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FML - The follow-up
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I'm not saying that all midgets are disfigured. what I meant was that that particular person has an actual disfigured face. And yes, I do have a legitimate reason for my fear. I don't feel inclined to share that reason because then all of the people who already believe I was being an ass will still not agree with me. the last thing I wanted to do was hurt/insult her.
By maryrain / Thursday 11 August 2011 09:35 / United States
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132, there is no rational reason to be afraid of spiders or clowns, yet tons of people are afraid of them. tbh this is not a YDI beause OP didn't choose to be afraid of midgets

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I live in a place that has poisonous spiders among others so it's pretty natural to be afraid of them especially if one bite can kill you. With the humidity and high temperatures theirs a abundance of bugs so living in a house possibly full of them is not comforting at all.

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it's like asking why are people afraid of heights, why are people afraid of clowns, why are people afraid of cats and why do people have phobias. I think people need to learn and read about phobias before making ignorant comments, there are really strange phobias out there that people just naturally grow a fear of, nothing really has to happen in their childhood. There was an episode that aired on the Maury show with people with severe phobias.... like a woman deathly afraid of chalk..... please

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But it's offensive to them, the OP could have tried to at least control herself/himself enough not to cry. I have a phobia of being too high about the ground, but I can stand on a roof without crying.

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to the idiots claiming she deserves it or that she should control it... i seriously hope that some day you will be faced with your ultimate nightmare. and then have people punish you for being afraid unless you act trough it completly calm. it's an irational fear. there is no controling. you might as well ask her why people aren't learning to grow wings and fly.

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I didn't intend to offend you. But you have to admit, we all have fears. Do you let all your fears get the best of you? What was the person doing to the OP? I bet you no one was coming at her/him with a knife, she/he could be scared, she/he could shake, but she/he could have realized that though she/he may be scared, that person is a human being with feelings. Those feelings must have been hurt when some random person just started crying at the sight you. I don't know about you, but that would h

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most phobias are irrational, some of the most popular ones are like fears of clowns and cotton wool and going outside. you can't help having a fear, it doesn't make op a bad person

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Thank you, J_Shorty, for apparently being the only voice of reason here. I hate it when people tell you to just get over it or control your phobia. I have a very strong phobia of hornets, and the last time I saw one, I had a panic attack so bad I nearly passed out. It's not something you can just control your reaction to. That's why it's a "phobia".

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I have a phobia of the dark, to the extent that if I even see an even just slightly dark area nearby me, I lose my shit. Even though I know that there's nothing in the dark and that it doesn't pose an actual threat to me, I'm afraid of it. I can't easily control my reaction to it. I want to run, or hide, or freak the fuck out, and because of how impulsive that feeling is, and how suddenly it happens and how little time I have to think, I just do it. So please, please, please, don't just say &quo

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I totally understand Op's posirion Im so afraid of people with albinism (excuse me if I spelled it incorrectly) but yhu cld have tried to control it and for the people that are being mean to her, read a book or something about strange phobias.

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my sister has a phobia of cats, even the tiniest, cutest kittens! she knows that they're harmless, but she still can't help screaming, running, and nearly crying when she sees one. some people think it's funny and they'll chase her with a cat, but that's because they don't understand that she can't help it and that they're basically torturing her.

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Hey #333 you are an idiot. Most people,like you are,don't like anything that can hurt them like bugs that sting or spiders that could be dangerous as you know that is human nature not a phobia. Phobias are irrational fears.and btw I have a true phobia of spiders and i won't let ANY spider near me

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i think there is a difference between fears and phobias...Being scared is one thing, but humans are quirky that way. We don't know that op was capable of controlling it. I think that most people don't have something that will just set them off emotionally regardless of how rational it is, so most of us dont truly understand. Im not certain this is the case, but its not our right to say she could or couldnt control it. This is an fml for op and all people affected by it. Just one mans opinion.

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All these people who are saying that you can't just control your fears are ridiculous! I'm terrified of needles but I dont cry when I see them! In fact, I had a cervical cancer jab a few months ago and I did cry then.. But still! Although there is nothing wrong with being really scared of something you have to try to control your emotions, especially when someone else's feelings are involved. And also, OP will see more than just this one midget in his/her life; he/she will have to learn to con

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#333 stfu, you don't have phobias! Nobody likes hornets, most people dislike spiders. Skipping a meal doesn't mean you have an eating disorder, feeling a bit sad isn't depression, getting bored isn't ADHD, tidying up isn't OCD.... My point being, stop talking shit. It's boring to read.

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#333 A phobia by definition is an irrational fear that you can't control and cannot be reasoned out of. Your "phobias" are really just rational fears. Not phobias.

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333- many highly logical people have phobias. They are irrational and immune to logic. I generally try to be a very logical person, but I have a phobia of windows at night, and no matter how hard I try to reason with myself I have had this phobia since I was 4 years old and have never been able to walk in front of a window at night without panicking. Even the most logical and controlled people can suffer from crippling phobias that make no sense to others, and it doesn't mean they're an idiot or

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There are many fears and phobias that other people don't understand but are completely legitimate and terrifying to the person suffering. A quick google search says that the OP has achondroplasiaphobia. But I'm not sure if that is accurate.

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@168 being a grammar nazi is one thing, complaining about a well known abbreviation is another. youre online, its the only place aside from text messaging that this abbreviation is actually acceptable.

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330, on the comment policy it says not to use text language, and also the letter 'u' isn't a real abbreviation to me because it's not hard to type TWO EXTRA LETTER, OH MY! -_-

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This sounds funny but it isn't. My friends mum and friend are scared of midgets because when her mum was pregnant she was mugged and beaten up by a midget. I know this sounds funny but she lost the baby she was carrying and she and my friend have been scared of midgets ever since.

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I have a horrible phobia against clowns. They never hurt me, but like op i can't control if i cry, get a panic attack or faint. Or a combo of those. Some people jst have a phobia without anything happening to them. Like my guy got a phobia against frogs. Frogs. People in here are so ignorant it hurts my brain..

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@15 actually it is her fault for having a phobia...its her mind that is having the irrational thoughts, and thus nobody elses fault. while her conscious mind isnt necessarily responsible, she most certainly is. well, depending on whether you believe its a genetic issue, in which case, her parents.

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I'm not sure I'm OK with phobias that are about different types of people. it wouldnt be cool for me to be 'phobic' of fat people or black people or gay people. get a grip.

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