Summary : ' Absolute Terror '

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Absolute terror. The only words I can use to describe it. A feeling of complete and utter helplessness, wanting to run but being unable to move. The blood not stopping in my veins but speeding up, my heart racing. A feeling of adrenaline, all while being frozen where I stand. Stuck, eyes wide open, taking in my nightmare, unable to look away. My senses are heightened and I am consciously aware that the next time I turn a corner they could be there. Glass eyes staring. They too frozen where they stand, although unlike me, not out of fear. This is how I feel when faced with taxidermy. "You 're scared of stuffed animals? What, like teddy bears and that?" Even if I use the word taxidermy, it still takes most people a while to understand or accept that my fear is real, and even then it is seen as a bit of a joke. "But why? It 's not like they can hurt you." The definition of a phobia is an extreme or irrational fear and the truth is, I don’t know why I am so terrified of taxidermy or when it started. As long as I can remember, I have been scared to walk into older buildings such as libraries, museums or even shops without a friend or family member doing a "thing check". My most recent experience was during the October week, when I visited Arran with my family for a few days and we went on a trip to Brodick Castle. On the outside, it was stunningly beautiful, and I couldn’t wait to get inside for the tour to find out more about its history. However, as soon as I walked through
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