Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Spheksophobia



Spheksophobia. A fear of wasps.

 They say that phobias are an irrational fear. I say KILL ALL THE WASPS in the world with fire. Hell, kill everything that even looks like a wasp in the whole galaxy. (Irrational? Moi?)

I have had this fear of bees and wasps since I was a child. I nearly threw myself off a cliff in Lanzarote once as a wasp-like flying thing got within 20ft of me. (I think once their hearts started beating properly again my parents were tempted to throw me off the cliff as well) 

I KNOW that the worst a wasp can do is sting me, and luckily I am not allergic (I don't think I am anyway, and I'm in no rush to find out) but that doesn't stop me being absolutely petrified of them.

What exactly do wasps bring to the party anyway? Bees I understand. But wasps are just evil. Even in cartoons, bees are cuddly and cute and wasps are the devil in a stripy jumper. (Kind of like a psychopathic Where's Wally?) I have to admit, I am struggling to see why we need wasps at all.

And what is with their ability to sting me hundreds of times? A bee? It stings once and then it tears its own intestines out as if to repent. A wasp? The wasp has no remorse, in fact it comes back and does it again. Bastards.

What I am thinking at this moment is that my fear is not so irrational.


Now some people have phobias of things such as clowns, rollercoasters and even balloons, whereas others have phobias of spiders, snakes and water. No phobia in my eyes is worse than another, if you are scared of something, you are scared.


So what I want to know today, to make me feel better, seeing as I have still not found the carcass of the part wasp, part butterfly that I sprayed to death in my living room last night is, what is YOUR phobia?


Is there anything that scares you? Or have you had a phobia and managed to get over it?

Let me know.





Big Fashionista x x



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  1. Sadly, I have a few. What made me laugh is the fact that I developed a fear of balloons. Not the balloons themselves, just blowing them up, with helium or by mouth. Now that's irrational. I used to make these amazing balloon arches and displays at work. And then one day I just couldn't. I was literally terrified of the balloon popping in my face as it was being blown up. I am almost ashamed to admit, that as a grown woman, the thought of blowing up a balloon brings me out in a cold sweat.

    Just. Can't. Do. It.

    I know the worst they can do is make my hair all static (although, that is pretty bad) but I can't shake this one. I do have a few others, like spiders and clowns etc, but balloons is the strangest!

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  2. Spiders. I was fine with them until my brother put one on my face whilst I was asleep. I woke up with it trying to get in my mouth..... I was seven.
    I have tried hypnotherapy, meditation and other various things and they still scare the crap out of me.

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    1. Heights, drowning, burning. Was afraid of spiders and moths but have gotten over that. Oh and collar bones sticking out. You know when someone's far too thin and their collarbone would almost take your eye out? Sadly in the size zero obsessed society there seems to be more sightings. Well I can't look at them.

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  3. I have a phobia of china dolls, I don't know why I have this fear, but I do & there is no rational reason behind it. I have been known to flee a shop when confonted by shelves full of them. The last time it must have been an amusing sight for other customers in the shop. Seeing a grown man clad in leathers, with cut down & new rocks going white as a sheet, crying out 's***, china dolls' and running hell for leather out of there. Needless to say I have never been back since. Even the thought of them sends a shiver down my spine.

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  4. To add to the (appropriate) terror, when a wasp stings you it releases a pheromone that tells the other wasps in the nest to attack and sting you. I hate wasps too. Bastards

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    1. WHY WOULD YOU TELL ME THAT!!!!

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    2. I hear buzzing at night24 August 2013 at 12:57

      I have spheksophobia too. I disturbed a nest of hornets when I was 8 and they swarmed and almost killed me.

      We have a nest near our house (and I don't know where it is) and can't open the windows at night because those mother-effers keep swarming in! I know you can appreciate the sheer terror of hearing a tapping at the window and seeing literally dozens of wasps aggressively trying to get in.

      Another fun fact: if you kill a wasp, the pheromone it releases to call other wasps to its aid can attach itself to your clothing, and if you happen to walk too close to a nest in that clothing, you can set off an attack.

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  5. I don't know if my comment made it or died, like wasps should ...

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  6. I am TERRIFIED of wet tissue. I feel sick just writingt he word!!

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  7. Ketchup! It's the Devil. Can't touch or eat anything it's been on. I can't be near people who are eating it. The smell makes me physically sick too. Yeah, it's an odd one!

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  8. Sheep. I get ripped so bad for it but I am terrified of sheep! A group of them tried to herd me off a cliff when I was younger and I've been terrified since then!

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    1. Fluffy little demons. Is it just sheep or lambs too?

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  9. Massively petrified of birds. Birds outside, apart from pigeons are ok. Pigeons are not. They are bastards. People who have caged birds that they let fly freely in the house, christ no, just no. I also have the balloon fear. But not of blowing them up, but of them being blown up and then let go so they whizz around the room, scares the living crap out of me. I am convinced that if a whizzing balloon comes near me it will suck me inside it and I'll be trapped. Doesnt get more irrational than that. Here's a graphic representation of just how irrational... Ballon = . Me = O.

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  10. I can't tell the difference between wasps and bees. But for me it's snakes - wowza - yyikes, i had post traumatic stress disorder for days after just seeing one on a road...

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  11. Giraffes and being late. Yup. And moths.

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    1. Giraffes? It's the neck isn't it? Impossible to trust anything with a neck that long.

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  12. Needles and in hypodermic, not knitting, which is why I will never have children or go to exotic countries.

    Also bizarrely baked beans, people think this is funny, it is not, bean juice is the most disgusting thing.

    And a few other things that mean my biggest fear would be being injected in the eyeball with baked beans by a hairy backed clown

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  13. Maggots. Even the word is fucking disgusting.

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  14. I deal with a lot of phobias as a hypnotherapist, wasps is among the more common ones. I actually used hypnosis to get over my own fear of moths years ago, which was mostly successful but took practice. As a child I had a fear of bubbles (the washing up liquid type) too, but I seemed to just lose that with age. Both NLP and TFT are good tools for phobias too.

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    1. Funnily enough, my dad the Wasp Phobic who made me wasp phobic by association, is a hypnotherapist. I wonder if he gets any clients who are scared of wasps. I shall have to ask him.

      I hate moths too. It's all that dustiness and flapping *shudders*

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  15. Yes, I know I'm called Bag_of_Bees, but I am terrified of bees and wasps. TERRIFIED.

    If one comes anywhere near me, I scream and run and flap and cry. I hyperventilate if one is in the same room then have to RUN.

    I get it from my dad. He screams and runs like a girl if a bee or wasp so much as looks at him.

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  16. Clowns. Just no, you freaky bastards.

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  17. Escelators. When I was a very small child I saw a program where people had got hands/arms/feet caught in escelators and suffered really bad injuries. I am convinced that those metal teeth are going to trap my feet at the top of escelator. Second one is heights, or more specifically falling from a height. My absolute nightmare is the London underground with their F**k off high evil metal feet eating ones!!!
    A new development is the moving walkways you get in large supermakets (the ones you can put your trolly on) They may not have 'teeth' like steps but I know they still want to eat me!

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  18. I'm terrified of people that dress up as stuff (ie Pudsey bear, or team mascots). I got chased round a craft fair by a man dressed as the blue rabbit out of Henry's Cat when I was younger and it's broken me for life. I went to watch Norwich play a few years ago and the mascot Canary waved and came over while I stared at the floor and willed him to go away. He thought it was funny, I did not.

    I'm also scared of remote control cars. I think this is because I used to be chased round the house by my sibling's cars - I used to jump on the sofa and just stand there screaming like the woss that I am.

    Oh and e-fits. I'm terrified of e-fits.

    xx

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