/ (Ir)rational fears
What fears do you folks have/activities you will not partake in for what ever reason?
Caving is another - gives me the heeby jeebys.
Having to speak to more than about two people at once. Just completely freeze up and can't say anything.
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!
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 ....
Still safer than the A9 though.
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.
fear of begin stitched up by the police
- totally irrational !
> fear of begin stitched up by the police
> - totally irrational !
I dont think its that irrational judging by the plebgate incident, hullsboro' and stephen lawrence!
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
I've skydived and loved it - but I'd never do a bungy jump!
I like my spine as it is, thanks :-)
> 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.
> Caving for me too, and anything related to it.
Cave-diving. Mental [shudders]
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...
I think the jumping out of planes and caving fears are very rational ;-)
> 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...
Same here, though I don't think its that I'm frightened, just uncomfortable.
High level bog cisterns, no idea why.
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!
Filling in forms.
> 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).
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.
> I've skydived and loved it - but I'd never do a bungy jump!
> 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.
<lurks menacingly behind abseil>
Nice to look at but never ask me to touch a sunflower, they totally freak me out
> <lurks menacingly behind abseil>
Heeeeeelppp!!! I'm sorry, Janice!!
Nice to look at but never ask me to touch Janice Prong. <shudder>
Think I need a profile pic to help
Rationally, I have survived a Tory or Labour majority government before, many times, but ....
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.............
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
Skydiving is really, really safe, even when two planes collide:
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 :-(
> 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.
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.
You ever considered a really extreme pastime maybe snakes and ladders or crosswords
fear of premature ejaculation
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.
Similarly ,could never do a bungee jump.never.
I would pick the day the rope somehow managed to become 10 feet longer than usual.
I'm reminded of the advice my grandfather gave me:
"Try everything at least once, except buggery and country dancing"
> Nice to look at but never ask me to touch a sunflower, they totally freak me out
So all this time I haven't been alone in this, I really thought it was just me
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.
> So all this time I haven't been alone in this, I really thought it was just me
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.
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.
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.
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
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