Do you or anyone you know have any animal phobias?
My mom has a phobia of snakes. Even if she knows it's harmless the sight of one will cause her intense trauma and make her shut down for days. I asked if she had a traumatic experience with snakes and she said no, and angrily insists hers is the normal reaction and I'm the strange one.
My grandmother is terrified of snakes because she came from the third world and lived in a village and she's convinced that a snake sucked the life energy of her neighbour
Does being afraid of morons count? I always tense up whenever one gets close to me in the wild.
Your mom's retarded, and as such you likely are too. I recommend comitting not alive immediately.
I don't like grasshoppers. When I was 12 my then-26-year-old sister got my 5-year-old niece and they chased me into my bedroom before shoving a massive grasshopper under the locked door, laughing hysterically while I had a fucking meltdown. Now I work with my sister and have to pretend that I give a shit about either of them.
You don't need a traumatic experience to have a phobia, I'm afraid of millipedes and they've done nothing to me. I have no idea why because the damn things can't hurt you in any way, maybe it's my defective monkey brain misdirecting a fear of snakes?
It's not so intense that you can't post a pic of one.
Some people can't even stand to save a pic.
I feel like people misuse the term phobia too much. Arachnophobia in particular. There's situations where they need to just work on growing a pair rather than dismiss something as an inherent fear.
I recall also hearing that trypophobia isn't a legit phobia, and just amounts to squeamishness.
My girlfriend has a phobia of isopods. Doesn't matter if it's a little woodlouse under some wood or a giant isopod at the bottom of the sea, she can't stand them. I don't know what caused it or how I even found out about it but at least they're easy to avoid in daily life.
imagine if you were human and this thing walked up to you
i'm terrified of wasps, and very grossed out by snails. i can't even look at snails on the ground without getting shivers. snakes and spiders are fine, though. both my parents have phobias that i think are kind of unusual as well.
>on a cruise ship with mom
>go hang out on deck
>seagull flies relatively near us
>mom loses it
>get startled because mom is such a calm person normally
>mom covers her head with her hands and runs back inside, screaming
i had no idea she had bird phobia and she doesn't like talking about it. but when i tried to push it once, she just said they're disgusting and she can't stand them. i love birds and think they're adorable, i've even taken care of injured birds as a kid. no wonder mom hated it when i did that.
and then there's my dad.
>be me, a kid with a hamster
>it was dad's idea to get me one, and he helps me take care of it
>be kinda indifferent to the thing
>one day, in my room, handling the hammy
>dad walks in
>"heya kiddo how's hammy?"
>sits on my bed
>i release hampter to roam on my floor
>it wanders, unexpectedly turns towards my dad's feet
>dad gets startled, quickly pulls his feet up on the bed
>what the fuck is dad afraid of the thing???
>"it's not gonna hurt you dad"
>dad looks at me, then looks away ashamed
>denies being afraid of it
>leaves shortly after
it's really funny to me that him, at the time a professional bodybuilder, was afraid of his kid's hamster. what was going on in his head when he insisted on getting me the thing? i've never confronted him about this since it would really hurt his pride, but i do think about that moment in my room from time to time.
I know that generic squeamishness isn't the same thing as a straight up phobia, but is being squeamish one of those things that women are more hardwired to be than men?
The little baby spiders that can paraglide are nightmarish
My dad is insanely arachnophobic because of a life event where after doing some work in a crawlspace he realized he was absolutely covered in baby spiders.
I have no animal phobia, so I generally don't get it. I tried to emulate what happened by allowing a colony of cockroaches to crawl on me but all I did was get itchy. I have multiple """"pet"""" hose spiders that I charge rent. They need to eat flies or I evict them.
I see them roaming about regularly in the hidden corners of my house.
I have snakes that will often times free roam in my room. I really wish I had a pet crow or bird but then I realized the snakes might eat them.
not exactly a phobia, but fuck wasps, they always materialize the second i try to eat dinner outside, i can't chill while they're constantly trying to smear their nasty wasp asses all over my food
I don't understand snake phobias.
>"muzzle" & mouth
>flat scales, smooth body
>shape-wise, looks like a loose rope, cable, or cord dropped on the ground
>not silent and fairly chunky, easy to ward or seal yourself off from them
>no arms and legs for grabbing you
>you're only in danger if it's looking right at you
>recognizable as an animal
>too many eyes
>no mammal physiognomy, just a machine of enormous exposed fangs and prehensile mandibles for a face
>jagged body, sharp joints, covered in fine spines or slimy gloss
>100% silent and small enough to go anywhere around you & your house
>too many legs, can navigate any surface and grasp on to you
>no safe angle of approach
>not recognizable as an animal, more like a suspended platform of killing and organs
>only cute when simplified to a chibi artstyle, or sometimes the very tiny ones with fun colours that dance around
I must be missing something but it seems far more natural to have a spider phobia than a snake phobia
Jumping spiders defy phobias. They are too cute.
Probably the part where snakes not only ate our ancestors, but evolved to blind us in particular. You probably have an instinct to recognize every squiggly thing as a snake until you do a double take and people who think they're special often have weird primal fear dreams when sleeping near snakes.
There is nothing evolutionary about snake phobias, that's a pseudo-scientific myth. Lots of people aren't even scared of them.
>I don't understand snake phobias
tl;dr it's monkeybrain stuff
>be early hominid
>walk around alot in grasslands
>be upright so you can see OVER the grass to pick out prey
>snakes are cryptic predators that are ALSO predated on, so they like to hide both from what they're hunting and what's hunting them
>they also hang out in grasslands, but at ground level so humans are almost certainly never looking at them
>again, they're cryptic predators so they're hard to see even when you ARE looking for them, pic related.
>end up stomping your monkey foot right in front of a snake
>snake goes "OH GOD FUCK" and chomps on your ankle
Two things will now occur - you will either:
>be fine apart from a few little pin pricks on your ankle
>spend the next 20 minutes to 2 hours dying in agony as your flesh starts to swell, or rot, or swell AND rot, or your nervous system slowly shuts down
>there is no way to stop it
>the sum total of all human knowledge at this point is "whatever the oldest guy in the group can remember" so even if you got a good look at the snake or still have it, you probably still have no idea which of the two things is going to happen
>you might not know even if you know if it's a bad snake or a harmless one because even bad snakes can "dry bite" and not envenomate you, and YOU DONT KNOW THIS and there's no way to find that out
So people who were more cautious around snakes in general probably had a far better go of things than those that werent, whether they had a ton of dangerous snakes in their area or not.
To add to this, to this day snakes kill a person every 5 minutes
okay but where the fuck is the snake
im just a little afraid of any erratic flying bugs like crane flies, moths, and butterflies. i hate crane flies creepy long legs but i think moths are very cool when they aren't flapping about
roommate is 6'2. 370lbs and he runs like a toddler at the sight of a spider. I'd make fun of him for it if arachnophobia wasn't so common. it sucks too since spiders are cool as fuck and mostly harmless.
At what point would you say that it's a phobia and not just squeamishness?
Squeamishness just makes you not want to touch/go near the thing. A phobia activates your fight or flight response to the point where your brain becomes absolute fucking non-functional when you see the thing you're afraid of.
Release like 200 huntsman spiders into the place one night
Your mom is kind of retarded
Sure, but she makes up for it with the quality and frequency of fresh hot cream pies.
I'm not afraid of ghosts
I'm not afraid of sharks
I'm not afraid of cancer
I'm just afraid of snakes!
They really freak me out
Where are their arms and legs?
It's not okay!
It is okay