Why our irrational fears are totally rational

By: Sarah and Kaitlyn

Some people are afraid of heights. A lot of people are afraid of spiders or snakes. Tons of people are afraid of death. But, how many people do you know that are afraid of glitter?

……….probably none.

There are indeed fears that many people share. These fears are deemed “rationale” fears. There are also fears that, for one reason or another, make no sense. These are “irrational” fears. We don’t know why they happen or how we become afraid of them, but it seems like everyone has at least one fear that is so bizarre and inexplicable.

Here’s a list of some of our irrational fears. We’ll let you guess which are Sarah’s and which are Kaitlyn’s.

1. Cotton Balls

The sound. The texture. The way they pull apart. Everything about cotton balls makes my skin crawl. I haven’t touched a cotton ball in years and when I think about touching one, I almost start crying.

2. Barnacles.

Do you guys realize when a barnacle attaches to a whale, IT. NEVER. LETS. GO. That’s so disgusting and horrible and makes me want to puke. When I think about barnacles, I picture them sucking onto my body, encompassing the whole thing and never leaving. Gross. Also, I can’t watch any of the Pirates movies with Boot Strap Bill in them because of the barnacle-like things on his face.

3. Glitter

I want to like glitter. I really do. It’s pretty and it’s on nearly everything I like. But it attacks. The second you’re near glitter, every piece of it sticks to you and it never, never, NEVER comes off. You can wash your hands a thousand times and take a couple showers and yet it is still there. That’s not right. That’s horrifying. Needless to say, prom dress shopping was awful.

4. Pictures of Sharks

The irrational thing about this one is that I think sharks are pretty darn cool. They’re practically dinosaurs and are totally fascinating creatures. Growing up, I was obsessed with Jaws. But now, pictures and films with sharks in them make my heart skip a beat and I seriously feel like the world’s about to end. Maybe that’s because they all look like they’re about to eat my face off…

We’re not the only weird people in the world, though. Take these examples:

Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia is the fear of long words (har har har, good one fear-namers). The fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth? That’s arachibutyrophobia. If you have a fear of chins, you’re a geniophobic.

See? We’re not that weird.

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We're Sarah and Kaitlyn, roommates from Milwaukee who started this blog to promote creativity and life.
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