Ok, this has been bugging me for so long, I just gotta know if there is anyone out there who has a similar experience.
I have this weird problem that when I look at photos from underwater, (not shallow water - whales, scuba diver depth etc…) I can barely stand it. I get severe willies and feel almost a sense of dread. It doesnt need to include a large dread inspiring beast like a whale etc… even a school of guppies, or a scuba diver in the photo gets the same result. It is the water and its depth, not another subject.
A common occurence is when I am reading a national geographic. I have to close my eyes and try to flip the right amount of pages to the next article to avoid this feeling.
Whats weird is that I recently (2 years ago) found out that one of my sisters and my only brother have the exact same problem.
And no, I have never nearly drowned. I have never been on a boat other than a rowboat. I have never done scuba diving. etc… I can think of no standard psychological explanation. I have no other water related fears. I can swim, take baths (thank heaven), go rowing, fishing, enjoy the seashore, etc…
It happened again last night when I was reading one of those National Geographic special books. I wasnt quick on the draw with the page turning and my heart began pounding…
Perhaps this is just some sort of quirk of mine, I was just wondering if there was anyone out there with a similar experience.
(Oh, by the way, I dont intend to go see the IMAX “Whales” special. You would hear me whimpering in a corner with my eyes shut tight.)