Phobias or Justified Fears?

I proclaim to have a few phobias.  The big three; wind, heights and small places.  I’m also afraid of mice, but we’ll talk about that another time.  For now, let’s just tackle the big three.

Today I began wondering if they were really phobias or justified fears?  Technically, a phobia is an irrational fear of something.  My fears with those three things aren’t exactly irrational.

I was about five when my uncle took myself and a cousin to a large cave south of town.  I don’t remember what he did, but it scared the shit out of me.  I ran out of the cave; crying and freaking out.  Shortly thereafter, I found I wasn’t real fond of tight spaces… particularly caves.

A few years later, during one of the few adventurous moments in my life, I jumped off the side of a slide with the goal of landing in a swimming pool.  I missed the pool, but managed to dislocate my knee.  After that, I developed a fear of heights.

Then, ten or eleven years ago, we had a microburst.  The thing damaged houses, trees, cars… I was on the highway when it happened and nearly lost control of the SUV I was driving.  I felt it actually tilt up at one point.  I’ve been afraid of wind since.

So, phobias or justified fears?  I don’t know.

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