The definition of irrational (according to The Free Dictionary):
- Not endowed with reason
- Affected by loss of usual or normal mental clarity; incoherent, as from shock
- Marked by a lack of accord with reason or sound judgment: an irrational dislike
Well I’d like to add one more:
- Something that makes sense if you really think about it
I’ve made it known before that I have a fair amount of rational fears, but would you believe me if I told you I also have some that would be regarded as irrational?
My complaint about the definition is this:
If any of my irrational fears ever happened, they wouldn’t be irrational anymore; I’m afraid of that happening, thus rendering my fears rational. Right?
FEAR #1 – That I’ll drive off with the gas pump still in my car.
FEAR #2 – That I’ll drop my keys in a sewer grate as I walk over it.
FEAR #3 – That I’ll jump over the ledge of a building if I’m on the roof.