This was originally for my blog but I thought at least some of you would be interested in this. I don't know how long I'll post these for; we'll just have to see what happens! The theme for this set of prompts (and possibly future sets of prompts) is fear. The goal of these prompts is to explore and get to know your fear. Why? So that you can learn to control it instead of it controlling you.
You may put your writing excerpts in a reply. While I wish I could garuntee you only positive and encouraging comments, I do not have control over the comments here as I do on my blog. I'm sure most posters here will be only positive and encouraging-- I really, really hope!!-- but there's always that small chance someone won't be.
If you plan on writing for these prompts-- even if you don't share excerpts-- please let us know! It's encouraging to hear that others are on a similar journey as our own.
I will share this much tonight: I have a phobia that began to entirely take over my life, making me miserable and hopeless. I've been learning how to deal with it and learn to control it instead of being controlled. I haven't by any means defeated it (nor am I an expert) but I'd be happy to talk with you here/in a chat thread if you would like. I'm still on my journey and I believe in all of you! :)
the 5th -- What is your biggest fear or phobia? Look at the definitions of "fear" and "phobia" and decide which of those your fear fits into best.
What is the name of your fear/phobia? Both the name you know it by and the official name that others would recognize it by or a professional would call it. (You might need to use the internet to search around for this if you don't already know what your fear/phobia is called.)
the 6th -- What triggers the fear/phobia? What makes you think of it again and causes a reaction? It could be something you see, a smell, a sound-- any of your senses. List some times it really caught you off guard.
the 7th -- What happens when your fear/phobia is triggered? Does it affect you physically? If so, describe exactly what happens. What are your thoughts during this time? How do you try to protect yourself from it? How does it feel?
the 8th -- How does this fear/phobia affect your life? Are there things you avoid because of it? Situations you don't put yourself in because there might be triggers? Things or events you miss out on or lost because of it?
the 9th -- What does your fear/phobia look like? If it were a person or creature, what would that person or creature be? You could draw it or describe it in words. Give it a personality.
the 10th -- What is your first memory of the fear/phobia? When do you remember first experiencing it? Do you remember the surrounding events? How old were you? How did others react? How has your fear/phobia changed since that time?
the 11th -- Who do you hide it from and why? Does anyone know about this? Describe why you told them or how they found out. Who doesn't know? Why haven't you told them/how have you kept them from finding out?
the 12th -- If your fear/phobia was suddenly gone, how would you feel? How would you react when you found out? What is the first thing you would do? How would you celebrate? Would you tell anyone? If so, who?
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Christy ~ currently trying to figure out what’s wrong with me