I have never been diagnosed by a doctor for the following phobias but, I have sure had some really weird experiences with them.
Acrophobia is an extreme or irrational fear of heights.
Every boy has had the experience of going to their favorite tree and swinging on a rope that was tied to a branch. The object was to throw the rope out and when it returned, you were supposed to jump for it and swing way out. My problem was that I would throw the rope out and jump for it at the same time. Never did catch that rope.
One day I was painting my house and everything was going fine until I got up to the peak. My senses told me that if the ladder should fall, my car would stop it. Not a chance. The ladder fell and didn’t even touch the car. My wife just thought I was mad as I screamed all the way to the ground. It wasn’t until she saw all of the neighbors running towards the house that she realized that something was wrong.
Apiphobia is a fear of bees
My dad and I were following behind my uncle who was mowing down his hay with a horse drawn mower when he hit a bee hive. My dad jumped a six foot fence like it wasn’t there. Me? I stood there screaming at the top of my lungs.( Hey, I was only seven years old.) My poor father had to come back and rescue me. I had a belt of bees around my waist and my dad grabbed a broom to swat them off of me. Each time he swung, I took off running. My uncle was in hysterics, my dad was yelling at me, and I was still screaming.
Arachnophobia the fear of spiders
I was stationed in Korat, Thailand and living in a squad tent. If you do not know anything about Thailand, the one thing that you need to know is that almost everything that walks, crawls, or flies is poisonous. So, one night while crawling into my bunk (actually it was a cot), I saw something move in my mosquito netting. It was one huge spider. I didn’t stay around to see if it was poisonous or not. I left the tent post haste.
Astraphobia is an abnormal fear of thunder and lightning
I tried convincing my wife that you should’t take a bath during a thunder storm. So, in order to prove this theory, I got in the tub one night during a severe electrical storm. Everything was fine with the flashes of lightning and clapping of thunder. Then I slid under the water to rinse off and placed my feet on the tap when a bolt of lightning exploded and knocked me out of the tub and up against the bathroom door. The fact that it blew the light fixture off of the wall at the same time and everything went dark, I thought I was dead. From then on we avoided taking baths during storms.
Atychiphobia is the irrational fear of failure.
All of the positive thinkers tell you that failure helps you learn. Well, the only thing I learned from my failures is the fact that I am a failure. I failed at marriage so many times that I feel like a baseball player…always getting traded.
Claustrophobia is the fear of having no escape and being closed in
While sliding into the MRI machine, my legs went straight up in the air. The technician asked, “Are you alright Mr. Reynolds?”
“Except for not being able to breath, I am doing fine.” I responded.
Musophobia Fear of mice and rats
I am no different than a woman when it comes to mice and rats. I can jump on a table just as fast as they can.
Last but not least, there is even a phobia defined as the fear of phobias…Phobophobia