i did a search for this topic and nothing came up so figured id make one. This is for discussing any phobias you/ friend/ unfortunate random may have. i know there are some pretty whacked out ones out there too such as…
coulrophobia (fear of clowns)
logophobia (fear of words)
phobophobia (fear of fear itself)
what prompted this thread was something that happened to me today. i started a new job painting houses, my first (house painting, not job), everything was going well until i had to get up on the ladder and fill in gaps near the roof, i do not have a fear of heights as such,i go on rollercoasters, suspension bridges over valleys, tall buildings etc. but going up this ladder i was a nervous wreck by the time i got down, legs shaking (you could hear the ladder rattling as i came down) slight lightheadedness. all this from climbing one storey up a ladder (which was on a 1st floor balcony)
that in itself was doable until i thought to look over the side of the balcony and saw what i will need to paint in future that was fucking 2 storeys high standing on the top rungs of the ladder with solid concrete underneath me.
my legs could barely hold me up when i was one storey up let alone two. i admit i am totally shit scared at the prospect of having to go up on the ladder again as i just KNOW that once my legs start wobbling i would just completely freak out or do something stupid or panic or whatever and then im basically dead once i hit the floor. this obviously completely fucking sucks because the money is good and i really need it right now but its not worth me dying over. the main issue i have isnt the height as i would be fine in a harness/cherry picker/cage whatever, but being so high on a ladder that wobbles and being pressed up against the wall looking upwards is too much.
i did not know i had this fear until today.
anybody else have phobias of stuff and know how they got them?