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    When I was a child, I was very fearful that vampires were real and they hung out underneath my bed. I would make my bed (or get my Mom to help) so that the top sheet would be really taut around my feet, but I hated to do that because I felt also like I was suffocating. I felt the need to do that because I normally like sleeping with my feet hanging off my bed.

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    When I was 7-9 I was afraid of being abducted by aliens.

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    Oh, I have Asperger's, so I had loads of weird fears as a child:
    • Exhaust fans.
    • Hand dryers.
    • Going through car washes.
    • Vacuum cleaners.
    • The flashing red light on smoke detectors.
    • Yellow bathtubs.

    Don't ask me why I had these fears...I honestly don't know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy View Post
    When I was a child, I was very fearful that vampires were real and they hung out underneath my bed. I would make my bed (or get my Mom to help) so that the top sheet would be really taut around my feet, but I hated to do that because I felt also like I was suffocating. I felt the need to do that because I normally like sleeping with my feet hanging off my bed.

    *sheepish grin*
    I know, whatever, it's insane! It makes me laugh thinking about it!
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    I've been afraid of flying, stinging insects for a long time. I think it was based on hearing/reading stories about people getting stung a billion times by such insects. I've never been stung by a bee, wasp, hornet, or any such insect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy View Post
    I know, whatever, it's insane! It makes me laugh thinking about it!
    I just keep thinking of the Lost Boys and giggling! totally awesome!
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    I jumped off a swing when I was little and broke out all of my front teeth. I have sense been afraid of heights in a manner that defies logic.
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    I feared making phone inquiries -- which is odd, since I now relish calling to negotiate with or confront a business or institution.

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    One lifelong fear that carried over from childhood, is that I was always paranoid about being stabbed in the eye.

    I find it very difficult now to be near someone holding a pointed object like a pencil. I can't function until I tell them to put it down. I've even reeled back at just innocuous things as cartoon barbed wire on TV.

    But when I was a kid I had the nagging thought that because I had this fear meant that one day I would be stabbed in the eye.
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    For some reason, I have trouble remembering my childhood fears.

    But there are a few I still have, that I know I had from childhood:

    • Death
    • Heights
    • Speed
    • Clowns (to a lesser extent)

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