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Can Anyone Explain My Wierd Fear Of Heights  
User currently offlineLAXspotter From India, joined Jan 2007, 3650 posts, RR: 5
Posted (7 years 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2235 times:

Alright this is something I cannot understand, but here it goes. I'm very afraid of heights, starting at heights of over 35 feet, standing on anything that is stationary, but for some reason when I'm in an aircraft, that fear isnt there, why? I had my first flight on Cessna 172 with the windows open, and I wasnt scared at all, but put me on the top of your pickup truck, and I will scream like a little girl, why?


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User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2226 times:

It's sort of hard to explain, but I know exactly what you mean. I have acquired a similar fear of heights, although my fear is that in my case, it may make me afraid of flying. Go figure if it does though, because I haven't been on a plane for over 10 years. Then again, I'll probably do much better sitting in an aeroplane on a windowseat for 10+ hours than trying to climb a ladder.  scared 

User currently onlineTupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2185 posts, RR: 27
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2212 times:

This is exactly how I feel, I pretty well soiled myself abseiling down a water tower, but aerobatics at 7000ft? No problem!

It's difficult to explain to people, yes. But I feel totally the same way, Perhaps beginning from 15ft  Wink

Tom Big grin



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User currently offlineAjd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2204 times:

I'm the same... i hate rollercoasters, even step ladders. Put me in a plane at 41000 feet, and i'm as happy as the proverbial pig in crap.

User currently offlinePelican From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 2531 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2200 times:

This seems to be to quite normal. Although my fear of heights used to be much bigger I still feel it when I'm at the top of buildings but never on planes.

pelican


User currently offlineRsg85 From Australia, joined Aug 2006, 257 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2200 times:

im an aircraft your in a seat surrounded by walls, standing on the roof of your house for example you have nothing. i would say its not really a fear of heights but more an awareness that theres not alot stopping you from falling unless surrounded by something

User currently offlineAjd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2180 times:

Also, i hate being in situations i can't control. I think that has something to do with it.

I don't like being in an open area up high, but in a plane or whatever i love it. Probably explains why i don't do ballooning or skydiving.


User currently offlineRonglimeng From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 625 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2180 times:

I feel the same way. I agree with Rsg85 that being enclosed helps, but I also think we have some kind of sense of swimming through the air and that the air is some kind of fluid that is sustaining us as we move along.

I have never been in a hot air ballon but I have a feeling that I might be nervous about that.


User currently offlineSebolino From France, joined May 2001, 3681 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2160 times:

This is not something very special.
You are afraid about what you inconsciously imagine could happen to you if you fell down. Your instinct of survival is at work (it's a very primary process).
When you are on a plane, you are in closed room, where your instinct don't see any imminent danger, because you can touch the ground and the walls.


User currently offlineZak From Greenland, joined Sep 2003, 1993 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2157 times:

being afraid of height is a normal instinct. i am mountaineering, yet i can be afraid of height when not having been in the mountains for a bit.
its all about being used to it or not. i once took my mom mountaineering, she is very afraid of heights. after 2 days of being used to it, she had 500m of air under her shoes with no problem!



10=2
User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2133 times:

Quoting Ajd1992 (Reply 3):
I'm the same... i hate rollercoasters, even step ladders. Put me in a plane at 41000 feet, and i'm as happy as the proverbial pig in crap.

I'm almost the same. I really don't enjoy being more than 2 stories from the ground. I don't really have a problem walking on our roof at home which is one-story, but crawling over the ledge between ladder and roof is the worst part. I love rollercoasters though. Probably because they are terrifying. I have no problem with flying either.


User currently offlineFRAspotter From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2352 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (7 years 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2115 times:

Your fear is more common than you think. I'm just that way, afraid of anything higher than 30 feet, yet fine in an airplane. However, I will never go into a hot air balloon. Last year for the "extended freshman orientation" that my dorm took part in, we went to a nearby bridge where, you guessed it, we went "bridge jumping". The water was about 40 feet below, but i gladly stepped aside and let my crazy friends do it instead.


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User currently offlineJ_Hallgren From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1507 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2097 times:

Being somewhat tall (6'-9"), I've noticed that taller folks tend to have more of a fear of heights than shorter people, as I do...I suspect it may come from fact that our point of reference (eyes) are already futher away from ground, and also that many railings are not high enough for my comfort!
But generally after a while in a tall building, I'm more comfortable being near windows/rails..



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39886 posts, RR: 74
Reply 13, posted (7 years 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2092 times:

LAXspotter:
Not uncommon at all. I am like this too but I still like going to the top of skyscrapers.

Quoting LAXspotter (Thread starter):
put me on the top of your pickup truck, and I will scream like a little girl

Oh that has so many raunchy possibilities.  bitelip 



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User currently offlineLAXspotter From India, joined Jan 2007, 3650 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (7 years 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2067 times:

Quoting J_Hallgren (Reply 12):
Being somewhat tall (6'-9"), I've noticed

yeah, Im 6'5 so maybe youre right, and 6'9 is TALL is any country.



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User currently offlineN776AU From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 762 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (7 years 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2039 times:

I have the same problem. Flying and roller coasters are no problem, but I can barely stand on top of a chair.


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User currently offlineFutureUALpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2602 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (7 years 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2029 times:

My guess is it has to do with the setting. In an aircraft, you know that they are designed to be up there, and have been tested and proven, and you are enclosed whereas on a ladder you are exposed and don't feel as stable. Mind you, most of this would probably take place subconciously.


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User currently offlineDeltaDC9 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 2844 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (7 years 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2023 times:

Airplanes have walls that contain you, so the fear of the SPLAT! is not as severe. Standing on a ladder is not nearly as stressful to me as standing on a ledge, because there is something to hold on to. I think it has something to do with the perception of vulnerability and to what degree in combination with the perception of height.

Ever been to the top of a 100 story building?



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User currently offlineSkywatch From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 923 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (7 years 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2016 times:

Being in the landscaping/oddjob business, I can't afford a fear of heights. I'm up in trees all the time, hanging on for dear life with one hand while sawing a branch off with the other. And now I am painting a house, which involves working on an extension ladder. I had no problems out west in Colorado or at the Grand Canyon....I guess some people are just wired different. I know plenty of people who are scared of heights, even though they haven't had any bad experiences regarding that issue.

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User currently offlineDuff44 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1723 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2010 times:

I have the exact same fear...

Your fear is really more a fear of falling than a fear of heights. I'm fine in an airplane, but I'm terrified of a cliff edge, ladder, and anything with only a railing...

When I worked retail, we had 6' and 12' stair-ladders to get goods from the overheads, and even the short ones made me super nervous.

I fear open water far more than falling (boats terrify me the most)... but I have no rational explanation for it. I don't even like flying over it.



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User currently offlineFRAspotter From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2352 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted (7 years 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1960 times:

2 years ago I went to Las Vegas with my family and went up the Stratosphere tower to the amusement park rides at the very top. This is about 1000 feet up and you can see for miles. The tower felt like it was moving during high winds (as with any free standing high rise building). Anyway... Right when you get off the elevator you come to an enclosed observation deck with big glass windows. The thing is is that the windows lean out over the side of the building at about 50* degree angles. If you lean over the glass, you can see all the way down the side of the building. There was also a sign that said it was prohibited to lean on the glass while viewing. I don't think the management has to worry about me! There is NO F***ing way I would EVER do that sort of thing!  scared 


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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (7 years 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1959 times:

Quoting LAXspotter (Thread starter):

I have no problem getting into a plane and glaring down from FL350, not a jitter.

Want me to look off the balcony on a hotel more than 2 floors up? Glance over the edge of say - the Grand Canyon . . . have look out the windows on the 110th floor of the Sears Tower in Chicago . . . or go up to the Strat in LAS . . no fecking way . . . .

There isn't a cure. Suck it up and press on . . .


User currently offlineFRAspotter From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2352 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (7 years 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1953 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 21):
Glance over the edge of say - the Grand Canyon . .

That's exactly what I was like at the Grand Canyon two years back. On the south rim they now have an observation deck that hangs over the edge. When you look over the edge, it's something like 4,000 feet down! NO F***ING WAY I WOULD DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (7 years 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1950 times:

Quoting FRAspotter (Reply 22):
On the south rim they now have an observation deck that hangs over the edge

 faint 
Saw a photo.

If I comment on what I think of that "deck" I'll have to delete my own post and ban myself . . .

 rotfl 

All yours pal . . .


User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8675 posts, RR: 15
Reply 24, posted (7 years 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1947 times:

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 1):
I have acquired a similar fear of heights, although my fear is that in my case, it may make me afraid of flying.

I have the same fear. Whenever I go in building above 10 stories it scares the living crap out of me. I have no problem being in a crows nest on board a boat or flying in a plane but staying in a LAS hotel was scary. I was glad when it ended.

Hunter



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25 Post contains images ANCFlyer : I think it has something to do with a "tangible". In other words . . . some device that is designed and tested to keep you from falling. I have rapel
26 MaidensGator : Done that several times, loved it... Same with the Strat, I stayed up there on the open air part for about two hours... I love flying, but I need a w
27 Flanker : I have the same fear. I cant stand on tall buildings or structures. Especially sky scrapers next to the windows. I cant get close to them. Why? I don
28 Post contains links and images AC773 : Yep, I have that same fear and I know it's common. A good example if this is in a tall building. I'm fine being in any normal skyscraper, no matter ho
29 Flanker : Wow i could never do that. I would have to be crawling on the floor in order to get close to that. lol
30 MCOflyer : ANC, try being 30ft up on a Tuna tower spotting for fish. Being in the attic scares me half the time. Hunter
31 Post contains links AirTranTUS : Then I guess the Grand Canyon Skywalk isn't for you? (Don't worry, it's not for me either. Of course, the entrance fees are outrageous because it is
32 J_Hallgren : Back in 1991 or so, when they opened the new Sunshine Skyway in St. Pete FL, they had three times when one could walk on the bridges...twice on the ne
33 HAWK21M : I guess its because of the open surrounding you fear you'll fall. The best solution is to get used to such heights by visiting such places often.Gradu
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