Friday Five: Phobia Edition (Contest Closed)

Scared woman with her hand against the glass

What are you afraid of?

TGIF! It’s been a long week for me, and I’m ready to celebrate. This week I had to tackle one of my most dreaded phobias, getting blood drawn. Eeek! Not a fan. So I thought it would be interesting to discuss phobias in this week’s Friday Five.And of course, I have a Friday Five giveaway. This week I’m giving away a free $10 gift code to Amazon to a lucky random winner.

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All you have to do to enter is comment below and answer the Friday Five. I will run a random number generator on Monday morning and pick the winners that way. I will comment on the thread to the people who won, so you can check back to see who won that way. If you miss it, I will announce the winner on Facebook and also next week in the P.S.

So, here are the Friday Five questions for this week. Simply answer below in a comment to enter :-)

Friday Five – Phobia edition

  1. Do you have any phobias? What are they?
  2. Are there any common phobias that you don’t have?
  3. What’s the best way to deal with a phobia?
  4. Have you ever had a phobia that you got rid of? How did you do it?
  5. Take What Phobia Are You?– What do you get? Is it accurate?

P.S. Congratulations to last week’s Friday Five winner, Lynn S. :-)

What do you think?

27 thoughts on “Friday Five: Phobia Edition (Contest Closed)

  1. Dee

    1. Yep. Maggots and caterpillars.
    2. Yes, most. That or I don’t define them as ‘irrational’!
    3. Try to figure out why you are afraid, and what is the best way to go from there.
    4. Yes, swimming with fish – scuba diving does the trick! Amazing how vulnerable and invincible you can feel simultaneously!
    5. Claustrophobia. Fairly accurate.

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  2. Katie

    1) Definitely needles. I’m terrified of them. I’ve also become fairly afraid of being ill (anything more than your average cold); it sends me into an anxious state. Lastly, cockroaches. I can hardly be in the same house as one.

    2) I’ve more or less beaten the common public speaking phobia, and I’m not so afraid of spiders anymore (as long as I’m a safe distance). I’m decent with heights.

    3) In my case? Talking about how I’m feeling to someone who’ll listen. Most often, my boyfriend. I tend to simply steer clear of needles, though!

    4) I used to be much more fearful of spiders, but I don’t know exactly how it left me. I guess I just grew out of it (or I discovered the entirely more terrifying cockroach…).

    5) I am… Acrophobia!

    You are the fear of heights.
    It’s likely that you expect bad things to happen to you. You often feel unlucky.

    It would be just your luck to fall from a high spot… and you’re not going to chance it.
    You tend to be pretty risk adverse. You rather be safe than sorry.

    Haha! Well, I wouldn’t say I’m very fearful of heights, and I don’t often feel unlucky. I’m very lucky. But I am DEFINITELY risk adverse. I’m a total goody-two-shoes coward! 🙂

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  3. Heather Moritz

    1. Do you have any phobias? What are they? Spiders, the dark, etc
    2. Are there any common phobias that you don’t have? Yeah, heights
    3. What’s the best way to deal with a phobia? Slowly get exposed to it
    4. Have you ever had a phobia that you got rid of? How did you do it? Yeah, as a kid I was scared of the pool cleaner. One day I got in the pool with it on and suddenly I was fine..
    5. Take What Phobia Are You?- What do you get? Is it accurate? Claustrophobia. Responsibilities do make me stressed..

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  4. Josh

    1. Heights, losing my freedom
    2. N/A
    3. Fight it and/or get help
    4. Ghosts (don’t believe in them anymore)
    5. You Are Agoraphobia

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  5. Aisha Milburn

    1. Roaches/water bugs, thunder and sinkholes (in that order).
    2. Death, public speaking.
    3. Experience it or surround yourself by it, I suppose. But I don’t want to experience mine!
    4. No.
    5. Mysophobia. I disagree with “ONLY being comfortable when I’m in charge.” There are times, many in fact, in which I’m glad to let others take control. But it MUST be organized and neat and planned. 🙂

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  6. Lynn Sorel

    1. not really. i used to have severe social anxiety so it was virging on agoraphobia. but i got rid of it/got help.
    2. no
    3. face them
    4. therapy and medication
    5. i got claustrophobia and yes! hahah!!

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    1. kari Post author

      Congrats on facing your social anxiety! I think so many people struggle with that at one point or another, and it takes guts to admit it’s become a problem 🙂

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  7. Vani B.

    1. Scoliodentosaurophobia (lizards) and acrophobia (fear of heights). I guess I’m slightly agoraphobic as well, because I hate keeping doors open or unlocked, mostly the front door and back door. That might have something to do with my fear of lizards because they were always crawling inside my house when I was little. They used to crawl out of the shower drain and scare the living daylights out of me. So mostly, I’m afraid of lizards… even got close to getting into an accident because I spotted one crawling onto the windshield wiper of my car.

    2. I’m not afraid of snakes or spiders. I’m also not claustrophobic.

    3. I don’t know. I still won’t come near geckos, iguanas, salamanders or skinks. Yuck.

    4. I used to be afraid of dogs up until I owned one when I was six. I also hated cats after I got scratched by one at that same age, but then I got over my fear three years later when I played with a kitten. I love dogs and cats now. Also rollercoasters, until my friends made me go on one with them (I still cringe when I think about it though; and I still hate the Drop Zone).

    5. You Are Mysophobia

    “You are the fear of germs or dirt.
    It’s easily for you to get grossed out or freaked out. You especially can’t stand other people’s messes.

    “You are a bit of an obsessive compulsive type. It bothers you to see things out of order.
    You only feel comfortable when you are in charge. You admit that you are a control freak.”

    Not that accurate since I’m not really anal-retentive and don’t feel that I always have to be in charge.

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    1. kari Post author

      I was scared of dogs until I had one as well 🙂 You must live in an area with quite a few lizards! I admit they aren’t my favorite, but I rarely see them where I live (thankfully).

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      1. Vani B.

        Yeah, I lived in South Florida for twenty-one-years (born and raised)… also lived in South Carolina for a year, so run-ins with a gecko were pretty frequent. 😀

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  8. Kera R.

    Do you have any phobias? What are they?
    I really hate bugs, and sometimes heights.

    Are there any common phobias that you don’t have?
    Hmm.. I guess germs.

    What’s the best way to deal with a phobia?
    Face your fears.

    Have you ever had a phobia that you got rid of? How did you do it?
    I didnt like being alone in the dark when I was a kid, but I got over it by facing it.

    Take What Phobia Are You?- What do you get? Is it accurate?
    Mysophobia. Germs don’t bother me, to an extent, but I do like to be in control a lot of the time now that I think about it.

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    1. kari Post author

      I love that germs don’t bother you! I think we are becoming too germaphobic as a culture (or mysophobic, haha!), but that’s just leading to more superbugs :-/

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  9. Melissa Russell

    1. I don’t consider my neuroses full blown phobias but sensitivities. I am uncomfortable with sharp and pointed objects, even pencils, in the hands of others in close proximity to me. I get anxious about people close to edges at significant heights. I sometimes would almost prefer to never leave my house. Things like that. I would say that I might tend toward being cautious rather than irrationally fearful.
    2. I’m pretty OK with flying.
    3. Conditioning/desensitizing is the only way I know to overcome.
    4. I didn’t start driving until later in life when I absolutely had to.
    5. I got Claustrophobia. You don’t really seek out responsibilities or commitments. It’s easy for you to feel smothered.

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    1. kari Post author

      I like to think about little phobias as sensitivities as well! I prefer to be in my own controlled environment, so I relate to a lot of what you’re saying 🙂

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  10. Helly

    1. Not sure I have any bona-fide phobias in the true definition of the word. I’m a bit more skittish about germs and enclosed spaces than most people, but that would probably be about it.

    2. Arachnophobia. I LOVE spiders, especially big, furry tarantulas. I feel that spiders are so misunderstood– they are helpful, beneficial creatures that rid your house/yard of true pests. Spiders are our friends! 🙂

    3. Get to the root cause of it, and deal with it accordingly, maybe with professional help if the phobia is severe enough.

    4. As I’ve never had a true phobia (at least, not one that I’m aware of!) this one is sort of hard to answer. I used to think spiders were gross until I started learning more about them and began appreciating them.

    5. “You Are Claustrophobia”. This is somewhat true in the literal sense (I’m not comfortable in small spaces, but don’t freak out, either), much more true in the figurative sense (i.e. the description).

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  11. Kimi Koshiyama

    1) I have quite a few phobias! Some include: fear of heights (acrophobia), fear of rats, and most importantly fear of clowns! (coulrophobia)

    2) I don’t have a fear of thunder or lightning (astraphobia) as most people do, I figure it’s just a natural part of life

    3) In an ideal world, one would try to gradually expose oneself to what/who their afraid of until it eventually becomes natural to them. However, I think that most phobias are justified and we should have a right to be afraid of potentially dangerous things such as spiders, snakes, heights etc!

    4) I used to have a really bad fear of spiders but when I started living on my own, I grew accustomed to killing them and the fear is less intense now

    5) http://www.blogthings.com/whatphobiaareyouquiz/results/?result=Acrophobia

    I have acrophobia/fear of heights, definitely accurate–I still can’t go on most rollercoasters!

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    1. kari Post author

      I agree with you about exposure to phobias. It can be great for some phobias, but a lot of our phobias are quite warranted 🙂

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