So, who is willing to admit to at least one irrational fear?
I am terrified of parking garages...absolutely racked with panic the minute I enter them. I'm talking about the big ones, like at museums and hospitals and casinos...the gigantic multi-level ones. My brain cannot understand how those concrete levels and pillars and steel beams can conceivably bear the weight of all those cars; I become totally overcome by the certainty that everything is going to collapse and fall on itself at any moment, and I will be crushed and killed. Every single time. I don't say anything about it, because I know it's stupid, but yeah...totally terrified of parking garages. Heart races, I can't think straight, skin crawls, mind races.
Also, the police. This has been an on-going fear of mine for many years, and it has only gotten worse. Mainly while driving. I am absolutely gripped with the certainty that I will be pulled over and detained on some warrant, or something. It is nearly unbearable. Constantly checking my rearview mirror.
Interesting thing about that...I have never committed a crime, never even had a speeding ticket, even once. I have current insurance, legal plates, I never speed...nothing. Additionally, I have never had a bad experience with a cop...yet I feel this total contempt and anxiety for them. Also, if I am driving my boss's car or my girlfriend's car, the paranoia is extremely mitigated. It's only when I am driving my own car. Or, if I am with someone, like my kids, even in my own car, then it is also much less substantial. But when I am in my own car, alone, I am absolutely certain that they are going to pull me over at any moment and take me to jail.