December 6, 2016

BERRY WRITES - What Are You Afraid Of?

BERRY WRITES is a weekly feature where I will share my thoughts on different topics culled from my 300 Writing Prompts journal. You can look forward to them every Tuesday, and you're very welcome to tell me your experiences and thoughts as well.

Today's entry says - List a few phobias you have. When and how did you discover you had these fears?

Zoophobia - This is the fear of animals. As far back as I can remember, I have always been afraid of animals. Dogs, cats, rodents, you name it. My siblings aren't afraid, and I never had a bad experience with animals, so I'm not sure where this fear came from. Let me tell you how bad it is. I once had a dream where it was just me and a cat. This cat walked by me, and its fur brushed against my leg - I literally woke up screaming and fell out of bed! That's how scared I was. Oh, and you know how they say you should face your fears? I'm perfectly fine with this fear and not willing to work on it, thank you very much. Have you seen volumes 1 to 50 of "When Good Pets Go Bad?" EXACTLY!

Basophobia - This is the fear of falling. It's closely related to, but not the same as a fear of heights. I really don't mind heights at all. I just fear falling down. Stairs aren't my favorite thing in the world - I think that's why whenever I climb stairs, I inwardly count the number of steps or say "Left, Right, Left, Right" with each corresponding step - honestly speaking, I count out loud too :p It distracts me from having to think about falling I guess. Again, I don't know when or how this fear arose.

Stage Fright - This isn't listed as a phobia on its own, but is kinda related to Glossophobia which is the fear of public speaking. Even though I've acted and done stage performances in my life, I've almost always battled stage fright. I had once agreed to give a testimony in church, and on that day, I got so scared, tried to find a way to escape, and ended up in the restroom to call my mum because I was in tears. F'reals mehn! I also feel that way about giving presentations. The funny thing is once I get onstage and I get into character or start speaking, the fear COMPLETELY disappears. I think the fear comes from my inherently shy nature. I've said before that I tend to shrink into a corner if I'm put in a room full of people that I don't know.

Ooh, now's a good time to throwback to my performance as Herodias in our former church play! Can you believe I was scared out of my mind before I got on stage? It really doesn't seem like it at all.


  1. Trypophobia - that's my fear! Oh no, you made me type it and now my body is itching so bad. It's a weird kind of phobia. Google it. || Bloglovin'!
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  2. Hi Kachee. I also have trypophobia!!!!! Just thinking about those horrible images makes me sick!!!! Why do people post those horrible pictures? I feel you dear

  3. Hmm,Berry,nice acting there. I like your demeanor plus you have a good voice too.

  4. Claustrophobia. I don't even understand why or when it started. It was so bad, I couldn't even stand my mum washing my hair when I was little, I used to feel so choked up and confined. Now, as a grown up though, God's been faithful, and its been getting better.

  5. This might be strange but here is my phobia:
    Scopophobia - that's the fear of being looked at or stared at.

  6. Berry I loved your acting. You definitely have stage presence!

  7. Trypophobia? I'd check that out

  8. Stage Fright and the fear of interacting with people.

  9. Berry! Ow can u suffer stage fright?! Just saw that video of ur church play and u were AAAAWESOME!


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