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You can never forget your childhood.

No matter how hard you might try to escape what's happened in the past, it'll always be there. Unfortunately, our minds work as traps, keeping the things we'd rather leave behind. This includes irrational fears we had as children that still haunt us to this day.


Reddit user, u/Mr-Zilla, wanted to know what chases you to this day when they asked:

What are some childhood fears that you never outgrew?

Just One Step Down From You

That there is something/someone chasing behind me as I run up the stairs.

kelllts

Jesus, I have never ever thought even once about that but you just made me feel a whole new level of paranoia

plasmaXL1

They Always Aim For The Face

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Spiders.

I know for a fact those malicious MF-ers are always looking for a way to jump on me.

Grhindr

There's Nothing There You Keep Telling Yourself

I'm still terrified of the dark even as I'm entering adulthood.

Mr-Zilla

Was going to comment this. I get comments like "you're so paranoid, no one's gonna break in" and I'm always just exasperatedly like "BUT THEY COULD AND YOU WOULDN'T SEE THEM!"

softhazy_space

Worse Going Out Than Coming In

I'm still afraid of throwing up.

k-sean

I am old and I'm the same. I will bargain with God do anything to avoid it. It's a legit phobia.

I might as well be 3 years old.

pitpusherrn

Everyone Is Judging You All The Time

talking in front of larger groups of people

penguinguy246

...HONK

I'm scared of geese.

Dopey_Duck_

Going For A Lovely Little Swim

I've always had an irrational fear of the car I'm riding in going off a cliff/bridge and into the water.

I still think that's how I'm going to die

karmaCOMEinHEAVY

There's A Deadline To When I'll Move

I'm in my twenties, and being alone in a house at night gives me the heebie jeebies. Usually fall asleep on the couch with the tv on, and move to the bed when the sun comes up.

-AliceOnAcid-

Oh god me too. I'm an adult male and I need to keep some light on to sleep if I'm alone. If there's someone else there, no problem.

DoodieDialogueDeputy

These Feels Justified, Though.

Dogs. Especially large Dogs.

I was attacked by a German Shepherd when I was 9 and never outgrew it. Now I just don't trust dogs of ANY size.

pnwfreedom

Creeping...Creeping...

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someone is behind the shower curtain when i poop

chriiistopher

I just leave mine open. Not even a real fear for me, but it gives me peace of mind when taking a late night pee that I can see the inside of the shower.

Mr-Sister-Fister21

Well, Obviously, You'll Be Sucked Down

I can't handle touching the drain in the bathtub or the shower or bottom of the swimming pool. Just a part of my body touching it makes my heart beat faster and I get anxious AF.

I never knew why until my mom admitted she was washing me in the tub as a small kid and joked with me not to get too close to the drain, as I'd get sucked down. I didn't laugh and apparently decided to develop a completely stupid phobia.

Still can't touch them!

geeltulpen

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