FEARS & PHOBIAS


This Blogoween I've been delving into different aspects of this spooky season, so today I'm venturing into potentially one of the key aspects that makes Halloween such a popular and spooky time of year- talking all fears and phobias!
I feel like drawing on people's fears and phobias is a huge part of Halloween, it's also a main reason why people tend to not like this time of year. Halloween is a holiday that thrives on what makes people scared and utilizing this to spook others and make them think even further about what truly terrifies them. Over the years, I've always wondered about what it is that makes people scared and why they are scared of this - clowns, the dentist, spiders, the dark... The actual definition of a fear is "a distressing emotion aroused by impeding danger, evil, pain etc." , whilst a phobia is defined as "a persistent, irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that leads to a compelling desire to avoid it". 

So, I thought I would share with you some of my fears and phobias. My main fear is heights, which is a pretty normal fear. I've never liked heights and I have never been on a roller coaster. I just have a really overactive imagination so being up high just lets my brain run away with itself. It's not necessarily the heights that I'm scared of, it's more the possibility of what might happen to me as a result of being up high. I'm convinced when I'm in a high place that I'm going to fall dramatically or something bad is going to happen, to a point where I will freeze when I'm up high and will try and get as far away from the edge as physically possible! 


Whilst I have a fear of heights, as a result of believing that I might get hurt because of being up high, I do have a phobia. I've never really spoken about my irrational fear before because it's a pretty weird fear to have and I feel like the whole reason it's my phobia is because it's a situation I have no control over. I can choose not to go up high or take precautions but with this there is legit nothing I can do. I have a phobia of growing old. I have this irrational fear of getting older, my body changing- in a really vain way not looking young and healthy, but mostly getting to a point where I am no longer in control or independent. I have always been a really headstrong. independent person and to think that there may be a time where I have to rely on someone else to help with basic tasks like washing, eating, getting around absolutely terrifies me! It's only recently that I've developed this phobia but it's one I can't stop thinking about. Last year I watched my grandmother battle with dementia and eventually pass away. I hated seeing a women, so headstrong loose everything that made her who she was, forget who she was. I regret a lot about how I handled my grandmothers illness, I couldn't cope and it got to a point where I refused to go and see her because I couldn't bear to see all those men and women in the care home wasting away, just waiting to die. It made me develop a phobia of getting older because I couldn't stand to end up like that. I don't want to waste away. So, if anyone has an eternal elixir they'd like to share- hit me up!

Fears and phobias are a subject I always think about at this time of year and the thing about them are that they are so personal to the individual! I'd love to know if you have any fears and phobias and why you have them!

Till next time,

1 comment :

  1. Great topic. I have a phobia that my friends love to laugh about but it started as a child - I can't do lawn gnomes. Like don't make me look at them, don't make me be near them... I will completely avoid the garden section to avoid the stupid little things. My grandmother used to make them and they would sit half painted in the room that I slept over in, half painted faces staring at your all night lol....
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