Saturday, November 18, 2017

Nov 18, 2017 - 10:53 AM ET - MY ACROPHOBIA.


"Acrophobia is the extreme or irrational fear or phobia of heights involving 2–5%

of the population. Why did God choose me to be burdened with Acrophobia?"

Forrest Caricofe

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**I have told you on many occasions that I'm not afraid of anything, but I forgot 

about 1 thing. I'm afraid of secured or unsecured heights. The "Fancy Dan" 

(comic book character) name for fear of heights is Acrophobia.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

"Acrophobia (from the Greek: ἄκρον, ákron, meaning "peak, summit, edge" and 

φόβος, phóbos, "fear") is an extreme or irrational fear or phobia of heights, 

especially when one is not particularly high up. It belongs to a category of 

specific phobias, called space and motion discomfort, that share both similar 

causes and options for treatment.

Most people experience a degree of natural fear when exposed to heights, known 

as the fear of falling. On the other hand, those who have little fear of such 

exposure are said to have a head for heights. A head for heights is advantageous 

for those hiking or climbing in mountainous terrain and also in certain jobs e.g. 

steeplejacks or wind turbine mechanics.

Acrophobia sufferers can experience a panic attack in high places and become 

too agitated to get themselves down safely. Approximately 2–5% of the general 

population suffers from acrophobia, with twice as many women affected as 


While I was in the military, we had confidence and bonding events. I, along with

others who were instructors, training a group of about 12 students each in 

leadership skills. Active duty soldiers served to guide and help us through the 

confidence course events.

There are 2 events that I remember which main purpose was to build confidence. 

The most important thing I had to do was to set the example to the students, 

being first at completing both confidence courses. 

The first was at a small lake where I had to climb up a rickety ladder to the top of 

a small platform, grasp the handles attached to a pulley and then slide along a 

wire to the lake below. I started shaking even before I climb the ladder, my fear

of heights worsening. But I completed that course and was relieved after I slid

into the lake. 

The 2nd event I remember was at a quarry with deep water where the active 

duty soldiers threw hand grenades into the water to kill the snakes. True? There 

were several active duty soldiers in rowboats to prevent someone from 


What I and other instructors had to do first was walk out on a 4 inch wide log 

sticking out over the quarry about 1 feet long, grab a rope parallel to to the edge 

of quarry and move to my right about 10 feet on the rope and I then ask the 

active duty soldier on the bank "Sargent, permission to drop from your rope into 

your water." He either said said yes or gave me" thumbs up," and I dropped into 

the water below. The distance to the water from the rope was a mere 35 feet, 

more or less, I being so grateful to escape the height from above. 

So now you know the "whole truth and nothing but the truth," I'm not afraid of 

anything except for high places. 

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