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I Am Afraid of the Dark

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    I've never been okay with the dark.

    I run from light source to light source. I always feel watched from closets and doorways. I don't trust that I'm alone. No matter what happens, I do know that I am completely safe, but I can never make myself believe it. I wish I wasn't afraid, as people tease me because of it...
    TheHalfMadWriter TheHalfMadWriter 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 4

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    aishastewie aishastewie 13-15 3 Responses Apr 21, 2014

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    At times I experience an episode of depression,

    and I always overthink, especially after I had to meet people and socialize and stuff. I am afraid of people and what they think about me. Im afraid about lots of things. Im afraid to sleep in the dark too, especially when Im alone. But I can totally sleep if theres someone...
    24moonlight 24moonlight 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 24

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    The darkness isn't what scares me,

    it's the things in the dark that scare. You do not know what's behind the corner. You do not know what's at the end of the hallway. There's no telling what you could find when the darkness is all-consuming. Like the resesses of a brutal mind, once you wake up the darkness...
    DisguisedArtist DisguisedArtist 13-15, F 2 Responses May 12, 2014

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    I'm Afraid Of What I Cannot See

    I can't stand the darkness, yet at the same time it thrills me. I have always been afraid of the dark since i was little. I remember my dad turning all the lights off in our house and walking around with me because he was trying to show me there was nothing to be afraid of. That...
    DearShadow DearShadow 18-21, F 5 Responses May 31, 2010

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    Afraid Of The Dark

    And I did not sleep whole night long....It is 5 am right now. Guess I will not get to follow the others going out today. I cannot help it. I am not used to sleeping alone. This is the third night that my sister is in college. She used to sleep in the same room as mine. I do not...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jun 6, 2012

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    I am afraid of the dark,

    because In the dark I sometimes see things that aren't there.
    millarixxx millarixxx 13-15, F Apr 6, 2014

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    I Am Afraid Of The Dark Because It Feels Like I'm Trapped

    I may be a bit unusual because I can pinpoint why I am afraid of the dark. I am not afraid of what's lurking in the dark. in fact, that plays no role at all. i like it outside when it's dark, actually. there is still some light at night. my eyes adjust fine. In most rooms at...
    jimmy01675 jimmy01675 22-25, M 2 Responses Dec 2, 2011

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    For those of you who live in particularly old

    establishments, this may be something you can relate to. I once lived in a home with an unfinished basement, from wall to wall there was nothing but open faced concrete and the bare wooden beams that held up the foundation. This basement was partitioned: there was meant to be...
    TheMadHater TheMadHater 22-25, M 2 Responses May 31, 2014

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    Paranoia.

    So, I'm not really afraid of anything. The only things I'm afraid of are frogs, and the dark. The dark? I know. It sounds dumb. But I am. When I'm with someone, I'm fine. Just extremely paranoid. I'm constantly thinking something terrible will happen. When I'm alone. It's worse...
    RecoveringAddict RecoveringAddict 13-15, F 3 Responses Dec 10, 2012

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    I See Her Everywhere..

    I'm 18, and I am terrified of the dark. Not only the dark- but her. I can't even talk about her without acting schitzo. Have you ever seen The Grudge or The Ring? Then yes, you know what I mean. But at the same time, you don't. Her. That.. Just.. She terrifies me. I can't even...
    ElliChuu ElliChuu 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 25, 2013

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    Im terribly afraid of the dark every time my

    bulb pops at night ik it will be a sleepless one because any noise can freak me out even the slightest rustle no average person could hear its like our senses heighten when your scared its mean because we will then hear and see more its like that now
    otakugamerwolf otakugamerwolf 13-15, F Aug 20, 2014

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    I Used To Be Afraid Of The Dark. But Not Anymore.

    I used to be afraid of the dark. But not anymore. I find solace in the dark at times. Darkness is not to be feared if it is understood, revered, or even loved. Understanding enlightens, and en-light-enment sheds light Making the darkness void, illuminating the night. Like the...
    Scorpio1987 Scorpio1987 22-25, M 2 Responses Jun 7, 2012

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    When I'm alone in a large dark space I freak out

    and run to found light or I sit down and look down or close my eyes lol its weird
    MyyaLyynch MyyaLyynch 16-17, F Apr 9

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    My Fear of the Dark Is Controlling My Life

    I am VERY afraid of the dark. I can't sleep at night becuase of this. I am 19 years old and I've been afaid of the dark for as long as I can remember. When I was a kid (between ages 3 to6) I used to wet the bed because I was too scared to go to the bathroom in the dark. I...
    Shonda Shonda 22-25, F 3 Responses Jan 12, 2008

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    I'm scared of the dark.

    . I don't know why... It wasn't a big deal when I was younger, but looking back, I realize that every night when I was going to sleep I always either had my door open with light coming in my room or the television on. Now I always have my door closed, and I can't sleep with my tv...
    SammieSweetheart687 SammieSweetheart687 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 22, 2014

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    Sometimes

    It's strange, sometimes I'm so afraid of the dark that I'm on the verge of hyper-ventilating. Othertimes, I enjoy being in the dark. I suppose it all has to do with what state of mind I'm in. If I'm feeling strong, confident and in control, I really don't mind the dark at all. It...
    Aludra Aludra 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 25, 2008

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    I do not want Sleep Paralysis to happen

    while i'm in the dark because that will only make it scarier. I at least want to see some of my environment during a Sleep Paralysis episode to identify if it's a nightmare or just Sleep Paralysis. Sleep Paralysis and the dark can cause a lot of fear when mixed together.
    moose73630 moose73630 16-17, M Apr 16, 2014

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    I have such dark thoughts,

    I'm starting to scare myself.
    MaryJay712 MaryJay712 16-17, F Sep 30, 2014

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    I've always been afraid of the dark

    and the night since I was a little girl, I'm kinda cool about it now but I still get a little freaked out for an example if I'm alone downstairs and it's dark that'll creep me out, I hear noises and stuff... I know that's all a part of my imagination I just can't get rid of it...
    iiii12334 iiii12334 16-17, F Oct 10, 2014

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    Im seriously afraid of the dark.

    . but i dont scream, i just either turn on any light switch near me and calm down or be next to someone in my house and ask them to turn the lights on with me. I dont kno waii i hallucinate in the dark, like if im surrounded by darkness i imagine something or someone in front of...
    UniqueBunnii UniqueBunnii 16-17, F 3 Responses Dec 14, 2013

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    I have always needed some type of light of

    sleep. I'm 22 and I need a night light. The dark is just scary...
    hiddenjem hiddenjem 22-25, F Oct 21, 2014

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    No I Am Not.  the Dark...

    No I am not.  The Dark should be afrade of me.
    LateNightGuy LateNightGuy 41-45, M 6 Responses Jun 19, 2008

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    The Man

    When I was about 13 I awoke in the middle of the night to see a strange man standing at the foot of my bed. He just stood there and stared at me. I could tell he wasn't my dad because he was a lot taller and bigger. I didn't know who he was or what he was doing there. I was...
    howsab howsab 31-35, F 3 Responses Jan 18, 2012

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    It's strange and I've had this

    since childhood but when the light is off and you can struggle to see its nerve wrecking. I don't know why but I feel like the darkness crawls up my skin and down my spine, it almost reaches my bones. I feel like something is going to grab me because I can't see it. I have to...
    starwarsisthebez starwarsisthebez 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 30, 2014

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    Forty one years old, on a business trip in a

    new town and have every light on in the hotel room. Tried turning them off, but every strange voice in the hall, every footstep outside the door and the general room noises have me wide awake. I have been cursed with an overactive imagination.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Feb 11

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    I am simply terrified of the dark not of what's

    in it but the dark it self I don't know sounds crazy right? Yeah probably nothing to worry about
    JulianTheJoker JulianTheJoker 22-25, M 1 Response Nov 21, 2014

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    No More Door Open!

    I know many of you may not believe what I will tell you but it really happened. I was around 9 or 10 years old when it happened. I was sleeping in my bed, in my room, because sometimes, I slept with my parents... (Shush! XD I know I was old for that) but that night, I was in my...
    EarlPhantomhive EarlPhantomhive 18-21, F 2 Responses May 2, 2013

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    Oh Yes..

    i sleep with the lights on.. i just don't like the dark. lol. it just scares me to death.
    SweetAppleBlossom SweetAppleBlossom 26-30, F 8 Responses Nov 3, 2007

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    I am afraid of the dark.

    Although I'm not exactly sure why, I have two theories. The first is because of the things that have happened to me in the dark. Things I'd rather not say on here. But they could have caused it. The second is because I can't see as well in the dark. I'm afraid of not knowing...
    21cookielover21 21cookielover21 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 22, 2014

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    Just As Much As When I Was a Child

    I stay up late because I'm afraid of the dark.  Part of it is fear of the unknown, of what I can't see.  Another part of it is that once I turn out the lights and go to bed I know I will lie there in the dark with my racing thoughts.  The darkness reminds me that...
    eromreven eromreven 26-30 5 Responses Aug 29, 2008

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    I Hate to Admit It But I...

    I hate to admit it but I'm 35yrs old and still afraid of the dark.  When I go to bed at night I even leave the light on above the stove in case I have to get up for some reason in the middle of the night. Pathetic huh?
    keyna keyna 36-40, F 2 Responses May 17, 2008

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    Its terrifying for me to be alone at night

    without any lights on. And I have never slept without my dog because I'm afraid to be alone when it's dark. I've always been scared of the dark, but now I feel so embarrassed I'm 20 and this should not be a problem anymore, but it is. I know it's some type of paranoia made up...
    Lucycristobal Lucycristobal 18-21, F 1 Response May 27, 2014

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    Before I go to sleep I always leave the

    bathroom light on so I can go to sleep. Especially if I watched a scary movie before I went to bed.
    sammichs sammichs 16-17, F 1 Response May 28, 2014

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    Depends On My Mood

    Sometimes I'm afraid of the dark and sometimes I'm not. When I'm in a jumpy mood I'm scared of all the noises in the dark that are mainly coming from the house but they sound like whispers. I don't even notice them when I'm not in a hyper/excited state. I know most people can...
    chrysalid chrysalid 18-21, F Feb 4, 2012

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    I'm Scared Because Of Him.

    I use to love the dark, just go and hid in it...but after pete i can't even have one light off. When i was dating him he would lock me in his bathroom with no light, for 3 days I couldn't see anything and when he would come in there i didn't know what was happening...The windows...
    deathbyblades16 deathbyblades16 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 1, 2012

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    I'm slowly growing accustomed to the dark.

    I actually find comfort in it now. It's just odd seeing nothing but darkness. I feel like all my other senses become acute and it's almost like the darkness is an entity and I can feel it enveloping me, but not exactly in the malicious way I thought of before.
    rumblingheart rumblingheart 18-21, F Feb 14

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    Darkness

        Ever since i was young the night would scare me. When i was younger i would always make sure to be home before the sun went down or if it was night i would always be on a well lit place. I am 19 years old now and i still sleep with the light on... every single...
    jeanherlv jeanherlv 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 15, 2009

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    Being alone in the dark makes me feel weak

    and vulnerable. It's like the darkness swallows your whole being, you start thinking en when you start thinking you can't stop. It's terrifying.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Feb 18

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    Kinda not happy as just

    as I was about to drift off to sleep. My nightlight decides to break. I can't stop shaking from the nerves and thought of something under the bed.
    starwarsisthebez starwarsisthebez 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 14, 2014

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    I don't know what my F**king problem is.

    I am in my late 20's! I shouldn't be afraid of the dark. I get scared because I imagine that energies are in the room(s). It freaks me the F out and I want it to go away! I had a uncomfortable period in my life where I was very afraid of the paranormal and supernatural. Then for...
    AugustTheWonderDog AugustTheWonderDog 26-30 2 Responses May 17, 2014

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    Itscaitlin Itscaitlin 13-15, F Mar 3

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    CollinDawg CollinDawg 13-15, M Oct 8, 2014

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    I still imagine monsters hiding in dark corners

    and I refuse to look under the bed at night
    deleted deleted 26-30 Dec 14, 2014

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    Scarier Things Than Monsters In Dark Rooms

           In early childhood, I wasn't afraid of darkness. It felt friendly, comforting somehow: like protective blanket. I had trust in my parents power of protection against nighttime monsters, and came to love solitude of moonless night. It changed when I was 11. My parents...
    ValentinK ValentinK 18-21, M 2 Responses Mar 10, 2011

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    Everyone is sleeping

    so I can't keep the light on All the noises scare me and when I'm half asleep I wake up in a mini panic from either my head yelling or a noise I hear in my room... Gah! Just want to not care :/
    jackjack600 jackjack600 18-21, F Jul 27, 2014

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