I Am Afraid of the Dark

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    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

    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

    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
    18-21, F
    Oct 10, 2014

    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

    I hate it so much!! I can't

    even get out of bed...
    DiaperedCatherine DiaperedCatherine
    26-30, T
    1 Response Jun 20, 2015

    Most of us know what it feels like to be alone

    in the dark. If you ever had to take the trash out late at night or found yourself stranded alongside a road at night, then you understand ? your mind can create hidden shadows or images. Before you know it, the hair on the back of your neck begins to rise. However, if you...
    yayepisoverimsad yayepisoverimsad
    26-30, F
    1 Response Apr 16, 2016

    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
    4 Responses May 31, 2010

    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
    18-21, M
    Apr 16, 2014

    because I am not fighting it.

    I am afraid of what I might encounter. Yet at the same time, I love the dark.
    BlackBloodDemon BlackBloodDemon
    16-17, M
    1 Response Apr 26, 2015

    It's not really fear

    so much as it is I can start to feel myself get nervous and kinda cranky as soon as the sun starts to set. Especially if I'm not home. Anyone else not like the nighttime?
    skywalker9 skywalker9
    Feb 17, 2016

    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, 2015

    I still imagine monsters hiding in dark corners

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

    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

    I will not sleep in the dark

    even if someone is beside me or in the same room. I must have a light on to feel comfortable. I don't know what's lurking in the shadows. :P
    kristen1993 kristen1993
    22-25, F
    May 11, 2015

    Deathly Afraid Of The Dark

    I have been scared of the dark for quite a few years now.......i can't sleep in complete dark anymore i have to have some sort of light lighting up my room. It has been like this since i saw things in the dark that should not have been there.....shadows and a face. Not to mention...
    yourfaceisyourface yourfaceisyourface
    22-25, F
    5 Responses Jan 31, 2012

    I am only 7 and am very scared of the dark loud

    noises and am very shy and have incontinence issues during the night Can someone talk to me as I dont have many friends. :-(
    XzW0lfiezX XzW0lfiezX
    22-25, F
    1 Response Sep 30, 2015

    22 years old & still sleep with a night light.

    Or won't go in the house til someone goes in first to turn the light on.
    deleted deleted
    Oct 21, 2015

    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
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Jun 30, 2014

    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
    18-21, F
    1 Response May 28, 2014

    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
    2 Responses Jan 24, 2015


    Just yesterday I was left in my worst fear from my friends using my biggest weakness. We were walking at night and even though I was acting as if I was fine I was scared out of my wits. We were walking threw the woods and Amber had the flashlight while me and Holly were walking...
    PeekoHearts PeekoHearts
    26-30, F
    1 Response Dec 1, 2013
    deleted deleted
    3 Responses Apr 21, 2014

    I really need to pee

    but im just too scared to get out of my bed.
    IrenkaSchipper IrenkaSchipper
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jun 10, 2015

    My power is out cuz of the major snow storm in

    the east coast. And I'm afraid of the dark.
    Phandom1234 Phandom1234
    18-21, F
    Nov 26, 2014

    I can't be alone in the dark.

    I'm scared of what might be in the dark, then seeing something or hearing something I'm not supposed to. It's most commonly said that the fear of the dark is triggered by a past experience. Therapists can easily help those who suffer from it. I was never really that scared of...
    Roshiela Roshiela
    18-21, F
    Jul 2, 2015
    37ShadesofBlue 37ShadesofBlue
    16-17, F
    1 Response May 12, 2015

    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
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Dec 14, 2013


        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

    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

    Is it weird to be afraid of the dark

    but also not be afraid of the dark. I know that sounds weird but let me explain. What I mean is that the darkness inside a house, that's the darkness that I'm afraid of for some reason but the darkness outside, I feel right at home. I love to just walk out back to the horse...
    deleted deleted
    Dec 9, 2015

    I am for a... Well a very odd

    and scary reason..... (Don't read if you get scared easily this has given my friends nightmares). A few years ago I woke up in my bed... There was just enough light to see black and white... I looked over to the chair...
    ArriannaKatsumi ArriannaKatsumi
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jan 5, 2016

    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, 2015

    I have such dark thoughts,

    I'm starting to scare myself.
    MaryJay712 MaryJay712
    18-21, F
    Sep 30, 2014

    I feel like I can't breathe in the dark,

    does anyone else get this feeling
    deleted deleted
    Aug 18, 2015

    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

    At night I am alone I feel vulnerable.

    When I walk alone . Every shadow is a threat every rustle is a beast and any passers by are my death. Sure to murder me. I want to hide . Shielded by strong arms Protected from.my fear But I am alone. In the dark. One more day I live infear
    thebeautifulprincess thebeautifulprincess
    22-25, F
    Oct 1, 2014

    I am afraid of the dark.

    I am 23. It makes sense from an evolutionary stand point. It's not about being childish it's about not being able to perceive stimuli in darkness.
    honestlyanonymouslyme honestlyanonymouslyme
    26-30, F
    2 Responses May 7, 2015

    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
    Feb 18, 2015

    Bad things happen at night!

    Nothing can hurt you when there's light!
    Harryp0tter Harryp0tter
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Feb 6, 2016

    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
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Jul 22, 2014

    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

    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
    22-25, F
    1 Response Nov 14, 2014
    Itscaitlin Itscaitlin
    18-21, F
    Mar 3, 2015

    you know in the dark there's cockroaches.

    I'm afraid of them more than ghosts
    mcx0125 mcx0125
    18-21, M
    Jun 1, 2015
    CollinDawg CollinDawg
    16-17, M
    Oct 8, 2014

    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
    5 Responses Aug 29, 2008

    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

    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
    Feb 11, 2015


    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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