I always think what people are afraid of is pretty revealing. I mean like paralyzing fears, not "Oh, I'm afraid of public speaking but I can power through it if I have to" fears. Focus: What are your biggest fears and why? Do you have any clue about where those fears originated? Mine are: 1. My loved ones dying: I've had a lot of loved ones die, so I'm pretty scared of it happening again. If I can't get a hold of someone for a while, my mind always starts filling in the blanks with worst-case scenarios. 2. Bugs crawling in my ear: Bugs generally give me the creeps like all good red-blooded Amuricans, and there are a few that actually scare me (like moths and how they collapse into a pile of dust if you touch a dead one, or millipedes and their ilk and how they have all those fucking legs) but my specific fear when it comes to bugs that actually gets me all panicky is the possibility of one crawling in my ear and either dying in there or eating my ear drum or brain. IT HAPPENS. When I first started reading teen magazines, I read like 4 or 5 stories in the Real Life slot about this happening and it's freaked me out ever since. This has expanded into not liking anything near my ears. Don't put your finger in there. Don't lick it. It's gross and weird and upsetting. 3. Falling down stairs: I have no idea why I'm so afraid of this, but I panic just a little every time I'm going up or down stairs. I've only fallen down the stairs once and that was just last year and except for a bruised back/ego I emerged relatively unscathed. I haven't known anyone who's seriously injured themselves while falling down stairs either. But the idea terrifies me. And I will absolutely not go on ladders for this same reason. 4. Being a victim of random violence: This mostly translates to being mugged, my apartment getting broken into while I'm there, or getting shot in a hold-up/shoot-out thing, but occasionally I'll get freaked out by a serial killer deciding i'm dressed too skanky or whatever or terrorist attacks. I have the worst luck in the world, so I do not doubt at all that there will be some point in my life where I'm at the wrong place at the wrong time. Living in a sketchy neighborhood hasn't helped this. I was trying to go for 5, but that's all I got.