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I'm just curious what unusual fears everyone has. For instance, even though I'm more or less completely immune to things that show up in horror games and movies, I still have a few weirdly specific fears.

 

First and probably strongest are strange computer glitches. I've definitely gotten more comfortable with them than I used to be, but I still don't like them. I think it's mostly related to the fact that, when I was much younger and didn't know too much about computers work, I couldn't understand why computers would ever just spontaneously stop running properly. Windows 95/98 BSOD was probably the biggest offender, because it would show up at random and do all kinds of weird stuff, like leave Windows in a broken state if you tried to continue. Even the change to text mode freaked me out, since CRT monitors are so much more dramatic when they change resolution. I remember one particular instance where the BSOD took long enough for me to appear that I was able to ask myself "why is it going into fullscreen mode?" (which I essentially conflated with change in resolution/color depth since almost all games used that when entering "fullscreen" mode. It got to the point where even "fullscreen mode" itself made me uncomfortable and I'd often close my eyes during the change. It didn't help that old games often changed color palette before the game itself appeared or after the game had already quit to desktop, resulting in a brief glimpse of whatever else I was running with a messed up palette which was creepy enough already. I also didn't enjoy it when Windows 95 programs would inexplicably display those Windows 3.1-style black on white error messages, simply because it didn't make "sense" that only some programs would do this.

 

I'm sort of over that now, but it still happens to me every once in a while. Recently, I experienced this on a Sega Genesis game I'm working on. I managed to do something that would suddenly corrupt the entire tileset before issuing an invalid instruction. I was running on an emulator, which I'd have thought would make it even less frightening. Instead, it made me uncomfortable enough that I ran the whole thing in windowed mode until I fixed the bug. I guess a big part of it is that fullscreen glitches seem to take complete control away from me, whereas in windowed mode I can still see some things working the way I expect. Same thing goes for weird corruption due to video card failure, although I guess it's not totally irrational to be afraid of a video card failing.

 

Anyway, I'm sure I have quite a few others, but this is the first one that comes to mind for me.

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Not really fears, but my story...

Due to several traumatic events in my childhood and an overactive imagination, I've had nightmares almost every night for the last 28 years.  For a while doctors tried a few medications to help with it, but they ended up turning into night terrors, effectively nightmares that you don't remember but you end up drenched in sweat and often calling out or screaming.

While I wouldn't call it 'fears', there are certainly some wonderful items on the list: Trying to help my child struggling to hold on to a cliff ledge, as they begin to fall they call "Daddy, help me!".  Severed fingers, hands, toes, feet, pierced eyes, and other mutilations. Assorted deprivation situations, starvation, dehydration, suffocation, drowning, blood loss, hypothermia, hyperthermia. Various issues and attacks involving zombies, aliens, government agents, disease, pestilence, and animal attacks. 

Sadly my active imagination works against me here. Eventually XCKD featured a comic about it

 

 

One of the funnier stories was nightmare where I was driving through the mountains on hairpin turns. I had a tight grip on the steering wheel, and I was stomping on the brakes as hard as I could but the brakes were failing. In the dream I had a certain knowledge that failing to make the turns meant death to myself and my wife, and lifelong debilitating injuries to my kids in the back. Had the dream been allowed to continue I have no doubt that eventually I would have failed to make a turn and woken in terror.  In the dream I spent several minutes stomping on the brakes and yanking the wheel with all my might. My wife was yelling at me, "Stop, Bryan! Stop!" and I called out "I'm trying!". The calling out happened several times, but try as I might I could not stop the car.  

Suddenly I realized I was awake.  My hands were tangled in my wife's hair, which I had been vigorously pulling while kicking her shins.  And just like my dream she was yelling "Stop, Bryan! Stop!", while I was shouting aloud, "I'm trying" while kicking and pulling with all my might.

 

On that note, it is past my bedtime.  Based on today's experiences involving some sewing and yard work, I predict my oft-recurring dreams involving toes firmly stubbed on infected needles (which naturally embed themselves deeply and painfully and immediately break deeply under the skin, sometimes embedded in bone) and shovels and similar implements being dropped and serving as a guillotine on someone's toes.

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Feet. I don't know exactly why, but I get this feeling between disgust and revulsion. I see people touching feet, massaging feet, families playing barefoot with feet all over each other and the anxiety that wells up inside me is palpable.

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First and probably strongest are strange computer glitches.


Haha, me too! Growing up, my family had a Commodore 64. Because of it, I learned how to program at a very early age (between 8 to 12 years, for context), but it was also the source of nightmares. This machine was unusually susceptible to background radiation, which caused it to occasionally soft lock in a sometimes spectacular fashion. Memory corruption trashing sprites and video to garbage, and trashing the sound chip registers to accompany the mess with a harrowing noise.

Sometimes it would happen instantly. Other times, a bit is would be flipped and an avalanche of glitches will start and you have a handful of seconds to reach for the power switch before it explodes. Here’s a demo written in 2003 for the Commodore 64 that’s intentionally done in an similar style that would have strongly provoked that fear: Booze Design - Industrial Breakdown (2003). Another example: PWP - Conservative Megademo (2012).

I’ve since grown out of it, but the fear that something’s off and something’s gonna explode soon still haunts me irrationally from time to time.
Fair trade off for learning how to program, I guess… ಠ __ಠ;; Edited by fastcall22

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Not really fears, but my story...

Due to several traumatic events in my childhood and an overactive imagination, I've had nightmares almost every night for the last 28 years.  For a while doctors tried a few medications to help with it, but they ended up turning into night terrors, effectively nightmares that you don't remember but you end up drenched in sweat and often calling out or screaming.

While I wouldn't call it 'fears', there are certainly some wonderful items on the list: Trying to help my child struggling to hold on to a cliff ledge, as they begin to fall they call "Daddy, help me!".  Severed fingers, hands, toes, feet, pierced eyes, and other mutilations. Assorted deprivation situations, starvation, dehydration, suffocation, drowning, blood loss, hypothermia, hyperthermia. Various issues and attacks involving zombies, aliens, government agents, disease, pestilence, and animal attacks. 

Sadly my active imagination works against me here. Eventually XCKD featured a comic about it

 

 

One of the funnier stories was nightmare where I was driving through the mountains on hairpin turns. I had a tight grip on the steering wheel, and I was stomping on the brakes as hard as I could but the brakes were failing. In the dream I had a certain knowledge that failing to make the turns meant death to myself and my wife, and lifelong debilitating injuries to my kids in the back. Had the dream been allowed to continue I have no doubt that eventually I would have failed to make a turn and woken in terror.  In the dream I spent several minutes stomping on the brakes and yanking the wheel with all my might. My wife was yelling at me, "Stop, Bryan! Stop!" and I called out "I'm trying!". The calling out happened several times, but try as I might I could not stop the car.  

Suddenly I realized I was awake.  My hands were tangled in my wife's hair, which I had been vigorously pulling while kicking her shins.  And just like my dream she was yelling "Stop, Bryan! Stop!", while I was shouting aloud, "I'm trying" while kicking and pulling with all my might.

 

On that note, it is past my bedtime.  Based on today's experiences involving some sewing and yard work, I predict my oft-recurring dreams involving toes firmly stubbed on infected needles (which naturally embed themselves deeply and painfully and immediately break deeply under the skin, sometimes embedded in bone) and shovels and similar implements being dropped and serving as a guillotine on someone's toes.

 

Whoa, similar here. Ever since I can remember I've had nightmares pretty much every night (or at least I wake up panicked every morning. I can't really remember any normal dreams), which seem to manifest things I did during that day. For example watching sesame street would have me dream about being eaten by the elephant/dog thing, when I went to my friend's lake house I imagined him and his parents getting ripped apart by crocodiles, things like that.

 

I had to sleep during a 14 hour drive and my girlfriend and we ended up sleeping at a rest section in the middle of West Virginia's mountains, and had a dream where everything was frozen and a truck slammed into our car/knocked us off the side of a cliff. When we woke up, we were in the middle of a huge snowstorm on top of the mountains (think it was this one, but it may have been in 2013 https://usnews.newsvine.com/_news/2012/10/30/14804730-foot-of-snow-sandy-brings-blizzard-conditions-to-west-virginia?lite)

At first I thought I was dreaming for a few seconds.

 

As for specific fears, being alone in or near woods when it's quiet out. I can't even sit through a minute of videos like it, even, and if I have to go through wooded areas (driving or walking) I'll blast music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvnNL5hxerE

Edited by conquestorbugged

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I've gone through  a fear reversal, i guess there would be a medical name for this.
 
Before I turned 21-ish, my sense of adventure was rather deep. I almost knew no fear at all 
That era of my life, all I had to do was just think about something and I'm doing it. Climbing/walking on narrow edge spaces on tall building (where one slip and you're falling off an 8 storey building), all kind of motorbike/bike stunts, super speeding on motorbikes, particularly when we are on a family visit to my home country Nigeria where I mostly (not all the time) get away with speeding and stunts on real roads (though I have to say that the terrible state of many of the roads- with huge pot-holes- sometimes gave me concerns (though I won't describe this as fear as it never really stopped me))
 
Anyway I have since fallen off a cliff [not literally] and heading fast to the deep end in the opposite direction. I don't know exactly when this happened - I was so busy for a long while with several stuff to notice the changes in my brain --I was so immersed in my uni studies and many other projects ... also getting married ... having kids (3 biological, 1 adopted). But then emerging from these... I'm now ->31<- and a different personalty, now so fearful of almost anything and everything. For any little thing I am like asking "what if something happens, what if there is a slip, what if...". I would even try to lock my kids in the home using their school homework and house chores as excuses, but in reality i wouldn't want to see them doing anything close to what I did as a kid. Anyway they never listen and they always out and off (we can't keep our eyes on them 24/7 ... i got day job and personal projects to work on)
 
My own remedy, in my head, is to work against my fears by going (with buddies) a on wild exploration adventure of cave crawling, mountain climbing, skydiving ... (as I indicated in my 2017 wish lists in this thread) ... but too busy (and maybe fearful  :() at the moment to follow through on that
 
 
Edited by grumpyOldDude

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As for specific fears, being alone in or near woods when it's quiet out.

I live alone in the quiet woods just like in that video.  It is the best.  Except when it drops below -30 ⁰C and the wind is blowing, then it gets creepy they way the trees moan and creak and you have to go out to the woodshed to get a load of fuel and you end up backing all the way in to the house again so they don't attack from behind when you arms are full and you can't defend yourself.

 

Anyway, my fears are more rational: calling people on the telephone, talking to people I don't know, being found out I'm a fraud and have been faking it my whole life, that sort of thing.  There's nothing about computers that scare me, I've probably seen it all (and if you think letting the magic smoke out of a circuit is scary, wait till your boss expects you to get it all back in and get it working again).

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Weirdest fear I probably have is turning around and my computer completely glitching out on me when it was working a minute ago. I don't know why I dread that idea so much but I do.

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Hmm, so it looks like fear of computer glitches is actually surprisingly common. I'm sure there's a bit of a sampling bias here, but I bet it's more common than I thought elsewhere as well. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that part of the whole point of computers is that they always do exactly the same thing with the same inputs, in which case unpredictable behavior is especially surprising.

Anyway, I'm trying to incorporate some of theses glitches into a game I'm working on, and I think it might be pretty effective. Right now I'm going for corrupted blocks of pixels and audio that that really rapid skipping thing that seems to come up before a blue screen. I'm pretty confident that it'll be scary, since yesterday when I tried to open up the game to work on it, my machine (a fairly middle-of-the-road laptop that I put way to much stress on) glitched out in real life in a way that was, amazingly, substantially identical to the fake glitched I'd designed. Sure enough, it was scary. I shut the computer off immediately and was afraid to turn it back on for quite a while...

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14 hours ago, cowsarenotevil said:

Maybe it has something to do with the fact that part of the whole point of computers is that they always do exactly the same thing with the same inputs, in which case unpredictable behavior is especially surprising.

It's probably more to do with the fact that most people don't understand how computers actually work, and people fear the unknown. The fact that so many aspects of our lives are computer controlled only fuels the fear.

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I don't like dogs and feel on edge when walking past them, because when I was a tiny kid I got chased by a pack of wild dogs who were easily my size.

For some reason most dogs also feel on edge when I'm around.

 

 

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9 hours ago, LennyLen said:

It's probably more to do with the fact that most people don't understand how computers actually work, and people fear the unknown. The fact that so many aspects of our lives are computer controlled only fuels the fear.

But that'd suggest that fear of computer glitches would be inversely proportional to knowledge about computers, which anecdotally doesn't seem to be the case. On the contrary, it seems to me like people who know more about computers get more uncomfortable when a computer does something unsettling. 

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Hmm, so my weird fear is sort of a "combo", I mean on their own I'm not scared of garages, or wolves particularly - however I do have a rather specific fear that whenever I open a door into a garage (not the main door, like the one between the house an garage) there are going to be like a pack of wolves .... really not sure why there would ever be wolves waiting to attack me in a garage, but thats where my mind always goes when I have to open garage doors O.o

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I hate copyrights because if you have to same idea you can't make stuff. Copyrights are evil and so are the people who make them. Not idea is truely original and is built off of other ideas. This is a bully thing.

Also fear negative people as they can cause you to lose interest in a project. I don't mind constructive criticism but not excessive negativity.

Roaches scare me because they can get into my computer and damage it. They've doing it to x-boxes before so I keep the house extra clean and avoid letting dumpsters into the house.

Liquid ass because it stinks and skunks as they naturally produce this nasty substance.

Money is another fear I have because you actually need it and sometimes your hobby can turn into something to pay bills and stuff. This, of course, could make me lose interest in the project entirely because it becomes just about money.

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4 hours ago, francoisdiy said:

I hate copyrights because if you have to same idea you can't make stuff. Copyrights are evil and so are the people who make them. Not idea is truely original and is built off of other ideas. This is a bully thing.

(Emphasis added.)

If you believe this you are mistaken, and you should research what copyright actually is.

Ideas are explicitly not covered by copyright. You cannot copyright ideas.

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6 hours ago, Lactose said:

(Emphasis added.)

If you believe this you are mistaken, and you should research what copyright actually is.

Ideas are explicitly not covered by copyright. You cannot copyright ideas.

Once the idea turns into something tangible, it can be. ;)

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oo this ones fun. I think one of my biggest fears is complete confusion, like having alzheimer's or dementia, or getting hit in the head really hard and just being ruined. That and bugs

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I don't think I have any real fears, rather just things I dislike or find annoying.  I also can't recall having an actual nightmare, though I have had dreams that have woken me up from surprise.  One in particular was actually quite funny...

I had one dream where I was working on my car, hunched over the front working in the engine bay.  I turned around to grab another wrench from my toolbox, and there's a Skyrim bear in all it's digital glory and he takes a swipe at me just as I turn around and notice him.

That one didn't just wake me up, but had me bolt upright in my bed blurting out, "What the f#@%!" in exactly the same fashion as a few days earlier when I was playing Skyrim, sneaking through the woods, and turned around to find a bear right behind me, attacking me just as I see him.

So that's about the closest thing I've had to a nightmare, that I can remember anyways.  I rarely remember my dreams though.

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i actually love when i get nightmares, they are exciting, and i like being freaked out. like a free horror movie.

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I've never heard about people being scared of computer glitches, so this was interesting to read. If computer glitches really frighten you then you probably shouldn't watch this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Q2P4LjuVA8

My greatest fear is a bit strange to think about, because it's not at all specific. I spend a lot of time pondering existential questions and if you think about what consciousness does, you might reach the conclusion that it is one of the greatest forces of nature determined to explore and act out every possible combination and experience imaginable and unimaginable.

As an average human you might try to describe its actions with words such as "blissful" or "horrific", "intricate" or "boring", "ruthless" or "merciful" and so forth. In the grand scheme of things, however, these interpretations of consciousness bear no meaning, as they are entirely subjective to the entity observing them.

My fear stems from the idea that there is an uncontrollable force within me (and within others) that is destined to explore a specific (perhaps even predetermined) set of experiences that may very well put me in a situation that could lead to extreme pain and suffering. It is not necessarily a fear of my own potential alone, either, rather the interplay of my conscious being with other conscious beings -- and the idea that a chunk of it is already set in stone -- that could result in tragedy.

One concrete example of this might be me ending up at the hands of a masochistic murdering maniac. If you were in such a situation, nothing you say or do would matter, your faith is certain death and the only thing you can do is whitness all of the horrific and glorious ways in which you will succumb, and perhaps ponder over all of the events that lead you into this unavoidable situation to begin with (the "butterfly effect") and whether all of this was predetermined (i.e. "meant to be").

It's a strange idea to think that this person has no choice but to murder you, that he is doing this because it was simply meant to be, because his conscious being is determined to explore a certain experience.

I'm equally scared of the idea that I might end up in a situation where I do something terrible to someone else. I find it quite hard to describe the fear because it's quite abstract.

On a lighter note, you can of course argue the exact opposite. Great pain and suffering is contrasted with beauty and bliss. Perhaps you are determined to experience the good side of life. And that's really all there is to understand about your existence: You cannot know what is good without also knowing what is bad. Our experience must be a contrast of opposites for it to have any meaning.

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This is not really a fear but I have something running around at night on the second floor of my house. There is no one in the house but me. When I went upstairs to look for racoons or squirrel I found no signs of them. The weird part is that whatever is up there is heavy and shuffling furniture around. Not sure what is up there but it's wack!

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One of my fears is something will happen to me and no one will take care of my dog.  I also have a fear of confinement with other people, like in an elevator.  I'm fine if it's empty, but break out in a sweat when it's full.  Even being trapped in a line at the grocery store gets me nervous.  Along those lines is the fear of crowds.  All those people moving in a mob is terrifying.  I can't imagine going to a protest or something.

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Not always but time to time I mix dream and reality in a sense that it's always about me trying to avoid dying , something like I woke up during a dream and do something extremely stupid for anyone that might watch ( something like if I don't hold "this rope" with tension and stay in a certain posture, I'll die ) and maybe just maybe I don't do it whole night :)

Beside that, I'll never understand people not having fear of height, isn't it supposed to be a survival instinct? I hate and panic when other people walk near cliff / stairs etc , not to mention myself.

 

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