Cut me some slack. We’ve all got those random fears that annoy us. And yes, they may be irrational, but there’s always an opportunity to make light of these “fears” of mine. I wouldn’t consider these my greatest fears, but they’ve definitely been there for a long time. (I won’t be hurt if you make fun of me, so feel free. I’ll just get you back.) Here’s my three irrational fears:
1) Long Hallways
The fear of hallways is actually associated with the fear of depth. The technical term used for this fear is “bathophobia”. As far as I know, (and I’m no expert), the cause of bathophobia is yet to be determined. I don’t have an extreme case of it, but I definitely have it to some level. If I’m in a large room, facing a long hallway, or near the deep end of a pool (see fear #3), I begin to have scary visuals. Sometimes I almost feel like I’m being watched or that something wrong is going to happen. It’s nothing serious, once I distract myself with something else it will go away, but it’s something that’s stood out ever since I was younger.
Hello darkness my old friend...
Alright, most of us know what this is like, but usually we grow out of this fear by my age! Again, once I distract myself with something else I can easily ignore it, but I’ve often wondered if this fear is connected with the fear of the unknown. (Or maybe the fear of being watched.) This may be connected with my being shy as a kid and never wanting to be noticed, so the fear that someone is watching without me knowing is a scary thought to me.
3 - Water
This is the one that always surprises people. You think you’re funny, but yes I drink it, and yes, I take showers. So to clarify: I’m scared of being submerged underwater.
An interesting fact about water is that in dream interpretation, water represents an overflow of emotions in the subconscious mind. Dreams about floods, rain, or tsunamis are often associated with intense emotional events. I’ve had more dreams about water than anything else, so, I wonder if there’s some kind of connection in my subconscious. There was no traumatizing event as a child (I’ve never come close to drowning or anything like that) so my guess is that it’s something within the subconscious.
So there you have it.