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Message 1336886 - Posted: 11 Feb 2013, 1:22:22 UTC
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I think that I have Urbanophobia...I hate Large Cities.
It's why I moved to the country. Too many People Crammed Together in Cities.
I also suffer from Mild Claustrophobia and A Mild fear of Heights.
Thoughts, Ideas or other Phobia Sufferers?

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Message 1336889 - Posted: 11 Feb 2013, 1:34:16 UTC - in response to Message 1336886.

Interesting, I'm not sure if severe anxiety qualifies as a phobia, it probably doesn't, but that's what I have and Ya have My sympathy Jim.
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Message 1336892 - Posted: 11 Feb 2013, 1:37:57 UTC

Fear of heights. Airplanes are not a problem, ladders and cliffs are...
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Message 1336897 - Posted: 11 Feb 2013, 1:52:30 UTC

Busy crowded places, meeting new people, social situations in general. Not sure which general phobia that is?

Also horrible fear of heights. Again don't know the technical name for that phobia.
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Message 1336902 - Posted: 11 Feb 2013, 2:01:13 UTC - in response to Message 1336897.

Busy crowded places, meeting new people, social situations in general. Not sure which general phobia that is?

Also horrible fear of heights. Again don't know the technical name for that phobia.

acrophobia
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Message 1336909 - Posted: 11 Feb 2013, 2:22:04 UTC

Don't much care for spiders and snakes. When they appear unexpectedly.
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Message 1336911 - Posted: 11 Feb 2013, 2:39:04 UTC

When I was Younger I was afraid of spiders, not today though. Yeah that's Arachnophobia....
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Message 1336912 - Posted: 11 Feb 2013, 2:39:22 UTC
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John, your acrophobia sounds like mine. I have a great fear of heights, when the heights are the kind our species evolved through: climbing trees, going up ladders, standing on chairs, etc. scares me very deeply. For several years I made my living sitting in the doorway or standing on the skids of helicopters while running the hoist and other devices. It was great fun, until we got down to about 20 feet above ground. Then the fear set in.

I also have a great fear of people who claim they want to talk about politics but actually want to talk about their illogical belief in unsupportable theories. Does that have a name?
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Message 1336914 - Posted: 11 Feb 2013, 2:45:32 UTC - in response to Message 1336912.
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John, your acrophobia sounds like mine. I have a great fear of heights, when the heights are the kind our species evolved through: climbing trees, going up ladders, standing on chairs, etc. scares me very deeply. For several years I made my living sitting in the doorway or standing on the skids of helicopters while running the hoist and other devices. It was great fun, until we got down to about 20 feet above ground. Then the fear set in.

I also have a great fear of people who claim they want to talk about politics but actually want to talk about their illogical belief in unsupportable theories. Does that have a name?

That might be Dumasaphobia(if that's real, supposedly that's 'the fear of stupid people', turns out there is no fear of stupid people according to this link here).... Of course I can't find that on the web, or rather Google can't find more than a commercial website....
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Message 1336916 - Posted: 11 Feb 2013, 3:04:56 UTC - in response to Message 1336912.
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John, your acrophobia sounds like mine. I have a great fear of heights, when the heights are the kind our species evolved through: climbing trees, going up ladders, standing on chairs, etc. scares me very deeply. For several years I made my living sitting in the doorway or standing on the skids of helicopters while running the hoist and other devices. It was great fun, until we got down to about 20 feet above ground. Then the fear set in.

I also have a great fear of people who claim they want to talk about politics but actually want to talk about their illogical belief in unsupportable theories. Does that have a name?

Close to the second one?
Automatonophobia- Fear of ventriloquist's dummies, animatronic creatures, wax statues - anything that falsely represents a sentient being.
Or,the fear of idiots is idiophobia, not to be confused with the similar-sounding ideophobia, which means "fear of ideas."
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Message 1336923 - Posted: 11 Feb 2013, 3:14:08 UTC - in response to Message 1336912.

John, your acrophobia sounds like mine. I have a great fear of heights, when the heights are the kind our species evolved through: climbing trees, going up ladders, standing on chairs, etc. scares me very deeply. For several years I made my living sitting in the doorway or standing on the skids of helicopters while running the hoist and other devices. It was great fun, until we got down to about 20 feet above ground. Then the fear set in.

I also have a great fear of people who claim they want to talk about politics but actually want to talk about their illogical belief in unsupportable theories. Does that have a name?

I have never been in a helicopter in the air.

I do seem to do well on climbing walls and rapells. Just not near the top of a cliff or on a free climb.
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Message 1336924 - Posted: 11 Feb 2013, 3:14:10 UTC - in response to Message 1336892.

Fear of heights. Airplanes are not a problem, ladders and cliffs are...

Exactly. Anyplace where I can fall. Somehow, the whole plane falling out of the sky doesn't seem to count. But in my case it also includes the window boxes in the Sears, I mean Willis, Tower in Chicago. I probably wouldn't be afraid of those if I didn't weigh so much. (Never mind that I haven't been up in the Tower since I was a little kid, let alone in the couple of years since they installed the boxes.)

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Message 1336925 - Posted: 11 Feb 2013, 3:21:47 UTC - in response to Message 1336897.

Busy crowded places, meeting new people, social situations in general. Not sure which general phobia that is?

Crowded places is agoraphobia, from the Latin word agora -- marketplace.

It only affects me if it's so crowded I can't move freely or if I might get swept along in a mob against my will. I feel it's actually related in that way to my claustrophobia, which only kicks in if I feel like I can get trapped in a confined space. Again, I think these are all due to, or at least exacerbated by, my weight and its related problems.

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Message 1336928 - Posted: 11 Feb 2013, 3:25:31 UTC - in response to Message 1336925.

Busy crowded places, meeting new people, social situations in general. Not sure which general phobia that is?

Crowded places is agoraphobia, from the Latin word agora -- marketplace.

It only affects me if it's so crowded I can't move freely or if I might get swept along in a mob against my will. I feel it's actually related in that way to my claustrophobia, which only kicks in if I feel like I can get trapped in a confined space. Again, I think these are all due to, or at least exacerbated by, my weight and its related problems.

If the crowd starts sweeping you along, plant your feet in front of you nad lean back into the crowd. I did this once when people were rushing down a stari case to get into a door (no, it was not an emergency), but it was dangerous as people might fall down the stairs. In any case, I slowed the crowd somewhat, and nobody fell - including me.
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Message 1336939 - Posted: 11 Feb 2013, 3:53:58 UTC

I'm not too fond of spiders and Eric is not too fond of heights, but I'm not sure either of us have it bad enough to call it a phobia.

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Message 1336942 - Posted: 11 Feb 2013, 4:05:42 UTC - in response to Message 1336939.

I'm not too fond of spiders and Eric is not too fond of heights, but I'm not sure either of us have it bad enough to call it a phobia.

Aren't you suffering from lowRACophobia?
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Message 1336944 - Posted: 11 Feb 2013, 4:27:40 UTC - in response to Message 1336912.



I also have a great fear of people who claim they want to talk about politics but actually want to talk about their illogical belief in unsupportable theories. Does that have a name?

Yes, it does.

msattler would be the name. And I am not ashamed of it for one second, my friend.

I have been called many things over the years, and trust me, there is nothing YOU can call me that would offend me for more than a split second.

If it soothes your soul to place a label on me....feel free. I have broad shoulders, and I can carry the weight.
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Message 1336993 - Posted: 11 Feb 2013, 7:18:37 UTC - in response to Message 1336942.

Aren't you suffering from lowRACophobia?

I am indeed. Eric and I needed to attend a family event this afternoon at my great aunt's house. I had forgotten about it until recently. That was the time I had hoped Eric would use to fix my computer. Oh well....

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Message 1337004 - Posted: 11 Feb 2013, 8:38:58 UTC

A phobia is an irrational fear.

My fear of heights is quite reasonable! ;)

I have other fears that might be unreasonable.


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Message 1337012 - Posted: 11 Feb 2013, 9:54:14 UTC

As I get older I'm avoiding heights more, didn't bother me in my 20's. Our gutters need cleaning out, but I'm not going up a ladder 20 feet to the roof level to do it. Yet I'll happily sit in a plane at 35,000 feet. Not very keen on spiders though ....

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