What are You Afraid of?

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Nightmares Men Night Visitor
Bees Dying a Horrible Death Ladybugs
Grand-Pa's Ghost Fever Blisters Blond Ghost
Dolls Ghost Baby Ouija Ghost
Shadow Dark & Silence Lady in White
Clowns Invisible Follower Birds
More Clowns People Green Light
Myself Deep Thought Dark and Mirrors
Precognition Bloody Mary Moving Cross
Dream Death Clicking Ghost
Black Thing with Red Eyes Brother Ghost Daylight
People & Aliens Demon Posession More Cats
Rice Crispies Stupid People More People
Cat Back Porch Chucky & the Shoe
More Demons Seeing Things Serial Killers
Forest Backward Voices Please Hang Up
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What is it about human nature that we crave and seek out frightening situations?

The horror movie industry, amusement parks, haunted house events would all soon go away if we did not seem to have a deep seated need to be scared.

The fear comes in many ways... we can be startled by the sudden appearance of someone or something. We can get goose bumps and chills when hearing a frightening tale. We scream with fear and exhilaration as the roller coaster plummets down the hill.

We breathe faster, our heart rate increases, adrenaline pours into our system... our ancient "fight or flight" systems are activated and we are ready to combat or escape from... something.

Yet we go back for more


NEW - From Spazzi: Hi, im Spazzi. im absolutly terrified of people, especially my friends. You never know what your friends hide from you....it can be the scariest thing. I'm also scared of Myself, is that normal? am i crazy? i ask myself those questions everyday. I cant look at myself...it scares the crap outta me. I tried teaching myself to look in the mirror but I just cant....im scared of mirrors too! Mirrors can be freaky, their like portals to an opposite dimension! Do you know what I have? do you think im crazy? PLEASE HELP!!!
One day at home my nana and popa come over and we were preparing food for the BBQ. popa went to the bathroom and my brother was playing video games in his room. I decided to walk into my little bro's room to ask him what game he was playing, but just as i was about to walk in, i caught a glimpse in the corner of my eye of a black figure walking in the hallway, it scared me so i ran back into the kitchen and asked my mum and nana if they saw it they said no, so i thought i was seeing things but when i opened the fridge the same black figure came behind me and tapped me on the shoulder, it was really hard some people would say the man hit me. so i turned around and mum and nana looked freaked, they said that they saw it this time. Now ever since i keep seeing this strange man and i swear ive heard his voice once too! its really scary. Then one night i saw the exact same man but this time he was white, and he walked right up to me, i wanted to run but i also wanted to show this spirit or whatever he was that i wasnt affraid. So i simply just stood there, and he said to me; "dont be scarred i want to help you" me: "help me with what sir?" him: you'll find that out on your own..." then he dissappeared! so i quietly went and sat on my bed trying to contact him i know that sounds crazy but i thought it would work! then i heard his voice "im here dont worry" and now i always feel someone else's pressence in the room sometimes its comforting sometimes its freaky.

So what do you think? im starting to be less scarred of myself now, do you think i have the abillity to contact spirits?

(Dear Spazzi. You have Eisoptrophobia, the fear of mirrors, or of seeing yourself in a mirror. Regarding the spirit, it is probably just a demon, trying to trick you. Don't allow him to stick around. No good can come of it. Chills, Scuttles)

 

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From Geenah: I think that I have a few very irrational fears. One of them is long, small, dark hallways. I haven’t always been scared of them like I am today. I absolutely hate having to go downstairs to my basement. I have to turn on lights as I go down. If I don’t then I can’t go down, and my room is downstairs. The other one that I have is closing my eyes while I’m washing my face or taking a shower for very long. Too long is usually about the time it takes me to put face wash on, so before I wash it I have to open eyes and get soap in them. The other one is someone in the room that doesn’t belong there. When I walk into my bedroom I have to hear the door bump the wall before I feel okay enough to walk in. It’s ridiculous and I don’t know why I’m afraid of these things. Do you have any kind of explanations?

(Dear Geenah, to sum up your concerns, here is the short version - Darkness can cloak a threat, an attack can come while you are not looking, evil can lurk behind a door... the common thread among your fears reveals that you feel you are not safe. (well, Duh!) This can be from disruption to usual routines of family life at home, or a misunderstanding of events in your life, or picking up on the concerns of others as they deal with jobs, illness, or money problems. While it is possible that there actually IS something in the darkness waiting to grab you, the more likely explanation is that you are simply afraid of the "unknown". But here is a little secret.. we are ALL afraid of the unknown! That is one reason science and religion try to push back the boundaries of the unknown and shed light on our darkest fears. Most of the great discoverers and scientists all confess that at one time, they were afraid of the dark. The determination to push back against the darkness is what helped make them great. SO, next time, sneak down that hallway and surprise whatever is lurking there... become the hunter instead of the hunted. Chills, Scuttles)

 

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From Chicken: You know what I find... unsettling? The fear and anxiety of what is and/or might be behind you... There's no way to tell if your sense is accurate. If you turn around, it's gone. ALWAYS. Especially if it's late at night, and you're at the computer for a long time, in a darkened room... alone... JUST LIKE NOW!!! That feeling pops up... the hairs on the back of your neck stand up... someone's watching... If you have a mirror, you KNOW what's behind you, which may not be such a good thing... Mirrors are also... unsettling... Gateways to alternate/opposite dimensions... "Leaks..." Heh heh. A person in a window of an alternate dimension... JUST LIKE YOU!!! Creepy... Whatever... I could ramble on and on, but I'll spare you.

(Dear Chicken, I hate to break it to you, but there IS something behind you! And they are not happy that you know about the mirrors...)

 

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From Travis.: I was attacked by a swarm of yellow jackets when I was little and it was the most terrifying and tramatic experience of my life. And now 12 years later I am still terrified of anything that flies and stings and makes a buzzing noise. I am especially of the Killer bees of Africa. I am from Ohio but to be attacked by them and killed would be my worst fear. How can I get over my fear of bees. Please help me.

(Dear Travis, I have to admit that I too have a little of the same fear. When I was little, it used to be that I dreaded the Summer because I knew, just knew that I would step on at least one bee in my bare feet. I dreaded that inevitable sting. Today I don't run from them, but I keep my eye on the little buggers. And in my experience, any buzzing insect hovering beside your ear will cause and involuntary jump and shudder, not to mention comical swinging and waving of arms.

In reality, the only people with a justifed mortal fear of bees is someone who is alergic to their sting, but most people are not. Frankly, you have more of a chance of dying in a car accident as a result of panicing if a bee gets trapped in your car, than being attacked by bees. In that case, the bees didn't kill you, panic did. The lesson to learn is that the fear is more dangerous than the bee itself. So if you are serious about help, information is your friend. Study bees. Read about them, watch video specials, visit a bee-keeper. Become an expert in bees. The more you know, the less you will fear. Fear can actually be used to motivate you into someone with a mission. Who knows, maybe you will eventually become a specialist who figurs out how to "tame' the killer bees. Chills... Scuttles)

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From Shadow.: Hey, my name is Shadow. I know this may sound weird but the thing that I'm most afraid of is men. I think that it might create problems in the future if I don't get over the fear. It's just, when you watch the news and stuff you always hear about men raping and/or killing and you never hear about anyone else doing stupid stuff like that. Plus, most of the guys who do things like that are really young, like my age! I know I sound like I'm stereotyping, but what can I say? That's just how it seems to me. This is one of the two things that terrify me the most. The other just happens to be myself.

(Dear Shadow, I can't really fault your logic. If you look at it from a percentage basis, you are quite right... men are many times more likely to display or be arrested for violent behavior than women are. The new developments of children being hyper-violent is disturbing, and may be traced back to kids being desensitized to violence by video games and TV shows. But when watching the evening news, you are innundated with bad news, violence and tragedy, way out of proportion with the real world. Cop shows like CSI and Special Victims Unit add to the impression that the world is a scary place. Occassionaly, school-age kids going nuts and shooting the place up will get national coverage. But if we step back and look at the big picture, the likelihood of becoming a victim of violence is many, many times less than the TV shows would have us believe. It is true that if you live in certain neighborhoods and countries you can be in more danger than other places by comparison, but you can't live your life in fear.

And believe it or not, being a little afraid of yourself is not really that weird. We all have great potential in us, for both good and evil. Knowing that can be a little scary because it is a lot of responsibility. But the more you steer away from "the dark side" the less scared you will be of yourself. Hang in there. Chills... Scuttles)

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From Starsea.: When I was little, I used to be terrified of my parents disappearing on me. I had more than one dream where they were gone, and I would be searching through a tall jungle.

Despite getting occasionally scared by the dark, the silence (which I love most of the time), and strange sounds, I have to say the biggest thing that scares me is... nightmares. Strange, considering I've only had two nightmares that I remember.

The first one comes from when I was really young, only 5 or 6, it consisted of me sitting on a wicker stool in my grandparents' old house - I loved the stools, the kitchen and the house - perching there terrified whilst my mother crept towards me making threatening stabs with her hands muttering strange words. I wondered if she was putting a spell on me. I wondered why my mother was saying such strange things. Even though I was terrified, another part of me - I believe this is 'lucid dreaming'? - said, "Mummy would never do this, stop it, you're just being silly." My granddad came in and said hello to my mother by her first name and she changed completely and smiled at him and said hello. I got down and ran out of the kitchen. The dream stayed with me more as a puzzling memory than as something to be truly frightened of.

I seem to have the ability to mostly control my dreams. For instance, there was one dream that could have turned into a nightmare - I can't explain how, there was just this evil presence throughout the dream, ordering me to face it - and I kept saying, "No! No, I won't look at you, this is MY dream, not yours! I don't want to let you scare me." Perhaps this is a negative thing psychologically, but I felt defiant and good about saying these things. Eventually it got annoyed - *grin* - and forced me to look at it, by flying around to the front of me. It was like the black-and-white photographic image of a man, but it kept changing. I blew a raspberry at it, and began laughing, and said, "You're my friend." Then the dream ended, and I went into 'normal' sleep.

The only real nightmare I had that scared me after I woke up involved big big spiders. (This was before 'Eight-Legged Freaks' btw.) I was in a new building, but with all my old form (class). I didn't get on well with the majority of them, and they were shutting me out as usual. I got really annoyed and went outside to get some peace. Then I saw that huge spiders were coming to attack the school. Since they have eight legs, they were getting bigger by the minute (as they arrived). I ran inside, but the girl I knew who was ahead of me didn't hold the doors open, in fact she kept deliberately making sure that they were shut. I could hear the spiders getting into the school. I was quite confident that I could escape them, but she shut a pair of big double doors, and as I tried to open them, I felt something tap me on the shoulder...

I immediately woke up - I think this was a conscious decision - and thought I saw a tormented face in the arm of my friend who was sleeping next to me. I cried out, more in shock than fear, but it was enough to wake her. She hugged me and asked what was wrong. I was more scared on waking up and seeing that face than the dream, because I thought it was one of the spiders' victims! Anyway, I was a little worried about getting back to sleep in case I would fall back into the same dream again, but when I did fall asleep, I slept really deeply!

Thanks, hope this isn't too long,

(Dear Starsea, that "Lost Parents" dream is a pretty common experience for a young person, particularly if there have been any unsettling developments in your family - real or imagined - that could trigger a bout of insecurity. The jungle suggests that there is a lot of confusion surrounding the source of the distress. This implies that there were probably some things going on in your household that you were either not privy to, or that you didn't understand. Sometimes parents will try to protect their children from being exposed to problems parents face, but in doing so, they can also can cause their child to feel insecure by being left out of the loop. That other dream where your mother appeared threatening would seem to be a part of this same perceived household distress. Since it seems those dreams have stopped, it would appear that either the crisis has past, or you have come to terms with it.

Lucid dreaming is a gift... not many people have that ability. Nurse Spasm has that ability and I am always amazed by her experiences - and a little envious. Confronting the "evil" and giving the raspberry was probably a very healthy dream. It implies you were confronting a problem or insecurity and you allowed your own sense of self security to overcome it.

You did a pretty good job of analyzing the spider dream yourself, by indicating that you felt shut out - literally - by your classmates. Unfortunately, alienation is a common feeling among young people, but the good news is that it usually doesn't last as long as you keep your self confidence up. Eventually you will come to realize that self-confidence is sexier and more attractive than anything physical. The choice of spiders as the approaching danger is pretty common, too, since we humans seem to be programmed to react with fear and caution to anything that alien looking. Your brain probably just selected that as an easy choice.

The face you saw in your friend's arm was probably an example of the way our minds are wired to recognize "faces" in random patterns. For example, New Hampshire just lost a state landmark called "The Old Man of the Mountain", which was nothing more than a pile of random rocks. Coming out of that disturbing dream just meant you were primed for a fear reaction when you saw that interpreted image. I don't believe there was anything supernatural about it. All in all, I would say your dreams and reactions are pretty well within the norm... except you are also gifted with Lucid Dreaming. Enjoy! Chills... Scuttles)

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From Versatile.: I don't know what on earth you could say to comfort me, but I am afraid of dying a horrible death, like a violent car crash, or being hit by a train and dragged down the track and dismembered, or of being tortured. I try not to think about it too much. I am afraid that there is really no instantaneous death like others say to comfort the grieving. I believe there is always pain from death, just varying lengths of time it is experienced.

(Dear Versatile; Sorry it took so long to reply. Had to think about this one a bit. Some do find comfort in these pages, but I cannot promise anything. The best I can do is provide some information, recount my experiences, and touch on some of my philosophy. I endeavor to speak to the facts and issues, analyze with fresh perspective, and make some suggestions. I hope it helps someone not feel so alone or helpless:

Actually, I know do what you mean about your fears of violent, painful death. Everybody over the age of puberty has those fears and feelings to a certain degree. Much of what we feel is "hard wired" as part of our built-in sense of preservation. We are built to recognize danger and to try and avoid pain. You should look at railroad tracks and be aware of the potential danger. You should be conscious that traffic accidents can kill. You should be wary of strangers. It is when we totally lose sight of those dangers that we will be at most risk from them.

The fear of pain and death is one of our motivators... an incentive to avoid risks and to remain aware of our surroundings. However, when we let that sense of fear take over, when we let it affect the quality of our life, then there is an imbalance. Your fears are not "silly" or "stupid". They are, in fact, very rational fears. Having said that, you should also be aware of just exactly how slim your chances are of falling victim to any one of those scenarios. The problem is not the fear of painful death. The problem is in being over-aware of the possibility. Those fears should surface when presented with the appropriate situation. But if they consume a person's waking hours, or if they paralyze you, then those fears can become an obsession.

The power to fight an obsession is within us all. Ironically, since the obsession comes from within, it often feels like lifting oneself by one's own bootstraps. For some, speaking to a counselor can give someone the leverage they need to undermine an obsession. Having faith in a higher being can lend strength and comfort. And don't underestimate your mind's ability to fight back on its own behalf. For some, when they recognize that they are having an inappropriate thought, they visualize putting it into a jar, shutting the lid tight, and putting it on a mental shelf, only to be open when in that scenario. I don't mean to oversimplify a solution, or to even imply that you have reached the stage of an obsession, but one should be aware of that potential hazard.

Another way to fight back against a fear is to address it directly. You have seen people who hang themselves from hooks or do other pain-producing feats that anyone else would call torture. If you are truly concerned about succumbing to pain, use that as motivation to school yourself in the ways of controlling pain... mind-over-body. The evidence that it can be done is out there. Use the Internet to become informed. Use your fear as inspiration and motivation. Use your fear against itself.

The actual mechanics of violent death may also give some cold comfort... Accident victims who have had terrible injuries and survived to tell about it usually recount that they felt an impact, then not much more... the human body has a mechanism called "going into Shock", which is a series of steps a body will take to automatically to preserve the heart, lungs and brain. Among other things, it involves constricting blood flow to the surface and to non-critical internal organs. It also seems to have an effect on the brain. Victims tend to pass out or go into a gray state, often unaware of how badly they are injured. In this state they seem to feel little or no pain. If not treated quickly and correctly, they do slip into death.

If you know that there is something on the other side of death (something good that is), then the fear of death is lessened to a fear of going through a change. In the meantime, recognize that living life involves an element of resigned acceptance. Living life involves a certain amount of risk. We must have acceptance that not everything is in our control, and focus instead on the parts that are in our control - and make the best of them. As schmaltzy as it sounds, that actually works.

Hope this helps. Thanks for writing. Chills... Scuttles)

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From CSHull.: I'm afraid of ladybugs.

(Dear CSHull; While some people may think your submission is just someone kidding around, I actually do know someone who is afraid of Ladybugs. While some people have a phobia about all bugs, or specifically scary-looking bugs like Spiders or Millipedes for example, there are some people who focus their fears on the harmless-looking Ladybug. "What is so creepy about a Ladybug?" you might ask... Well have you ever taken a really close look at one? I mean really up close with a magnifying glass and all? Visually they can be just as creepy as any other bug. Doubly so when you think about how innocent and friendly they look at first glance. And what about that creepy children's song that goes something like "Ladybug, Ladybug, fly away home, your house is on fire and your children will burn"? Who comes up with that stuff anyway? So if you are afraid of Ladybugs, you are not alone. And if you want to stop being afraid of them, go rent "A Bug's Life" and watch that a few times, then go see if you can find one to play with (don't hurt it). You will soon see that they really are pretty harmless afterall. I know... I once spent a weekend in a room full of them and I survived. Chills... Scuttles)

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From Lynze.: I'm 15 years old and ever since my grandmother took me to a nursing home 10 years ago, I've been terrified of them. I can't go near a place that homes people that are mentally ill, "insane", or other things of that nature. One time I was shopping with a friend and this man in an electric wheelchair started following me. I got so scared I was crying and shaking. Is there a name for this and is it even normal?

(Dear Lynze; Yes, those fears you mentioned do have names. The fear of Becoming Mad is Lyssophobia, the Fear of Insanity is Dementophobia or Maniaphobia, the Fear of Old People is called Gerontophobia and the Fear of Growing Old is called Gerascophobia. But frankly, I doubt if you have a full-blown case of any of those afflictions. Being exposed to a nursing home can be a scary event for anyone of any age, but a five-year-old is very impressionable. That isn't to say that being exposed to people in an old-age home is detrimental to a child, but it must be handled properly. Both children and old people can benefit from exposure and interaction with each other. In your case, it sounds like it was a bad trip. Now that you are older, you have the power to put away that five-year-old's mind and approach the problem head on. Go prove to yourself that the fear you felt was blown out of proportion by a child's sensitivities - volunteer to take a pet into an old age home and let the people there play with it. The pet will become the focus of their attention (rather than you directly) and then you can learn how to interact with the elderly again... and you will really make their day. Good luck! Chills... Scuttles)

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From Jacki.: Hi, my name is Jacki and my grandpa died about a year ago. Since then I think he has been trying to tell me something. Every night at 10:00pm exactly the lights in my sister's bedroom will flicker, I think this is my g-pa because before he died he always sent us to bed at 10:00. Anyways, all I have to do is say "goodnight grandpa, nice to see you."and it will stop. Can you help me explain this dream? Thanx, Jacki.

(Dear Jacki; There could be several things happening here. First, it is possible that there is a machine somewhere in your building that is always set to go on exactly at 10:00 pm, and if it happens to be on the same circuit as your sister's lights, you would see a flicker every night at the same time. And looking for signs from a deceased loved one is a common, although generally unconscious activity. On the other hand, perhaps it is your grandpa spirit, keeping watch over you and your sister. Ghosts seem to be able to manipulate electrical energy pretty easily, perhaps because they are essentially an energy force themselves, so messing with the lights may be his way of communicating. It doesn't really sound like you are afraid of this phenomena, which is a healthy sign. And as nice as his visits might be, you should also let him know that even though you will miss him, it is OK for him to rest now. Tell him you and your sister will be fine, thank him for checking on you, and let him know that he should go into the light, if he wants to. He has earned his peace. Thanks for writing. Chills... Scuttles)

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From Danny E.: I'm scared of women with fever blisters.

(Dear Danny; I realize your submission is probably just a quick goof, but I am happy to address it. Fever blisters are actually caused by a very limited version of the Herpes Virus, which is pretty nasty if you get the genital version. The mouth version that everybody calls a Fever Blister or Cold Sore is actually very common. Generally the mouth version does not turn into the genital version, but there is some scientific evidence that suggests that it is not a good idea to engage in oral sex with someone who has an active, festering fever blister... On the bright side, and keeping in mind that I am NOT a doctor, if you feel the tingle of a fever blister coming on, you may be able to head it off or shorten the attack by taking a dose of L-Lysine, an amino acid you can find in the vitamin section of the drug store or grocery store. Chills... Scuttles)

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From Monica H.: I just finished moving to a new apartment. As I was going to sleep in my new bed I laid down and shut my eyes. I got back up then I saw her a girl with long Blond hair. Standing in my closet I couldn't move or scream she walked towards and sat on my bed. She put her hand on my leg I shut my eyes thinking it wasn't real. When I opened them she wasn't there any more. I don't know if it was a dream or not but I'm pretty sure it wasn't. In the middle of the night I really needed to go pee so I got up and went to go use the bathroom. I came back into my room and lifted my covers then I saw her laying in my bed. I ran to wake my dad to show him the girl. He went in my room and lifted the covers and she wasn't there. My dad told me I was dreaming. If I was dreaming why am I dreaming of her?

(Dear Monica; Studies have shown that moving to a new home is one of life's most stressful events, ranking just under the death of a loved one. While this does not imply that all moves are unhappy ones, it does point out that you (and your family) are probably pretty stressed by the whole thing even if no one acts like it. That sort of stress works deep in our subconscious, just the right place for dreams to work out what we are feeling. The fact that you are in a new apartment may be making you think of the people who lived there before you. The place is so new that you feel like an intruder... like you are sleeping in some other girl's bedroom. Now, this is not to absolutely dismiss the idea that your place might be haunted, and in fact, being under stress may help you be sensitive to such an event, but the most likely answer is that your experience is just one way your subconscious has been dealing with the big changes in your life. After you have been there for a few months, I suspect the dreams will disappear. If the dreams continue, start looking into the background of your apartment to see if anyone who lived there before passed away. But in any case, don't be afraid. Dream or ghost, neither will hurt you. Chills... Scuttles)

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From Kristen B.: Ok so my story happened when I was about 3 or 4.. it was a long time ago. I would always get dolls for Christmas and my birthday because the fact that I'm a girl. Dolls like Baby dolls, Barbie dolls and such. But I always acted as though I enjoyed them but inside me I'm saying "Please get this thing away from me". My mom she put up a doll case in my room at the end of the wall across from my door. One Christmas I got this yellow doll that was my size!! Which scared me even more to know I would walk in my room and see it. But I had to make my Mom happy so I let her do it. Now here's the scary part. One day I was walking up the stairs into my room nobody else was upstairs and when I turned the corner and I was looking straight at the yellow doll...... I saw it actually JUMP off the cabinet and walk towards me!! I got so scared I couldn't scream. I ran down stairs but didn't tell my mom about it or anyone. And every time I would walk upstairs by myself it would jump off and slowly come toward me. Every night I would have dreams of the yellow doll actually making contact with me. And then throwing me in the closet with all these other dolls and they would look at me hungrily and then I'd wake up and look at the doll and then run to my parents room. Now I was living in Virginia at the time on Langley AFB. I asked my mom one day to take it out of my room because it scared me. After she took it out and put it in a box I had no scary dreams and no scary doll. Is this just my mind telling me that dolls are definitely not my best friend or that that certain doll had a strange zing to it or something? Please respond to me telling me what you think. Thank you

(Dear Kristen B. Your story has a sub-story that just goes to show how important it is to be honest with other people, even at the risk of disappointing them. So often both parties are doing something they think will "make the other person happy" only to find out that they would have both been better off with the truth... which would leave more opportunities to really do something for each other that you know they will like!

Now, onto your doll fears... This can be looked at on two levels. The purely psychological level simply reveals that there was something disturbing about that life-sized doll. You are not alone... many people are uncomfortable with dolls, especially life sized ones. The general interpretation is that since they are by nature "lifeless", they represent death in some ways... a body without life. This is a hard concept for a child to deal with, and so fears of that nature will often bubble up to the surface in strange ways... including your waking dreams of the doll coming to "life".

On the other hand, there have been a few rather weird cases of life-sized dolls exhibiting motion or other signs of life. This could be a variation on the "haunted object" scenario, where contact with someone eventually imprints something of them onto the object. This, however, usually takes a long time of exposure and contact. Take for instance the case of "Robert"... a life-sized doll, complete with human hair, who continues to be an unsettling presence in a bed & breakfast in Key West, Florida. Once owned by an ill-tempered writer, his namesake "Robert" the doll, seems to display some very un-doll-like activities... such as giggling, moving, and rearranging things in the room. The writer is dead, but his nasty ways seem to live in through his favorite doll... Check out this scary story for more info.

In any case, whether your doll was haunted or possessed, the answer seems to have been to just get rid of it. And there is nothing wrong with that solution in either situation. Chills... Scuttles)

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From Topaz: In my old house, which was said to be haunted (by a baby who cried at night), I as the oldest of my siblings had the privilege of getting my own room- the one where the baby was said to have died. One night I was lying awake, looking around my room as I often did, when the windowshade went all the way up (it curved funny) and touched the ceiling. I was frightened, even though nothing else happened, but that must have been because I was young. I don't think I was imagining it because I have always been a very rational person. What could it have been?

(Dear Topaz, Thanks for writing. Although the legend of the crying baby ghost may have some merit, you haven't really given us enough background and first-hand experiences to work with. Ghosts of babies are rare and usually only do baby stuff... so lifting a windowshade to the ceiling is not typical baby behavior. On the other hand, perhaps you have more than one ghost in the house? Or perhaps you have some poltergeist tendencies, and actually moved it yourself. However, based on what you described, I have to say that because you were in your bed, you may have had a "waking dream". This is more common that most people think, because there is no fine line between awake and asleep. You could have been in the "gray area" between those states when you experienced this event. Hope this helps. Chills...)

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From Mad Hatte: Hi.. I was just checking out your site.. 'Tis very nice.. and the "What are you afraid of" caught my eye. I have something extremely weird and terrified of. But its a long story. Me and my best friend Amanda always play the Ouija board. It's like some kind of addiction. Normally we play it at her house because its rally old and creepy but one night we decided to play it at mine.. We normally try to find the weirdest room of the house to play in.. So we decided to play in my bedroom. Now my bedroom is a very awkward room. It's always cold.. no matter what season or if we have the heater on. In fact it's the coldest room of the house. But its a very strange room. I always feel like there is something in it watching me.. So anyways. we were playing and this night we got a very strong energy from it. We asked it who it was and it replied that it was a woman about in her twenties. She never gave a name. Well after my friend left I went to bed thinking nothing of it like usual.. But there was something very different about that night. I awoke in the middle of the night having night sweats. When I arose I saw some thing standing in the corner of my room. I laid back down and clutched my blanket. The object neared me and finally I could make out that it was a young woman in about her twenties. She wore all white. She got closer and closer to my bed. Then finally she sat at the end right on top of my feet. Automatically my feet felt like they were put in a bucket of ice. I quickly pulled my feet away and then out of no where she violently lunged at me and disappeared before hitting my face. Now this went on for several nights in a row.. She never got close to me like that but she would always sit in the corner of my room and watch me. Day and night this went on. until it scared me to the point where I slept with the light on.. That didn't help tho.. She hung from my ceiling over my bed that night and watched me.. Then as days passed she began to follow me to school and watch me.. every where I was she was there.. Then I started seeing the black cat I saw all the time when I was little. I also saw an 18th century type man when I was little.. He also came back.. Along with others.. a young boy.. and a teen boy.. I saw them all the time.. just walking around.. staring at me.. I started to get really scared.. so I told my mom.. who then blessed the house and burnt my Ouija board. Then woman disappeared after that.. But I still saw the others.. and still do to this day.. Its like they are guiding me.. helping me in a sense.. I'd like it if you can get back to me on this one.. thanx for your time..

(Dear Mad Hatte... Whew, yes, that was a long one. I'm afraid my answer is pretty long, too. Here goes... First, let me say that I don't like Ouija boards. I had some disturbing experiences with one as a kid, and it left me feeling that using it was a bit like playing with matches... if you don't know what you are doing you can end up getting burnt! Now that isn't to confirm that there was actually anything supernatural about all of this... the human mind is an incredible thing, capable of making us see and feel things that are created out of the hidden parts inside of us. So let's explore two possibilities... First, the supernatural:

If indeed you managed to make contact with a spirit of a woman that night, it makes sense to assume that she has some sort of connection with your room. The coldness is a commonly reported phenomenon when there are ghosts present. (The theory is they suck up whatever available energy there is, in order to keep from dissipating entirely.) The Ouija board session opened a channel of communication that this spirit was able to seize on, and it managed to "tune" itself to you and the result is that you each became aware of each other. That first night's lunge may have been a desperate attempt to make contact with you, but she found out that it was impossible, so the rest of the time she just watched, longingly. Compared to a spirit, a human is a bonfire of life-force, and like a moth, they can't bear to touch what they most desire.

By the way, you should be aware that spirits are generally very confused and lost, unwilling or unable to "go into the light", and so they maintain a marginal existence somewhere in between. It must be incredibly boring and frustrating. One more reason to never listen to what a spirit says via an Ouija board... they are more lost than you are... The other spirits you have begun to see may be the result of having your senses re-tuned to the spirit world by your experience with the Ouija board and the woman's spirit. Some cultures call it the "opening of the third eye". But again, remember, just because they are dead, doesn't mean they know any more than you do. Accepting guidance from a spirit is a crapshoot more likely to get you lost than to help you find your way. (If you want guidance, go right to the top and pray to God, Allah, the Great Spirit, or whatever your concept of the big cheese is. Who needs intermediaries?)

Now for the other possibility... This could all be psychological. Not to say that there is anything wrong with you, but to explain that the brain sometimes chooses to process information in odd ways. If you were feeling vulnerable to begin with, playing the Ouija board may have helped crystallize things that were in the back of your mind. The woman may represent something lurking in your subconscious, possibly representing unfinished issues in your life. The burning of the Ouija board support this theory, because it was symbolically tied to your "spirit woman", who in turn represented something in your subconscious. Burning it may have helped you resolve some of those issues through symbolic transference.

However, if this theory is correct, the fact that you still see those other "guiding" spirits makes it sound like you still have some unresolved issues, albeit less distressing ones. Keep working on it and take anything they say with a healthy dose of skepticism. In fact, the following advice should be helpful no matter if this was a supernatural or a psychological experience… Anytime you see a spirit, do them a favor and tell them gently and firmly that their time is done, it is time for them to rest, and that they need to stop hanging around you. Tell them they need to go into the light and go onto the next stage of existence. This works on both a spiritual and a psychological level. Hope this helps. Chills... )

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From Miguel: HI MY NAME IS MIGUEL. 3 YEARS AGO ME AND MY FAMILY WERE DRIVING HOME FROM A FRIENDS PARTY ON THE FREEWAY.AS YOU KNOW ON THE FREEWAY ITS JUST ROAD. WELL NOW TO THE POINT THE FOUR OF US WERE AWAKE IT WAS DARK AND EACH ONE SAW A PERSONS SHADOW CROSSING THE FRONT OF THE CAR.RIGHT AFTER THAT MY DAD SAID ``DID YOU SEE THAT`` MY MOM SAW IT AND SO DID I (MY SISTER WAS SLEEPING). WHAT CAN THAT MEAN OR WHAT WAS IT?

(Dear Miguel, I'll forgive you for "shouting" on the web, but please be careful to use upper and lower case typing in the future. It's more polite and more readable. Onto your question:

Without a lot of information to go on, the experience could have been as simple as someone crossing the road in dark clothing. But if we want to get into freakier theories, there is a whole subculture of folks who believe that there are "Shadow People" all around us, all the time. Some say that they exist on a slightly different dimensional plane, so they can't really interact with us, but they can observe. Another theory is that these are time-travellers who can be barely detected by our eyes as they phase in and out of our continuum, watching us like tourists from the future. Others have paranoid theories that these Shadow People may be the result of secret government experiments with invisibility. And finally, they may just be another manifestation of a ghost. I caught what some people believe is a ghost or Shadow Person in one of my photos at Rose Hall, in Jamaica. (Click here to see that page. Look at the photo halfway down the page.) Hope this helps. Chills...)

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From Gabi: I scare the crap out of myself at night when it's dark, silent, and the door is closed. The only possible way I regain ANY of my sanity is a) Open my door. Every time I open it, my mom comes in and closes it. I BEG for her to open it, but she just does it an inch or two. I again, beg her to open it more, but she doesn't listen. b) Turn on the light. Again, my stupid mom turns it off. The only type of light she accepts is my froggie lamp. But it's green! I need regular, yellow light! c) Turn on music. This blocks the silence. Mom turns it off sometimes. --------------------- Also, I scare the crap out of myself when I watch scary movies. But the problem is, l LOVE scary movies! I screamed BM when I saw 'The Ring', but I LOVED IT!!

(Ahh, Gabi... learn to embrace the darkness and the silence. When the lights are out, and when silence reigns, you can begin to truly see the world and listen to the rhythms of the world. Try this... Lay in your bed at night with the door closed and the lights off (even Froggie) and just be very, very silent and still. Listen.... listen to the world around you. You will feel your consciousness expand till you are hearing things far, far away. And if you listen very closely, you will also hear your heartbeat and how it matches the heartbeat of the world. That alone should make you feel at peace.

Darkness and light depend on each other. Neither is good or bad... they just are. And if you declare darkness to be your friend, where then will the scary things be able to hide? That is how you master your fears.

And I loved "The Ring" too. Check out the review. Thanks for sharing. Chills... )

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From Tish: My name is Tish. I am afraid of what might have visited me and my daughter one night this month. We were both awakened by a shadowy figure by the door. I saw it walk toward the kids room and I heard a voice in the kids room. The next morning my daughter complained about a shadowy figure whispering her name that night. It's weird because I wasn't afraid while it was present. It was when my daughter complained about it that I became fearful because it confirmed that I wasn't dreaming. There were times where my daughter says that something lays against her some nights and the air around her head gets freezing cold! Ghosts? Spirits? What up?

(Dear Tish, Originally, I was inclined to believe you were simply dreaming, because the shadowy figure didn't seem to cause you any distress, even when it went towards the kid's room and you heard voices. Normally that sort of thing would set off the threat-alert motherhood alarm bells that are part of human wiring. Only in a dream would this seem normal, unless the figure was a trusted friend or family member. Be sure to check the doors and windows to eliminate a human intruder, benign or not, as the culprit. However, if you believe that we can eliminate dreaming or human intruder as an explanation, then what you described does have some of the earmarks of a ghostly visit. The lack of alarm could reflect the personality of the spirit as someone who cares for your child or for children in general.

If you want to know more, you need to check into two different areas of possible connection... The history of the house itself, and your personal family history. If the house is haunted, the figure may be someone with a connection to the place, and who may have in fact died there. Find out if the kid's room was the site of any deaths or violence, since that room and your daughter seem to be the focus of the phantom's attention. Check your family history to see if there are any tales of ghostly visits to other members in the past… sometimes families are haunted instead of buildings. And of course, see if someone in your family, perhaps a distant relative, recently died. They may be making the rounds to say good-bye. But based on your description so far, it does not look as if you or your daughter have anything to fear from this phantom. The cold air effect is simply what it feels like when the ghost is absorbing any available energy. If it keeps her awake or tries to climb into bed with her, tell your daughter to tell it to go away and leave her alone. Usually that is sufficient. Keep us informed…)

UPDATE From Tish: I am returning a note on what's happening now after our night visitor incident. All has been calm until now. My daughter, who is now 12 1/2 yrs old, told me this morning that the boy spirit she met on a Ouija board about 5 years ago is back. She said that he said, "I am your friend. Let me help you," I asked her what did he want to help with. She says that he never told her. My daughter has been plagued by visitations since she was little. She used to come running from her room terrified when she was about 7 or 8 yrs old with story of shadows sitting in the middle of the floor watching her in the night and something laying against her body as she slept and the air turning freezing cold around her face at night. I experienced the last visitation myself last October 2002. What started the activity was when she was 7 or 8 yrs old, she had been playing with a Ouija board with an older neighbor girl. I found out about a week later when I found notes she had scribbled up about a boy who she met from the Ouija board and he was her friend and talks to her all of the time. He died 60 years ago. After finding the notes I told her to never touch that board again. But it was too late. Now at 12 years old she has made a very big effort to discover the Lord Jesus as her Savior. And the voice and Ouija board spirit is back in her life. He came back to her while she was at an all girls church camp last week to learn about remaining sexually pure. She's a good girl but I fear that someday she will give in to this "thing" that has plagued her for years if she gets into a depressed teenage mood-swing

(Dear Tish, Thanks for the update. Again, we have the question of considering both the mundane and the supernatural. On one hand, it is not unusual for a pre-teen or teenager to discover a particular thing that upsets a parent and then uses that issue to get a response from that parent. In this case, your reaction to the original Ouija board incident could have planted the seeds for her knowing how to get a reaction from you if she felt neglected or petulant for some reason. If she was sent to that camp against her will, for example, the return of the spirit would be a satisfactory way to "get back at you" and to hint that the camp sessions were ineffective. However, do not assume that this is deliberate... it may in fact be very real to her, even though she herself may be generating it. Being at that age between pre-teen and teen, she is all about establishing her own identity and her own agenda, but isn't quite ready to meet you "head on" as it were. This isn't to imply that your daughter is a bad girl or being disrespectful to you. It is more likely an indirect way of asking for some help and guidance without outright asking for it. In this scenario, your best bet is to continue to be strong and unafraid. Be sure to instill the knowledge that she is stronger than any spirit or negative idea, no matter how weak she may be feeling at the time. Being involved with a church is exactly how some people can find strength and comfort. However, do not make the mistake of packing the kid off to Sunday school while the parents remain home and watch TV. Too many people do that and it sends a worse message than not going at all.

On the other hand, if this is indeed a supernatural event, the door was opened back when she "met" the spirit on the Ouija board. The likely reason that it has resurfaced at this particular time may be linked to the sexual topics being discussed and her own biological development. Sexuality and spirituality have been linked since the dawn of time for good reason... But again, both you and your daughter need to understand that this spirit (or any other) is actually weaker than a whisper. The human will and mind are so much more powerful that all it takes is a determination not to acknowledge or respond to the hints and whispers of the spirit in order to defeat it. This sort of spirit thrives and survives on the interaction with the human who opened the door. Letting them in gives them more and more control and power. On the other hand, ignoring them deprives them of power and eventually the spirit will fade away. Ignore the promises of help. Spirits are lost themselves, hovering around the bright flare of a human soul like moths around a flame. There is nothing an earthbound spirit can help her with... or they wouldn't be stuck where they are in the first place. Tell her the next time she feels or hears the spirit to simply be unafraid, know that she is the stronger, and tell her to order the spirit to go away from her and never return or contact her again. From that point onward, ignore anything that even makes her think of the spirit. Hope this helps. Chills...)

 

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From Susan: More than anything in this world, I am scared to death of clowns. We have recently traveled to many haunted houses and almost all of them contain clown mazes or chainsaw pits. I could never even dress in a clown costume. My fear of clowns began as a child when my mother used to make me eat this cereal with little clown faces, it was some kind of off generic brand. It has all been down hill since then.

(Dear Susan, I know what you mean. I sometimes wonder if eating BooBerry cereal as a child has lead me to be a ghost-hunter? In fact, I remember your clown cereal too... can't think of the name either... but the real scary part was the sugar content! Regarding your fear of clowns, as I said in an earlier response to Jennifer (see below), being afraid of clowns (Coulrophobia) is actually rather common. I mean, for most kids, clowns are fine from a distance, but up close they can be rather threatening. After all, they are someone in disguise, and that makes you wonder what they are hiding.... Remember John Wayne Gacy? The serial murderer who killed boys and always dressed as a clown? He was a real life monster. (Why do serial killers usually have three names... hmmm...) I can't really offer you any advice except to say that you are not alone. And if the fear of clowns if affecting your work, there are counseling professionals who can help with that. However, unless you work for a talent agency or Ringling Brothers, I doubt that not dealing with clowns will detract from your quality of life. Hang in there...)

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From Alissa: My name is Alissa and my friend is Thalia. Every day when we go to school and go to the field its colder on the field (we have to put on a jacket) and we feel someone following us but there's no one behind us. Can you help us out?.

(Dear Alissa, I'm afraid you haven't given me much to go on here... Despite my ghost hunting adventures, I am really a skeptic at heart. While there are real supernatural things out there, we have to weed away the mundane in order to find them. In other words, exhaust the common explanations before resorting to the supernatural. In your case, the field may be colder simply because it is exposed, and wind chill lowers the perceived temperature. As for someone following you, that could be an acoustic effect of the sound of your footsteps bouncing off the walls of nearby buildings. Or it could be a case of paranoia, which in these days is probably a healthy thing to have. Or it could be a murderous, bloodthirsty freak listening to what his Rice Crispies are telling him to do. Play it safe and make sure you remain aware of your surroundings. You need to be more concerned about a real live person than anything supernatural. Stay safe.)

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From Amy: I don't know why, but I have always been afraid of birds. Except white chickens. My boyfriend thought it would would break me of the phobia if he took me into the bird cage at the zoo, but it just made it worse. Now I'm afraid of anything that flies. Yes, even flies. Can you tell me what my phobia is called.

(Well Amy, if it was simply birds, it would appear to be considered Ornithophobia. But since you expand that to flying insects, I'm not sure that is entirely accurate. A fear of flying, for example, usually applies to you yourself doing the flying, but it is not impossible that there could be some "transference" going on - in which case Aviophobia or Aviatophobia or Pteromerhanophobia could be the culprit. But in any case, don't be ashamed of the fear. Others may not understand and think you are being silly, but a phobia feels no less real to the victim. Your boyfriend's heart was in the right place, but confrontation therapy usually works best when you yourself have made the decision to face your fear - not because someone else is making you do it. That is a recipe for failure. Phobias can be managed. I know a woman who faced her fear of heights by going sky diving. Sounds pretty extreme, but the important point is that she chose to do it... no one made her. She is still afraid of heights, but is no longer paralyzed by them. That makes all the difference. If you find your phobia is affecting your work or your quality of life, go see a specialist. Different techniques work better for different people. For example, rather than confrontation, perhaps hypnotism is your solution. Good luck!)

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Jennifer: Hi, my name is Jennifer. I wanted to tell you that one thing that really scares me is clowns. I am so afraid of them that I won't keep any kind of clown in my room. I had one that was kinda big and dressed in black silk. I was so scared that I put it in its box and taped it shut and stuck it in my mom's room. I also had another one that you could wind up its back and its head would go from side to side and play music. I had such a bad dream about it one night that I had my dad throw it away at two in the morning. And sometimes I think I see it standing out side my window. I won't even sleep in a room with a clown in it. I am also afraid of dolls. I won't go into a dark room if it has a doll in it.

(Jennifer, your dislike and fear of clowns is not so unusual. They even have a name for it: Coulrophobia. And a fear of dolls is Pediophobia. Lots of scary books and movies have been made about killer clowns and spooky dolls. Stephen King wrote one of his best books called "IT", which featured a being that took the form of a demonic clown. And of course, there is the incredibly campy film "Killer Clowns from Outer Space". Clowns have always held a position in human culture, and not all clowns were meant to be funny. They represent other sides of being human, and not all of those sides are pretty. Dolls are just creepy in general... little replicas of humans with no thoughts or feelings. Remember "Chuckie"? But don't be too worried about it. It is so common that you will probably outgrow the fear, and someday find yourself sitting around a TV with a bunch of friends and laughing hysterically at "Killer Clowns from Outer Space II". Chills...)

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From Lorraine: I'm afraid of people. I'm afraid to talk to people, as I'm speaking I'm very aware of what I'm saying. I feel anxious to finish what I have to say so the attention is no longer on me. I feel like I'm being judged and no matter what I do or say it's the wrong thing. I don't approach others, someone has to talk to me first. I'm paranoid what others think of me. This is to the point where I come up with these elaborate conspiracy theories. Sadly I didn't trust even my only friend for years, by the way we drifted apart and I don't talk to her anymore. Sometimes I get this anxious feeling like I have to hide. Like if I'm in one room and I hear someone approaching the room I'm in I run out of the room and I feel relieved that they didn't know I was there. After I would do this I would think to myself that's an odd thing to do. I never really thought about it before until recently. Well, I thought everything was normal insecure feelings up until I started to realize I was literally running away from people. It was just a fleeting thought that I wasn't normal. Then since I can't seem to go to sleep right now I thought I might as well find out what it's called to be afraid of people. Anthropophobia, I know. No sleep and I'm looking up on the Internet the fear of people. I feel a little better that I've said this but now you think I'm a freak. I'm wondering what I should do about this. Well, I should get some sleep since it's almost four am.

(Lorraine, you are correct to conclude that this isn't quite right, and the very fact that you are recognizing it and taking steps to learn more about it is the first steps to combating it. And yes, you do have to combat it. Like it or not, there are few jobs on this planet that do not include some forms of interaction with humans. Now, on the bright side, what you are experiencing would not be a challenge to most competent professional councilors. The phobia you are experiencing may not be a phobia at all, but rather a learned response that can be "deprogrammed" with the right sort of treatment. The feelings you expressed are feeling we all experience at one time or another, and at one level or another. We all feel insecure at times, and that may be the root of the matter. It is a question of degree. It is when we let those feelings grow and control our lives that we have a problem. I applaud you for recognizing your affliction and exploring new ways to deal with it. You have just proven that you are stronger than you think. Now take the next step. I suggest starting with a councilor and seeing if simple interaction can improve your quality of life. Thanks for writing.)

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Emily: Hey, my name is Emily.... and some nights I see a big green light going up my wall. It glows too... its really freaky!! One night I was upstairs all by my self... my brother was gone that night... I was lying on the bed for about 5 minutes, and I heard 5 knocks coming from my bed! I never heard it again... it was really freaky... Can you please tell me what was going on?

(Emily, since your brother was out that night, I guess we can rule out him trying to scare you. We really don't have much to go on here... The green light could have been a car headlight reflecting off of a reflective green road sign . The sound of five knocks could have been anything from the house settling, to noisy neighbors, to some sort of spirit trying to make contact with you because they were bored. Or you could be powering a poltergeist - a type of "ghost" that actually seems to be uncontrolled telekinetic power from adolescent , usually female. But since it only happened once, I wouldn't worry too much about it. The chances are greater that it was a squirrel in the wall than a ghost in your house. Sorry to disappoint, but keep us informed if things get more interesting...)

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From SG: My friends call me SG, the only thing I feel afraid of is myself. I wonder sometimes if I'm losing my mind. On a nightly basis I dream about this one fear that really gets to me. I dream that I am somewhere in my house and doing something sensible. Then the lights will for some reason disappear, (even if I'm outside in the middle of the day). I'll stumble around for a minute until I find familiar footing. Them some small creature with red eyes, not glowing, more like human eyes will peer out at me from the darkness. I will stumble away from the thing a few feet and it finally reveals it's full body. It is about two and a half to three feet tall, (sometimes larger, much larger) and has pale white or gray skin. It wields one of the kitchen knifes in one hand and a bloody object in the other. It leaps at me and I run. The dream used to just freak me out for a few minutes and I would doze back to sleep. But one night I was running up the stairs and the thing flung itself at the wall and embedded it's knife into it. Then I woke up. I was sleeping with a sword in my hands (gift from special event) and my back pressed against the door keeping it firmly shut behind me. I opened the door and the knife was stuck about 3/4 into the solid oak door. That just freaked me out, I thought I was losing it.

(Hmmm... I agree... pretty freaky. I think you might actually be able to turn this event into a moneymaker. I love the description of the creature, and can see the video in my head. Your account of it is written so convincingly that I believe you could work it into a short script for Twilight Zone or Tales from the Crypt. If this is indeed true, and not just a well written fiction, then I think you may be in trouble... At first I was thinking this was a good case for dream symbology... you know... analyze the components and that can tell you what's really bothering you. But if your last bit about the knife is true, then this is either a case of you having serious delusions, or possibly something supernatural. Now assuming you are not a multiple-personality candidate, that leaves a supernatural explanation. In most cases, the supernatural can't really harm you by itself. In general, ghosts and the like can't directly hurt you, aside from stealing a bit of energy to keep themselves going or scaring you so bad that you fall out a window or something. I make a distinction between ghosts and demons. A demon is a different matter. If you were dabbling in the occult, this could be the result. Sometimes a demon is built from your own mind, and there is enough reality there to put a hurt on you. If what you said is true, I'd start getting friendly with the local clergy and ask them for some help. Good luck, and quit messin' with the dark stuff.)

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From Forlorn: I was browsing the net and I landed in your site. and then I saw the big question ...WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?...and it made me think, what am I afraid of...? And only one thing springs to my mind, MY GREATEST FEAR IS WHEN THE DAY COMES THAT I DO NOT FEAR ANYTHING AT ALL... (===== I'm naked ---- rawed, I'm in pain --- harrowed).

(Deep...very deep...)

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From Damita: I'm basically scared of just about everything. Some big ones are the dark, mirrors, and being by my self at night. I've been afraid of the dark ever since I was really really little. I sleep with my TV on and if I don't have it on I have a nightlight or I have the covers over my head and I'm freaking out. Mirrors can scare me crapless sometimes. I have one mirror in my room and it's inside my closet where I can't see it at night. The only truly sad part about this is I'm 15 about to turn 16. Oh, by the way, I love scary stuff. Hints... the fact that I'm on this site.

(Complex... very complex... Perhaps, as you say, the fact that you love scary stuff explains why you are always so scared. Fear pours adrenaline and other hormones into our bodies and, like endorphins, we can get quite addicted to them. In some ways, most of the people who visit ScaryPlace, or haunted houses or scary movies have some level of this same addiction in them. Face it... humans like to be scared or the thrill ride industry wouldn't exist. On the other hand, you have to be sure that you do not let fear get the best of you. If you let it take over your life and paralyze you, it will cease to be fun for you and for those around you. Choose your fears wisely. Don't squander your fear on comforting things like the Dark or insightful things like mirrors. Instead, perhaps you should begin to discover how you yourself can become Scary. There is nothing like discovering you have the power to frighten others to drive away your own fears. Look around for a haunted house that needs actors and behind the scenes helps and get involved. You will soon be able to master fear and make it work for you. Be sure to check out the "How to be Scary" portion of the website. Chills...)

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From Kevin: When I sleep I dream of deaths that happened in the past. I see exactly how a person dies and I see their full name, their birth, the date of death, and the cause. When I see their death it always involves a man with a glowing blurry dark red face who makes these people die in horrible ways. I am afraid because I wrote four of the names down and when I took it to the library I found info about three of the people... they were listed in my local area. I know how they died and I have each one of those dreams written down. I'm getting scared of them because the year of when they died is getting closer and closer to 2002. I don't want to sleep because I want the dreams to stop. What should I do?

(Pretty cool... It sounds like you have the makings of a pretty good Hollywood horror movie in your hands. Write it all down and expand on the details. Send it here and I will be happy to post it. Am I being flippant? No, not really... because the best way to make sure something doesn't happen is to publicize it and get the word out. For example... look at all those people who were convinced that the world was going to end on New Years Day 2001. It go so much press and fuss made about it that it never happened. And look at all those old sci-fi movies... we were supposed to be living on the Moon and Mars by now, and flying around in personal air cars. Do you have an air car? Need I say more? But seriously... if the dreams are bothering you, you should look into developing some lucid dreaming techniques. Lucid dreaming is where you take control of your dreams and guide them yourself. It is kind of like surfing your mind. Research Lucid Dreaming on Google and start practicing. If your red faced blurry man appears again, see if you can interfere and keep him from killing. You can then go back and check to see if that person survived and perhaps visit them and ask them about any strange events in their past... Hmmm this really is starting to sound like a cool movie. In any case, don't let fear get a hold of you. That is the only way dreams and ghosts can harm us is to make us so afraid that we cause the harm ourselves. Stay cool Kevin and you will prevail. Chills...)

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From TJ: I use to be scared of a lot of things such as Freddy Kruger and ghosts, but the thing that I am scared of now is Blood Mary. Because you see, me and my cousins decided that one night we would say "Bloody Mary" in the mirror. My cousin had begun to say her name in the mirror very slowly, and as he was saying it, his reflection in the mirror began to turn different colors and his eyes turn white and that really freaked me out.

(Hmmm... I assume you are referring to the legend that if you say "Bloody Mary" into a mirror 7 times, she will appear and do terrible things to someone in the reflection... similar to the Candy Man legend. I guess my first question is why would you do such a thing if you believed it was true? But don't worry, it isn't true. First of all, Bloody Mary is a good friend of mine, and she throws some pretty wild parties. But she is often heard to complain about all the people who think badly of her just because of a few dozen unfortunate incidences with those annoying neighborhood children, who had it coming anyway. So don't worry about Bloody Mary, worry about your cousin! He sounds pretty freaky. He may have a high psi-quotient and not know it, and that "stare into the mirror" stuff just helped bring to to the surface and messed with your head. Since it really doesn't have anything to do with Bloody Mary, try to get him to do it while saying something else... like "George Bush... George Bush..." and see if your cousin can do the freaky stuff again. Let us know... Chills...)

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From Gwen: Ok.... I haven't slept in my room for like 5 days... and the most I've been in my room for the last 5 days was for like less than 5 minutes and the whole time I kept staring at the cross I have hanging from the ceiling. What happened is, 5 days ago I was about ready to turn in for the night. I usually lay up in bed with the lights on for a few minutes to think over the days events before I turn out the lights to doze. Well, as I was laying there, out of the corner of my eye, I saw the cross I have (hanging from the ceiling in the corner of the room by a hook) start to spin. At first I didn't really think much of it, because it was just very gentle, but then as I kept watching it, it kept spinning in one direction, clockwise, it kept spinning till the string started to twirl into a ball, and then it started spinning the other way. I kept watching it, deathly afraid and praying for the love of God for it to stop. It kept spinning and then all the sudden stopped, with the string still twisted from spinning. I screamed and then it started spinning again!!! My fan was not on, the windows were all shut, my bedroom door was shut! It scared the HELL out of me! What's going on? I will NEVER be able to go back into my room again! Please help! ---Lioness Gwen

(Nothing to be scared of Gwen, unless you let it freak you out too much. There are two possible explanations that come to mind immediately: The first is that you really did begin to doze, and it was one of those segue dreams (like in the movies) where you are dreaming you are in the same place you fell asleep in, so you don't realize you were sleeping. Your panicked scream and subsequent leap out of bed ended the dream but you were too busy to notice. The other possibility is a bit more freaky... Perhaps you just started discovering your telekinetic powers... the same sort of thing that people sometimes call a Poltergeist. The funny thing about a Poltergeist. is people do not consciously realize that they are the source of the power that moves things around. That is why a Poltergeist. seems to follow a family from house to house as they move away trying to leave it behind. You could try experimenting to see if you can control the direction of spin, or other types of motion. A suspended object is an ideal first choice since it it takes very little effort to get it moving. Good luck in sharpening those skills. In any case, don't be afraid to sleep in your room. Unless you recently invited the Devil to stay and play, you have noting to be afraid of. Chills...)

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From Daniel: One night I was home alone and I decided to take a walk. As I walked past the old power house I saw a light coming through the boarded up windows. The scariest part is that the building has no electricity or a way to get in or out. When I got back to my house all the doors were locked. As I looked under the doormat for the spare key I saw that it was missing. Just then the phone started to ring. I found my key in my pocket and so I ran into the house to answer the phone. The voice on the other line said "Its no use trying to escape I'm in here with you''. Then I ran up to my room, locked the door and didn't come out until my mother got home.

(Hmmm.... scary powerhouse, eh? Ghosts do seem to have an affinity for electricity (they like to mess with lights and tape recorders, for example) but why haunt a dead powerhouse with no power to play with? Or, I suppose it could have been C.H.U.D. You know, Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers? Powerhouses always have subterranean tunnels and stuff. Or perhaps it was a mad scientist using the old abandoned powerhouse as his laboratory, now that would be fitting! Unfortunately I don't have enough information to make a good guess at what you saw. It could have been supernatural, but the more likely explanation is very mundane. There are always ways to get into abandoned buildings, and that means that those were probably people in there. Could be kids having a good time, could be homeless trying to find shelter, or it could be criminals hiding out. In any case, your best bet is to stay far away. Regarding the phone call, that was just the murderer in your basement. Don't let him out. Chills...)

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From Diana: What am I afraid of? I'm afraid of going to sleep to never wake up again. I mean I know this world is going to hell. But I don't wanna go so soon. Diana

(Diana, you have just very eloquently expressed the fears of most of mankind. Love seems to be the only remedy to this fear. Love of God, love of your fellow man, love of a special person. Live your life with love and and when the time comes to leave this world, you will be less afraid, and you will leave few regrets behind.)

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From Christine: Hello my name is Christine and every other weekend I go to my Dad's house to visit him, on the outside it looks normal. But on the inside it has a scary feeling, and I don't mean dirty laundry on the floor and messy bathroom kind of scary, I Mean GHOSTS! I first noticed this when on one weekend my best friend was (finally) allowed to come over. And as usual we were all watching The Dark Corner, during one of the many commercials my Dad blurted out, "have you ever heard clicking downstairs Christine?" I answered "no of course". Then he told us (my friend and I) that at about 1-2:00am there is a strange clicking sound that comes from the old lamp, downstairs in the washroom. Unfortunately I was unable to hear it, but my friend did!! She told me the next morning, after she woke me up (again). And plus my Dad's lamp has 2 parts the top normal light and the bottom that looks kind of like a little flame. So when I went to turn it off I noticed that I only had to turn the little knob once!! And usually it takes about 2-3 turns of the knob. My friend flipped. Then the next weekend I heard it!! And I flipped and as like the last time it only took one click to turn it off. Another thing is a while ago it was Sunday night and it was also supper. I went to the washroom when I heard 3 knocks on the door. I went upstairs and asked my Dad and little sister if they came down and knocked on my door, but then I remembered that I didn't hear footsteps. Isn't that scary???

(Christine,I'm afraid I don't have enough information to be able to make an educated guess as to what the story is with that lamp... On one hand, it could be a combination of just weird wiring and a regular 2am power surge, or perhaps it is indeed a "haunted object". In any case, you need to find out more if you really think the thing is haunted... like where did it come from? Who owned it last? When did the noise start? When you do some research you can sometimes see what may be causing it. But considering that you Dad mentioned this while you were watching a scary show makes me suspect he is just pulling your leg! But the knocking is another matter... assuming that once again, no one is pulling your leg, then you need to find out why the house has a creepy feeling... like was someone murdered there a long time ago or something. In any case, remember, the ghosts are more confused and scared than you are. Be nice to them.)

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From Carrie-Lynn: Hello, I'm a 9th grader. I have a strange story to tell, it may not seem scary, but you had to be there. When I was in grade 1 I meet a lady in white. She was wearing an old fashion dress, but you couldn't see her face!!! We were at my old school, and there had just been a power outage. So I ask the Lady "Do you need help???" (I wasn't thinking clearly for some reason). The Lady just turned away and walked right through the door! Then the power came back on! I though I was seeing things until grade 4. That year the school had just put in new emergency lights in the washrooms and halls. So 2 days later there was a power outage. So a friend and I were going towards the washroom when about 15 girls came running out of the washroom screaming "ghost". We didn't believe them, so we went to investigate. One of the 2 lights was out (the towards the back wall in the changing room). That light was out and we saw an eerie whitish-blue light!! Then a shadow of a women in a dress came running across the eerie light. I never saw her again till grade 7. My class had just got back from from our Quebec trip. I had to go inside to get something, when I saw a flash of white in the school, then it disappeared!! Although none these events scared me more than in grade 8. I was starring in a play we were doing that night so I had to stay after school with some other kids. At about 4:30, me & another girl had to go upstairs to get the projector. The halls were really warm, and when you went into any other classroom it was cold (the air conditioners were on). So we went back into the hall when we heard footsteps, but no one was there. So we searched the top floor, but no one was there. So I waited while the other girl went to ask how we'd get the projector downstairs. Then I heard it footsteps. They stopped and about 5 minutes later the girl came back upstairs. We brought the projector down and went back up to investigate. But nothing was there.

(Carrie-Lynn, your experience is not as unusual as you may think. There is ample evidence to suggest that children and some teens (and animals too) can often clearly see things that adults only seem to catch a glimpse of. In your case, it seems that a specific "Lady in White" is keeping tabs on you, which suggest the possibility that it may be a deceased relative, possibly someone who you never even met. But you will notice that as you get older, it has become harder and harder to see her, and the last event was nothing more than disembodied footsteps in the hall. Soon, you probably won't even be hearing those. In a way, it is sad that you will lose this contact, since the Lady in White was probably just trying to be some sort of Guardian Angel. But generally, ghosts are not really much help to the living, despite best intentions. They are usually more confused and lost feeling than we are (or they wouldn't be ghosts). If you do see her again, thank her for keeping an eye on you, tell her you will be fine, and let her know that she can relax now and to go into the light. It is time for the Lady in White to rest.)

Follow-up from Carrie-Lynn: You know how I e-mail you that story, well about midnight last night I woke up. I kept hearing some one calling my name!! I looked out the window and guess who was there!! The Lady in White!!! I was getting really freaked out, cause her voice sounded as if she was calling me from a place with hundreds of people. Now every time I come into the computer room I feel as if she's here. It's comforting yet scary!! Especially when I turn off the lights. Come to think about, I kept hearing sounds in the closet. I'm going to check the closet. It's cold but no one is there!!! I'm going to go now!!

(Perhaps I was wrong about the Lady in White afterall as she says... because that was the last we ever heard of Carrie -Lynn!)

NEW - Another follow-up from Carrie-Lynn: The White Lady - She just don't get the idea of she can now rest, because I think she's still around. I last told you that she seems to be in the computer room (which is still freezing cold). Well, she now seems follow me, and ever since my skiing accident (which amazing I only got out of with a sprained knee, when everyone though I had broken my leg). Maybe it's just her worrying about something, maybe not. My friend and I decide to pull out the Ouija board (which mind you I'm never doing again after my little experience with it). From what we gathered she happens to be a really good old friend of mine that died when I was about 5 or 6, her name was Merdale, she was a real kind old lady who lived next door to me. I never did get to say goodbye to her, and now I don't think she wants to.

What's weirder is I've also been having (as my best friend says) "visions". Just little things that I don't agree with but it happens. I'll take the other day for example. I was sitting in class and I suddenly picture that the bus that we take wouldn't come till very late. Well, it was right, so I got a ride home with a teacher. I've been trying to figure all this out, but I've been coming up with no clue what so ever.

Back to the White Lady, who has turn off the Internet and turned it back on again (we have to turn it on and off and I watched this happen, I even saw the button being pressed down by nothing and being pressed again, that makes me shudder). I heard her one night, and she kept calling me Kari (Which is my nickname for all the mistakes people have made from incorrectly writing my name). I remember looking around my room, only to nothing. The next day, the necklace that my brother made (it's basically those things that look like diamonds used for decoration around light bulbs on some string) was nowhere to be found. I had just placed it in my jewelry box the night before. A week later, we found it in the playroom (which is right underneath me).

Maybe it's just me, or maybe the Lady in White is trying to tell me something. Whatever it is though, I can't quite figure it out. Is it possible that she wants me to find something so that she can go in peace?

Now something for my friend named Tammy. Just before Christmas, her father died, which is really sad. Now, she was really upset about that and all. Well one day while she was on the computer she hear a voice, that sound like her dad's through the computer. He said "Don't worry Tammy, I'm fine" Got any ideas to that? Anyways, Let's see if anything else happens, and I'll update you! Till Later , and remember, fear is one thing, the truth is another!

(Glad to hear that you are still kicking, Kari. Assuming that you are not just having hallucinations, people who are sensitive to spirits and ghosts are also more inclined to display precognition tendencies, so your experiences would not be that odd, in context. Regarding the Lady in White, it is possible that she wants you to "find something", but I suspect you will have to start trying to find a pattern to her appearances in order to figure that out. Start a detailed log and keep track of everything you can observe in each appearance. Direction of movement, temperature, gestures, location of appearance and location of disappearance, etc.

Regarding your friend's experience - Instead of a spirit visitation, it could simply be her mind's healthy way of dealing with the loss. On the other hand, there is evidence that ghosts are made up of electrical energy, so it is not too hard to imagine a spirit using an electrical medium to communicate. If so, it is likely that it was a one time event from her father's spirit, taking the time to comfort his daughter before going into the light. She should take comfort from that.

In any case, keep us informed about the Lady in White...)

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From Jesse: One thing that really creeps me out is silence. Especially when coupled with not being able to see. For example, if I were walking through very dense fog, and I couldn't hear anything. I just get the feeling that something is just out of my range of sight, waiting. Silence is unnatural, that may be part of the reason why it creeps the hell out of me.

(Jesse, silence is a two-edged thing. In some ways, silence is indeed natural, and can be used to soothe and comfort. People who can enjoy silence tend to be very self confident and self-reliant. But for many people, silence is as you say, frightening. Take for example the ideas I mention in "How to be Scary"... where one way to freak someone out is to be very, very quiet. Another example is when you are walking through the woods and you hear all the animals and insects making noises, then suddenly they all stop... it is usually because there is a predator around, and they all know to shut up and stop drawing attention. So silence can be a warning as well. But yeah, I have to admit... the sensory deprivation of being blind and deaf in a fog bank is something that can give you serious willies.. Thanks for sharing.)

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From Nicole: The day my brother died, I saw him pass through the living room looking at me and he was all cut up and stuff so I went over there and no one was there..... Then one time like two days after that happened, I was walking through my kitchen and I felt this hand touch me... it was cold and I turned around and I tried to walk away but I was frozen in my footsteps....

(Nicole, both of those experiences often reported as classic ghost phenomena. However, we do have to consider non-supernatural causes or pretty soon everything will seem like it is caused by supernatural forces, and we will miss the truth. Consider the first experience. When something like the death of someone close to you happens, parts of our brains are still "looking for them", even though we consciously know they are not coming back. This can mean that a subtle play of light and shadow can suddenly look like the dearly departed, yet when we move or the light source moves (like car headlights), the illusion is shattered and the vision "disappears". The cold hand experience is harder to explain in a non-supernatural way, and therefor lends credence to the idea of the first one being a ghost . If you choose to believe the supernatural explanation, I would say that your brother is still coming to grips with his demise, and that he feels there is unfinished business or he needs to tell you something he feels he never got a chance to say. You can help put the spirit to rest for both of you if you simply tell him he is dead, that he is missed, and that you love him. Chances are that will be enough to set him free. Good luck.)

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From Fyrestarter: I have a really unusual fear. I fear the daylight. While most people avoid the night, I tend to keep out of the sun. Something about people watching you and your mistakes just weirds me out. I prefer the darkness because it hides all your faults. In the dark you can't see what's out there. In the day you can, and they can see you.

(Fyrestarter, when I first started to read your message, I thought that perhaps you were afflicted with Eosophobia, the fear of Dawn or daylight. It could also have been Phengophobia, the fear of Daylight or sunshine, or even simple Photophobia, the fear of light. There are skin conditions that keep people out of daylight, and there are people with sensitive eyes who also shy from direct sunlight. And believe it or not, there are even some conditions that will cause a person to sneeze when exposed to sunlight... strange but true... so I thought perhaps you fell into a similar category. But when I kept reading, I realized that you may be suffering from a fear of failure, often referred to as Atychiphobia or Kakorrhaphiophobia. The fact that the daylight just makes it more visible seems to be the key element in your feelings about the light. That being said, what you fear really isn't that weird. Everybody fears failure to some degree or another, but most people do not let it become something they think about to the degree you do. We all tend to be our own worst critic. Things we see as huge faults often go totally unnoticed by others... unless we point them out. Don't worry so much about what other people see and think... doing so makes you a prisoner of them, but in reality, you hold the key, not them. Just be yourself, faults and all, and you will soon see that what other people think is less important than what you think. And it is OK to like the dark anyway, too. I know I do, but for different reasons...)

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From Sadie: I have some weird fears. I'm very very afraid of fake and shallow people. I have a weird sense; I can immediately sense people. And I'm really freaked out about Shallow or Fake people. Maybe because I think they'll use me, or hurt me and not care. I'm also afraid of Aliens. UFO type things. VERY AFRAID. I'll stay up all night in fear of them. It's like I CAN Sense them. And I have bad dreams of them. I don't wanna talk about it no more. I'm also afraid of Cockroaches. I'm very afraid of Hell and Satan. The thing is, I'm like not too religious and technically an Atheist I guess, but I'm very afraid of going to Hell. Hmm....

(Sadie, your fears don't strike me as being weird. It sounds like you are speaking from experience when you state that you are afraid of being hurt by fake and shallow people. Fear of being hurt is a normal and healthy reaction that is likely to help you avoid being hurt so easily again. The problems occur when you take that fear too far and end up shutting yourself away from the world. Some level of trust is needed to function in this world... just use your senses to try and figure out who you can trust, and learn from your mistakes. As far as aliens and UFOs, don't be too concerned. Chances are they would simply like to meet you and maybe do a few tests. So far they don't seem too interested in hurting anyone. Don't be afraid of cockroaches... they are just trying to make a living too. Go rent the video "Joe's Apartment" to see just how good a friend a cockroach can be. Finally, if you fear Satan and Hell, then you are expressing a belief in them, and therefore you are technically not an Atheist. The devil can't help but be bad, and angels can't help but be good. Only Man gets the choice. And when a person is good, they are better than the angels. And when a person is bad, they are worse than the devils in hell. Where do you think they get their ideas from?)

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From Audrey: I'm afraid of infestations of demons and them trying to possess me - I have seen demons many times, and they are nasty creeps. They do not like when you call them "asshole" and they have glowing red eyes usually - the more benevolent ones have green eyes ......... I always have to go to the local witchcraft shop and they tell me how to get rid of them. The last time we had one, every person in the house got so sick they almost had to go to the hospital - except me - the cat got sick and the house caught on fire after being hit by lightening. That all happened in the space of 4 days... I see ghosts too - but they are usually cool - one kissed me last Christmas, when I was crying (I hate Xmas).

(Audrey, it is right and proper for you to be afraid of infestations and possession by demons. No matter whether they come from hell or your mind, the more you pay attention to them, and ascribe events to their influence, the more power you give them. They will happily accept credit and blame for any and all events, just as long as it keeps you thinking about them. They survive off of you - your belief and attention to them. And a benevolent demon is simply a trickier one... they all will bring no good upon you and yours. It is a vicious circle... the more you believe, the more they can disrupt your life. Even to the point of total collapse of your persona, known as Possession. Possession can only occur if you let it... you can never be forced, but you can be dismayed, discouraged and tricked to opening that door... so keep your guard and your spirits up. A confident, happy person cannot be overwhelmed. As hard as it sounds, the best way to be rid of demons is to starve them... remove them from your thoughts. Get out of the habit of blaming them for events, even if there is good reason to suspect it is so. It may get worse at first, as they struggle for your attention, but even if you think you see them, ignore them and act as if they do not exist. Deprived of your attention, eventually they will weaken and leave you in peace. It is like a scab... don't scratch it or it will bleed again. Say hello to the ghosts, they are usually pretty lonely and confused... and if they seem unhappy, tell them they can go now, that it is OK for them to move on. Sometimes that is all it takes to give them the push they need. I hope your Christmases get better...)

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From Trinity: The thing that really freaked me out was when I was on holiday about 2 years ago and my dad sent me out to get a can of coke at the coke machine. It was really dark so I felt uneasy. When I got there, I turned around to see about 15 or more cats all staring at me and hissing! What was going on? It scared the crap out of me anyway!

(Trinity, that is an interesting story. Cats are pretty independent critters, and they do not tend to form "packs" in the wild. Pretty much the only time you would see a bunch of them getting together like that is for some heavy-duty mating, since one female cat will take on as many males as she can to ensure a good genetic mix for her kittens. So perhaps you simply interrupted a kitty cat honeymoon, so to speak. On the other hand, cats have often been seen as creatures with a sensitivity or a connection to the supernatural. There may have been some psychic energy in the area that attracted the attention of the cats, and you happened to walk in at the wrong moment. If that was the situation, it is possible that the cats were trying to move you out of harm's way by scaring you out of the vicinity. In either case, I doubt it had anything specifically to do with you unless you often have strange encounters with cats. If you do, tell us more... it may be you have a feline connection worth exploring.)

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From Sara PurplePeopleEater: I'm Sara and my rice crispies tell me to do morbid things so do the voices in the grocery stores that tell you to buy the discount paper towels on aisle 10. Is that a bad thing?

(Sara, have you ever really looked at those three guys on the Rice Crispies box? Just consider their fashion sense... do they look like beings with good decision-making skills? I rest my case. Oh, and the voices in aisle 10... Only listen to them during the Blue Light Specials... otherwise just do the opposite. Chills...)

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From Kristy S.: Stupid and normal people scare me. So do all those creepy @$$ cuddly things that everyone else obsesses over. Oh and pink... pink scares me. Although I get on fine with all the monsters and Demonic morbid creatures. And I definitely agree with the whole carebear thing, they are creepy. I wouldn't even eat them for fear of catching some evil happiness disease or something. Is there a name for what's wrong with me?

(Kristy, yes these is a name for it... actually several names for it. For example... the people thing can be considered Anthropophobia. Or for a finer point, if you fear becoming stupid, you could be suffering from Meningitophobia. Your aversion to pink could be considered Erythrophobia, Erytophobia or Ereuthophobia. And the cute stuff and carebears thing is probably a form of Pediophobia. But just because these are considered phobias does not mean they are wrong... Extreme, nauseating cuteness is the real disease, and you show healthy signs of aversion. Therefore... there is nothing wrong with you... it's the rest of the world that is screwed up! Hold your head high, and be a "carrier". Chills...)

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From Lenny P: The thing that scares me is looking at people, hearing people, feeling people and I'm also afraid of walking, can you help me.

(Lenny, it sounds like you have a lot more to worry about than your buddy Sterling (see below). If you are truly afraid of people, you suffer from Anthropophobia. And if you have a fear of walking, you also suffer from Ambulophobia, Basistasiphobia or Basostasophobia. In any case, these are all called Phobias... and a Phobia is defined as an "unreasonable fear". Fortunately, Phobia can be cured through a number of interesting methods, including "Exposure Treatment", "Flooding", "Systemic Desensitization", all of which sound as scary as the Phobia. Check out http://phobialist.com/treat.html for more info. Good luck!)

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From Sterling P: The thing that scares me most is when it's 2 o'clock in the morning and sometimes I wake up to my 16 year old female cat (in people years), she meows loud and very weird and while she meowing she has sock in her mouth and she walks in to my room and drops the sock walks away it just scares me to death.

(Sterling, count yourself lucky... there are a lot of things in this world to be afraid of, but this is NOT one of them. Domesticated cats are all "incomplete" in their emotional development, because their owners are like their "parents" who never kick them out and so they never really grow up mentally. But the cat's biology doesn't know this, and your cat's body thinks that she should have been having and raising kittens by now (even if she has been spade). What you are seeing is her instinctive behavior towards imaginary kittens. She is not entirely sure why she is doing it either, but her instincts tell her to call for her kittens and carry them around. You sock is a handy substitute kitten. When she does this, you should tell her it's OK, and pat her and then she will be satisfied that she did what she was supposed to do and she'll go away feeling oddly fulfilled. If only it was that simple for the rest of us...)

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From Jacey: Hi! My name is Jacey, and every time I go onto my back porch in my flannel pajamas, something always pulls my leg and I have a small rip on the back of my pants. What do you think this is?

(Well Jacey, it could be any number of things... ranging from a really big mosquito who is about to suck all the blood out of you, to a kitten who just wants to play. But here's a suggestion... The next time you venture out onto that porch of yours, take a mirror and watch over your shoulder. If you still don't see anything, it is just a vampire, but probably just a little one. Good luck!)

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From Kristen: Hey, I had a scary happening... one time I got MY shoe and went to do something and when I turned around MY shoe wasn't there... it was my MOM'S shoe!!!!!! Also, I am so scared of Chuckie the Doll! I watched every movie on him and when I go to bed I get this vibe that he is in my house... but he's not and he really scares me! Am I crazy?

(No Kristen, you are not crazy... While I suspect you simply thought you grabbed your shoe, and you grabbed your mom's shoe instead, there is the possibility that a Poltergeist is playing with your head. They can be mischievous little buggers, and they dearly like to play such tricks... moving things from where they belong to odd places, swapping items, or just hurling them around. There is some research that suggests that a Poltergeist is actually the unharnessed telekinetic power of a teenager... usually a female. If so, don't worry about it... you will grow out of it. As far as Chuckie is concerned, you are making the makers of the Chuckie movies very happy. They like to know they have made an impact. I wouldn't worry... except to suggest that the Poltergeist may be taking advantage of your fear, and doing things to give you that "vibe". Don't forget to check under the bed!)

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From Eric D.: I'm terrified of demonic possession and and the movie the "Exorcist". I can't sleep for days after seeing that movie!

(And John, demonic possession is a good thing to be afraid of! I saw the original Exorcist when it came out in the 70's and the re-release last year was just as scary , if not even more so. Keep a cross of gold handy...)

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From John Edward: I am afraid of things I see in the dark............I can lay on my bed and get ready to go to sleep then I start seeing things... like little white things flying around the ceiling of my room, but I think it's just my imagination... ohh well... it still scares me.

(You know, John, you may be gifted with "spirit sight". Professional Ghost Hunters often report the presence of "little white things flying around" on their video monitors when they come across some ghostly activities. On video tape they often appear as small "orbs", ranging from pea-sized to golfball-sized. Hmmm... maybe you should do some EVP experiments with a tape recorder and just lay quietly while it records... then rewind the next day and listen carefully to see if you hear any ghostly messages... (Check out http://www.hauntednewjersey.com/evp.htm for more on EVP, Electronic Voice Phenomena.) Good luck and have fun...)

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From Dequita: What really scares me is that a really nice-seeming person could be a killer or something - like that movie "Serial Mom", she was a nice Mom but she liked to kill. So I think that is really freaky that a nice person that you think you know will do that to you or someone else.

(Yes, Dequita, you have got something there. If you look at the history of all our recent serial murders like Ted Bundy or Jeffrey Dalhmer for example, the one common element that helped them get away with it for so long was because people who knew them thought they were so "nice". There is an old saying... "It's the quiet ones you have to watch out for." Most modern day "monsters" don't advertise the fact that they are about to skin you and eat you alive... Chills to you all. Sleep tight, nighty night...)

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From Clove: I am a very dark and morbid person but there are somethings that freak me out . One such is my forest. I get such a nasty vibe from it, and that creeps me out because I have heard dragging sounds then scampering of a two legged creature too light for any human being. Then I heard these voices out there at like 3 o clock at night for a week and I have no GD clue what is out there, all I know is have a constant feeling of being watched and I feel something very horrible happened on my property and that's the vibes I get from my forest. The other really scary things are Care Bears... they are so nice and cuddly and so nice to even people who are mean to them and that creeps me out.

(Yeah Clove, Care Bears creep me out too... I mean they are so sappy saccharine sweet that you just know deep down that they are planning to do us harm and take over some day. They are just waiting till every house has at least one Care Bear in it, then in the middle of the night you might hear the scampering and dragging sounds of Care Bears doing away with all of us... Chills...)

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From Tara: Hi my name is Tara and what really makes me freak out are the people that like to play peoples voices backwards to hear hidden messages.. Just the sound of hearing words you can understand makes my skin crawl... Especially when they use speeches from people on trial for murder crimes and when they play them backwards it says things like I killed her or it was me... That is so freaky...

(Thanks, Tara... If you react to that, you would probably really freak out over EVP, Electronic Voice Phenomena. EVP is the recording of anomalous sounds or voices using audio recording equipment. Usually these sounds are not heard by the "naked ear" and only show up when the tape is played. I have heard tapes made in haunted houses of ghost shouting warnings or pleading, or ordering us out of their place. I heard a really freaky tape made in a graveyard with a sound of anguish that would make your skin crawl... I'll cover it in more detail in the future, but in the meantime, follow this link for more info and samples - http://www.hauntednewjersey.com/evp.htm.)

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From Sean: Leave the phone off the hook and get that recorded monotone female voice advising you to hang up the phone and try your call again. There is something so unsettling and frightening about the cold, unnatural sound of that voice. To hear it at night makes my skin crawl. (Truth be told its night now and I'm sitting near a window with the drapes drawn and thinking about that voice is starting the tingling of flesh).

(Good one Sean... you are right, that voice is creepy... seemingly devoid of any touch of humanity. Perhaps it is the voice of the Machine, the one we seem to fear will someday take over the world and make mankind her slaves. And she will command that we hang up and try again for an eternity...)

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From Anonymous Lisa: well my name is Lisa and I have been through some scary stuff. Well one Friday night I was watching scariest place on earth about the family staying in the haunted castle when I saw a black thing with red eyes in the corner if my eye and when I got up it was nothing so I just kept watching TV then when I heard a weird noise coming through the heater thing where the air comes out and it was like a voice saying shhhh like be quiet the I was really scared I felt like jumping out the window but then I thought it was my baby sister but it wasn't so I went to sleep when I woke up the next morning I saw that the neat and air thing was kinda pulled apart from on another like someone was pulling on it...

(Black thing with red eyes...? Hmmm, let me check my calendar to see if that was me...)

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From Ian Z: The thing that scares me the most would be spiders. I hate them, no matter what the size!

(Yeah, I know a few people and even one pretty special ghoul who feels the same way you do. Makes it kinda hard to keep'em around as pets, though. All the screaming and wall climbing...)

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