I was just thinking about this the other day, and I decided to post because my boss just invoked one of them. It is:
(1) I have a phobia of my boss coming to my desk and asking to talk to me privately. I always get halfway panicked and imagine they’re going to accuse me of embezzlement or wasting time on web BBSs during my work day or something ridiculous like that.
(2) I have a phobia of falling off the planet. This is only invoked when I am flat on my back and can see only sky. For some reason, a lack of horizon and tall buildings utterly destroys my faith in gravity. Once a friend and I were out in the middle of the night watching the annual meteor shower, and I told him I was starting to get worried. He practised “immersion therapy” which basically consisted of trying to pluck me off the planet and throw me into space. My hair almost turned white.
(3) Cops. I’ve never even been cuffed and beaten senseless by cops, or even yelled at by a cop, but I’m still pretty scared of them. No good reason for this. Just don’t expect me to drive a single mile over the speed limit when there is a cop following me.
(4) Marijuana use. I’ve been at a few parties where people lit up, and I’ve been pretty freaked. I mean, how do I know there isn’t a narc around waiting to arrest us all and feed us to the prison system? Just the stink gets me all queezy. It’s lucky I can get out of a party pretty fast.
Maybe I just have an overall fear of authority. Also, centipedes really scare me. Think of all the miniature hob-nailed boots one of those could wear!