Something Something Phobias – Day 3


Day 3, Friday: Things that make you uncomfortable

Did you know that there are a lot of something-something phobias out there?
Common classics today include Atychiphobia, Decidophobia, Glossophobia, Hamartophobia, Katagelophobia, Motorphobiaba – and even more serious cases like Androphobia and Papaphobia? I’m of course not spared from these not-so-rational fears, and will  examine mine today in the blog every day challenge – Day 3.

1 Fear of failure, Fear of making decisions, Fear of public speaking, 4 Fear of committing an error, 5 Fear of being ridiculed, Fear of men, Fear of the pope

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Musophobia – Fear of Rats & Mice. My fear of rats has its roots in a very traumatic experience that happened once upon a time in Sweden. A little mouse decided to uninvitedly wake me up in the middle of the night –  a lot of screaming and mice traps later – Mr. Jingles life came to a sudden death. When my boyfriend at the time went to take out the corpse, the head of the mouse was completely gone and could never be found. I probably don’t have to tell you that for many years, my dreams were hunted by headless mice. To fast-forward to the present, Hong Kong is an awesome city in many ways but it’s not only overcrowded with people,  the rat community literally takes over the city during the summers – I have seen them tiptoeing on bar disks in Soho (seriously), chilling out in restaurants and even attacking our precious tourists (not joking, check out this article!). The frequent encounter of these guys has made my REALLY paranoid that they next will start to invade my home! Yes my dear friends, Rats can find their way into apartments through the toilet pipes – it’s NOT an urban myth!

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Acrophobia – Fear of heights. This is one of the top 10 global fears among humans, in which I’m forced to tick the box. As long as I can remember, I felt unpleasantly dizzy at tall heights – starting thinking all kind of irrational thoughts like “What If I fall? What If a strong wind takes me along? What if I for some reason would jump”?. While people with acrophobia are afraid of being at a significant heigh, there is a related fear named Illyngophobia – which instead refers to those not afraid of the height itself – but instead develops a sense of dizziness or vertigo when looking down. Bugger, one more phobia added to the list.

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Galeophobia – Fear of Sharks. I never had to worry about these murderous animals in Sweden so this is a new one. Saying that, I’ve always had rather bad relationship with sharks – not due JAWS –  but instead because of my dear brother, who forced me to watch the chilling episode where Donald Duck almost was eaten by a shark. With this this in mind, no wonder I’m recently being overly paranoid about wakeboarding and swimming in the South China Sea. Yes, I know – there hasn’t been a FATAL attack in Hong Kong since 1995 – but there are sharks out there and they DO EAT people. Nope, not falling for the only-happens-one-in-a-million statistics.

That’s it! Only 28 more days to go…..

Day 1, Wednesday: The story of your life in 250 words or less (or one paragraph… no one will be counting your words… probably)
Day 2, Thursday: Educate us on something you know alot about or are good at. Take any approach you’d like (serious and educational or funny and sarcastic)
Day 3, Friday: Things that make you uncomfortable
Day 4, Saturday: Favorite quote (from a person, from a book, etc) and why you love it
Day 5, Sunday: Publicly profess your love and devotion for one of your blogger friends. What makes them great? Why do you love them? If you don’t have blogger friends, talk about a real-life friend or even a family member
Day 6, Monday: If you couldn’t answer with your job, how would you answer the question, ‘what do you do’?
Day 7, Tuesday: The thing(s) you’re most afraid of
Day 8, Wednesday: A piece of advice you have for others. Anything at all.
Day 9, Thursday: A moment in your day (this can be just a photo or both a photo and words)
Day 10, Friday: Most embarrassing moment (s). Spill.
Day 11, Saturday: Sell yourself in 10 words or less
Day 12, Sunday: What do you miss? (a person, a thing, a place, a time of your life…)
Day 13, Monday: Issue a public apology. This can be as funny or as serious or as creative as you want it to be.
Day 14, Tuesday: Ten things that make you really happy
Day 15, Wednesday: A Day in the life (include photos from throughout your typical day – this could be “a photo an hour” if you’d like)
Day 16, Thursday: Something difficult about your “lot in life” and how you’re working to overcome it
Day 17, Friday: A favorite photo of yourself and why
Day 18, Saturday: Tell a story from your childhood. Dig deep and try to be descriptive about what you remember and how you felt.
Day 19, Sunday: Five of your favorite blogs and what you love about them
Day 20, Monday: Get real. Share something you’re struggling with right now.
Day 21, Tuesday: A list of links to your favorite posts in your archives
Day 22, Wednesday: Rant about something. Get up on your soapbox and tell us how you really feel. (a pet peeve, a current event, a controversial topic, something your husband or roommate or neighbor or boss does that really ticks you off)
Day 23, Thursday: Things you’ve learned that school won’t teach you
Day 24, Friday: Your top 3 worst traits
Day 25, Saturday: Something someone told you about yourself that you’ll never forget (good or bad)
Day 26, Sunday: Something you read online. Leave a link and discuss, if you’d like.
Day 27, Monday: A letter to your readers
Day 28, Tuesday: Only pictures
Day 29, Wednesday: Five songs or pieces of music that speak to you or bring back memories. Use Grooveshark or YouTube to include them in the post
Day 30, Thursday: React to this term: Letting Go
Day 31, Friday: A vivid memory

10 Responses to “Something Something Phobias – Day 3”
  1. Amanda Perry says:

    Mice are so scary!!! I totally have that phobia too!

  2. Hemborgwife says:

    I am from Southern California where they have great white sightings and people always wonder why I never surfed and I am like well you know I like all my limbs on my body not in a shark mouth!

  3. Carolynn says:

    I hate mice! and toilet seats! Your picture made me cringe lol

  4. Ewww…I don’t know what I’d do if a rat made its way into my home! Anything with a tail like that gives me the heebie jeebies! Thanks for stopping by today and for your sweet comment on my illustration of the things that make me uncomfortable! 🙂
    Eva @ Snappee Turtle

  5. LillianC says:

    Here’s one for you: thalasaphobia. That’s the morbid fear of the sea. Ever since I was little, if I stare down into dark water, I’m positive there’s something staring back waiting to grab me.

    • isabelboren says:

      That’s a new one!I grew up next to the sea doing all kind of watersports so got use to it. Saying that, I do agree that there something unpleasant about the unknown dark of the sea … all the scary animals like SHARKS under the surface …..

      Thanks for stopping by!
      XXX/ Bella

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