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Friday, August 26, 2011

Who's afraid of the big bad wolf?

( Irrational much? )

 an exaggerated usually inexplicable and illogical fear of a particular object, class of objects, or situation

I have a phobia of spiders, well most creepy-crawlies actually. It's kept me up many a nights, this is one of them.
As seen in the definition above, phobia is an excessive/irrational fear of something. I am not afraid of spiders or other creepy-crawlies. I don't think they're gonna eat me alive or even injure me  -but I do think that they're utterly, incredibly, skin creepingly disgusting.  (Wouldn't you agree?)
Call me irrational if you like.

We all experience fear. We all have them, in one form or another. Fear of rejection, of not being good enough, of failing. Fear of small (enclosed)- or wide open spaces. Fear of the dark. Fear of God. Fear of losing someone/something significant to us.
We can even fear the fear.

Although some fear is good; it can keep us alive, keep us safe.
Others can be damaging -outright crippling;  keeping us from living, holding us back.
Being fearless isn't good either -fearlessness makes one take unnecessary (read stupid) risks and can cause major harm to both yourself and those around you.

I guess it's just like everything else in life, it's about striking a balance.
Like the (for us) famous Swedish saying:
 Lagom är bäst.
(Lagom means 'just enough', 'in moderation', and is a very typical saying and I guess also motto in Sweden -pretty drab really! Oh and yeah, you guessed it! Bäst means best  ; ) )

What are your fears? Do you think they are rational or irrational? Do you know what "caused" this fear? Do they affect your life in any significant way?
(or is it just me sitting up awake because of it? *LOL*)

Has TTWD had any impact on it at all?
For better or worse?

With love,


Anonymous said...

When I was younger, I had stage fright at piano recitals. Now that I'm older, I'm nervous about sharks, but I don't let it stop me from swimming in the ocean. I'm not paralyzed by fear...just cautious.


P.S. Good post!

August 26, 2011 at 6:59 AM
Elder said...

maybe I should cure your spidophobia.... melinda.
mmmm lets discuss the possibilities ;-)

August 26, 2011 at 8:02 AM
Sweet girl said...

Kitty- thank you for sharing :) And well, being cautious of sharks don't sound like a half-bad idea *LOL*

Sir , I'm pretty sure it is called arachnophobia (I am sweet, I am!) *smiles veeery sweetly* And no , maybe we shouldn't * shudders and waving hard limit card furiously *

August 26, 2011 at 11:38 AM
Anonymous said...

i used to have emetophobia as a teenager...fear of throwing up. i had no idea it was actually a pretty common phobia (as phobias go) until i joined a support group in my twenties. Interestingly, that's where i kind of got over it...i saw how the fear was absolutely *crippling* my fellow support group members. They wouldn't go out, wouldn't take care of their children when they (the children) were vomiting, etc. Seeing how it was ruining their lives made me realize that there were far worse things to be afraid of.

And yes, there are things that move *all wrong*. Spiders...not so much for me, but cockroaches and bees--aaaaaiiigh!

- kytten

August 27, 2011 at 5:42 AM

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