Irrational Phobias or OCD-ness

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  1. Davidko19

    Davidko19 Senior member

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    Live fish, my completely irrational fear *shudder*

    me too! Never even touched one. I have nightmares about being caught in the middle of a school of fish. Gross.
     
  2. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff grrrrrrrr!!

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    I picked this up after working at a grocery store. The first item on the shelf was generally something that the customer did not want or was a return. After seeing all the disgusting things people brought back I started reaching for the back.

    here is the thing i dont like:

    the bathroom aisle at target or grocery store. lot of these products: toothpastes, lotions, shampoos, gels, sprays, etc
    dont come with any tamper seal
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    dont come with any breakable seal to show that it wasnt sampled. you pop open a bottle of shampoo and you see the spout is surrounded with shampoo residue, then you know it had been squeezed on one occasion or another.
    who knows some malicious kid, spits into it and shakes it up.


    that is why i reach for the back for these types of items.


    everything else, i dont mind taking the first.
     
  3. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

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    (...) Also, I consistently pat my back pocket to make sure I still have my wallet. And I'm constantly scared of losing something from the bag I take to work. It's become a habit to check all my things several times during my commute. This may not be completely unfounded, though. I have a habit of losing things.

    Wow. I do this quite a bit as well. Multiple times before I leave the office, no less. Before I leave the house, or lock the car.

    One time many years ago I met up with my then-gf in a parking lot and we took her car to the movies. About an hour into the movie I felt around for my keys - nowhere to be found. I borrowed her car and raced back to the bank parking lot and there they were - in the ignition.

    I had no trouble retrieving them, since I had taken the doors off the Jeep earlier in the day.
     
  4. Rambo

    Rambo Senior member

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    I had no trouble retrieving them, since I had taken the doors off the Jeep earlier in the day.
    [​IMG]
     
  5. crazyquik

    crazyquik Senior member

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    Also, I consistently pat my back pocket to make sure I still have my wallet.

    I do the man-pat pretty often. Stand up, and slightly tap each from hip pocket and back pocket.

    Keys.Cellphone.Wallet. Check.Check.Check.

    If the FBI were observing me they would find it a quite strange ritual [​IMG]
     
  6. robbie

    robbie Pleading Poverty

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    clowns and/or people with what I feel is synthetic happiness/laughter
     
  7. Matt

    Matt [email protected]

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    personally, I am petrified of birds. No idea why. It has, over the years, been the source of considerable amusement to my friends.
     
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    clowns and/or people with what I feel is synthetic happiness/laughter

    Ooooh, good one.
     
  9. Milhouse

    Milhouse Senior member

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    I wouldn't call it a phobia or OCD, but I too check my pockets quite a bit to make sure my wallet, phone and keys are available.

    I dated a girl that lost everything all the time. I have no idea how many phones she went through, and she would get spare car and house keys in groups of 5 usually. She lost her driver's license for months one time. At various times I'd be cleaning my apartment and find something of hers randomly tucked in strange places. I could understand a car key in the cushions of my couch, but seriously, I found one of her frequent shopper cards under my computer keyboard once. How the hell did it get there?

    So, after spending time with someone like that, I got worried about losing my stuff all the time. Thus, keys, phone and wallet always go in the same pockets and I can do the quick pat and determine if they are all still there or not.
     
  10. odoreater

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    styrofoam. I won't touch the stuff. Don't know why I hate it so much.

    and birds. i hate birds. I tried to get over it once by getting a couple of pet parakeets. I ended up covering their cage with a shirt and then I gave them away so they wouldn't die.
     
  11. Biggskip

    Biggskip Senior member

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    When I pass by people in the corridors of my condominium at night, I always take my hands out of my pockets so I can attack them, should they try to stab (or attack in general) me.

    Guilty.

    Also, I consistently pat my back pocket to make sure I still have my wallet. And I'm constantly scared of losing something from the bag I take to work. It's become a habit to check all my things several times during my commute.

    And guilty. I've been on vacation for the past week and I have checked for my passport 15-20 times a day. Also, while on vacation (and especially if in a foreign country) I have an irrational fear of being pickpocketed.
     
  12. JLibourel

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    Interesting that several of you express a phobia about birds. I've known a few fellows and more women who have that. Women seem to have a great horror of birds' getting tangled in their hair. They make rather treacherous pets. My African grey will still nail me from time to time, but at other times he can be quite affectionate. I've had him 23 1/2 years.

    It must be really rough for people who are phobic about dogs and cats. I had a friend at Oxford who was phobic about both. I was walking my Tosa Dempsey past a bus stop one day and one old woman started jumping up and down and flailing her arms, exclaiming, "I'm afraid of dogs! I'm afraid of dogs!" D. walked past her disdainfully. I don't think she was playing with a full deck generally. I have a certain amount of sympathy for such people. I get an uneasy feeling when I see some show-off going about in public places with a boa constrictor, python or anaconda draped around him, as I have from time to time.

    Aristotle mentioned that in his day some people were pathologically afraid of ferrets and weasels. I believe they were more popular as pets in ancient Greece and Rome than today but were largely displaced by cats starting around the beginning of the Common/Christian Era.

    One animal that has a benign, popular image that gives me the creeps is the elephant. If they weren't such a familiar animal, we would certainly perceive them as grotesque and monstrous. They are very flighty and capricious, and they can kill you in so many different ways. It is interesting that in most zoos, only keepers that volunteer for the duty are assigned to the elephants. The snakes are the only other group of animals where this is operative. I was once given a private tour of Tippi Hedren's Shambala animal preserve. They had an African elephant there. My companions, Mike and Yvonne Venturino (whose names may be familiar to some of you), went ahead and fed the elephant treats and petted it. I happened to know that that that damn elephant had on one occasion crushed Tippi's leg, so I stood back. Jack Lott told me he thought I was prudent to have done so.
     
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    I'm OCD about almost everything.

    inb4 someone quotes my post, deletes the almost, and says "ftfy"
     
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    Jekyll Senior member

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    how bout at the buffet line, do you not take the top plate?

    Never!
     

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