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    Greatest fears

    I would like to know your greatest fears or great fears you know. I know the general human fears like death or failure, but I also would like to know some personal fears that don't appear in statistics.
    My greatest personal fear is the fear of physical torture and eternity. So what are your's?

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    I'm afraid of driving over suspension bridges. I have to choke back the panic with extreme concentration and assure myself it will be over soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pompey Bum View Post
    I'm afraid of driving over suspension bridges. I have to choke back the panic with extreme concentration and assure myself it will be over soon.
    People's fears are arbitrary. I once knew a guy who was afraid to shoot himself. Can you imagine?
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    I'm afraid of crowds. I recently learned all about the crowd crush incident that happened at Hillsborough killing 96 people and I felt all of the typical cliche things that people say they feel when they're presented with their phobia (iron bands around the chest, cold sweat, etc.).

    http://www.contrast.org/hillsborough/history/kav.shtm

    And the actual science of crowd crush itself - I can't even describe how horrible it is.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/worldnews/c..._least/cw5vxtm

    Now that I live in a city of >1mil people, whenever I feel like my movement is in any way being directed or determined by the flow of the crowd, I find the nearest exit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyrion Cheddar View Post
    People's fears are arbitrary. I once knew a guy who was afraid to shoot himself. Can you imagine?
    I've wondered about the same thing, TC. Maybe I'm just afraid I'll drive off the bridge. But I used to climb mountains when I was young, and I wasn't afraid of falling off them. It's not that kind of fear anyway. It's irrational. I'm a perfectly good driver and the bridges have strong railings. But sometimes the panic is so bad I (rationally) fear I may faint behind the wheel and cause a crash. Driving over bridges--meaning driving across them--is my only phobia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JuniperWoolf View Post
    I'm afraid of crowds. I recently learned all about the crowd crush incident that happened at Hillsborough killing 96 people and I felt all of the typical cliche things that people say they feel when they're presented with their phobia (iron bands around the chest, cold sweat, etc.).
    I hate crowds, too, JW, although I'm not phobic about them. I've been in big crowds that started pushing, but my response has always been rational ("This is dangerous--what's the best way out?") mixed with a modicum of misanthropy ("Stupid people! I'm going to die because people are so stupid!"); but I'm not convinced that isn't a rational response, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pompey Bum View Post
    I hate crowds, too, JW, although I'm not phobic about them. I've been in big crowds that started pushing, but my response has always been rational ("This is dangerous--what's the best way out?") mixed with a modicum of misanthropy ("Stupid people! I'm going to die because people are so stupid!"); but I'm not convinced that isn't a rational response, too.
    Well actually, I hate crowds too. I guess a lot of fears don't seem to be rational anyways.
    Thank you for the fast replies.

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