/ (Ir)rational fears

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highclimber - on 04 Nov 2013
I can't think of many things I won't try but I have categorically said that I will never do a sky dive. I don't know why. actually I do - it's because I have a fear (rational or irrational) that either the parachute won't open or, when it does, it will somehow malfunction. I know it's a comparatively safe activity but it doesn't change the fact, in my mind at least, that I will never do it.

What fears do you folks have/activities you will not partake in for what ever reason?

Caving is another - gives me the heeby jeebys.
avictimoftheDrpsycho - on 04 Nov 2013
In reply to highclimber:

Having to speak to more than about two people at once. Just completely freeze up and can't say anything.
Loughan - on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to highclimber: rollercoasters. Alton Towers is the third circle of hell.

Trying to progress up a rockface with a hundred feet of fresh air below and one foot smeared on something unsavoury? Fine.

Lashed into a thrilling fairground ride? No way!
Jim C - on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to highclimber: Helicopter joy ride is not for me.

However, I had always been prepared to take a rescue chopper as the odds were that I would be safer, than the predicament that I would be in and needed to be rescued from.

The crashes off the rigs have not helped my lack of confidence in them, and then ....
http://www.scotsman.com/news/transport/sea-king-helicopter-in-glencoe-emergency-landing-1-3149223

Still safer than the A9 though.
Ann S on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to highclimber:

I feel your pain in reverse. I was once persuaded to do a parachute jump, but such is my fear of flying that I was far happier jumping out of the plane than staying on board.
Daithi O Murchu - on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to highclimber:

fear of begin stitched up by the police

- totally irrational !
highclimber - on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to Daithi O Murchu:
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> - totally irrational !

I dont think its that irrational judging by the plebgate incident, hullsboro' and stephen lawrence!
RockAngel on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to highclimber: stairs with no backs are my irrational fear. Ladders are fine and climbing is ok but ascending stairs with no backs sends me into a panic attack. I have no idea why they upset me so much.
richyfenn on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to highclimber:

Slight fear of spiders, no big issue, but planes and roller coaster. I love the look of them and would love to like them, but I just hate them. They don't terrorfy me but I really hate having no control over it, I do far more dangerous things on a motorcycle, but I'm in control. Also I don't like the idea of plummeting to my doom for ages if something goes wrong :)

I did get to go in a 4 seater light aircraft sat in the co-pilot seat which felt better as I could do something if something happened to the pilot (I did have a go), but the rickety nature of the craft disturbed my calm :D
LastBoyScout on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to highclimber:

I've skydived and loved it - but I'd never do a bungy jump!

I like my spine as it is, thanks :-)
tony on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to highclimber:
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> Caving is another - gives me the heeby jeebys.

Caving for me too, and anything related to it. I want to put some insulation under our floors, but I can't bring myself to crawl in the space underneath - brings me out in nightmares.
bleddynmawr - on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to Tony: Just reading your post caused anxiety. It's the thought of getting stuck.
highclimber - on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to tony:
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> Caving for me too, and anything related to it.

Cave-diving. Mental [shudders]

Ramblin dave - on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to highclimber:
That's quite a rational fear, though, to be fair.

I'm always really nervous about phoning people up in any sort of formal context. I mean, it doesn't reduce me to a quivering wreck or anything, but I always find myself putting it off for as long as possible...
Bjartur i Sumarhus on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to highclimber: Public speaking for me. Totally irrational. A room of bored suits thinking about what to have for lunch...why should that be so frightening?

I think the jumping out of planes and caving fears are very rational ;-)
highclimber - on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to Ramblin dave:
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> That's quite a rational fear, though, to be fair.
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> I'm always really nervous about phoning people up in any sort of formal context. I mean, it doesn't reduce me to a quivering wreck or anything, but I always find myself putting it off for as long as possible...

Same here, though I don't think its that I'm frightened, just uncomfortable.
johncook - on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to highclimber: heights! Ok on the route, will run it out, even at my grade limit, but once on top I am terrified, of falling back off. Can't lean over the edge and look down, have to be tied on really solidly. Keeps mates amused. (Also scared of being on high bridges, tall buildings and ladders.) Starting abs, although once actually past the first 4 ft I love it.
Wingnut - on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to highclimber:
High level bog cisterns, no idea why.
jayferg76 on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to highclimber: I hate crowds, can't stand them. We took the kids to a bonfire on Saturday at the park, and my stomach started doing back flips when i saw the amount of people there.

The other thing is heights. I know it sounds daft saying that on a climbing forum, but that's the reason why i don't climb. Just remember though, if you need a partner to guard your cheese sarnie's at the foot of the crag, i'm your man!
highclimber - on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to jayferg76: Is it the height that you are scared of or the falling? I'm scared of falling [to my death] but I wouldn't say I'm scared of heights per se.
csw on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to highclimber:

Filling in forms.
highclimber - on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to csw:
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> Filling in forms.

Job application forms that ask you for your GCSE results - fearful that I might 'accidentally' put a C instead of a D and later get found out (quite how, I don't know as I've no idea myself).
jayferg76 on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to highclimber: It's the height. For example I can stand at the bottom of Malham Cove and look up, and the knees start knocking followed by feeling dizzy. The same thing happens at the top as well, i can't go near the edge.
Don't get me wrong, i'd give my left testicle to be able to climb, but whenever i've tried i get about 6' up and just freeze.

I'm fine up on the hill when there's solid ground under me, in fact the higher the better. Maybe it's the exposure that gets me, i don't know. What i do know is that is depresses me when i read about the routes that you lot do.
Jealous? Yes, very much so.
Al Evans on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to LastBoyScout:
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> I've skydived and loved it - but I'd never do a bungy jump!
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> I like my spine as it is, thanks :-)

Me too, I really can't see the point of a bungy jump, and I'm convinced that the threat of bouncing back up and getting the rope caught round your neck is not a zero risk. I've never liked falling off climbing so why should I pay to fall, similar with bridge jumping, not for me. I have no problem with most real adventure sports, was a caver and a canoeist off and on all throughout my climbing career.
Al Evans on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to Al Evans: I also as somebody above said, don't like Alton Towers type carnival rides which throw you up and down and around at great forces of G.
abseil on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to highclimber:

Janice Prong.
Janice Prong - on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to abseil:
<lurks menacingly behind abseil>
lost1977 - on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to highclimber:

Nice to look at but never ask me to touch a sunflower, they totally freak me out
abseil on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to Janice Prong:
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Heeeeeelppp!!! I'm sorry, Janice!!
deepsoup - on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to lost1977:
Nice to look at but never ask me to touch Janice Prong. <shudder>
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highclimber - on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to deepsoup: Who the hell is Janice Prong? registered on the site today is all I know. Should I be scared?
lost1977 - on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to deepsoup:

Think I need a profile pic to help
Jim Fraser - on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to highclimber:

Rationally, I have survived a Tory or Labour majority government before, many times, but ....
mrdigitaljedi - on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to highclimber: Helicopters..

After 3 yes 3 trips to casualty in these bloody contraptions, i cannot stand them, they are a usefull rescue tool, but as for going into a chopper of my own free accord NEVER.............
lost1977 - on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to mrdigitaljedi:

3 times, I want to hear the stories. Can't help but thinking but twice is bad luck but 3 times are you going out looking to get saved
felt - on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to highclimber:
> I can't think of many things I won't try but I have categorically said that I will never do a sky dive. ... I know it's a comparatively safe activity

Skydiving is really, really safe, even when two planes collide:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/04/wisconsin-skydivers-two-planes-collide
Skol on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to highclimber:
I don't like travelling in the car with just the Mrs, and not the kids .
This is incase we both die in a crash and the kids are orphaned :-(
JIMBO on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to highclimber: I have fykiaphobia which makes deep water soloing quite stressful... prefer to solo over ground/rocks
mrdigitaljedi - on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to lost1977: 1 climbing accident (castle naze), 1 motorbike smash, and 1 mtb accident at devils gate on the ladybower circuit.
Jim C - on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to Skol:
> (In reply to highclimber)
> I don't like travelling in the car with just the Mrs, and not the kids .
> This is incase we both die in a crash and the kids are orphaned :-(

Not at all irrational, quite sensible, if a little inconvenient. I think that is what the royals do as well.

When our kids were younger, we just arranged that we had proxy parents ( my sister and BIL) it was in my will that they would get custody in the event.
Skol on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to Jim C:
Yeah. We have proxy parents too. That is why I'm even less keen on us orphaning them at once:-)
It truly buggers up time away together. We have even gone in separate cars before now.
lost1977 - on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to mrdigitaljedi:

You ever considered a really extreme pastime maybe snakes and ladders or crosswords
mrdigitaljedi - on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to lost1977: tried scrabble once, had 2 go opticians got a tile in the eye hehehe
Daithi O Murchu - on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to highclimber:

fear of premature ejaculation

abr1966 - on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to highclimber: I will never climb on Buchaille Etive Mor....i genuinely believe that if i did i would die.
Queenie - on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to highclimber:

White-water rafting. I'd love the adrenaline rush, but the though of cold salty water splashing my face horrifies me. I can't even do front crawl as I hate water up the nose and my face immersed. Urgh.
andymac - on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to highclimber:

Similarly ,could never do a bungee jump.never.

I would pick the day the rope somehow managed to become 10 feet longer than usual.

Fredt on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to highclimber:

I'm reminded of the advice my grandfather gave me:

"Try everything at least once, except buggery and country dancing"
Hooo - on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to lost1977:
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> Nice to look at but never ask me to touch a sunflower, they totally freak me out
I get freaked out just looking at them. Also, any kind of fungus. Gives me the heebies.
lost1977 - on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to Hooo:

So all this time I haven't been alone in this, I really thought it was just me
Trangia - on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to highclimber:

I'd be happy to do a sky dive, but not a bungee jump. Other no no's include riding pillion on a motorbike, white water rafting, go karting and being inside one of those big balls which roll down hills. Bull running doesn't hold much appeal either, but snakes don't scare me. Paint balling upsets my conscience too, because I find the concept of adults "playing at war" disturbing when there are people out in Afghanistan etc doing it for real.

OK's have included galloping on a thoroughbred, cave diving, surfing, zip wires, aerobatics in a light aircraft and skiing, but not tobogganing.
Hooo - on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to lost1977:
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> So all this time I haven't been alone in this, I really thought it was just me
How about fungus though? Surely no one but me is scared of toadstools?
Trevers - on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to johncook:
> (In reply to highclimber) heights! Ok on the route, will run it out, even at my grade limit, but once on top I am terrified, of falling back off. Can't lean over the edge and look down, have to be tied on really solidly. Keeps mates amused. (Also scared of being on high bridges, tall buildings and ladders.) Starting abs, although once actually past the first 4 ft I love it.

It's that queer feeling in your heels- almost daring you to lean out and let go.
Odd how even when I'm scared on a route with disco legs, I never get that feeling. But stood safely behind a barrier, I need to back away.
ice.solo - on 05 Nov 2013
In reply to highclimber:

not a fan of man-made heights; rollercoasters, some tall buildings (more than about 30 floors).
bungy jumping im not into. i work all summer rigging for bungy and its fine (even when its man-made bridges we hang off the bottom of, go figure that out...). its the being sprung back upwards that freaks me out.

public speaking i love. controlling a room full of people, whats not to like? the more the better, tho woodstock or nuremberg might be tittillating.
David Martin - on 06 Nov 2013
In reply to highclimber:

Strange, I found a day's multi-pitch lead climbing far more nerve-wracking that skydiving. In fact I gave up the later as it felt boring and soul-less in comparison.
lost1977 - on 06 Nov 2013
In reply to Hooo:

not exactly keen on fungus, maybe we could form a support group of some kind.


"My name is Phil and i'm scared of Sunflowers"

blimey i feel better already
mrdigitaljedi - on 10 Nov 2013
In reply to lost1977: hi iam chris and iam accident prone, bloody hell this works lol.......................
Erynsmum - on 12 Nov 2013
In reply to RockAngel:

Me too!!!!

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