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My Biggest Fear (An Illustrated Lesson in Phobias)

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I’m not sure why I’m bothering to post anything since the world is ending – or was it supposed to end already? Not sure. Happy Rapture Day, regardless. Go out and party like there’s no tomorrow.

30 Day Questions Challenge – Day 20: (Question from a reader) Do you have phobias? What’s your biggest fear?

In order for me to answer this question as honestly as possible, I must first give a lesson in phobias, because it’s been my experience that people don’t really get the difference between run-of-the-mill fear and paralyzing phobia.

This will be an illustrated lesson (because it’s fun to draw on the iPad).


Let’s Look at a Simple Diagram

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Let’s Examine These Closer

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Then there’s phobia. A phobia is like if you take irrational fear and then you crank it up to WTF digits and set it on fire and blast it off into Crazyland, where mutated turtles accept it as their God. At least, that’s how it is in my experience. Your mileage may vary.

Those of you who know me, know very well that I have a crazy-ass phobia of l…amps. Okay, not really lamps. But the mere act of writing the actual name of the thing that I have a phobia of makes me really crazy-paranoid and incapable of being touched for at least an hour. So for the purposes of this demonstration, we’re going to pretend that I have a phobia of lamps.

Let’s Step Into Normal Peopleville

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Now Step Into My World

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Let’s Recap

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Do I get that this is crazy? Yes. Do I really think lamps are going to attack me and kill me? No. But when I see a lamp, my entire brain gets hijacked by COMPLETE AND TOTAL MADNESS and there is nothing I can do about it.

Let’s put this in perspective.

There’s lots of things I find icky and gross and would not like crawling on me: spiders, creepy creatures. Assume you want to scare me and you decide to put a plastic spider on my bed as a good-natured prank.

General Fear

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Some other stuff I’m scared of:

  • Freefalling
  • Drowning

So My Biggest Fear:

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