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What do you do when you are scared?

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  1. Satya

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    I'm just curious if different types react differently.
     
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    It depends on what I'm scared of.

    But if I had to pull an answer out of my ass, I usually just avoid it or weasel out of it if I can.

    If I can't I deal with it.
     
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    I try to rationalise it and convince myself that either there's nothing to be scared of or there's nothing I can do by feeling scared.

    I actually love the feeling of fear and adrenaline pumping through my body (as long as I’m not about to die) and get a sick kinda rush from it :mrgreen:

    That said I don't do really scary movies.
     
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    Now that I think about it, I think my initial reaction to fear is to freeze. To freeze and to demand silence in my mind. I guess I go into sensor mode. Fear tells me that there is no time for mucking around so I go into full alert. Fear can definitely wake a person up!
    When I get a shock of fear or a surprise attack I see myself reacting much like the guy in the picture thread with the tennis ball heading straight for him!
     
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    That always depends on the stimulus and if anyone else is there. At work? Compartmentalize and deal with it-patients' needs come first. Me and others afraid together? I'm the strongest link-again, others tend to come first. Me afraid by myself, or the only one? Total mental freeze-down. There's no one else to distract me from myself . .
     
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    For scolionophobia, I occasionally chuck a sickie because "my head always feels heavy."

    If I've been reading harry potter up late, I'll roll into a tight kebab and pull my doona up to just below my nostrils. :) I'm compelled to remain immobile in the dark if I've read a scary part.

    When being put on the spot and forced to improvise; I automatically freeze, and from the dread I am able to flee, I will indeed flee.
     
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    Get anxious and all the physical symptoms associated with it but try to ride it out. If I'm reeeeeaaaally scared I withdraw and hide.
     
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    I suffer from anxiety a lot when it comes to interaction with people. I stand at a side-way stance ready to retreat. Normally for fear I try to place logic in, but my emotions normally rule when it comes to people. I may be impressing the person I am talking to because I am getting a good read on their emotions, but I am still deeply afraid of them. I'm great at socializing, but I guess that is why I am introverted.
     
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    Anxiety and panic here too....usually ready to retreat if im already there or just avoid a scary situation at all costs...
     
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    I seem to be able to forget about it and plow straight ahead, but I confess I have a highly under-developed sense of self-preservation. At the moment (at least in the situations I've been in), it seems fear is pretty useless. Honestly I'm not in scary situations very often....I've had to hang out of a few helicopters at altitude, film in third world prisons, and I still interact w/ homeless folks now and again, that's about it. Oh, and I did have to climb down and help a lady out of a car that had gone over a ravine....nothing like facing a gun or going out on a date or anything like that.
     
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    Depends on the situation. I think in some way... I try and fight back if I can. eg. If I'm alone at night, hubby on a trip, I leave the tv on for company. ;)
     
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    I rationalise, or take away a human shield.
     
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    Always nice to have options!! ;)
     
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    Last time I was scared was when I was spearfishing in the summer. The water was very murky so I headed out deeper over the kelpy reef but the visibility was just too poor so I headed back into the shallows over the kelp as I got close to shore I saw movement out of the corner of my eye "aha! a fish!" I thought, I swung the speargun towards the movement only to see it was a rather large stingray heading straight towards me, the water was fairly shallow so their was very little space for us to share, I thought about Steve Irwin as it passed by close to my chest, I stayed calm and slowly backed away to try and give it more space, the tail seemed to go on forever as it cruised past. Then I got the hell out of there and didn't go back in. The end.
     
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    What a great topic. I think... I run. At least... there are not very many things that can happen that scare me... but the last thing that did was when I walked to a grocery store about a mile away from my house in bare feet, and a thunder storm started up. At first I was doing the Lurker thing, "ok... it's just raining hard... I love the rain, there's nothing to be worried about... all the thunder is distant"... and then a bolt struck what must have been less than a quarter mile away... perhaps even 1/10th. The flash and bang were so loud I literally jumped, and just ran home as fast as I could.

    It kind of works when people yell loudly at me too... I'm not easily intimidated, but sudden loud noises really freak me out (I think leftover from the parents when I was little), and I "flinch" into apologizing about whatever it is they're yelling at me for to make it stop. Any other fears are mostly about different situations of dealing with people, and I just tend to avoid those as much as possible.

    So mostly cowardice, I suppose :oops:
     

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