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Acrophobia

Postby Wansbrough » 28 Sep 2014 12:12

I thought a topic on Acrophobia might spark some chatter. My good lady has suffered from this for many years and it sometimes becomes a real obstacle when we have arrived at port where there some nice high views to be seen.

On our trip to New York a few years back we never went up any of the sky scrapers because we are (joined at the hip) and although it doesn't bother me too much I know that N would love to conquer her fear and do some of these things.

There are quite a few other occasions which spring to mind where we have opted out of high places. N has no problem if there are things like walls and alley ways to the side, for instance she managed to climb to the top of Capri recently with no problem at all. She doesn't even have a problem stood on the balcony of a ship 13 decks up and I suppose unless you are are a sufferer then its difficult to understand.

We watched a recent documentary on a group of people all suffering from this phobia and if the programme is to be believed with specialist help they ended up curing most of the people. I have sensed a recent determination from N to try and over come her fear and our recent trip to Lundy was a huge success. She had plenty of wobbles on the way up and just as many coming down but she did it. :D
Also the climb to the Acropolis was a major task but again she did it. I am hoping to get her to walk over the Clifton suspension bridge in the next year or so and if it comes off that will be a huge achievement.
We are in Funchal in few months time and I see that there are some spectacular views to be seem there and I am hoping her recent determination continues.... :-D
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Re: Acrophobia

Postby tomvet » 28 Sep 2014 14:14

It is odd how irrational these kind of things can be for those that do not suffer from them and maybe a bit odd even to the sufferer especially when one considers their fear in a skyscraper and yet they got to the city of skyscrapers in a plane travelling at 36,000 feet!!!

It is great that N is doing her best to not allow her fear interfere too much in your travels together. I honestly think that the more one does something out of their comfort zone, the more it becomes part of it.

I do hope that you have a successful adventure walking across the Clifton Suspension Bridge - even on that, I would be breathing a sigh of relief when I got across.
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Postby JollyJill » 28 Sep 2014 14:58

Although I don't suffer from Acrophobia, Plunky does.

He suffered when we walked the walls in Dubrovnik because he said that the walls were not high enough. He wouldn't go on the London Eye with Stan, May and myself, never having recovered from the wheel we went on in Vienna. :shock:

When we were in Liverpool with Tom and Mai, Plunky came to the top of the Cathedral with us, probably because he was embarrassed to admit his fears. He did suffer from sweaty palms though (as he calls it) and his knees were quite wobbly at times.

I have seen him break into a sweat when watching programmes that involve views of heights.

True it is nonsensical to those of us that don't suffer that fear but just like any other phobia, it's real and unpleasant for those who do. :(
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Re: Acrophobia

Postby Wansbrough » 28 Sep 2014 15:28

tomvet wrote:It is odd how irrational these kind of things can be for those that do not suffer from them and maybe a bit odd even to the sufferer especially when one considers their fear in a skyscraper and yet they got to the city of skyscrapers in a plane travelling at 36,000 feet!!!

It is great that N is doing her best to not allow her fear interfere too much in your travels together. I honestly think that the more one does something out of their comfort zone, the more it becomes part of it.

I do hope that you have a successful adventure walking across the Clifton Suspension Bridge - even on that, I would be breathing a sigh of relief when I got across.

There is absolutely no logic to it! She is more than happy to sit on a plane at 35,000 feet. Cable cars on the other hand are a complete no no.



We once had to abandon a walk on the Malvern hills because it. They are not even that high. :?

JollyJill wrote:Although I don't suffer from Acrophobia, Plunky does.

He suffered when we walked the walls in Dubrovnik because he said that the walls were not high enough. He wouldn't go on the London Eye with Stan, May and myself, never having recovered from the wheel we went on in Vienna. :shock:



We have discussed the London Eye and fortunately I did it in a previous relationship. Another no no. :cry:
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Re: Acrophobia

Postby keith6400 » 29 Sep 2014 01:00

My friend has problems with high road bridges but strangely only when they are over water. This makes no sense to me because presumably the worry is that the thing might give way or collapse. I am thinking over an electrified railway should be worse if not the same but no fear felt by her over railways for example. Strange in my opinion as it does not appear to add up.

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Re: Acrophobia

Postby octocruiser » 29 Sep 2014 08:54

keith6400 wrote:My friend has problems with high road bridges but strangely only when they are over water. This makes no sense to me because presumably the worry is that the thing might give way or collapse. I am thinking over an electrified railway should be worse if not the same but no fear felt by her over railways for example. Strange in my opinion as it does not appear to add up.

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I suppose it is a similar irrationality that there are people who say they could not face going on a cruise in case the ship sank but will happily fly to a holiday destination.

I have no problem with cruising or flying in respect of fear of sinking or crashing, but I do feel insecure in a cable car or even stepping onto a balcony that projects out from a building rather than being supported from underneath. I do not think I could face going up in a balloon - or being dangled below a helicopter either.


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Postby grannyM » 29 Sep 2014 09:29

I do not suffer from this distressing phobia but I do recognise most of what W has written.

It seems this is a more common problem than those who experience it would think. Some people never admit to it for fear of ridicule or it being considered a sign of weakness. This especially if you are a big 6 foot tall man who ordinarily looks completely in control in any situation.

We have never been on the London Eye. Cable cars and looking down from high buildings/bridges equally unappealing. Whenever possible taking the stairs instead of lifts and I definitely recognise the description of Plunky's sweaty palms from experiences in airports and crowds. However looking over the side of a balcony on Deck 10 or at the wake on the promenade deck of a ship never a problem. :?
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Re: Acrophobia

Postby keith6400 » 29 Sep 2014 13:33

Marie,
You say you do not suffer from this distressing phobia and looking over the side of a balcony is never a problem. What is your take on walking along the glass floored "Seawalk" on Royal Princess or Regal Princess. This has got to be a major problem for many cruisers I should have thought!

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Postby JollyJill » 29 Sep 2014 13:55

I can't speak for the glass walkway on a ship but here is typical of example of Plunky's fear of heights.

He took the photo of me taking a photo of the view from a glass platform in Madeira. There was no way he could have stepped on that glass. :shock:

We were told that it is the tallest cliff in Europe.

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Re: Acrophobia

Postby grannyM » 29 Sep 2014 19:20

keith6400 wrote:Marie,
You say you do not suffer from this distressing phobia and looking over the side of a balcony is never a problem. What is your take on walking along the glass floored "Seawalk" on Royal Princess or Regal Princess. This has got to be a major problem for many cruisers I should have thought!

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Keith, I did recognise most of what other said but it is not myself who has the problem, it is my OH. He doesn't usually like folk to talk about it but I thought it would be obvious. I'm sorry it was really too vague and I realise that it was confusing. Now I just hope he doesn't find out I have told you all. ;)

We haven't yet been on either the Royal or Regal Princess but I can tell you he would not do it. When we visited the New Acropolis Museum in Athens he would not walk on the glass floor above the excavations but had no problem in Norway looking over the viewing area above the fjord. It is really a puzzle at times. :?
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