This month we’re supposed to share our fears. So let me tell you about something that scares the heck out of me (outside of something horrible happening to my family and friends, and the movie The Exorcist).
I have a cross between claustrophobia and taphephobia. Everyone knows about the fear of enclosed spaces. Many people are claustrophobic. But I’m also deathly afraid of losing the ability to breath, even to the extreme that I fear being buried alive—which is called taphephobia. I even panic when I watch movies where someone alive is put in a box or a coffin that gets put in the ground. *shudders* I can’t stand it! I also panic when someone pins me down (like if we’re just playing around) and I’m unable to move my arms and legs, especially if there’s some weight put on my chest. I literally feel the air being pressed out of my lungs, and the inability to refill them. I also don’t like when something is too tight around my neck. Is there a word for the fear of not being able to breathe? Asphyxiphobia?
I have a theory about why I have this fear. If there are such things as past lives, I think in my past life I either drowned, got buried alive, or was choked to death.