Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Why I...have a completely irrational fear of birds

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Image from Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Birds' 

When some people hear that I am scared of birds they usually laugh and dismiss it. But I am honestly terrified, until you encounter one of my "episodes" I can imagine it sounds pretty absurd!  I can handle snakes and spiders but seagulls or pigeons and I can run faster than Usian Bolt in the 100m sprint.

I know why I am scared of birds, it all originates from my mum who is also scared of birds and I think seeing her scared made me think I should be scared too. Thanks mum! 

The first time Brendan and I went away for the weekend we were on the beach eating fish and chips, not believing I was really that scared Brendan threw a chip at the seagulls. The seagulls then flocked to us for more chips well boy did I run whilst doing a very attractive hiccupy cry. In my terror I forgot to drop the chips and the seagulls chased me, honestly it still sends shivers up my spine. And as for Brendan, he has never tested my fear again.

My other big break down was in St. Marks Square in Venice, the pigeons there have no fear, they fly so close to your head, it was more than I could handle. I burst into a blubbering mess and my poor best friend had to drag me into the safety of a store selling glass-blown figurines. Luckily that was the only part of Venice that I found was overly populated with pigeons. But will I ever return to the Square? Highly unlikely.

I am mainly scared of the birds getting stuck around my head and flapping their feathers around my face. Oh gosh thinking about it makes me feel a little ill. I know it is so silly I feel so silly writing some of this but a lot of our fears are irrational. So tell me, what irrational fear do you have? Do you know why you have it? 

45 comments:

  1. I can relate! I'm scared of party balloons and it sounds so silly... I'm afraid that one of them will explode and make me blind.

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  2. We aren't all the same, so if one of your fears is the fear of birds, then so it is.

    Well, I may have many "irrational" fears -- the one that I can think of is: insects. It's quite a story. This sounds like a great topic to talk about in my blog as well :D

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  3. Oh dear, that sounds awful. I hate it when you tell people you have a fear and they 'test' you! Come on! Mine is silly...I'll send you an email!

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  4. Aww, your story made me kind of giggle and feel sad at the same time! You poor thing! I am really afraid of tornadoes. I know everyone should be afraid of tornadoes and that's probably more of a rational fear than an irrational one, but I always have dreams about running from them and just the thought makes me feel really upset and anxious.

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  5. I'm scared of magpies. Wait, scratch that! I'm scared of anything that flies in Australia! I got swooped by magpies twice when i lived in Queensland and now i have to say a prayer anytime i walk past them

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  6. So interesting hearing about your irrational fear! I guess we all have them. I'm not really scared of any of the typical things, but I'm terrified of medical stuff. I've always had a deep fear of anything going wrong in the brain, and I hate going to hospitals. Gives me pretty much immediate anxiety. :(

    Brendan's lucky you kept him around after he drew the seagulls near you on the beach, haha!

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  7. I can relate, chickens and roosters scare the absolute CRAP out of me!!!!

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  8. i am terrified of magpies - stupid little f*ckers!

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  9. I hate the sound of airplanes flying low over my house. I immediately think they're going to crash into my house. I blame LOST!

    x Jasmine

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  10. I am scared of storms it's so embarrassing especially at work. My boss is fully aware of how bad I am and lets me leave my couonter and hide out the back with my mp3 on very loud so I cant hear the thunder.

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  11. :( My cousin has an irrational fear of birds as well. Mine is really, really weird and my coworkers and friends have a BLAST with it. It's hard to explain so maybe you should just Google it: trypophobia. Thinking about it is making me feel all itchy now. D:

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  12. I hate birds too!! When I was about 10 or 12 a bird did a massive turd on my arm. I remember bawling my eyes in the park and everyone was laughing at me. Happened to me again about 6 years ago, the bird did his deed on my head! My husband lost it. Magpie season I hate with a passion. Can;t even ride my bike or walk to work :(

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  13. OMG I have the same fear!! I was freaking out when I went to venice and there were pigeons everywhere :S I also hate driving next to big trucks! Once I was caught between 2 and was so scared they would squish me! xx

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  16. OMG I hate birds...actually I call them flying rats. I think all of those people out there that feed them are ruining them for those of us who don't like them. Like you I had a horrid experience with overly assertive birds. If you would like you can read about it here. http://wp.me/p3vi8J-hy

    ~Carrie

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  17. Thank you for sharing. I can relate to your fear of birds. St. Mark's Sq in Venice was a nightmare for me too! I don't know why I am afraid but the sight of their feathers and the sound of their flapping wings are enough to make me scream in fear. I don't think I would have survived the seagull episode you went through.

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  18. Thank you for sharing your post as it really makes me feel not so alone. I also have a irrational fear of birds. I've been that way since I can remember. I would love to conquer my fear as I feel that it is rather debilating and stops me from living life. I love animals and nature. Like you I can handle snakes, spiders and all sorts of other animals. I also have a daughter now and wish that I could enjoy an outing at the park or on the beach. I also would hate for her to be as afraid of birds as I am.

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  19. People don't get it. I'm glad some of you do. My biggest fear is birds and that they will fly near my face and flap on me with my mouth open. I'll be up half the night just thinking about this now. Oh well, I still function in life and go to work but it just sucks, I mean birds are everywhere, everyday.

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  20. People don't get it. I'm glad some of you do. My biggest fear is birds and that they will fly near my face and flap on me with my mouth open. I'll be up half the night just thinking about this now. Oh well, I still function in life and go to work but it just sucks, I mean birds are everywhere, everyday.

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