Everyone is scared of something, and most of us don’t know why. It is ingrained in to our brain, and most of the time it is completely irrational. They say fear is learned – but no one pointed at a spider and said ‘You see that? You are scared of that. You are SO. FUCKING. SCARED.’ I just turn in to a screaming idiot at the sight of them, and often become paranoid for hours afterwards. (My enemies should be taking notes) I’m scared of heights, despite living on the top bunk of a bed for seven years, but not afraid of to fly – although boarding and leaving them makes me a nervous wreck. I’m highly paranoid in general. Of what I don’t know. Certain pitches of sound strike a nerve with me.
Frankly, I’m scared of a lot of things, and none of them are for a reason. I’ve never been bitten by a spider, fallen from a great height, or had my eardrum broken by screaming. I just dislike it. I often invent scenarios in my head for why that person looked at me, or why I’ve seen that car that many times today. They are irrational stories, and most likely in no way possible. No one is out to get me. Most likely. But that doesn’t mean I don’t think they are. I’m not going to spazz out on you and declare everyone a stalker, but I won’t deny I’m probably more than a little paranoid.
What are you scared of? Do you know why? Some say confronting your fear is the best way to handle it, but I’m pretty sure if I got dumped in a room with a spider all it would do is enhance my nightmares to a more personal level. They also say learning more about what you’re scared of can help. I know spiders have eight leg & eyes, most are not venomous, and that they freak me the fuck out. Studying hasn’t helped me, at all.
Troy, co-creator of Marble Hornets, once mentioned that they try to target subconscious fears throughout the series. They are fears that almost no one thinks about, but most people have – fear of being followed, fear of memory loss, fear of other life, fear of being watched and fear of not knowing where you are.
“If we could fit in fear of being trapped in small spaces, we’d be golden.” – Troy.
Marble Hornets is located here.
From Psychology Today:
Fear is a vital response to physical and emotional danger—if we couldn’t feel it, we couldn’t protect ourselves from legitimate threats. But often we fear situations that are in no way life-or-death, and thus hang back for no good reason. Traumas or bad experiences can trigger a fear response within us that is hard to quell. Yet exposing ourselves to our personal demons is the best way to move past them.”
According to psychology.com, these are the top ten common phobias.
Arachnophobia: The fear of spiders.
Ophidiophobia: The fear of snakes.
Acrophobia: The fear of heights.
Agoraphobia: The fear of any situation which is difficult to escape.
Cynophobia: The fear of dogs.
Astraphobia: The fear of thunder and lightning.
Trypanophobia: The fear of needles.
Social Phobias: Self-explanatory.
Pteromerhanophobia: The fear of flying.
Mysophobia: Fear of germs &/or dirt.
View the above listed source for a more detailed explanation of all of these phobias and other relevant articles.
And on a slightly related note:
Watch a guy all but piss his pants playing Amnesia (language warning) : Amnesia WTF?
Watch a spider try to hide in the sand. Spoiler alert: You’re not invisible, Spider. I’m terrified of spiders and thought it was hilarious: Cave Spider
“Well. It’s about as invisible as an elephant in a warehouse. But it knows how to dig.” – My friend Joseph.
So what are you scared of? Do you know why?
(PS: Heights, spiders and being watched. That last one I blame on Troy. Thanks bro.)