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    Default Childhood fears

    Do you remember having any unrealistic fears as a child? I had some...

    1. I believed that if I stopped focusing on reality, it would fade away into nothing. So I was especially scared that I would forget about breathable air and/or gravity when I fell asleep. Or even wake up in a random, possibly dangerous area if I didn't remember anything about where I fell asleep.

    2. I was afraid to walk on grass or dirt.

    3. I would become afraid of and avoid specific empty areas of space for no apparent reason. I would start to believe for some reason that something dangerous was there even though I couldn't see it, and that it would harm me if I got too close, but it wouldn't affect other people.

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    Most of my fears were pretty realistic, however I was afraid of accidentally killing ants or other insects, cause I thought that they might come back in life and in human-like size to revenge me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lastrailway View Post
    I thought that they might come back in life and in human-like size to revenge me.

    I had the same fear, it didn't stop me killing them though. Sadism is its own reward.

    I remember being scared of gravity stopping and floating away into the atmosphere. I also used to worry that if I went to sleep I might wake up as somebody else and have no memory of being myself.
    Why do we always come here?

    I guess we'll never know.

    It's like a kind of torture,
    To have to watch this show.

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    My biggest fear was the darkness.

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    I was afraid of being alone. Or rather that I would wake up one morning to find that everyone was gone. Our son seems to have a fear of me dying. He says he doesn't want me to get old because then I'll die. I just reassure him by telling him that I'm not going to die.
    Time is a delicate mistress.

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    They come when you sleep.

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    I was afraid of falling asleep, and being trapped in my own dreams forever.

    Also I was afraid of toilet snakes.

    I still believe there would be nothing worse then if snake bit you in the ass while you were handling your business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildcat View Post
    They come when you sleep.
    Who are they? And why do they come?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silently Honest View Post
    I was afraid of falling asleep, and being trapped in my own dreams forever.
    Now you mentioned it, my little sister, when she was very young, she was afraid that if she slept, she'd die. Me being younger too, I didn't know how to make her realise her that, by putting her to bed, I didn't want her dead or something. She'd cry a lot every night. At a point I had promised her to watch her all night while she's sleeping and, if I saw her dying, I'd wake her up.
    An absurd promise, but she was young enough to believe me.

    Quote Originally Posted by athenian200 View Post
    Who are they? And why do they come?
    (I think) Childhood fears and because some of them are buried in the subconscious.

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    hmmm... I was afraid of plants with large leaves as a child, but I still am now, so that one could be considered a lifelong fear!

    I was afraid of the basement at night if the lights weren't turned on (though not afraid of the dark )

    my mother tried hard to terrify my sister and I about the dangers of getting kidnapped and dismembered by strangers driving down our rural road, but the best she got from us was a new game titled "duck and cover as soon as possible when seeing a strange car- the one with the most creative hiding place wins!" the most creative hiding place could very well be right beside the road

    ummm... I really wasn't afraid of much as a kid! nothing that didn't carry over to adulthood anyways! (like clowns, facepaint, mimes, alarm clocks and plants! )
    “Oh, we're always alright. You remember that. We happen to other people.” -Terry Pratchett

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