Monday, December 8, 2008


Alright here it goes:I'm claustrophobic, I think a lot of people are which may or may not make it less irrational. But mine tends to manifest in kind of weird ways. For example, I hate driving in tunnels that you cannot see the end of, the harbor tunnel in Maryland comes to mind. I'm not afraid the tunnel will collapse on me, although that would suck, I'm afraid of driving forever and never getting to the end.

I also hate driving on some bridges because I think I may, for whatever reason, drive over the side into the water and be trapped in my car. I would prefer the quicker death of hitting solid earth. In fact the idea of getting trapped in the car with the water rising around me is a big one, but I don't really see any other way that this is going to happen. I find myself clenching my teeth in these situations, giving myself a headache.

I also don't like crowds, usually they are just annoying and I avoid them whenever possible. But I've always been afraid of being caught in a situation like just happened on black Friday, a mob of people that carries you along with it, so tight you can't keep your footing. I imagine it's like being swept along in a really strong river current, a fate I would choose over the crowd any day. I think this fear comes from videos of celebrities being mobbed by hordes of fans each of them wanting a piece, reminds me of zombies. On the other hand, I have always been fine in elevators, even got stuck in one once for several hours. But since I saw that video of the guy stuck in an elevator for like 3 days, I'm afraid of getting stuck all alone in an elevator, I don't think it would be as bad as long as I wasn't alone, cause I'm not afraid of dying, the solitude and boredom would drive me insane.

On that note, I hate to be caught without something to do. Usually I'm doing 3 things at once but I need to be doing at least one thing, I cannot wait patiently. I don't know if I would call this a fear but I will go to great lengths to make sure I have something with me at all times, just in case, I never know when I may get caught in limbo.


Hugh Louski said...

Feeling like getting caught in limbo with nothing to do is one of my most common sensations at the time... It's still horrible , can't get accustomed to it.

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H.J. said...

My biggest fear is of losing my bra and my tennis shoes to another contestant.