Still Frightened After All These Years

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  1. Jeff Tracy

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    What can still frighten you. Not only in dreams. In everyday life or films or books. One of mine is clowns.
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    I've never understood the fear of clowns; I like clowns.

    I do have a fear of heights.
     
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    Ditto to both....
     
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    Riding in airplanes and violent, abusive people.
     
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    I won't put mine - you will only print pictures of them ............
     
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    AS IF I WOULD
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    I squinted at that one - just in case :p
    But no more posts on 'ere ...........
     
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    OK no more ikle pydees
     
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    The only things that really frighten me are tornadoes.

    @Jeff Tracy what are ikle pydees? Is that another example of the Englishters overusing vowels? :D
     
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    eensy weensy spiders
     
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    I didn't think I had any fears, but hurricane Harvey had me shaking in my rubber boots.:eek:
     
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    When I lived in the Midwest it was Mantis and Junebugs. Both loved me as much as I hated them, which was lots! Here its just heights, which is easily avoided. Nightmares used to be a problem, until maybe thirty years ago, when I learned how to terminate a dream at will.
     
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    Yeah, I learned to control my dreams and end them when I need to. Something about a war makes it a necessity for some people.
     
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    It is quite the useful skill to acquire, though it would of been a lot more useful to have had as a child, when dreams are the most intense. Never figured out why such things are not taught to children...guess people are too busy teaching history that may or may not have happened, and algebra that will most likely never be used.
     
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    Although I am extremely fond of history and math subjects, I do believe you might be onto something. If say, bio-feedback were to be wedged into the student curriculum at a fairly early age (pre-teen), I really believe the young cherubs would walk away with a root system of mental possibilities.
    At the present, even a student taking an introduction to Psychology in the teen years would not study dream control much less the finer aspects of bio-feedback.

    I didn't list any particular "fear" in my last post because I had to think about it. Other than the reason I learned to control whatever happens during REM, (and other cycles of sleep) I really do not have any type of phobia that I know of.
    In my estimation, the majority of fears point back to the fear of death for which I really have no regard whether it concerns my own demise or someone else's. Now, perhaps my inability to deliberately hurt myself might be seen as a fear. I am no dare devil but then if getting a boo boo is inevitable when I try to accomplish something and it stands in the way of achieving a goal, then boo boo it is but I still do not like it.
    Call it the Stoic in me, but it is what it is.
     
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    In my day the school system had a 'Health' class that was pretty useless, even though it was touted as teaching 'life skills', it actually taught a whole lot of nothing, but was good for napping. True life skills were not part of the public school system curriculum back then, and from what I hear, nothing much has improved...if anything its gotten worse. The only really useful class I recall was one called 'Critical Thinking, and I'm told it does not exist in schools today. I doubt dream-control, nor much else akin to real life skills will ever make it into the classroom.
     
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    Not much makes me afraid any more but I get uncomfortable about cancer.
     
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    I don't want it to sound like I am never afraid of anything because I am, but I don't know that I have any specific phobias. I wouldn't want them crawling or slithering all over the place, but I'm not particularly afraid of spiders or snakes. I am way more aware of the dangers in heights now than I used to be but, as a child, I climbed a radio tower with my cousin, and we hung a pair of long underwear from the antenna itself, at the top. I had to trust my cousin to keep me from falling while I used both hands to tie the knots. Yeah, that was scary but that was also a very stupid thing to do, so I think the fear was reasonable. Nowadays, I am afraid to get up on my roof, although I didn't mind that only ten years ago. Again though, I think that's reasonable since I am not as steady as I was a decade ago.

    I worked as a paramedic for twenty years, part of that time as a SWAT medic, meaning that we carried a big, scary assault rifle, and were trained to go in while the shooting was still going on. Unfortunately, I never really had the chance to do that. I say, unfortunately, because it might have been interesting. I carried the gun, but we were never actually called in until the shooting was over. Oddly enough, I very much hate being around blood and gore. As a paramedic, I would be busy so there wasn't really time to think about how disgusting it was. Vomit is worse than blood and gore, however.

    Knives scare me more than guns do. Not the knife itself, of course, but I think I'd rather have someone attack me with a gun than a knife. Unless, of course, I had a gun; then I'd want the attacker to have a knife, and not to be right next to me. Knives are more painful, I think. There again, I think it's reasonable to be afraid of someone attacking you with a knife or a gun.

    I can appreciate why some people find clowns to be creepy because they really are, kind of. But I'm not afraid of them.

    I tell myself that I shouldn't be, but I am afraid of death. I am a Christian and I think I have a pretty good chance of getting into heaven regardless of my faults, although I don't know what to expect there. Nevertheless, the uncertainties surrounding death scare me more than they intrigue me.

    But probably, the thing that scares me the most would be of being alone and unable to support myself. When I was in my late teens or my twenties, that would have been more of a discomfort than a fear, because I knew, then, that it would be a temporary condition. Being old, alone, and unable to support myself would be another matter, I think. Yeah, that's probably my greatest fear.

    Yeah, I know. None of these were dreams. I enjoy my dreams; even the ones that are trying to scare me.
     
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    On more than one occasion, the police have advised me about criminals with knives versus a gun. A person with a gun might or might not be really sure they actually want to hurt someone but a person with a knife....a whole different story. Generally, a person with a knife knows how to use it and is not afraid to do whatever damage he or she can do with it. A person with a knife generally enjoys close quarters combat.

    A scenario involving a thief carrying a large stick robbing a liquor store: Pointing at the till, the thief says to the owner, "give me the money". The owner said, "no". The thief then hits the store owner several times with the stick. The owner gave the thief the money.
    As the thief started to make his way out the door, the owner called him back and gave him $600.00 out of his wallet saying, "go out and buy yourself a gun because you're going to kill somebody with that stick".
     
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    I'd prefer a knife (or absolutely any other weapon) over a gun any day. Knives, broken bottles, baseball bat, etc., are reasonably easy to deal with...especially if you carry a fighting cane like I do. If you don't have a gun, about your only chance against one is first strike. You got to get to the guy before he can take it out, cock the hammer, get his finger on the trigger, point it at you, and squeeze. Most thugs that use a gun will make sure he is standing far enough away that this will not happen.
     
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    I have faced both and felt the effects of both. I would venture to say that about 99% of the population of the U.S., including militarily trained individuals, have no realistic clue what to do when one is faced with an adversary with a weapon of ANY type.
    Some think they know and have even imagined violent scenarios but the truth of the matter is that they really do not know what they will or will not do when subjected to the real deal.

    I not only have extensive military training but am extremely proficient with the discipline of Kenpo but nothing, no matter the training, can prepare a person for the mental attitude and experience of a potential assailant.
    Here's the thing. A person who is robbing someone with a gun will probably collect their money and goods and run off but a person with another type of weapon which demands close quarters to use, will probably rob the person and use the weapon just for kicks. Chances are, they really, really get off on blood shed and love the feel of it.
    I'm really not debating which one is better to be robbed by, but both scenarios have so many different aspects to them but the one whereby someone likes to see pain is a lot scarier than the one I might just question as to their ability to inflict pain or death.
     
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    Difference is, one you can fight, and have at least a 50/50 chance to win. Unless you got a gun, and can quick draw it faster than the attacker, your life or death is at his choice, and expecting mercy from a bully or thug is wishful thinking. My training in the martial arts well prepared me for dealing with most weapons, but I was well prepared before that. When I was 18 I got inducted into the Hells Angels by my stepfather, and spent near ten years in the club until he was killed. I then joined a traveling carnival, and spent around five years as a carny. I had so many fights during that time I no longer remember how many. Fighting is like anything else. The more experience you have, the better you get. Martial arts can teach you what to do, but cannot supply that most necessary component. There are martial arts competitions and such, but that is not nearly enough. In a street fight there are no rules, no lil point system, no referee. If you want to be able to really fight and consistently win, there is only one way to do it. Pa-kua or Kenpo or whatever are quite useful to learn, but such arts are like a diamond fresh mined...only a lot of direct experience can add that most vital polish that turns an ugly rock into a gem.

    As for a knife, it is no match against a rattan cane. A man with a knife has an attack range of around 3 feet 6 inch (that is 3 ft. arm length plus 6 inch knife). My arm is also about three feet long, but then add another three feet for my cane, and the problem for the attacker is how to 'bridge' me (overcome my 3 foot advantage). When I get a lot older and slower that might happen, but it never has to date.
     
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    I do not wish to go too far off topic, but just because I too worked with them, which carnival (s) did you travel with? Agent or Ride Jock? Never know, maybe we have met before!

    Perhaps I didn't go too far off topic after all. Some people are deathly afraid of some carnival rides and everyone should be really afraid of a good balloon agent.
     
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