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A totally illogical fear you had as a child

  • 25-01-2023 1:36am
    Registered Users Posts: 18,010 ✭✭✭✭recode the site

    It commenced when I started playing with my aunt’s ornaments. On a 1950s sea voyage via Africa to India she had gathered quite a lot of carvings, including a “negro lady” with nipples.

    As a two year old I thought nothing about playing with said figure until I started becoming maybe a bit too rough, whereupon my cousin declared “if you don’t stop that lady might bite”. Well that stopped me truly in my tracks and set a minor phobia for next several years.

    from the head of the elegant African carving I took it that every single detached head thingy could have the tendency to bite. Bear in mind this was 1960s where corpseless heads were in great demand to display hats.

    Then my mother & her sisters decided to open a small hat company, so I was to be exposed to any number of corpseless heads.

    i swear to heaven I saw such a head go like an automaton from pursed closed lips to open toothed smile in an instant right in front of me.

    Boys and girls, repeat after me 20 times: “I should have known, but I had to learn”.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,093 ✭✭✭johndaman66

    Same here and still unsure if I understand it.

    For me it was the boogie man. Not sure if that's actually a logical fear for a child to have though.

  • Registered Users Posts: 32,636 ✭✭✭✭Graces7

    "Creepie crawlies" as we called .. Far from a fan even now. I mean they are tiny

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  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 9,924 Mod ✭✭✭✭Say Your Number

    Seeing Earthquakes on telly scared the sh1te out of me, if only I knew there's virtually zero chance of a big one hitting here.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 180 ✭✭Schnooks

    Circus clowns and the dark. I remember being at the circus aged 3 - 4 I think, and the clowns were going along shaking hands with everyone at the edge of the ring. Jesus I was terrified as they came towards me. Can't remember how I handled it, but i know I was crying and terrified!

  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 15,608 Mod ✭✭✭✭Tabnabs

    Something about a mirror, a dark room and "bloody Mary"?

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,576 ✭✭✭NoviGlitzko

    The dark. Mostly the fear of the unknown in the dark. Scarred the **** outta me.

    Death, or more specifically corpses in coffins used to jilt me when I was younger.

    I used to think giant sunflowers were freaky, funnily enough.

  • Registered Users Posts: 69 ✭✭Ladybird25

    Ants, I was convinced they would come over night and cover me up and giving me thousands of tiny bites that I could not do anything about. Really don't know where it came from but it tormented me for years.

  • Registered Users Posts: 266 ✭✭Dslatt

    Paintings of old ships

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,305 ✭✭✭Loveinapril

    Getting my feet measured for shoes. I thought they would chop my feet off. The Clarkes ad with the girl in the forest in the late 80's or early 90's freaked me out!

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,032 ✭✭✭Padre_Pio

    I had a fear that someone would jump through my bedroom window and get me. A ninja or a burglar.

  • Registered Users Posts: 976 ✭✭✭Baybay

    The house I grew up in had a T shaped hallway with the front door at the bottom of the T, my bedroom to the right of the T & the kitchen, living room etc to the left.

    After dark, I galloped from my room to the kitchen in case God knows what might be at the front door, coming through the front door or already in the hall. It probably didn’t really help that the only light on was in the porch at the front door though there was a switch right outside my bedroom door that would have turned on big ceiling lights in all arms of the T!

    Although as an adult I didn’t run past the door at night, I had to make myself walk normally so I guess my irrational childhood fear stayed with me & I just controlled it a bit more!

    House is sold now & I don’t feel the same way about other doors, halls or porches but I can’t check if I’d still feel the same way.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 32,636 ✭✭✭✭Graces7

    In the light of that your username is briiliant....

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,772 ✭✭✭Demonique

    One of our neighbours had staird with gaps, I used to go through one of the gaps halfway up legs first and dropped to the ground

    When I was 13 the 1980s version of The Blob with Kevin Dillon and Dale from The Walking Dead was shown on either RTE 1 or RTE 2 (then network 2), I watched until the attack on the boyfriend in the hospital office, got freaked out and then spent the next few nights with the cover over my head to protect me, this was 1991/1992

    I saw it in full about 5 years ago and the effects in the rest of the film are really ropey, hospital scene doesnt freak me out now but its still pretty gruesome

  • Administrators, Entertainment Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 18,664 Admin ✭✭✭✭✭hullaballoo

    I had a strange one that haunted me for years - being surrounded by rotisserie racks that they used to cook rotisserie chickens on in the supermarket (Quinsworth).

    This kinda crack here:

  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 11,888 Mod ✭✭✭✭JupiterKid

    The dark at night - my room had a corner in it that I couldn't see fully around from my bed so my vivid and very active imagination would populate it with evil rotting corpses and monsters out to get me! Requests for a night light were ignored... (this was the 1980s and little boys were supposed to "man up" about these things).

    Also car washes - the claustraphobic feeling as a small child aged 5 or 6 of being trapped in the car inside the car wash as the brushes came down would have me crying.

    I also hated/feared circus clowns.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,068 ✭✭✭paddydriver

    That Jaws was gonna come up out of my toilet and get me.. lots of the above too. If we ever got to go on a foreign holiday (which was probably only about twice for Malta 1980 and France 1983, with the caravan in tow..) I needed to know there was no risk from Volcano's, Earthquakes or Tidal Waves (Tsunami wasn't a word back then..). Quicksand was scary too

    Pictures of old ships too.. used to go into Xtra-vision on way home from school to look at the covers.. was a movie called Death Ship in 1980 (I just Googled it) and that freaked me out.. along with the Cannibal movies too... not forgetting too that Xtra-vision always had hot girls behind the counter and they all got to drive nice jeeps.. I was barely 10 years old but knew what I was looking at!

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,398 ✭✭✭ZX7R

    Terrified of the noise from a flush toilet as a child.

    Also was Terrified of a picture of the vergin Mary it was on the wall of my bedroom as a young child she always appeared to move her hand.

  • Moderators, Arts Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 10,358 Mod ✭✭✭✭Hellrazer

    This is a weird one but mine was (still is) cheese.

    To this day I wont eat cheese or even let it near my plate. I have been known to have a bit of a meltdown if I get a burger with cheese or am even asked to put it on one of the kids sandwiches / burgers.

    It stems from a program I remember seeing as a young kid - I think it was Tomorrows world or something where they had this Italian cheese with like flies or maggots jumping out of it and crawling through it and as clear as day I can still see the maggots in this blokes moustache as he was eating this stuff. I know its not every cheese but that stayed with me for close to 40 years and I still wont touch the stuff or anything thats even touched the cheese has to be literally boiled before Ill use it again.

    So you could say I have fromageaphobia.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,567 ✭✭✭bmc58

    I read it once and I thought what the fu€k.Skipped quickly to another thread.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,434 ✭✭✭victor8600


    Also death from a nuclear blast, totally irrational, I should have feared that I would survive but then die within weeks from the radiation poisoning.