JusWondering… Why Do Irrational Fears Have To Be Irrational?

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.

I leave my engine running, so anything's possible. Including a fire.

FEAR #2 – That I’ll drop my keys in a sewer grate as I walk over it.

Keys please state in my pocket!

FEAR #3 – That I’ll jump over the ledge of a building if I’m on the roof.

Yeah... this one's just crazy...


  1. Tina · February 13, 2010

    I was pumping gas for my mom once on our way somewhere years ago and she drove away with the pump attached. Insane!

  2. sgottahurt · February 14, 2010

    See! Not irrational!

  3. Tina · February 14, 2010

    it was a moment of sheer panic and “What the fuck do we do now?”.

  4. sgottahurt · February 15, 2010

    Well what did you do?

  5. Tina · February 15, 2010

    Laughed asses off, stopped at another gas station, removed it and placed it next to a pump in the back. Didn’t want to just throw it away since it was, you know, filled with gas. Ridiculous.

  6. Scott · May 16, 2010

    I have that third fear, too.

  7. sgottahurt · May 18, 2010

    I wonder if it’s innately human. And what does “innate” mean?

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