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Is there anything you can't/won't/refuse to do for a 'weird' reason?

As an example...

Warning, this is a bid morbid and has to do with death/anxiety.



Ever since I was little I cannot and refuse to sleep on my back because every show and movie I had ever seen when someone dies, especially in their sleep, they're always lying on their back.

My subconscious and otherwise, over time turned this into 'can't and absolutely will not sleep on back to prevent death'. I only sleep on my sides and if I roll over onto my back in my sleep I almost always wake up instantly to roll over.

Lying on my back = dying in my head.

It's a bit silly, but it is what it is.

I have one. A sibling tried to do me serious physical harm when I was a very small child and on the toilet- so now I have to be able to securely lock the bathroom door and be alone or I can’t go. That includes public restrooms. I’ve gotten some really weird looks and comments from friends and lovers in past years over that one.

Mercyinreach wrote:

My subconscious and otherwise, over time turned this into 'can't and absolutely will not sleep on back to prevent death'. I only sleep on my sides and if I roll over onto my back in my sleep I almost always wake up instantly to roll over.

Lying on my back = dying in my head.

It's a bit silly, but it is what it is.

Not too silly, I think it kinda makes sense. Have you ever seen someone who does sleep in a position like they were dead? It’s bizarre.

If I walk in cemetery, to which I have in the past quite often... I cannot step on the rectangle space in front of gravestones.
my gut turns like im stepping on a live person lieing there. For some reason I find it horribly rude. so i only walk around or in between.

I was also hit in the head alot with Nerf guns projectiles (thanks to my brother) and balls (basket balls, soccer balls, baseballs) I had the WORST luck. so now I recoil like a pansy any time something flys through the air at me or a nerf gun is drawn. so needless to say, I refuse to play sports involving said ball projectiles and i swear to gatos ima throw away my man's nerf guns while he is underway if he keeps aiming them at me XD

I cannot sleep with my feet aligned with a doorway.

Just newp, can't do it.

When I was a kid, I was told that if your feet are facing the doorway and it's lined up with it, your spirit will leave your body and walk away when you sleep, so you'll die. The other version was some sort of ghost/demon will grab your spirit by the feet and drag it away, leaving you dead.

Don't know the origins of that lore since I grew up in a massively multi-cultural place. So yeah, since then no feet aligned with doorways.

Oh. And whistling at night. That's a huge no no too.

Again, growing up, I was told that whistling at night would attract demons and ghosts and is basically inviting bad things to follow you to do harm.

That reminds me, i cant hang wind chimes. I was told when i was young they bring spirits.. both good and bad. I had some messed up experiences when i was younger.. so NOW they freak me out. i take those suckers down. and when im at other people's homes that have wind chimes they freak me out.. make me.. paranoid.

Mipps wrote:
That reminds me, i cant hang wind chimes. I was told when i was young they bring spirits.. both good and bad. I had some messed up experiences when i was younger.. so NOW they freak me out. i take those suckers down. and when im at other people's homes that have wind chimes they freak me out.. make me.. paranoid.

I heard that tooooo!! People are like, "Aren't wind chimes sooooo soothing?" And I'm like, "NO!"

I have a penchant for watching murder documentaries. Most of the time when there's real crime scene video / pictures, the rooms or homes seem dirty or unkempt. That being said, every night before I go to bed I tidy the house like clockwork just in case I get murdered. I want my house to be clean. >///>°

If I'm sitting or laying, I need to have me knees bent and/or supported. I get really nervous about my knees snapping backward if they're straight over open space. I also don't like people touching my knees or elbows.

I have a bunch of “weird” little quirks — but the people who love me find them endearing, haha.

1.) Whenever I sleep in a hotel room, I have to be in the spot farthest away from the door. I will not sleep on the bed closest to the door — no matter if I get the far side (toward the middle of the room, for example). I really don’t know why, except for in my mind I’m paranoid of someone breaking in and feel like I’d have more time to think of what to do/escape if I’m farther from the door? Bizarre, lol.

2.) I refuse to allow my food to touch on a plate. I know this isn’t that uncommon, but my family laughs at me for it. I just do not like my food mixing or touching. I also always save the thing I like the taste of most for last — even if it’s literally just a bite-sized amount.

3.) I refuse to let people touch the inside of my elbow — like where they draw blood. Freaks me the heck out. It’s not a common spot for people to just grab, but friends and family and even my boyfriend have all accidentally brushed over it — and I cringe whenever it happens. I have a needle phobia and never got over the first time I had to be stuck as a kid for a blood test, but seriously: can’t have ANYTHING touching or prodding me in that weird little spot.

4.) I used to never go to bed without locking our basement door. The house was renovated maybe three years ago, and after that door was replaced (still has a lock, mind you), I was able to give up the habit. But I do lock everything, like on instinct the second I get home. We live in a great neighborhood and nothing ever happens, but it’s a reflex for me.

5.) I don’t know if this is neccesarily “refusing”...but I don’t lie about serious things, ever. I know a lot of people tell little white lies every now and again, and I’m guilty of that even though I try not to be, it still happens every once in a blue moon. But I know a few people who will blatantly lie about tragic things like family injuries/personal traumas to get out of things they don’t want to do. I become really superstiitius about that kind of thing and always fear that that very thing has a higher likelihood of happening if the person lies about it. My mom’s pulled it a few times, not to that kind of extreme, but I told her about my own little superstitious belief and it changed her perspective. I guess it’s kind of like “I’m not gonna risk jinxing anything” state of mind, if it makes sense.

6.) I refuse to eat messy finger-foods in public because I loathe having messy/sticky fingers, and I’m sorry but napkins do not cut it for things like ribs or chicken wings — I just can’t, lol. Especially when stuff gets under my nails. Drives me nuts.

I’m half asleep but I love this thread, it’s interesting — so I had to reply.

7.) I forgot one — I cannot sleep without at least a sheet over one of my legs. Even if I’m super hot, I gotta have at least something covering some part of my body...or I feel weirdly vulnerable? In the same vein, can’t have any limbs hanging off the edge of the bed, because my inner eight year old still believes something will snatch at me from under the bed.

I’ll be back if I think of any others. I’m clearly a mess, lmao.

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Atrevida wrote:
I have a bunch of “weird” little quirks — but the people who love me find them endearing, haha.

1.) Whenever I sleep in a hotel room, I have to be in the spot farthest away from the door. I will not sleep on the bed closest to the door — no matter if I get the far side (toward the middle of the room, for example). I really don’t know why, except for in my mind I’m paranoid of someone breaking in and feel like I’d have more time to think of what to do/escape if I’m farther from the door? Bizarre, lol.

2.) I refuse to allow my food to touch on a plate. I know this isn’t that uncommon, but my family laughs at me for it. I just do not like my food mixing or touching. I also always save the thing I like the taste of most for last — even if it’s literally just a bite-sized amount.

3.) I refuse to let people touch the inside of my elbow — like where they draw blood. Freaks me the heck out. It’s not a common spot for people to just grab, but friends and family and even my boyfriend have all accidentally brushed over it — and I cringe whenever it happens. I have a needle phobia and never got over the first time I had to be stuck as a kid for a blood test, but seriously: can’t have ANYTHING touching or prodding me in that weird little spot.

4.) I used to never go to bed without locking our basement door. The house was renovated maybe three years ago, and after that door was replaced (still has a lock, mind you), I was able to give up the habit. But I do lock everything, like on instinct the second I get home. We live in a great neighborhood and nothing ever happens, but it’s a reflex for me.

5.) I don’t know if this is neccesarily “refusing”...but I don’t lie about serious things, ever. I know a lot of people tell little white lies every now and again, and I’m guilty of that even though I try not to be, it still happens every once in a blue moon. But I know a few people who will blatantly lie about tragic things like family injuries/personal traumas to get out of things they don’t want to do. I become really superstiitius about that kind of thing and always fear that that very thing has a higher likelihood of happening if the person lies about it. My mom’s pulled it a few times, not to that kind of extreme, but I told her about my own little superstitious belief and it changed her perspective. I guess it’s kind of like “I’m not gonna risk jinxing anything” state of mind, if it makes sense.

6.) I refuse to eat messy finger-foods in public because I loathe having messy/sticky fingers, and I’m sorry but napkins do not cut it for things like ribs or chicken wings — I just can’t, lol. Especially when stuff gets under my nails. Drives me nuts.

I’m half asleep but I love this thread, it’s interesting — so I had to reply.



I share #5 with you. I think it's just crazy when people do that. I'll lie about my car, but not abou myself or a person a love getting sick. No way! Don't wanna jinx it.

Atrevida wrote:
7.) I forgot one — I cannot sleep without at least a sheet over one of my legs. Even if I’m super hot, I gotta have at least something covering some part of my body...or I feel weirdly vulnerable? In the same vein, can’t have any limbs hanging off the edge of the bed, because my inner eight year old still believes something will snatch at me from under the bed.

I’ll be back if I think of any others. I’m clearly a mess, lmao.

Same, sort of. I usually need a covering of some kind, be it a sheet or a blanket. It has to be over most of me, up to my waist at least and usually shoulders.

The rule doesn't apply, however, when I'm really sleepy in the car. I can pull over, lower the chair, stick a sweater under my head, and... just... sleep.

I can't handle being around people eating. I'm pretty sure this might be due to autism and sensory issues, but I can't stand the noises people make when eating. Even if they're using all of their manners, eating with their mouth closed, etc, I seem to, for whatever reason, be able to hear all the disgusting noises as if they are actually smacking their lips ridiculously loudly and such. It's like my hearing is heightened but only for that one particular thing.

My 9-year-old sister knows exactly what I mean. She'll be eating perfectly normally and I have to tell her to eat with her mouth closed even though she is, because it doesn't sound like it. It's the same with the entirety of my family, so I end up having to eat alone most of the time instead of with them. :/ The noises also make me cringe, twitch and get abnormally angry at it to the point where I start yelling or kicking things.

My mom say's its a weird and stupid reason because she doesn't understand how prominent the noises are for me, and she says they don't usually bother normal people.

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