If you are anything like me, you more than likely have an absurdly long list of irrational fears. (I hope you are nothing like me because I am completely ridiculous!)
Here is my top five list of irrational fears:
This one is one of the more rational irrational fears. When one considers clowns that go by the names of Pennywise and John Wayne Gacy, it does not seem too ridiculous to have a fear of clowns, does it?
Have you ever been to a Punch show? If not, it’s all about a drunken puppet named Punch who beats the ever-living crap out of his wife Judy. It’s a centuries old show geared toward children, believe it or not. Punch and Judy were the first experience I had with puppets as a young child, and it made me deathly afraid of them.
I absolutely refuse to get on an elevator by myself because I have a crippling fear of them. I have repeated nightmares about being by myself on an elevator and it suddenly gets stuck, or the cable snaps, sending me to my death. I have thankfully never been stuck on an elevator in reality, but that is because I tend to avoid them at all costs.
4. Dead People
Good old necrophobia. I absolutely hate going to funerals and I make dang sure I am never left alone with the corpse when I cannot get out of going. I’m afraid that the corpse could spring up and grab me at any moment.
Don’t laugh. It has happened, you know. Way back in December 1918, when my granddad was all of nine years old, his grandmother died in a fire. During her wake she grabbed his arm and they had to break her fingers to release him. I’m glad my family was kind enough to tell me this as a young child because it caused a lifetime of nightmares and nervous fits. Who doesn’t want that? It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
5. Semi Trucks
I hate being near one of these things on the street as a pedestrian or a driver. Every time I see one I become extremely nervous and hope that it does not overturn and crush me. I even become nervous seeing one of them roll down my street while I am safe inside my apartment. I try to avoid them as much as possible—needless to say I don’t get on the highway very much.
Since it is Face Your Fears Day, I have decided to face many of my fears head-on and laugh about how silly I have been all these years. Thankfully I do not have an opportunity to face my fear of dead people, clowns, or puppets at the moment, but I will be out and about and likely facing some semis and elevators. I don’t know how I am going to approach the semi situation, but I WILL be getting on elevators all by myself today. I hope I don’t have a nervous breakdown….
What are some of your fears? Are they as irrational as mine are? Are you going to take the opportunity to finally get over how silly it all is once and for all? If you do, please let me know how it works out for you by leaving a comment below!
- What You Fear Most (mrmovietimes.com)
- Ken Dodd criticises Punch and Judy reboot (telegraph.co.uk)
- Punch goes peaceful. Is that the way to do it? (standard.co.uk)