arrangement with someone who would call me every morning to check If I were alive. This went on like three or four years…
    On the other hand, I had a huge arachnophobia (couldn’t even see pictures or drawings) but since he’s born THEY just make me uncomfortable. (Because I felt I had to play it cool, I guess)

  15. Caitlin says...

    I have to sleep with my hands closed in case a ghost tries to hold my hand while sleeping. It’s so silly as I don’t really even believe in ghosts. Yet every night, I go to bed with my hands tucked under my head, holding onto a pillow or the blanket.

  16. Samantha says...

    I have many irrational fears, but this is the most ridiculous one by far: When I see a girl that looks like she could be my boyfriend’s type (blonde, pretty, fit) I get this deep fear that he will meet her and like her and leave me. So I get very anxious thinking about how I really hope they never meet. And it’s not like I’m not blonde, pretty and kinda fit myself, or like my bf doesn’t make me feel loved or desired. I’m just really afraid he’ll go crazy for someone else and leave me:(

  17. If I ever felt like I was going insane, I would re-read this post. These are great!

    I used to have the irrational fear that the pergola over our deck would collapse. I would wake up at night if the wind was too strong or I heart a suspicious noise. Seriously, this kept me up many nights. Until one night my husband and I woke up and found our pergola collapsed on top of our deck! I never even heard it happen! A bear pulled on a very large feeder we had hanging there and decided to pull the whole thing over.

    It’s now rebuilt and I’ve never had that fear since.

  18. 1. The concept of infinity scares the bejesus out of me. Totally unthinkable. 2. I can’t understand how anyone would want to go on one of those cave exploring trips where at certain points along the way you have to shimmy on your back between massive rocks to get through to the next part of the path. No way in hell in sandwiching this precious body between or under anything so incredibly heavy. What if there were an earthquake at that exact moment??? 3. Falling asleep on my back. I may wake up with someone trying to suffocate me. Yikes.

    • ariana says...

      Word! The Universe? So large and inconceivable.

  19. Ha! These are great! I feel so much less weird!
    I have a few:
    1. While my fiancé is out of town, the world will end and I’ll have to run for it on my own. I’ve slept with jeans and shoes next to the bed before!
    2. That my legs will get a mind of their own on the top of a tall building and I won’t be able to stop them from making me jump off.
    3. That I will look out on my back deck after it snows to see foot prints leading up to my sliding glass door and firmly planted like someone was looking in.
    Ah!

    • Julianna says...

      1. Sometimes when Im laying in bed waiting for sleep, I think what if I woke up in the middle of the night and the front door was just like hanging wide open!

      2. What if there is a massive earthquake while Im at work and the bridges I take home across the port all break and I cant get home to my loves.

      All of my other fears are all too rational so ya…(insert crying laughing emoji face here)

  20. Twyla says...

    I have an irrational fear of walking over grates on sidewalks. I’m terrified one is going to give way and I’ll fall a thousand feet. I can’t even look down them.

    • Barbara says...

      So do I! I will JUMP out of the way if one happens to sneak up on me lol

    • Kristine says...

      Me too!!! Will force everyone to avoid iron grates. Not easy in NYC, New Orleans, Charleston, San Francisco, LA!!! I will stand and wait for people to pass before I move forward.

    • Clare says...

      I have this fear, too! I aways walk around them. I’m also scared of falling down concrete stairs and cracking all my teeth out. Psycho.

  21. Loesie says...

    Butterflies. Birds (no matter what size!). Driving on steep roads and then ‘falling’ all the way down. Needle pin turns.
    Clowns.

  22. Brit says...

    My greatest fear is that I will be stuck in a job (and a life b/c that is where most of our time is spent) in a job that I hate. That I will just be stuck in the rat race, living paycheck to paycheck, forever complaining about my boss/customers/policies/etc. until I retire and look back like what have I done with my life? I just had a woman who retired from my job tell me she did that and it shook me to my core.

    • Rachelle says...

      I have borderline panic attacks about this every few months. Just this feeling of what am I doing with my life – am I really just going to work 40 hours a week with a few weeks of vacation a year and maybe a week or two off every time I change jobs FOR THE NEXT 35 YEARS until I retire?!?!?! I can’t do that! And then I sob and wish I was back in college because I had no idea how good I had it.

  23. I’m absolutely terrified of anyone touching my achilles tendons…it doesn’t make me feel sick, or ill, just like I might actually die if someone does it!

    • jessica says...

      me too!!!

  24. I often times am afraid I will fall down the down escalators. This fear gives me such anxiety when I’m on them I actually get dizzy therefore increasing my chance of falling! I typically take the stairs when I get a chance. I especially hate the Smith 9th St. subway stop.

    • Loesie says...

      yes! Totally recognize your story.
      Try riding the subway escalators in London… I had to look down all the time!
      Love that city so much, but those escalators…

    • Yes. Couldn’t agree more! My husband and kids think I’m a loon.

  25. I cannot look in the mirror in the dark, still afraid of that “Bloody Mary” tale! Also, scared of driving in alleys in case someone comes speeding out on a bike from one of the driveways!

    • Me too with mirrors at night and Bloody Mary! I attended a traumatizing sleepover in the second grade and this fear has been with me ever since.

      I also jump onto my bed at night, in case something’s under it waiting to grab me … even though I now have one of those beds with built-in drawers so it’s impossible for anything to be under there…

  26. Ellen says...

    These fears are all much more interesting than mine! My greatest fear is definitely either (a) having a window unit air conditioner fall out of my apartment and cause some kind of damage or (b) having a window unit air conditioner fall out of someone else’s apartment and land on me. They just seem too heavy to be hanging out there in the air like that…

  27. okay that poop comic totally made me laugh at my desk at work. totally agreed with the mind reader though! i always catch myself when im thinking of something totally weird. i have a really stupid fear of walking on wet tile/wood floor (anything slimy) barefoot. i know it’s so silly, especially in indoor pools or shared showers but i always think im stepping in someone’s pee…. so awkward

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  28. in my old age i’ve become maudlin and dramatic: i worry about my husband getting ill (he has a family history of sickness etc) so any little thing that happens i want him to go to the dr.

    i also have a massive fear of running out of a gas or getting a flat tire in the middle of nowhere.

    • Carmen B says...

      Me too. I’m terrified of being stranded somewhere due to car problems.

  29. anabanana says...

    Hotel Carpets…yikes!

  30. Tonya C. says...

    I live alone and before I go to sleep I have to check the coat closet, linen closet, bedroom closets, and under my bed. If anyone is “lurking”, then I’m alert to fight. My fear is being attacked while I’m asleep and defenseless. Oddly, I don’t check the above “danger” zones when I have company. :)

    • Lol. You’re not the only one.

    • Christine says...

      Me too! If I am particularly scared (like I watched a scary movie), I’ll even check the scary spots with a knife in hand. Ha. I’m such a dork.

  31. Ashley says...

    I work in an office on the second floor, with an escalator leading directly from the lobby to our reception area. At night, when the receptionist leaves, she turns off the escalator and closes this huge accordion over the top of the escalator and locks it for security. In the mornings I have this crazy fear that I’ll be going up the escalator and realize she left it on but closed the top, and I will be running back down the escalator forever! I think about it so much!

    • Ashley says...

      Been thinking about this all morning now, and I have to add…
      Someone rubbing my eyebrows backwards. Looking at the baby monitor and seeing someone else’s face staring right into the camera. And I share with other readers the fear of something in the toilet bowl jumping on my bum (especially at night).

    • Natalie says...

      Oh my gosh, yes… The baby monitor one! I don’t have a baby (and likely never will) but my imagination is WICKED and I often think about how scary that would be to see something or someone other than your baby in the monitor. *shudder*

  32. Madeleine says...

    I live in Africa so I’m afraid of a lot of creepy crawlies that always get into the house somehow (parktown prawns, rain spiders etc…) I’m also petrified of toads and in particular I’m scared of stepping on one while we walk the dogs at night. Lastly, I’m very scared of the bottom of the ocean….if that makes sense….

  33. Janani Krishnan says...

    When I’m in the swimming pool I’m always worried sharks or whales will suddenly appear (through the little water holes in the pool)!

    • Julianna says...

      ME TOO!!!! Hahahaha love how silly these all are.

  34. I hate driving over causeways. I’m so afraid I’ll end up in the water if I swerve the miss a squirrel or something. For the longest time I was so grateful for my old crank windows in my VW but now I have a car with power windows and so I slow down to old lady speed on bridges. I need one of those windshield-breaker-thingies.
    ALSO when I was in college, I could not fall asleep the first night until I figured out a way to get out of my room if there was a fire. My Junior year I was in a building that EVERYONE said, “If there was a fire, everyone on the 4th floor would die.” I was on the third floor BUT STILL.

  35. Mkw says...

    Why is it that this paranoid person had to also read through all the above fears? I just collected new phobias! Caves; snakes; and driving over water when my car goes in and my electric Windows/locks short out. Trapped! Aghhhhh. (I grew up in land-locked North Dakota. Now travel with a special hammer to break car windows. Not for vandalism. For my peace-of-mind.) Oh. And I am afraid of bats. Especially under toilet seat covers. I know. Dumb. But that last fear was related to me by an elderly friend who had this happen on a trip to bathroom late at night. Now… Anyone else collect a new fear from this post? Sorry.

  36. H says...

    I’m afraid spiders (or any bugs) will crawl into my privates while I’m going to the bathroom.

    • Amy says...

      at first your fear sounded generic, but then it became very specific. definitely made me lol! :)

  37. Lauren E. says...

    Totally agree with those who’ve said seeing someone standing behind me in the bathroom mirror. Also, even if I’m the only one who’s been in the apartment for hours, I will check behind the shower curtain when I go into the bathroom. JUST IN CASE.

    • Natalie says...

      Oh, I’m with you on all of these 100%.

  38. Ana says...

    I loved reading everyone’s fears; we have so much more in common than we think! I am Team Fear Of Someone Lurking In The Mirror; Team Fear of Ankles Being Grabbed When Getting Up In The Middle Of The Night; Team Shower Curtain Of Doom; and Team Should Never Have Seen “I Am Legend”.

  39. Becca says...

    Lakes. The lake we went to growing up, specifically, but all lakes in general. The bottoms are so slimy and so gross that I wore water shoes to avoid touching my bare feet to the bottom. And they are self-contained so who knows what weird things lurk under the murky surface. Lake houses are musty and dark and like something out of a horror movie. And don’t get me started on the woods that usually surround lakes – terrified. I would basically not sleep for the entire week’s vacation and I stopped joining my family as soon as it was acceptable. I just went back to my specific nightmare lake for the first time in years with my husband/daughter/friends – still not a fan.

    • Hayley says...

      OH MY GOSH, LAKES! Lakes for sure. I am getting all shivery just thinking about those slimy bottoms. I don’t like not being able to see where my feet are stepping.

  40. Connie says...

    These are so comforting. Really. I have trypophobia, which is apparently coined as the fear of clustered holes (We’re talking barnacle-like patterns, rashes, etc.). It makes my heart race and my stomach get flip-floppy. I had to type it into google to figure out how to spell it, and of course, cruel google posts images to accompany the definition…so, yeah. I only figured out it was an actual phobia a few years ago. Before that, I was the only person I knew who had that. It was sort of unburdening to realize there are a bunch of us!

    I’m also pretty freaked out by horses, and really heavy rain (But I think that one is really just a wild fear of having to spend money on a new roof on our house if things leak).

    • YES. cannot see anyyyyything with little holes or dots. gives me the chills all over my body. it’s horrific and makes me feel sick!
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    • Ellen says...

      Oh my god! I never knew my irrational fear of certain textures had a name! The first time I remember having trypophobia, I was a kid and I saw a rock that had the creepiest texture of little pockmarks and I was so grossed out, I couldn’t get the image of it out of my head for days! I’m glad to know that I am not the only person who has this reaction.

    • I had never even heard of this phobia and then I made the mistake of googling it and now I’m scarred for life. I want to throw up.

    • Rachelle says...

      I wouldn’t say it’s quite a phobia for me, but the skin pictures in the google result definitely give me the heebie jeebies and I’m a bit woozy thinking about it. I’ve always felt super strange about eating lotus root tempura too, but it’s so good!

    • Natalie says...

      I agree I should not have googled this at all it made me nauseous! Totally gross and scary.

    • this fear of mine is HUGE. I remember when I was a teacher and discovered a student had this same fear – the first time I heard anyone else had it! Why is it soooo terrifying?

      Definitely never googling it. BLEGHHHHHHHH NO

    • Beck says...

      @Meg – just did the same thing, I now know not to google phobias ever again!!

  41. Bridges! Driving off of one! My heart races every time I have to drive over one!

  42. Anna says...

    I have acrophobia and balthophobia (fear of heights and depths).
    But my random fear is connected to David Lynch’s Blue Velvet scene where a guy finds a cut off ear in a meadow. I saw just a glimpse of that scene as a child and have slept with my ears covered ever since. Even if it’s a record breaking hot summer night. Arrrgh, you David Lynch.

  43. These are fantastic! I am so terrified of spiders it’s ridiculous. While driving one time I started screaming over a spider. My poor husband could barely keep the car driving I was dreaming out so bad.

  44. Stacie says...

    Ah, yes, I feel the same way in the shower! And I’m also terrified of clowns…

  45. Samantha says...

    When I go to the toilet, I’m afraid a snake is going to bite my bum. I’m now 31 but I did grow up on a farm in Africa where this was a possibility. A frog once came out of the tap while my sister was having a bath. Her phobia, of course, is frogs.

    • Laurie says...

      A frog appeared in my toilet one time — and we live in suburban Maryland, not Africa! I still don’t know how that happened, but now I’m scared one will be there and I won’t see it before I sit on the toilet. I’m also afraid of high bridges. The Chesapeake Bay bridge terrifies me. Even more so since someone was recently pushed off it by a tractor trailer!

  46. Rachel says...

    I’m afraid of sleeping in a room with real life looking dolls (i.e. American Girl dolls). I’m always afraid they’ll come alive and watch me during the night. I know it won’t happen but it freaks me out to no end. I blame my dad for letting me watch Child’s Play when I was a kid.

  47. nohatnogloves says...

    I do not like flying. I am afraid of something terrible happening to my children. I do not hang my hand over the side of the bed at night. Otherwise: sane and functional human being. The first two are reasonable, the last is nuts. Nobody would get under my bed in case they choked on dust. It is my master plan…

    • AuntHo says...

      Hand off bed! Hand off bed! I CANNOT. I haven’t ever really considered why it freaks me out, and I’m not going to (!), but it’s nice to know I’m not the only one.

  48. Shirin says...

    I travel a lot, for work as well as for pleasure, and I always sit at the window so that I can rest my head and sleep easier.
    I often have irrational thoughts about the window or the whole side of the plane disappearing and getting sucked out of the plane.

    I often wonder if the seatbelt will keep me inside the plane if this ever happens…

    • Amy says...

      Dude… right after reading your comment I saw a report about a guy getting sucked out of a Somalian plane. CREEPY!!!

  49. I think that when I sleep and my foot hangs over the bed, that a monster will come and drag me away. Secondly is my biggest one, that when I swim alone, there is a monster frog in the drain of the pool, waiting to swallow me or attack me as I swim over the drain. EEK!

  50. Elspeth says...

    It is just so interesting reading these!
    I am also not a fan of leaving the wardrobe (closet to you guys) door open as I sleep! I actually dream about it if I don’t close it!! Isn’t it funny how so many of us are like “but I know it’s unfounded and could/will never happen”. We acknowledge our own irrationality and yet have the fear, funny, huh?!

    • Fiona says...

      When I was really little, I used to be afraid there was something in the closet — and then when I was six or so I realized that if I just LEFT THE CLOSET DOOR WIDE OPEN (I could see right into it from my bed), I would never worry about something hiding in it because, see, empty! Also worried about something under the bed grabbing my ankles when I got out. As a grownup, I have a platform bed with storage drawers, so no worries!

  51. This post is so interesting! I also have some rather irrational fears and I know they are silly but I have them all the same. I have so many like locking the doors from inside but fearing they remain unlocked from the outside. I also have a fear that somebody or something supernatural is standing in my room in the dark when I’m in bed. For this reason I always face my bedroom doors before I fall asleep, even if I feel really uncomfortable and the whole side of my body goes numb. Only when I fall asleep would I move position. Haha. This is more so the case when I wake up at 3am. There’s just something about that time that gives me the creeps! I also can’t look at the end of my bed in the dark or in any mirror after some creepy stories that I’ve heard. Also, I too always immediately lock my car doors and check my car backseat and behind the seats in case a crazy person is hiding there. *realises I need help*

  52. Callie says...

    This is more of an irrational fear, but I really can’t stand being near the office supply thing that looks like a claw that removes staples! I know it’s bizzare. Also, recently I’ve become afraid of a) having to live somewhere with dirty, dark carpet and b) low ceilings that slant inwards!!

    Great topic and love the honesty!

  53. Callie says...

    This is super weird, but I really have a weird emotional reaction to the little claw office supply item that removes staples and looks like a claw. Also, recently, I’ve been getting scared of having to live in a place with dirty carpet and low ceilings that slant inwards (I know how crazy that sounds, but it’s the truth!)

    Great topic and love the honesty!

  54. Andrea says...

    I am petrified to swim in a SWIMMING POOL alone in fear of JAWS attacking me. I mean really now……….but I panic LOL!

    • Me too! :)

  55. kaela says...

    Fish. Especially in murky lakes. This has been my irrational phobia my whole life. I’m so tired of the “they’re more afraid of you than you are of them” line. No, screw that hahaha… The thought of feeling a fish brush against me gives me goosebumps. I almost drowned twice when I was little, so I’m guessing that’s where it stems from!

    The first near-drowning happened while strapped into a knee board the wrong way. I flipped over in the lake and couldn’t get it undone under the water. The second was when the brakes gave out on my dad’s truck as we were putting our boat in the water on the steep dock. The truck sank into the lake and my mom had to push me (and my cabbage patch dolls! ha!) out through the window!!! So scary! Weird that the only fear I took away was of the fish, which weren’t at fault for either event. LOL. Wackadoodle, I know. ;)

  56. Lily says...

    I have to fall asleep on my side with the covers over my ear so that a bug won’t crawl inside. Never happened, but ew, what if it did?!

  57. Theresa says...

    I have many motherhood related fears, too many to list! I am a social worker and think my job really skews my perspective in this area.

    I drive a lot for work and am afraid if I drive in the fast lane a car from the opposite direction will lose control and fly over the concrete barrier into me.

    • SummerLily says...

      I commute 80 miles round trip per day to work and I have this same fear of cars jumping over the concrete barriers! Then I start to think that if this happens then I will never see my kids again! Arg!!

    • Theresa says...

      I think the same about not seeing my child or husband! Glad I’m not alone. :)

  58. Rebecca says...

    My belly button. Like, that it will unravel and my guts will spill out.

  59. Holly says...

    I can’t ever look at the mirror in the bathroom if it’s dark ….leftover fear from that “Bloody Mary” game when was a kid I think. Ugh.

  60. Liz says...

    I have a fear of church organs for some unknown reason. I’m not religious so the only time I’ve ever really even seen them is while holidaying in Europe and visiting the beautiful cathedrals there, I’d be enjoying looking at all the other aspects of them but once I’d see the organ I’d start freaking out and have to leave. As for the organs that were so big you could walk under…no way!

  61. M says...

    The more I work in medicine/ the ED, the more irrational fears I get. The trouble is, when you *witness* something bad happen to someone else with your own eyes, it totally seems rational!

  62. Kendra says...

    It’s funny reading through these and remembering all these weird irrational fears I have.
    1. Semi trucks. To be fair I have seen my fair share of them jack knived and killing a dozen people.
    2. Being paralyzed. I have a complete fear of not being able to feel my back or legs. I will never get an epidural.
    3. Rats.
    4. Driving off a cliff into a body of water and being stuck in my car.
    5. Driving alone at night… Someone is totally going to be in my backseat! No.. They won’t. But it’s still scary!
    6. Elevators. I’ve been stuck in one before!

  63. Allison says...

    Cockroaches. Can’t stand them. And definitely can’t kill them either! Shiver…

  64. ari says...

    Ice bergs! (no not because titanic) I can’t even explain why

  65. Prudence says...

    These comic series are so cute and interesting, love reading them! I am scared of cockroaches but not sure whether this can be considered as irrational fear? Thanks for sharing this awesome post!

    Prudence
    http://www.prudencepetitestyle.com

  66. Kate says...

    My fear always hits when I’m driving up a steep hill: This is definitely going to be that one time when the laws of physics give out and the weight of the car peels off the road under me, and we roll off together like a fly caught in a fruit roll up.

    • Loesie says...

      Hellooo stranger! So glad to read your comment!
      I have the same fear going on. Needle pin turns scare the heebeejeebees out of me for that same reason!!!
      Glad to see I’m not alone. XO

  67. I have an irrational fear of someone tickling me when my arm is up on the subway.

  68. allison says...

    OH MY GOD I am panicking just reading through these comments, but I can’t stop myself. I’m sure that I’ll pick up a new fear from this post- ha! As of now, I have two MAJOR fears:

    1. I’m insanely afraid that when I’m eating or chewing gum while driving alone I am going to choke on it, and then the traffic will be too busy for me to pull over, and I’m going to die. This is totally irrational because I live in a city and barely ever drive (especially alone) and pretty much never eat/chew gum in the car. Especially when I’m the driver.

    2. I am totally afraid of rats, even thought I know they are afraid of me too. I think to myself that they are so afraid of me that they’ll get confused when they see me and run TOWARDS me instead of away. Then they will run up my leg, and probably bite me on the butt. I seriously start crying every time I see a rat. It’s not good. I’ve debated therapy, but then found out they make you HOLD the thing that you’re afraid of, and I could never, EVER do that, so no therapy for me, thanks!

    • allison says...

      Also, a ps.

      I asked my husband if he had an irrational fear, thinking that he’d laugh and say no, and he actually admitted one to me: he’s totally afraid of being inside someone’s house & rounding a corner too quickly and having a coat hook on the other side poke him in the eye. AHAHAHAHAHA. So silly.

      Also he told me to admit that my fear isn’t just of rats biting me in the butt, it’s of ANY animal biting me in the butt, except for dogs, which I love. And once I got bit in the butt by a 10 inch long centipede, TWICE IN A ROW, so that fear is legit.

  69. Diana says...

    Ever since I was about 10 years old, I’ve had a fear of a long hair getting tied around my toe in the shower and having my toe fall off. My friend’s mom told her this could happen (I think in an effort for her to clean her own hair out of the shower drain), and I never forgot it! The thought enters my mind EVERY time I take a shower. Fast forward 22 years and one night last spring I’m sitting on my couch and notice my toe is bright white. Upon closer inspection, a hair was tied so tightly around it that it was causing loss of circulation!! The hair was not from the shower but from the inside of my sock (maybe from the laundry) – I ran out in flip flops and bought really tiny scissors to get this hair off my toe. At this point it was throbbing and wrapped around at least 10 times. I couldn’t get the scissor beneath the hair and in a last ditch effort before going to CityMD, I asked my doorman to try! He got it after about 15 minutes (it was a struggle). He certainly deserved a Starbucks card after that debacle. How crazy is that… my most irrational fear came true!!!

  70. My most irrational fear is sneezing in the dark. I’m always afraid that if I sneeze, I’ll hear a creepy, deep voice say, “bless you” from somewhere in my room. I have no idea how I even thought of this but I’ll literally turn the light on before I sneeze!

    • Julie says...

      Omg, I literally laughed out loud. But now I’ll have that fear too!

  71. Branna says...

    I’m terrified of being the first person at a stoplight. I’m afraid someone will rear end me while I’m stopped (it’s happened before) and push me out into the intersection causing me to be slammed around. If I notice I’m about to be the first one at the light, I try and stay ridiculously far back until the light changes.

    I’m also afraid of falling and knocking my teeth out. I have no idea where this comes from but I imagine it happening ALL THE TIME when I’m walking.

    • Elizabeth says...

      Not to freak you out even more, but I was actually rear-ended while stopped at an intersection – they hit me TWICE! And a suburban whizzed by within inches from my front bumper. I was very lucky I didn’t get clipped! When the light turned green I pulled over and was shaking, crying & yelling at the poor man who said his coworker (construction workers in a single cab truck) was stretching and pushed on the accelerator. I don’t know how true that was, but the fact that he hit me twice made me lose my mind!

  72. Laura says...

    I am sincerely terrified that if I am laying on a bed with my legs hanging off over the side, someone will come along and jump on my legs or fall on them and my knees will bend backwards and break!

    Also I very frequently have the feeling when I’m going to the bathroom of “what if I’m sleeping right now and I wake up and I’m peeing the bed or pooping my pants in public!?!”

  73. katrina says...

    Dark fears are horrible and can be funny… but I think of the fears I have let take hold of my life at certain times, and I think it’d be relevant to point out that – you don’t HAVE to live in fear.
    Just thought I’d throw that out there, in case anyone needed to hear that today. Fear can take up a lot of time you could be loving, laughing, or playing instead.
    Xox.

    • Jess says...

      Thank you. While this is a fascinating thread, We must not let ourselves be ruled by fear. It can be terribly isolating, which is why so many people here feel comforted to know that they are not alone.

  74. Steph B says...

    These are all making me feel very “normal”. Haha. I’m terrified of coyotes. When I turn the lights off and have to go back downstairs (3 narrow and tall stories) I’m positive coyotes have broken into my house and are hiding crouched in the lower stairwell waiting to devour me. If I see a coyote, I cry. They are like the opposite of my sprint animal. And they are everywhere.

  75. These are giving me a good laugh. I am afraid of suddenly picking up a knife and stabbing myself or someone one in the chest. One time I was walking over a bridge and thought, “what if I pushed my husband off the bridge?” Then I was too nervous to walk close to him for fear that I would do it. I’m also afraid that when I throw a bug in the toilet, that if I use the bathroom before flushing it will jump up on me!

    • Samantha says...

      I have totally thought of the what ifs, and it’s pretty scary, cause it makes me wonder if I’m some kind of psycho, even though I would never actually do those things.

  76. Eliza says...

    Whenever I had to fish something out of the garbage disposal I use my left hand (I’m right-handed), in case it accidentally turns on and my hand gets mangled.

    Also I hate looking in the mirror after I’m done washing my face, in case someone snuck up on me while my eyes were closed. My husband did this once to me years ago, to be funny, and he quickly learned never ever to do that again!

  77. Maggie says...

    I have an irrational anxiety every time I shower and/or blow dry my hair. It has to do with the white noise. The second I turn on the water or turn on my blow dryer, I swear I hear someone calling my name from downstairs or pounding on my bedroom door. It is a paralyzing feeling. I think it stems from the one time the Chinese delivery man showed up in the middle of my shower or from when my mom called for me from downstairs when I was a teenager.

    I hope I don’t spread this anxiety to any of you.

  78. Jen says...

    Fainting on an escalator and gashing open my forehead. I get a comical image of a gigantic dent in my forehead, but I really am very scared of how sharp those edges are, and despite being a rockclimber who’s fine with heights, there’s something about really steep ones going down that makes me a bit lightheaded. Plus you’d probably also get sucked into the end of it by your hair and have your scalp ripped off, so there’s that too!

  79. Driving over bridges always freaks me out, especially when they are really high. I don’t really have a fear of heights but I always stress about the bridge collapsing and me plunging to my death! Because that obviously happens all the time…

  80. Like the illustration, I don’t like to sleep with my hands or legs dangling from the bed!

  81. katie says...

    At 28 years, I’m still totally afraid of the dark. I have a system for turning off the lights in a specific order every night, to ensure that light follows me all the way until I’m in bed, and then I turn off the bedside lamp.

    I also have a pretty irrational fear of swimming in dark waters (lakes, ponds, etc.) where you cannot see the bottom.

  82. carly says...

    I’m afraid of closets in vacation homes… mainly because when i was 8, i opened one of the closet doors in my uncles guest house and there was a 7 foot tall naked male mannequin standing there. and then my sister and i found his female friend in another closet. 25 years later and still, every time i’m staying in a rental property, i’m terrified to look in the closets!

  83. Karolina says...

    I’m afraid of the darkness, especially when I turn all the lights off and head for my bedroom door at night I’m afraid that someone creepy will appear behind me and grab me. Also, when I’m home alone I leave the corridor light on the whole night (or close the bedroom door, as if this could keep the danger away).
    And since I’m a mum (3 months) I keep thinking that I’ll accidentally hurt my baby girl, like leave her in our bed at night and crash her when moving. Silly.

  84. Heather says...

    I’m afraid of moths. My husband teases me relentlessly because it doesn’t make any sense.

    There was a passage in a David Sedaris book (I can’t remember exactly but I think it was Me Talk Pretty One Day) where he makes a big deal out of a Japanese friend who is afraid of moths. I felt both extremely embarrassed and vindicated in that other people have this same phobia.

    • Cassie says...

      I am also afraid of moths! In Australia where I live now there are these huge moths and I cannot control my actions when there’s one of those flying near me.

  85. Vanessa says...

    Whenever I walk down a steep staircase I’m convinced I’m going to fall on my face and lose my front teeth. I’m 30, by the way.

    If I need to go to the bathroom at night, I don’t switch on the light because I’m scared of what I see in the mirror as I’m washing my hands!

    • Patricia says...

      I always feel like I might fall down stairs and smash my teeth too! I sometimes realize I am holding my tongue over my front teeth as I am descending.

    • Jill says...

      I totally have the same fear of falling down the stairs and breaking my front teeth! I catch myself putting my tongue over my front teeth as if to protect them if I were to fall. :)

    • I feel the same way about the bathroom mirror at night! I guess I’ve seen too many scary movies because I keep the lights off and avert my eyes because I know there will be something awful in the mirror!

    • Oh I have the staircase thing!

  86. Carrie says...

    I am always nervous a semi is going to kick up a rock that will fly through my window and pierce my brain and I will die.

    SO many times I’ve had thoughts about something only to see it become a reality, so I’m always really nervous when I have bad thoughts (see above!) because I’m afraid the event will be actualized. It’s an excellent motivator to keep my thoughts positive but sometimes a bad thought just can’t be stopped!

    • Sarah says...

      “It’s an excellent motivator to keep my thoughts positive!”

      I’ve never thought of it that way, but I like the way you put it. Sometimes my brain seems like an endless pit of negative scenarios, but I need to remember that I control (mostly) what’s going on in there!

  87. Mac says...

    These are great. My car ending up in a body of water, strollers near pools. Think of the risk there people! I go nuts.

  88. Eliza says...

    I cannot sleep if my closet or bathroom door is open. I blame my parents for this one. They’re great parents but just exercised some really poor judgment when they decided to take my 6-year old self and my 6-week old brother to see Poltergeist in the theater. TRAUMATIZED. I’m almost 40 and STILL afraid of being sucked into the closet at night.

    • Stacey says...

      My dad let me watch Poltergeist when I was five and I’m still scared of clowns.

    • Andrea says...

      HAHAHA I was also six and my parents took me to watch Poltergeist, I WILL NEVER RECOVER!

    • Kaitlin says...

      Oh my god!!! I have the same exact fear for the same exact reason!! We should start a support group. #thoughtiwastheonlyone

    • Julia says...

      Same here with Stepeh King’s “It” when being about 16 ! After that I had the most terrible fears for years when entering an empty washroom, bath, the shower of a Fitness Club…

  89. Katie says...

    I’m afraid to swim alone in the pool for fear a shark will get me. Sometimes I can even imagine a shark being in the bathtub when I dunk my head under the water. I know it is crazy but I can’t help it!

    • Andrea says...

      Me too! Only in a pool, I swim for my life.

    • YESSSS. Me too! I kept thinking of how ridiculous and crazy it is that I think this. Happy I am not alone.

  90. Rebecca says...

    I have a really strange fear of not being able to bend or straighten my limbs- like being stuck in a tight space or a cast. No idea where this came from or why! Even being wrapped up in blankets freaks me out.

  91. Connor says...

    My car is a piece of shit no one will ever want to steal, and I don’t have a beeper so whenever I unlock it the alarm goes off. So I just leave it unlocked. But if I get into my car late at night I am so afraid that someone will have laid down on the backseat and is going to pop out while I am driving and I will lose control.

    I have driven home watching only the rearview mirror, which is probably more likely to kill me.

    • Me too!!

    • Emily says...

      I’ve been cracking up over this one! I can relate with looking obsessively in the rear view mirror when it’s dark. But the whole not locking your car takes it to another level, haha.

  92. Brynna says...

    I’m a little afraid of whales, but my boyfriend’s fear is even stranger: he has an irrational fear of the skin of his palm being sliced off in a deli meat slicer. Irrational because he’s an attorney and has no business slicing deli meat…

    • Melissa says...

      I now have an irrational fear of dancing. I got in a serious accident in 2014. My boyfriend and I were at a party and he was playing air guitar on my leg. (Super classy.) I slipped and hit my head on the stair banister and got a concussion, bleeding on my brain, surgery, and 8 staples! I’m totally fine now, but I can’t bring myself to not be totally paranoid when a dance party breaks out.

    • Cherie says...

      I’m afraid of whales too. Specifically killer whales (orcas) Giant fish in deep water 😱

    • Cherie says...

      This might be a hot weather climate thing, terrified of the ceiling fan falling on me in my sleep. Also exposed heights, cable cars and whales.

  93. Carol says...

    I used to be afraid that if I slept in my stomach, a grand piano would fall on me. Also, my toes or fingers can’t hang over the edge of the bed or else a monster might grab them.

  94. Oh. I have so many. I’m a mess.

    I’m afraid of attics because I worry someone will have stashed a dead body in there (weirdly, I am unconcerned with basements even though it would probably be much easier to get a body through a door and down stairs than up a ladder and through a hole in the ceiling).

    When I was pregnant I was worried someone would slice my belly open and steal my baby (I won’t even begin to list my motherhood related fears…they are countless).

    I’m afraid I will be in a car accident and skid off the road and no one will find me for days. Which is literally impossible in most of the places where I drive.

    I am terrified of monkeys, alligators, small spaces, and heights.

    I’m afraid I will fall down a storm drain (I blame my mother for this one).

    I am afraid of bugs falling off the ceiling onto my face while I’m asleep (to be fair, this has actually happened to me).

    The one plaguing me the most at the moment as I plan to leave my corporate day job to enter a more creative field is that there is nothing original left to create and I’ll just be sending replicated nonsense into the void. How is that for a dark fear? Ha!

    • Alicia says...

      Your level of anxiety is like mine!

    • Heather says...

      Hello… you may not see this, but I wanted to reply having seen your last comment. Can I suggest reading ‘The Artists Way’ by Julia Cameron?? It totally deals with that last issue! Hope it helps xx

    • Oh! Thank you so much Heather! I just added it to my Amazon cart! xo

  95. My side of the bed is nearest to the bathroom door, with a direct view of the cupboard door. I’m not comfortable with that view. I feel exposed, so I always must close the bathroom door when it is time for bed.

  96. Kelly says...

    31 and still pretty scared of the dark, luckily I don’t sleep alone anymore :-) Also afraid of looking in the bathroom mirror and seeing someone behind me. Opening up the shower curtain and seeing something that shouldn’t be there. Reaching my hand in a dark room to turn on a light switch and someone/something touches my hand. Also, falling down stairs or falling down in general really. Sleeping in a tent is also really creepy. I pretty much lay there expecting a bear attack until I thankfully fall asleep!

  97. HA! I totally understand the fear of people reading my mind!! But I have to say my true phobia is getting kidnapped… its irrational, I know, but I am 5’4 and 135 lbs… if someone wants to pick me up and run away with me, they can! That is why I have pepper spray on me at all times… no joke, its on my key chain.

    • Natalie says...

      Yes, me too! It was the worst. I was 14 or 15 and lived in the south at the time. I slept on the couch for weeks after that, and promptly cleaned out the mess under my bed the next day. So, maybe not so irrational? Thankfully, now I live in northern Virginia near the mountains and our apartment is blessedly cockroach-free!

      My biggest one these days is walking on a 2nd or 3rd floor mall and being anywhere near the rail leading down to the lower floors while holding my baby. But don’t even get me started on fears related to my baby…

  98. When I’m home alone at night I’m sure there’s a serial killer just waiting to break into my building when I sleep.

  99. Tamsin says...

    I frequently get in my head that the building or train I’m in is about to be blown up, and quite a few times have had to leave as the panic has become too intense.. London tubes are the worst for me, since the 7/7 attacks.

  100. Mary says...

    Seaweed…I think it will grab me and pull me to the depths of the ocean, kind of like an octopus…I get the back seat of the car thing and the shower curtain thing… I mean you can’t be too sure until you’ve checked!

  101. Amie says...

    mirrors. it comes from seeing a trailer for a movie where your reflection kills you. I saw it (just the trailer mind you) when i was 13/14 and i avoided mirrors for like a week, and then i always checked the mirror after i was of the reflection zone to make sure my reflection hadn’t stayed to kill me. it’s better now but if the lights go out when im in front of a mirror i will drop to the floor until they go back on.

  102. Lora says...

    I’m beyond claustrophobic, so the fear of being trapped in an enclosed space is almost crippling at times. Even when thinking about death, I cannot bear the thought of a coffin, doesn’t matter if I’ll be dead. The idea of being in a box gives me horrible anxiety.

  103. Gayle says...

    Thank you to all of you for the laugh out loud at ourselves. Different times in my life I’ve shared so many of these. Whew, that laugh felt good!

  104. Liz says...

    I have an extremely irrational fear of losing fingers in an ice skating accident. Which is really weird since I live in San Diego, so the chances of me ever ice skating are slim to none. Every time I think of ice skates I picture myself falling and someone skating right over my fingers. Gah.

    • Alicia says...

      I have the exact same fear!!!

    • I have this fear too! Also accidentally reaching for a knife and grabbing the blade end by mistake, slicing my palm! Arg!

    • AuntHo says...

      YASSSS I was going to post if I didn’t see this one. I am the only one I know with this! I can’t even LOOK at an ice skating rink without squeezing my hands into tight fists. And I love hockey but that “snick” sound makes me so tense.

      I’m also generally afraid of anything breaking, slicing or smashing my fingers, but ice skates are the nightmare.

      Where did we get this? I grew up in the desert with no rinks anywhere. Weirdos unite.

  105. HUGE phobia of waves. Has a panic attack watching The Perfect Storm. Heavy panting, but it wasn’t over George Clooney.

  106. Snakes. I will never move to Florida, ever.

  107. I’m still one of those people who don’t like the dark, specifically when I’m home alone. I used to like being home alone when I was younger, but while studying abroad in Australia-our house was broken into. I wasn’t home when it actually happened, but still that fear of someone coming into my safe place. If I am alone, I usually have lights on everywhere and keep texting my husband :)

    Allison http://allisons-eye.com/

  108. Anxious Laura says...

    1.) Getting stuck at a stoplight (the kind under an overpass). I’m not scared of getting stuck under the overpass itself (ironically I have no fear of the bridge collapsing on me)…my worst fear is if my car is actually hanging out (all or part) from under the overpass. I’m convinced a car is going to fly off the overpass and land on top of me. So morbid.
    2.) Undercooked eggs and ground beef. If my egg is to runny or my hamburger too pink, I basically set a timer and wait for diarrhea to hit within 12-24 hours. It’s never actually happened, but still…

  109. Auste says...

    Whenever my husband is out of town for work I’ll purposefully NOT tidy up the kids toys in the living room and leave them all strewn across the floor. That way, when the bad guys come in, it’ll be like Home Alone and they’ll trip and fall and we’ll be safe. Ha!

  110. Clowns. I know it’s a common one and I don’t really know why but there’s something really, really creepy as a grown person dressed as a clown. Even if it’s one of my friends for halloween or something. I guess because if someone’s dressed as a vampire, they’re still just a person dressed as a vampire, but if someone’s dressed as a clown, they’re a clown. That’s what a clown is. *Shudders*

    • Natalie says...

      Haha, I’ve never thought of it that way! So funny. Caroline, thank you for these! I cracked up at that last one especially.

    • AuntHo says...

      “That’s what a clown is” FTW. I’m dying.

  111. 36 years of being afraid of sharks in the swimming pool. Ha ha.

  112. I won’t stand within 3-4 feet of the edge of the train platform when I ride to work in the morning. I’m convinced a crazy person is going to push me onto the tracks right before the train arrives. And even when I am standing 4 feet away, I stand sideways so I can keep an eye on the person behind me :) I also sometimes imagine the doors to the train flying open while we are moving since there is that warning sign about not leaning against the doors…and i’m usually pretty close to the door. Maybe I need to start taking the bus…

    • eg says...

      Yep, that’s mine right there! I always make sure to stand either with my back against a wall, or with a column between me and the tracks.

      Oh, and I’m also afraid of getting hit by an emergency vehicle that’s speeding to the site of an accident – which encompasses both a fear of getting hit by a car AND a fear of being at fault for someone else not getting immediate emergency care.

    • Reading this, I just had a flashback of that House of Cards scene!

    • Samantha says...

      This is me! I’m always afraid some wacko will push me anywhere

  113. Gen says...

    I live in permanent fear that although I love my cat more than anything, he’s just barely tolerating my presence :)

    • Jill says...

      LOL!

  114. I’m always afraid that the food delivery person will try to kidnap or rob me. It’s seriously the stupidest thing ever. Lol

    Briana
    http://www.youngsophisticate.com

  115. Ashlee says...

    A stomach virus. Give me a cold any day but I have an almost phobic fear of anything to do with throwing up. I don’t know what I’ll do when it finally hits my kids. Amazingly (knock on wood) I have an 18mo and a 3 year old and no throwing up yet (except for baby spit up which I handled surprisingly well haha)

    • Ni says...

      I had the exact same phobic fear. After three viruses (Is that what it’s called?) in only 18 Months with me throwing up as well as all my three little ones I was cured of the fear. I actually liked having conquered my panics!
      Good luck to you and lots of love ;-)

    • Lora says...

      I’m with you on that one, Ashlee. I’m in my mid-forties and have a good 11 year non-vomit streak going. I will do anything in my power to not throw up ;)

    • D says...

      Me too! Everyone thinks I’m insane when I say the only thing that scares me on airplanes is the thought of someone getting air sick next to me. College parties were pretty tough, but having this fear has turned me into a master of reading the “signs.” My friends know if I run away with no explanation in a bar it’s because I see someone in distress, about to heave LOL

    • kate says...

      exact same. i’ve tried everything to break it down. nope. still there.

  116. Lauren says...

    My latest irrational fear comes from the fact that I am due with my second child in two weeks – and I keep thinking “What if the zombie apocalypse happens tomorrow and I’m hugely pregnant, waddling around with no safe way to deliver this baby or protect my toddler. I’m finished!”

    I also used to be convinced that my dolls were going to come to life and come after me when I was little so I would bury them under my mom’s shoes in her closet before bed every night.

    • Jasmine says...

      Bahahaha this is literally the reason my husband is resistant to having a second child! He keeps saying that one child would be hard enough to defend ourselves, but having to carry two little kids would guarantee our zombie demise.

  117. I am terrified of mice. I grew up on a farm and there were always mice in stables and feed room for the horses. Now I live in France in a 200 year old farmhouse and from the laundry room there is a glass door into the connecting boot room and barn and I am always terrified I will see a mouse in there, I never have, but I still cannot pull out an old box or pick up something for fear one will jump out at me (even though as I said, there are none in there and I have never seen one here ever!) I can’t even pick up a mouse trap in a shop which is even more stupid!

    • kaela says...

      Ugh, I’m with you on this. I can’t even say the word. I lived in a rental duplex at one point, and it had an M issue because the neighbors had an exposed compost (IN THE CITY). So dumb. Anyway, we couldn’t stop it and the landlords wouldn’t really help. I could hear them running under my bed and in the walls. They weren’t even scared of me when I’d bang things. It was a nightmare. My dog and I slept at a friends apartment for weeks. Horrible. But yeah, I still get terrified of the laundry room because it’s close to the back door and I’m scared I’ll see one. Anything that looks like a dropping sends me into anxiety zone…. so, you’re not alone. LOL. :)

    • kaela says...

      I should mention I own my house now and haven’t seen any signs (THANK GOD) for the 3 1/2 years I’ve been here… But I’m pretty sure I have PTSD from that hahaha

  118. Rachelle says...

    I’m glad to see some other toilet comments! When I have to go to the bathroom at night I always have to turn the light on even for just a second to make sure there’s nothing in the toilet bowl, like a snake! This is a completely unfounded fear so far.

    • Lya says...

      My fear of the snake in the toilet bowl was cemented when it actually happened to my grandmother, who had had an inexplicable phobia of snakes all of her life. She almost had a heart attack when it happened in her bathroom at home, in Mexico.

  119. Sadie says...

    The garbage chute is just steps away from the door of my apartment (this is the 6th floor, we’re talking about, not, like out on the street), but I’m afraid that if I pop out to throw away the garbage and turn my back on my door, some psycho killer with a knife will be able to sneak into my apartment and be waiting for me. So, I always close and lock the door behind me. But then, I’m afraid I’ll accidentally let go with the wrong hand and drop my keys down the garbage chute instead of the trash. It’s really no-win.

    • Elizabeth says...

      I think/do the exact same things :) Also, the trash chute is in its own small room..I am always afraid I’ll get locked in that small room, so I hold the door open with one foot while dumping the trash as quickly as possible.

    • hannah says...

      Just chiming in to say that I think this is an *amazing* fear. I am also prone to highly logical bouts of illogical thinking, so I can very much empathize with this one.

  120. I have to turn on the lights in the bathroom BEFORE entering a bathroom. You know that whole bloody Mary thing except she will just be there waitin without you having to say her name 3 times.

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  121. Kirsten W. says...

    I am 29 years old and STILL get scared in my basement with the lights off. I’ll be down there doing the laundry, then suddenly start imagining things lurking in the shadows. I get this inexplicable panicky feeling and have to run up the stairs as fast as I can! lol.

  122. as a new yorker, i must admit i often think when i sit down on the toilet to do my business that THAT is the moment a rat will decide to crawl through the pipes and into my toilet bowl. …

    there i said it…

  123. 1. I will never sleep with my hand hanging over the edge of the bed. (and obviously my feet can never be out of the covers, duh!)
    2. Three years ago, I FINALLY was able to get over the habit of violently whipping open the shower curtain any time I go in the bathroom.
    3. TMI but….I sometimes cut my toilet time short because I become so convinced that a snake is going to come out of the toilet bowl. (If I’m home, I’ll just go to the other bathroom and finish going to the bathroom LOL)

  124. Katherine says...

    When I go down to the unfinished basement of my house I’m always worried a scary hobo will be hiding down there and will try to kill or rape me.

  125. When I’m karaoking in my car, and I mean, full blast a la Maya Rudolph doing the national anthem (YouTube it if you haven’t heard it), I check the backseat. I get terrified that someone can actually hear me so I make sure no one is there… never mind that they take me hostage or threaten me, but God forbid they hear my singing.

    • Sara says...

      I just laughed so hard because I do the same thing. Also there was a reality show a few years ago where people hid cameras in their friend/spouse/coworkers car and recorded them. It was supposed to be funny but it gave me all sorts of anxiety.

    • kaela says...

      LOL thank you for this. I hadn’t seen the national anthem clip and I’m in tears from laughing. I love that you’re more worried about them hearing your singing rather than killing you hahaha…

    • OMG I never thought of that! The family/friend hiding a camera thing! Holy shit I would be so busted!!!

  126. I have been secretly sure that my ex-boyfriend from 25 years ago is going to bump into me when I go out in public “not at my best”….how weirdo is that??

  127. Jackie says...

    I’m afraid to walk from my car in my driveway into my house at night when I’m by myself. I think I watched too many Unsolved Mysteries episodes when I was little.

  128. lindsay says...

    this is hilarious. i fear that there is someone always hiding in the backseat of my car when i am driving alone or i will accidentally eat expired food… ahhhh….

    • Kirsten W. says...

      Yes! The backseat of the car, especially in the dark!

    • Rosie says...

      totally me too with the backseat of the car, especially if I’m getting in late at night by myself and it’s an SUV. I think it originates from the opening scene in that horror movie Urban Legend which still haunts me! I have goosebumps thinking about it

  129. I’m only afraid of small heights. Airplanes and skyscrapers? No problem; I’ll press my face against the window with the best of them. 3 foot step ladders, or stairs without backs…those make me queasy and shaky!

    • ka says...

      I can’t walk next to a curb without envisioning myself falling off and breaking a leg and then getting hit by a car. I have a bridge that is over an eight lane highway that I walk on regularly and every single time I am as close to the wall with the fence as I can get. I am not scared to fall on to the highway, just fall the foot and a half down into traffic.

  130. Laura says...

    I confess I always have a look behind the shower curtain when I arrive home… So scary…

    • I lived in a small apartment as a kid and I still had to keep the shower curtains pull back because I thought someone would be standing behind it. Still to this day I have to turn on the lights before entering a bathroom

  131. In bed my toes must always be covered by my blanket or else a demon incubus will nibble on them.

    • (Strangely I’m more concerned about my toes than my face…)

    • kara says...

      Or aliens will be able to abduct me if they’re uncovered! Why is this a thing with uncovered feet?

    • Maybe it’s because lying on your back feels so vulnerable…