Everyone has fears. Fear is, to a point, good. It’s a natural instinct that keeps us safe, particularly when we’re smaller and much more helpless. While what scares tends to vary from culture to culture, there are some common fears that most children have at some point. What are these typical childhood fears? Check out these 25 Things That Terrified Us As Kids.
Fear of Having a Window Watcher
The fear that someone is watching us through the window at night is actually a really common fear for people between the ages of 12 and 18.
Do you remember how active your imagination was as a child? Maybe it still is. It doesn’t take much to nudge it in a “There’s something under my bed that’s going to eat me, and I will be helpless” direction. We don’t always grow out of this fear as we grow up; we just transfer it to more realistic monsters we’re helpless against…like the IRS.
Going to the Doctors and/or Getting Shots
It’s not fun, and we weren’t old enough to process “This dude is poking on you and giving you painful injections to keep you healthy!” Some kids don’t mind the doctor, but for others it was absolutely terrifying.
Being Separated from Mom and Dad
You might not be able to remember this, but separation anxiety is real. It happens to pretty much all of us at some age before 5. It’s a real and documented part of childhood development.
Or rather that she would really appear in the mirror if you were ever brave enough to say her name three times. As adults we believe in much better Bloody Marys…the kind with vodka.
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