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Tue Sep 04, 2007 4:07 pm

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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Tue Sep 04, 2007 4:27 pm

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 
 
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Tue Sep 04, 2007 7:49 pm

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

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Tue Sep 04, 2007 8:12 pm

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.
 
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Tue Sep 04, 2007 8:16 pm

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.

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Tue Sep 04, 2007 8:19 pm

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
 
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Tue Sep 04, 2007 9:00 pm

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.
 
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Tue Sep 04, 2007 9:04 pm

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.
 
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Tue Sep 04, 2007 9:41 pm

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.
 
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Tue Sep 04, 2007 9:47 pm

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!
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Tue Sep 04, 2007 11:45 pm

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.
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Wed Sep 05, 2007 12:56 am

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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Wed Sep 05, 2007 1:29 am

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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Wed Sep 05, 2007 1:46 am

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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Wed Sep 05, 2007 4:09 am

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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Wed Sep 05, 2007 6:00 am

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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Wed Sep 05, 2007 6:20 am

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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Wed Sep 05, 2007 6:24 am

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.

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Wed Sep 05, 2007 6:44 am

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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Wed Sep 05, 2007 7:02 am

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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Thu Sep 06, 2007 8:31 am

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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Thu Sep 06, 2007 8:35 am

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 . . . .

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Thu Sep 06, 2007 8:44 am

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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Thu Sep 06, 2007 8:57 am

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

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Saw a photo.

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

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Thu Sep 06, 2007 9:11 am

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.

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Thu Sep 06, 2007 9:22 am

Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 24):
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 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 rapelled from helicopters . . . I do NOT have Parachute Wings though . . . and have no fear of heights when flying, etc. I cannot deal at all with a glass elevator. I will not look out of a tall building. I did go up in the Strat in LAS, but was well and truly  drunk  when I did, and even so, looking down through the glass screwed me up (AsstChiefMark was there, he can tell ya).

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Thu Sep 06, 2007 9:44 am

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

Done that several times, loved it...

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 21):
or go up to the Strat in LAS . .

Same with the Strat, I stayed up there on the open air part for about two hours...

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 21):
I have no problem getting into a plane and glaring down from FL350, not a jitter.

I love flying, but I need a window seat... Sit me where I can't see out and I feel very claustrophobic... I know it makes no sense, but I don't get that feeling when I've got two people between me and the aisle, as long as I can see out... On a Delta flight MCO-LAS a few years back the gate agent tried to move my coach window seat to an aisle. I insisted I needed a window and that I'd booked months in advance to get one. He put me and my wife in 4A & B; that was a nice upgrade...

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 21):

Want me to look off the balcony on a hotel more than 2 floors up?

About 10 years ago I stayed on about the 20th floor of a hotel in Orlando. It had a little balcony just big enough for two chairs. I was sitting out there and got TERRIFIED...

I know a guy that worked construction as an electrician for 15 years, walking around on beams and scaffolds 20 and 30 feet up. He told me that one day he was halfway across a beam and freaked out. He dropped down and hugged the beam until they got a cherry picker to get him down. He never went back. One day, without warning, he just couldn't do it anymore...
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Thu Sep 06, 2007 9:47 am

Quoting LAXspotter (Thread starter):
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?

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 dont know. Maybe its a controll issue. I have no problem flying a 172 at 7,000FT. I also cant go on roller coasters but i can do full blown stalls, dives, steeeeeeeeep turns and other wacky maneuvers.

Only explanation that i can come to is that in the airplane you and i are in control. Thats why we dont fear it.
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Thu Sep 06, 2007 10:24 am

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 how tall it is. In fact, I like being up there for the incredible view. I'm even fine on the CN Tower in Toronto - just don't ask me to walk on the "glass floor" section.

http://theyus.tripod.com/mission2001/images/118-CNTower-GlassFloor.jpg

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Thu Sep 06, 2007 10:45 am

Wow i could never do that. I would have to be crawling on the floor in order to get close to that. lol
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Thu Sep 06, 2007 10:52 am

ANC, try being 30ft up on a Tuna tower spotting for fish. Being in the attic scares me half the time.

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Thu Sep 06, 2007 12:42 pm

Quoting AC773 (Reply 28):
I'm even fine on the CN Tower in Toronto - just don't ask me to walk on the "glass floor" section.

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 on Indian land. $82 for adults!)

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Fri Sep 07, 2007 1:48 am

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 new one and once on the old one...I went all three times, and spent about 1 hr at top of span each time...the new one is about 190ft above water and old was about 150ft, but old one has was a steel truss type that had that open grid roadway (they kind that goes buzzzzz when you drive over it) where you could look straight down thru it to water...

The first 10-15 min or so each time, I was kinda queasy but got over it and then enjoyed my time taking pix and such...but seeing that partial hanging span of the one that fell gave me chills each time...
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Fri Sep 07, 2007 5:10 pm

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.Gradually the fear will reduce.
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