18 Responses to “Why We Are All Afraid Of Deep Water”

  1. Christopher McCulloh 24 March 2011 at 10:07 pm #

    Check this out, this guy is in a hole in the ice in the top of that really deep lake you linked to AT NIGHT:


    I wonder how much the video game Dark Forces fed into your fear of water? That game freaked the crap out of me, I get the jitters, like, seriously shivering, when they make me get in murky water in video games. To the point where sometimes I just stop playing.

    Also, Super Mario Bros. 2-2

    • brianmcculloh 25 March 2011 at 9:39 am #

      Dark Forces is one of the best and scariest games of all time.

    • lilacsweet 16 July 2011 at 11:41 am #

      I know exactly what you mean. I can't watch TV shows about underwater creatures or the oceans or anything… even that WaMu commercial with the giant whales freaks me out. I've even changed the channel from cartoons that show anything underwater. My husband thinks I'm insane but I haven't stuck so much as a toe in the shallow end of a swimming pool in at least ten years.

  2. Janna 25 March 2011 at 8:08 am #

    This is one of my biggest fears of all time. I have a hard time getting into any depth of water that isn't contained within a small concrete rectangle that I can see the bottom of. When we go to the ocean I have to make myself, MAKE myself get in. And I have to be almost fully clothed. Shoes, pants, shirt. I call them swim-clothes but they're not. In fact there's no way I could swim in the fall-like wardrobe I wear in to the water. I don't want to feel anything that might be swimming or floating around me. And by shoes I mean real street shoes so I can't feel whatever weridness I might step on. And I only go in until the water hit my shoulders, no more. Ugh, I've got the heeby-geebies now. Thanks. Thanks a lot! ;)

  3. April 25 March 2011 at 8:39 am #

    There is nothing more dreadful to me than going a few feet down in a like and feeling the slippery bottom. (sshhiver) I always swim with my legs close to my body. I think that falls under #3 – Fear of the Unknown.

  4. Luke 25 March 2011 at 10:38 am #

    While I agree with you, I also have to say that I'm one of those weirdos that loves deep water. I love the ocean and I love exploring the unexplored, so naturally I'm always wanting to snorkel deeper, swim further, and find out what that "thing" is that I just stepped on. Granted, it IS creepy when you can't see anything down there, but ultimately, it's also kind of cool knowing that there might be something cool you don't even know about lurking below the surface as well. I've always dreamed of finding Atlantis, or at the very least, proving the existence of Mermen and Merwomen. I've been forever haunted by the account of the Mer-kingdom in Lewis's "Voyage of the Dawn Treader" and how Lucy describes seeing what equated to an underwater forest, roads, and entire realm. I want to go to there.

  5. Jonathan 11 April 2011 at 10:40 am #

    There may be a four-toed statue down there as well….

  6. Greg 17 April 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    It's amazing that there are so many species in the ocean that we haven't discovered yet. Knowing that I could see something no one else has kind of sparks my interest. But when you talk about the darkness and especially not being able to get away from anything chasing you, well it pops the balloon of interest pretty quick.

    If a dog catches you yeah the bite will hurt, but a shark well some of them can swallow you whole.

  7. Timebome Timmy 26 May 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! I experienced real fear and held my hand over my mouth so I would not audibly scream. Holy Moly! I remember my brother getting stung by jelly fish in South Carolina and it was game over me at the age of 11. Thank God for dry land.

  8. oxygen in can 13 June 2011 at 4:33 am #

    you do a great job,this topic is very interesting. :)

  9. aquaphobic water 10 July 2011 at 8:35 pm #

    I am 13 years old and I have this huge fear of lakes and the sea. Swimming pools are ok but if they're more than 4m deep I feel scared to be in the middle or on my own. My Dad has just bought this fantastic new speedboat, we have a rubberring that goes on the back and three people can get on it, I have two brothers. One 12 and the other 10, the 10 year old is keen in water but the 12 year old can be scared every so often. We have water skiis and I just can't bring myself to go into the water without freaking out. We are currently residing at Loch Lomond (for those of you who don't know, Loch is the Scottish word for lake) we came here for a watersports holiday in the 190m deep water.

  10. aquaphobic water 10 July 2011 at 8:35 pm #

    I can't go in, I just start crying my eyes out. The peat from the mountains turns the water an eery black colour with a tinge of green. You can barely see your feet in it ! I feel scaared when I straighten out my feet and see if I can touch the bottom and I know I can't. Something about it is just horrendous. My mum and dad feel upset and angry that I dont like water after them buying all the stuff for it.

    Don't think it's something I'll ever get over. It's nothing about or to do with the depth I am scared of, it is litterally the depth. Thanks for posting, will help me get my point accross.!

  11. lilacsweet 16 July 2011 at 11:34 am #

    I've been afraid of water my entire life. My mom always tells how my friends and other kids my age would paddle around in the shallow end of the pool in about 2 feet of water, but she could barely get me to hang my feet in. I wouldn't even walk near the deep end of our swimming pool and wouldn't have dreamed of using the diving board. I am now 30, and my irrational fear of water has, if anything, only worsened. I tried to watch that "Planet Earth" DVD series on the oceans, and had to turn it off. I can't even look underwater on the television… sometimes even cartoons make me uneasy. Nothing bad ever happened to me in the water and this hysterical, irrational fear seems to have come from nowhere. Just reading this post about being on a jet-ski over a dark section of water that was a mile deep sent a dark chill down my spine. I would LOVE to get over this but have no idea how to do it. I'm expecting my first child and it makes me sad to think that I won't even be able to put my little one in an innertube or water-wings and hold her as she floats around the shallow end of a pool or the shallow edge of a lake or ocean. Has anyone managed to overcome a really, really severe fear of water like the one I have????

    • anonymous hero 20 September 2011 at 2:46 pm #

      Yes. You want some operant conditioning, if I remember the terms correctly. Go check out some psychologist stuff.

      Basically start out small and get more familiar with stuff, and reward as well.

  12. Labelle 21 September 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    Deep, deep water makes me want to barf, no lie. I imagine all of the millions of creatures under and around me and I swear I hydroplane all the way back to shore. It's irrational (unless there's sharks, or box jellyfish, or anything else that can eat or kill you).

  13. Evelyn J. Parham 26 September 2011 at 2:06 am #

    You exactly have a point with what you are saying. I am one of those people who are afraid of deep water not only because of what you have said but also because i have a big fear of drowning into the deep water.

  14. kate@Hydroxatone 28 October 2011 at 3:40 am #

    I do know how to swim but believe it or not, I'm scared of swimming on the ocean. I'm scared of what lies beneath the blue waters. I can't bring myself o think that under me is a beautiful and colorful world.

  15. SEO 4 November 2011 at 12:34 am #

    : A blog on the different human phobia is interesting and also funny. Maybe it would help if the writer could also provide remedies to these fears.


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